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