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Hilton Garden Inn Washington Dc Downtown

815 14th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia
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January 16 2016
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Violetwhite_word
"Pleasant hotel not far from the National Mall!"

We loved our stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown DC. The hotel has a wonderful location, not far from the White House and National Mall. The hotel is clean and the staff is friendly. We found the hotel to be the perfect place to launch our DC visit from as well as to relax after a busy day.

There is a breakfast buffet available for a charge. We loved the convenience of having breakfast before going on our journey. If the buffet doesn't work for you, there is a Pret-a-Manger nearby.

The close proximity to the monuments makes it easy to walk in the evening for the lights. Great stay!

March 10 2015
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Violetwhite_word
"Great Family-Friendly Amenities in Downtown DC Area"

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown DC has a little bit of everything I look for in a great family-friendly hotel: a nice downtown metro-accessible location, a pool, in-room amenities (microwave and fridge), suites, an in-house restaurant with breakfast buffet and room service options, and a nice selection of children’s television channels available.

My family stayed at the hotel on a snowy winter weekend in March in a one bedroom King Suite.

ROOM

I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels recently, and I don’t remember the last time I saw both a microwave and a fridge in a centrally located downtown hotel, especially a hotel with an in-house restaurant. The Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown has both and a Keurig too. I enjoyed my cup of tea from our Keurig in the morning; and, there was also coffee available in the lobby.

My family of four stayed in a one bedroom King Suite. At first I was skeptical; typically, I find sofa beds a big hassle and avoid them at all costs, but this was the nicest pull-out bed that I have ever seen. More importantly, my five and six year old shared the bed and slept well all night long. I did lay down on it briefly to test it out, and it had an unusually high-quality, but thin, foam mattress. I’m not sure that an adult would be happy there all night long, but kids of any age should be comfortable.

We loved the layout of the room. It isn’t a true suite, but it is nicely laid out. There is a large area with a sofa bed, desk, and television that is separated from another area with a king bed and television by the bathroom.  So, with two televisions, my kids were able to watch Disney cartoons in the morning while I enjoyed my tea in relative peace and quiet. The bathroom is average-sized.  The lighting and outlet placement were fine.

I, personally, loved the room décor.  There were a few tasteful pictures on the wall of various Washington DC monuments and memorials. The room simply has a Washington DC feel to it. What really impressed me was the desk; it had a black and white photograph of the White House on it. I also have to mention the two beautiful, comfortable, colorful armchairs in both “rooms” of our suite – they definitely added to the stately ambience.

The only small complaint that I had about our room was the internet connectivity; my phone’s signal was low enough that I could not easily use the internet without connecting to the hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi.  And, the hotel’s Wi-Fi signal was low and difficult to connect to in our room as well.  I expect that the location of our room had a lot to do with this problem.

RESTAURANT

We ate both dinner and breakfast in the hotel’s dining room. The wait staff was especially friendly, helpful and welcoming to our children.  The hotel was running a kids-eat-free on Friday nights promotion during our stay; I’m not certain if they continue this promotion during the summer months.  And, as part of our room package, we received complimentary breakfast; typically, there is a cost for the breakfast buffet for guests over the age of five.

Overall, the food was good, but possibly a bit over-priced, even considering the area. For dinner, I enjoyed my butternut squash ravioli and my husband’s salmon was presented very nicely. The kid’s meals were of average quality.  The breakfast buffet had a very nice selection of breakfast items including: good quality bagels, omelets and waffles made to order, fresh fruit, and crispy well-cooked bacon.  

Most everything about the restaurant caters to the business crowd that I presume fills the hotel during weekday seasonally. But, I was happy with how the restaurant was able to accommodate my family of picky eaters in a friendly and welcoming manner.

POOL

The pool in the basement of the hotel is tiny. But, it is a nice, little indoor pool in a downtown location; very few hotels in the area have a pool at all. There were pool noodles available for the kids to play with, and my kids were happy swimming around for a while.  There were plenty of comfortable chairs around so that parents could watch their kids swim.

LOCATION

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown DC is a very well-located property.  First, it is across the street from the McPherson Square Metro Station serving the Blue, Orange and Silver lines of the Metro. These lines can take families to several convenient stops including: Federal Triangle (Smithson American History and Natural History Museums), Smithsonian (National Air and Space Museum), Arlington Cemetery, and National Airport (Ronald Regan National Airport, DCA).

There is so much within walking distance as well! The White House is about a five minute walk from the hotel. The National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum are a 10-15 minute walk.  And, if good weather, it is a pleasant 15 minute walk to the National Mall and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

CONCLUSION

While the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown DC caters to business travels,  it is most definitely a great kid-friendly option in the downtown neighborhood of Washington DC.

Disclosure: My family and I were hosted for one night by the HGI Downtown DC and were provided with complimentary vouchers for the morning breakfast buffet for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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