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The Wink 3.5

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

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  • Bright, pleasant lobby with plenty of seating
  • Clean rooms have flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee facilities
  • Well-equipped fitness center
  • Breakfast restaurant, Illy coffee shop, and bar serving light lunch and dinner
  • 11 meeting rooms and a business center
  • Small shop selling snacks and sundries
  • Club Lounge offers free drinks and snacks to Club-level rooms and suites
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas


  • A bit far from top tourist sights
  • Some rooms are small
  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi (free for Marriott Rewards members)
  • Pricey parking, by valet only
  • Restaurant only serves breakfast

Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range The Wink has a little more style than most business-oriented hotels in sleepy Foggy Bottom; its 346 guest rooms are clean and pleasant, if chainlike, while the lobby is a bright and inviting space. Through breakfast at the on-site breakfast restaurant is pricey, there's also a small Illy coffee shop that's a good choice for a quick bite, while MBar serves light fare for lunch and dinner. Other on-site features include a small shop, ample meeting and event space, a Club Lounge with free drinks and snacks, and a well-equipped fitness center. Some of the guest rooms are a bit small, however, plus in-room Wi-Fi incurs a fee -- but it's free for Marriott Rewards members. Travelers might also want to consider staying at the next-door Best Western Georgetown, which isn't as stylish, but includes breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and much more affordable parking

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Contemporary chain hotel with stylish common spaces

Located in sleepy Foggy Bottom, the upper-middle-range The Wink has a bit more spunk than most of D.C.'s other Marriott hotels. A 2015 renovation made the lobby significantly more stylish. Busy carpeting was ripped up and replaced with warm hardwood floors and modern black-and-white rugs. Generic, mismatched furniture was also swapped out with contemporary black and gold seating and hip throw pillows. With walls of large windows that let in plenty of natural light, it's a pleasant space to gather in, do some work, or read the paper. The clientele here is composed mainly of business travelers, and due to the Foggy Bottom location, might not be the best choice for leisure tourists, though it gets plenty of those as well.


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

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The Wink has a convenient location within the West End. The area is decidedly sleepier than Georgetown, its wealthier, more historic neighbor that's about a 20-minute walk west. The downside to the neighborhood is a relative lack of restaurants, cafes, or signs of life -- for those you'll need to head to Dupont Circle, a 10-minute walk (or quick taxi ride) away, or to nearby Georgetown.

  • Seven-minute walk to the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop
  • 10-minute walk to Dupont Circle
  • 20-minute walk to Georgetown and some of the city's best shopping and restaurants
  • 22-minute walk (or 12-minute taxi ride) to the White House
  • 26-minute walk to Lincoln Memorial (or 10-minute taxi ride)
  • 16- to 20-minute drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, or 21 minutes via public transportation


Pleasant, chain-like rooms -- though some are small -- have flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee facilities, but Wi-Fi incurs a fee.

Rooms are average in size and feature chain-like decor that's modern and pleasant enough. Striped carpets in earth tones are paired with striped cream and white wallpaper. Stripes also feature on the beds, which have black headboards adorned with striped squares as well as black-and-white bedskirts. Contemporary light-wood furniture includes work desks with ergonomic chairs.

Some of the rooms are a bit small and several past guests have complained about the size; entry-level rooms start at 275 square feet (25 square meters), but Junior Suites offer more space at 400 square feet (36 square meters), while Suites are 750 square feet (68 square meters). Suites also have sitting areas or separate living rooms. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, coffee/tea-making facilities, electronic safes, clock radios, and irons/ironing boards, but Wi-Fi incurs a fee (it's free for Marriott Rewards members). Bathrooms are small and outfitted with either shower/tub combos or walk-in showers. Aveda toiletries and hairdryers are provided.


Dining includes a breakfast restaurant, cafe, and bar, plus free snacks in the Club Lounge.

M Brasserie, the in-house restaurant, serves buffet and a la carte breakfast -- though some guests complain that it's pricey. There's also an Illy Caffe on-site that's open for breakfast and lunch and offers outdoor seating. MBar serves cocktails and other drinks, as well as a light food menu for lunch and dinner. Room service is available. Guests staying in Club-level rooms and suites have free access to the Club Lounge, which offers various free beverages like coffee, tea, juices, and soft drinks as well as midday snacks, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert. There's also a small shop in the lobby that stocks snacks, drinks, and sundries.

The fitness center, though a bit small and lacking windows, offers modern equipment, including cardio machines with personal TV screens. Other amenities offered by the hotel include 11 meeting and event rooms, totaling 12,250 square feet of space. There's a business center available for guest use. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and public areas, but incurs a fee for in-room use. Only valet parking is available on-site, and it's pricey.

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1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20037-1522, United States


(202) 775-0800

Also Known As

  • m Street Hotel
  • m Street Hotel Washington Dc
  • Renaissance M Street Hotel
  • Renaissance Washington Dc
  • Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
  • Washington Dc Renaissance

Room Types

  • Club level Guest Room
  • Club level Junior Suite
  • Guest Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Larger Guest Room
  • Presidential Suite

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