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The Fairmont Washington, D.C. 4.0

West End, Washington, D.C., United States

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  • Sony alarm clock/radio/CD player; no iPod hookup
  • Poor noise insulation; can hear neighbors chatting
  • Pricey valet parking
  • Fee to access the gym
  • Foggy Bottom neighborhood is far from most sightseeing spots and fairly empty at night
  • Late check-in
  • Fee for in-room mini-fridges

Bottom Line

Located in business-focused Foggy Bottom, the 415-room wedding- and convention-focused Fairmont feautres large guest rooms, as well as a superb health club which comes with a squash court, spinning studio, 50-foot pool, full-service spa, and more. On the weekends, it can be a great luxury pick for the price.

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A conference and wedding factory with hints of lavishness and an incredible health club

A Fairmont Room

Located in staid Foggy Bottom, this formal, 415-room conference- and wedding-focused hotel opened in 2001 and renovated guestrooms and meeting spaces in 2011. The Fairmont is known for being a true luxury hotel -- a Jordanian prince was among the guests at the hotel during my visit -- with the standard rooms larger-than-average at 450 square feet and the health club, with its 50-foot lap pool, yoga room, and squash courts, among the city's best. Room renovations were completed in 2011 and, while design is still a bit bland, the spaces are clean, comfortable, and chock full of amenities.

Like many D.C. luxury properties, the Fairmont caters mainly to business travelers during the week, but almost exclusively to tourists and families on the weekends. Because room prices tend to plummet on the weekends, once the expense-account guests clear out, it can often be a terrific value, as its gym (even with the per-day access fee to use everything but the pool) gives it a significant advantage over other D.C. hotels in its price range, like the Westin Grand, the Marriott Washington, and Embassy Suites. But if a great room in Foggy Bottom is all that matters, opt for the Westin Grand or splurge on the Park Hyatt, which bests the Fairmont on every dimension.


Located in the West End, within walking distance of Georgetown and Dupont Circle

Map of The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

The Fairmont has a convenient location in the West End, though it's decidedly sleepier than Georgetown, its wealthier, more historic neighbor, a 10- to 15-minute walk west. The downside to the vicinity is that there aren't many restaurants, cafes, or signs of life -- for those you'll need to head to Dupont Circle, a 15-minute walk (or quick taxi), or to nearby Georgetown.

  • 5-minute walk to the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop (three stops on the Blue or Orange Line to downtown's Metro Center; five stops to Smithsonian museums)
  • 10- to 20-minute walk to the heart of Georgetown and some of the city's best shopping and restaurants
  • 10- to 15-minute walk to the Potomac River waterfront
  • Five-minute walk to George Washington University
  • 20- to 25-minute walk, or 5- to 10-minute taxi ride, to the White House and the Lincoln Memorial
  • 15- to 20-minute walk, or two Metro stops (including a transfer), or five- to 10-minute taxi ride to Dupont Circle


Vast, 17,000-square-foot health club -- among D.C.'s best gyms

The weight room

The Health Club at the Fairmont is a huge fitness center with top-of-the-line TechnoGym cardio and circuit-weight-training equipment. While the pool is free for guests to access, an entry fee, however, is applied to the gym.

  • Cardio machines all have personal TV screens.
  • Two beautiful studios for yoga, Pilates, and aerobics
  • Speed bag, heavy bag, and boxing gloves
  • Combination basketball, raquetball, and squash court
  • Separate spinning room
  • Steam room and dry saunas
  • Well-outfitted locker rooms and a lounge with a flat-screen TV
  • Workout clothes and swim trunks to borrow
  • Personal trainers available for an extra fee
  • Open daily, but not 24 hours
  • Spa offers massages, facials, nail care, and waxing services.


In addition to the health club, the hotel has some solid features, including an indoor pool.

The pool

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2401 M St. NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20037, United States

Also Known As

  • Fairmont Hotel Washington Dc
  • Fairmont Washington Dc
  • The Fairmont Washington DC
  • Washington Dc Fairmont

Room Types

  • Ambassador Suite
  • Capital Corner Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Fairmont Gold Capital Execuitve Suite
  • Fairmont Gold Georgetown Suite
  • Fairmont Gold Shenandoah Suite
  • Fairmont Room
  • Lexus Hybrid Living Suite
  • Magnolia Suite

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