Washington Marriott Rating: 3.5 Pearls
West End, Washington, D.C., United States

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Pros

  • Large and bright standard rooms with comfortable bedding and flat-screen TVs
  • Large indoor pool and Jacuzzi
  • Spacious lobby with free Wi-Fi and a Starbucks kiosk
  • Solid American restaurant and casual lounge
  • Self-service laundry room
  • 24-hour CVS Pharmacy in the building

Cons

  • Sometimes indifferent service
  • Daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi
  • Foggy Bottom neighborhood is far from most sightseeing spots and fairly empty at night
  • Pricey parking

Bottom Line

This lively and colorfully decorated Marriott has an inviting lobby, large airy rooms, ample amentities, and a convenient location between Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle. The service is a bit spotty, but otherwise a fine mid-range choice.

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 Scene

Larger-than-average rooms, plus an inviting lobby, make this slightly more than a standard-issue Marriott.

A Standard Room
A Standard Room

As with many midlevel chain hotels, one of the key variables is when the property was last renovated. This Marriott is still feeling pretty fresh thanks to a top-to-bottom renovation in 2007. The lobby is colorful, bright, and open with a massive skylight and a lot of people tapping away on their laptops, making use of the free Wi-Fi. (There is a fee for in-room Wi-Fi.)

Likewise, the large (420-square-foot on average) rooms are well appointed with deep carpeting; granite-topped hardwood dressers; a big swivel-top desk; a cool connectivity board for plugging your computer into the 32-inch flat-screen; plush and bouncy beds with 300-thread-count linens, featherbeds, down comforters, and good pillows. The bathrooms also have quality goods: granite counters, Kohler faucets, soft combed-cotton towels, a pair of plush terry-cotton robes, and Paul Mitchell bath products.

The amenities are ample, if not extraordinary for the area. The heated indoor pool is a substantial 30 feet by 15 feet and is adjoined by a small Jacuzzi and a dry sauna. The adjacent fitness center has plenty of up-to-date equipment, including five Life Fitness treadmills, three stepmasters, two bikes, and a bunch of strength machines. And the 2nd-floor mezzanine houses a fairly serious business center that's staffed throughout the day and has nominal charges associated with most services. There are two casual dining options on-site, the Atrium and the Court Lounge.

The rooms are bigger at the comparably priced Embassy Suites. In fact, were it not for the rowdy, kid-filled lobby there, I'd say it's the better option of the two for anyone. As it is, families traveling with kids should choose the Embassy Suites. If you're hoping for a mellower environment, or to get a little work done in the lobby, you'll prefer the Marriott.

 Location

Located in the West End, a sleepy part of town, but within walking distance of Georgetown and Dupont Circle

The Washington Marriott is located on a quiet strip of 22nd Street between M and N Streets, in a convenient spot on the edge of the West End. 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 nightlife -- for those you'll need to head to Dupont Circle, a 15- to 20-minute walk (or quick taxi), or to nearby Georgetown.

  • Eight-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 five to 10 minutes by taxi) to the White House and the Lincoln Memorial
  • 15- to 20-minute walk, or two Metro stops to Dupont Circle

 Bottom Line

This lively and colorfully decorated Marriott has an inviting lobby, large airy rooms, ample amentities, and a convenient location between Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle. The service is a bit spotty, but otherwise a fine mid-range choice.

Things You Should Know About Washington Marriott

Address

  • 1221 22nd Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Marriott Washington Dc
  • Washington Dc Marriott

Room Types

  • Business Wing Room
  • Concierge Level Hospitality Suite
  • Guest room
  • Guest room - Concierge level
  • Larger Guest Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 462
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: West End, Washington, D.C.
Address: 1221 22nd Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
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