The hotel was lovely, but strangely empty. It was spacious, had a great view of the capitol, but we seemed to be the only ones in the lobby most of the times that we passed through. When our family returned from seeing museums and tried to walk
home at night, we learned part of the reason why: it's surrounded by large numbers of pitiful homeless people. There is a homeless education center just 2 blocks away, and we walked our little kids down the sidewalk past perhaps 50 homeless people. It was sad, and a genuinely educational experience - just not the one that we expected for our family trip to see the D.C. museums. Also, there was a bachelor party RIGHT next door ALL NIGHT with pounding music, carousing, cursing, and "unsavory" activities . . . we can't fault the hotel for that (although it seems that some staff HAD to have known) because we didn't call, simply because we wanted to avoid conflict as the only other people on the floor. (We used the tv to drown out the noise and covered our heads with pillows). I would never stay here again. Too bad - it is a pretty and refurbished hotel. It would make a GREAT homeless shelter , which DC obviously needs. . .
Location of this hotel is just perfect - close to Capitol, to national mall. Plus, it is close to Union station with all the buses and metro. Staff was very helpful and accomodating (especially toward kids).
Great Location from Union Station- Not so great rooms
Location to Capital & Union Station. Excellent lobby
Far from most major museums
Rooms are outdated and run down. 10 internet fee, 46 dollars for parking, no free coffee. Low Water pressure, AC broken, wood door for wallway
Suggestion: WCH should spend less on the lobby and more on the rooms.
I love the location,I had a great view. I staff were so great and helpful. they ask if you need anything. My bed was perfect covers were so soft. Bathroom was perfect. So many places to eat and go out. I can't want to come back.
My wife and I had a lovely 4 night get a way at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, DC. Truthfully we had a get a way in DC and returned to our hotel room for a shower and rest and then up and at them again the next day.
The Hotel is clean
and well staffed. Staff was helpful, kind, knowledgeable and efficient.
The Hotel is so close to the Capitol that one can see it from some of the rooms. We were able to walk to Smithsonian exhibits, the Capitol, White House, Library of Congress, Fords Theatre, the Christmas Marketplace, dinner, lunch and Union Station is literally a 5 minute walk.
The price was so fantastic and the location so incredible that we are already planning another visit.
We are country mice and the act of signing a bill for $34 for breakfast took some will. But everything we wished to see from Arlington Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian exhibits, Fords Theatre were all absolutely free. FREE!!
We budgeted for expensive meals with pleasure knowing that we were saving on cabs and trains by simply strolling the lovely boulevards of DC.
The Washington Court Hotel has an up charge for the internet that seems silly. It has no pool or spa. The Bistro 521 is good food competitively priced with it's competition (read expensive), but it's location is so prime that money is saved every day with your feet.
We will be back.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short walk from hotel
Heading to the Capitol on foot brings you to the Library of Congress, The Supreme Court, The Folger Shakespeare Museum, The Botanical Garden and the entire Smithsonian Row and all the Monuments within 1 mile. That is 8 blocks! Repeat: The Nations Wealth on display within a 20 minute walk from your room!