Historic glamour living in a modern cool world…
Ambience & Décor
There are many things that are decidedly stuffy about our nation’s captial, but the W hotel certainly is not one of them. Built in 1917 across the street from the White House, the W Hotel is the re-visualization of its storied past as the Hotel Washington. When you enter the lobby you’re transverse into super chic Hollywood boudoir glamour meets modern cool. Take a short elevator ride up to the 11th floor to partake in a commanding P.O.V. of DC. The hotel’s rooftop is legendary and offers spectacular views whether you’re on the terrace, or feeling the energy from the black and red lacquered walls or red leather couches and high back chairs in the lounge.
Slumber & Suds
The rooms are small, but speak to my heart with clean lines, white lacquer and purple accents. What more’s to love? The track lighting in the headboards, a chaise lounge that gives you a clear view of the entertainment center or serenity to catch up on your reading and a bathroom full of Bliss Spa products. Another perk, free bottles of water in your room. This may not sound like much, but comes in handy after taking in the action from P.O.V. or libations from other local haunts.
Out & About
The hotel is situated about as close as you can get to the White House without the guards taking you out. It’s a short walk to the metro, a $10 cab ride from Union Station and within blocks of main thoroughfares (14th Street & Constitution Ave) into the city. If your stomach starts to rumble, take a quick stroll up the block to Old Ebbitt Grill or simply cross the street to schmooze and dine at The Hamilton. If you’re looking for a place to grab some digs, within two blocks you’ll find Macy’s, inhabiting the space that once was a local landmark ~ Hecht’s, and H&M and T.J. Maxx are just around the corner if you need a fast fashion fix or discount shopping thrill.
Be prepared to pay for the ambience and location, location, location of this hotel. On average, you’re going to pay $300+ but in my opinion if you’ve got it, do it. It’s totally worth it and a tip I learned when I booked my room ~ if you call mid-week may be able to rustle yourself up a discount!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated or asked to provide this review. My review is solely based on my experience from a recent stay.