Friday, 30 June 2017

Hotel and Inn Review: Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/US Capitol (U.S.A.)

Date of Stay: June 30-July 4, 2017

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: *******
Rooms: ********
Condition and Cleanliness: ********
Staff Performance: *******
Room Comfort: ********
Food and Beverage: *******
Other Amenities: ******
Value for Money: *******

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/US Capitol 

The non-smoking, 13-storey Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/US Capitol offers 204 extremely clean, good sized rooms furnished with private bath, 32-inch flat-screen, high-definition LCD cable TV (not enough channels though), a Herman Miller ergonomic chair, in-house safe, blackout curtains, a modern work desk with lots of outlets, sitting area, microwave oven, mini-fridge and coffeemaker (with K cups).

Hotel Lobby

The adjustable bed features the cutting-edge Garden Sleep System, bedding of 100% New Zealand virgin wool, a mattress that adjusts to the contours of your body, and a dial that can adjust the firmness of your mattress to suit your sleeping style. 
The room also has complimentary high speed Internet access-both wired and wireless. You have to use your room card key for elevator access to your room.
Room 1113

Its on-site Garden Grille & Bar restaurant serves breakfast (6:30-11 AM, omelettes, pancakes, French toast, etc.), a la carte lunch and dinner, and room service (there is an added 20% fee along with a US$2.50 delivery charge). How I wish that they offered complimentary breakfast.  The hotel is located next to a Harris Teeters convenience store (for grocery, beer wine, hot food), across from a CVS Drugstore, as well a Starbucks and Pot Belly Restaurant. Outside the hotel, there were always homeless people asking for money. 
Garden Grille & Bar

It also has a 24-hour Front Desk (the staff here were friendly and helpful), a heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, 24-hour convenience store (Pavilion Pantry Market) and business center (providing complimentary fax, photocopy, color laser printing, high-speed internet access, and various office supplies). 

The fitness room has 2 ellipticals, 2 treadmills, 1 bike, a weight machine, full set of dumb bells (5-50 lbs.), weight benches, and mats  (you can also borrow a Stay Fit Kit from the hotel for an in-room workout). 

View from room
Business Center
They also offer valet parking (US$38/day), luggage storage, daily maid service, bell service, self service laundry (one washer and two dryers), dry cleaning and in-house bike rentals (to make it easy for guests to tour the Capitol on two wheels). 
The Hilton Garden Inn is off Highway 50, one block from the New York Ave/Florida Ave/Gallaudet University red line metro station. Several restaurants and nightclubs are within walking distance.
Front Desk

Elevator lobby
The White House, National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Smithsonian Institute are a bit o a walk from the hotel. Arlington National Cemetery is seven miles away and the National Zoo is four miles away. 

It's also one mile to Union Station (the transportation hub of Washington, DC and home to Amtrak). Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a seven-mile drive.

Cheska and Jandy at hotel entrance

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol:1225 First St. Northeast Washington, D.C. 20002, U.S.A. Tel: +1 202-408-4870

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