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Washington DC: Capitol Hill Suites

200 C Street SE
www.capitolhillsuites.com

Reviewed by: casole from MA, review #1381

When: March 2006

Adequate lodgings in a beautiful residential neighborhood close to Metro and many sights

This place really grew on me mainly due to its location. But with all the little negatives I have to give it a neutral rating. My mother and I just got back from a Fri-Mon stay. We picked the hotel based on our main areas of interest for touring which were the Capitol, Library of Congress and Supreme Court.

My mom also smokes, so we did need a place that still has smoking rooms. We paid $511 for three nights incl tax. It is a 2 star hotel, part of the Starwood group, but their site notes that you can't use Starwood points here.

I'll list the negatives first and I did keep in mind that cigarette smoke ages a room quickly:

VERY worn. Patched up wall in bathroom, loose cabinet hardware in kitchen, windows that open, but they didn't mention they don't close all the way. I was worried we would freeze, but actually it was almost too hot! I don't think any amount of renovation would make it look "new" again. Desperately in need of new carpeting. But again, smoke...

The cold water faucets would occassionally "spit" when turned on, a little off putting! Janitor's cart (?) rolling down the hall in the middle of the night! I could hear people talk when I was in the bathroom, but no where else in the room. Garbage trucks came early Fri. AM. Not Sat or Sun.

Plus side: Although worn, the room was clean. Beds were soft (I prefer firm). The water pressure in the shower was very strong and no shortage of hot water. View of the dome of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress from the room was nice. Coffee maker and fridge (full size) in the were room convenient. Full size iron and (wobbly) ironing board. Big walk in closet with full length mirrors.

The best thing about the suites truly is the location. The Library of Congress is right across the street, the Supreme Court and Capitol very short walks, a Metro two blocks away. Great shops, cafes, a small grocery and a variety of restaurants all right there.

The neighborhood was just lovely, a quiet residential historic area with beautiful federal style homes on tree lined streets. On Sunday it was like we had all of Capitol Hill to ourselves. In every place we ate people who came in would know someone else in the restaurant and say hello, a very neighborly feel. It felt very "untouristy" and well suited to the slow travel philosophy.

Can't comment on the hotel breakfast, but there's great natural foods cafe and a good diner right around the corner.

So despite all the negatives I really ended up liking this place!

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