Doubletree Hotel Washington DC Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Downtown, Washington, D.C., United States

Oyster Review Summary

Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators

Pros

Cons

  • Standard rooms have tiny bathrooms.
  • Some exterior noise in the guest rooms
  • In-room Wi-Fi costs $10 per day.
  • No in-room mini-fridges

Bottom Line

Located four blocks from Dupont Circle and almost as close to D.C.'s business district, this boutique-style Hilton (completely renovated March 2009) is especially popular among business travelers for its clean, updated rooms, well-equipped fitness center, surprisingly innovative restaurant, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and solid business center. It's a solid choice for the price.

Oyster Awards

We investigate in person.
Like your mother-in-law.

Categories

Oyster Hotel Photos

View All 6 Albums

Oyster Hotel Review

 Scene

This value-focused hotel from the Hilton chain delivers both surprising style and the expected comforts of the brand, including freshly baked welcome cookies.

Standard room with two double beds
Standard room with two double beds

After a complete overhaul in March 2009, this popular 220-room outpost of the Doubletree brand offers the dependability of Hilton hospitality in a scaled down, contemporary, boutique-style property. The fitness and business centers both have new equipment, and each of the guest rooms now includes a large, 32-inch flat-screen TV (with close to 40 channels, including HBO), nice coffeemakers, and the brand's "Sweet Dreams" bedding (a light-weight down comforter, 300-thread-count sheets, and down pillows). And while the small bathrooms are still a little claustrophobic, they at least have fresh new towels and Neutrogena bath products.

As the hotel is a popular choice among business travelers -- the hotel's 7,000 square feet of meeting space is constantly buzzing with events and conferences throughout the week -- guests are often in the lobby utilizing the free Wi-Fi (since in-room Internet is $10 a day). But unlike other Doubletree Hotels, the onsite restaurant, 15ria (that's Rhode Island Avenue, for short), gets high ratings. The inventive new executive chef, Janis McClean, stepped in last year and added a few unusual dishes to the menu, like cocoa and chili-dusted strip steak ($26) and seared scallops with "forbidden rice and carrot sauce" ($25).

Overall, this hotel is an excellent choice for guests wishing to be in within walking distance of both the business district and the dining and nightlife of Dupont Circle. But families looking for a little something extra might also consider the nearby Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row, which has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Or, for a more "authentic" boutique experience, the nearby Hotel Helix and Hotel Madera both offer extra large rooms and a free nightly wine reception.

 Location

In a residential neighborhood populated by townhouses and foreign embassies; four blocks from Dupoint Circle for restaurants and nightlife

The Doubletree Hotel is located on quiet Rhode Island Avenue, a safe distance away from high-rise business buildings of downtown (but still walking distance of them) and just beside the tony homes and smattering of embassies on Massachusetts Avenue. A short five-minute walk will put you at the center of Dupont Circle, a lovely neighborhood known for its iconic park and bustling restaurants and nightlife.

  • 25 minutes by taxi (about $20) to the Reagan National Airport
  • 30 minutes by taxi (about $35) to Dulles International Airport
  • Union Station, D.C.'s major train station served by Amtrak and commuter rails, is less than 10 minutes away using the Metro mass-transit system (or $10 taxi ride).
  • Closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle (Red Line), four blocks away from the hotel, which offers direct access to downtown D.C., the National Mall, the Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, and the zoo.
  • Easy to catch a cab at the hotel; staffers can help
  • Just five minutes by foot (four blocks) to the center of Dupont Circle for shops and restaurants
  • 10 minutes by foot to the White House
  • 15 minutes by foot to the National Mall
  • Under 10 minutes by Metro to Capitol Hill
  • About a $10 taxi ride to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and other surrounding monuments on the western end of the National Mall

 Bottom Line

Located four blocks from Dupont Circle and almost as close to D.C.'s business district, this boutique-style Hilton (completely renovated March 2009) is especially popular among business travelers for its clean, updated rooms, well-equipped fitness center, surprisingly innovative restaurant, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and solid business center. It's a solid choice for the price.

Things You Should Know About Doubletree Hotel Washington DC

Address

  • 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington, DC 20005

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Doubletree Washington Dc
  • Washington Dc Doubletree

Room Types

  • 1 King Bed 2 Room(Ambassador) Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Standard Room

Enter dates for best prices

Check-in
Check-out
Guests
 AVG/NIGHT 
Hotels.com  
Expedia.com  
Tingo.com  
Booking.com  
Travelocity  
Otel.com  
Priceline.com  
CheapTickets.com  

All About Oyster

You Can't Return a Bad Vacation.

Our special investigators visit, photograph, review and rate each hotel. We uncover the truth, before it's "uh-oh" time.

Go undercover with an Oyster Investigator The Today Show
Go Undercover with an Oyster Investigator
See 56 Videos of Oyster on TV

Nearby Hotels to Consider

Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House
Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House
Downtown, Washington, D.C.
Rating: 25 Pearls

Distance: Less than 0.1 mi
Hotel Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel
Hotel Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown, Washington, D.C.
Rating: 35 Pearls

Distance: 0.1 mi
Courtyard Washington Embassy Row
Courtyard Washington Embassy Row
Downtown, Washington, D.C.
Rating: 30 Pearls

Distance: 0.1 mi
Homewood Suites Washington DC - Downtown
Homewood Suites Washington DC - Downtown
Downtown, Washington, D.C.
Rating: 30 Pearls

Distance: 0.1 mi

Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 220
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
View All

Hotel Information

Location: Downtown, Washington, D.C.
Address: 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington, DC 20005
(See Map)
Loading Live Rates
Loading...