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The Homewood Suites tends to attract lots of large parties, including plenty of high schoolers in town for educational trips, and it's easy to see why. All 175 rooms are one-bedroom suites with full kitchens, the location is central for sightseeing or business, breakfast is free every day, and four nights a week the free evening reception includes a dinner buffet. The hotel was last renovated in 2007 and now sports a modern "country home" look that's usually reserved for McMansions.
Guests love the extra space they get out of these one-bedroom suites, which contain either a king or two queen-size beds and sleep up to three or five people, respectively. All of the suites include a pullout couch, a kitchen area with a full-size refrigerator, two stovetop burners, a sink, and a full-size microwave, plus two TVs (though only the one in the living room is a flat-screen).
Though the hotel's free food won't impress a discerning palate, the meals are nonetheless convenient for busy families on a tight budget. The hot and cold breakfast (which always includes eggs and sides) is served each morning. The Manager's Welcome Home Reception (that's dinner to guests) is served Monday through Thursday evening, and typically consists of a light entree (like lasagna, Salisbury steak, or tacos), a few sides, plus soda, wine, and beer. The only other notable extra, the fitness center, is perhaps one of the smallest we've seen in the city.
What the Homewoods Suites really has going for it is location. Thomas Circle provides easy access to D.C.'s main business district, and is also a short walk from Dupont Circle. Still, if an an all-suite hotel is the plan, consider the competition: The Residence Inn Capitol is three blocks from the Mall and has both an indoor pool and a Jacuzzi. The Embassy Suites, though a little bit farther west, near Georgetown, offers plenty to delight kids like a koi fish pond and an indoor pool. If you don't need all those extras, consider Dupont Circle's stylish Carlyle Suites, with its fabulous Art Deco lobby. For an equal dose a style without the gimmicks, consider crossing the street to the other side of the circle, and book one of the newly renovated suites at the Washington Plaza.
Homewood Suites is on the western edge of Thomas Circle, where Vermont and Massachusetts Avenues, L, M, and 14th Streets converge. The area straddles two very disparate neighborhoods -- the bustling business district and the vibrant, flourishing residential section at 14th Street, near Logan Circle.
The all-suite-style guest rooms have full kitchens and enough space for five.
The well-equipped suites -- all one bedroom -- have full kitchens, pullout couches, and comfortable beds. Suites with one bed can accommodate three people, while suites with two beds can sleep as many as five. Note, however, that the hotel charges an additional fee per night for any adult over and above the number that can fit in the beds.
With all-suite guest rooms and two free meals a day, this centrally located hotel is a popular spot for families, large parties, and extended-stay guests. Though the fitness center is minimally equipped and the free food isn't much to write home about, Homewood Suites is a convenient choice near downtown D.C.