By VGP Guest Blogger, Rachel
If the rates are reasonable, the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC is one of my favorite places to stay in the DC area primarily for it’s ideal location. It is central to many DC attractions and two main metro stops (Farragut West and McPherson Square). As a tip for DC travelers- the rates vary greatly between $100 during slow business weeks and up to $400 at peak travel times.
The location is quiet since 16th street is lined with other luxurious hotels such as The St. Regis and The Hay Adams and government buildings. A close glance down wide 16th street and you will see the White House at the very end. The property has notable historical significance hosting presidents, world leaders, celebrities, and politicians since the original Statler Hotel opened in 1943.
I stayed in a Queen Deluxe Room and the room was standard, clean and comfortable. The décor was not much different than the Hampton Inn near Lafayette Square where I have stayed in the past. The bed was very comfortable, as those at most Hilton’s are.The bathroom was very basic with an older bathtub. For a “high end” hotel, I don’t think the rooms have been re-done in quite some time. My view from the 8th floor was looking out onto two other sides of the hotel.
I particularly like the Capital Hilton since guests have free access to the attached public health club and spa MINT. MINT has cardio equipment, weights, a Pilates Reformer studios, and a dedicated cycle studio. You can take classes for free such as boot camp, cardio-boxing, yoga, and Pilates and there are about ten classes per day.
I had limited interaction with the hotel staff on my visit and found that the lounge staff tends to be very friendly and helpful and the front desk staff can be somewhat cold and unfriendly. During this past visit, I had to head to the front desk every time I wanted to go to the executive lounge for them to re-set my card to grant access to the 10th floor. They were not apologetic despite the fact I saw some of the same front desk staff numerous times.
As a Hilton Honors Diamond member, I had access to their executive lounge for continental breakfast and happy hour. The breakfast has standard continental offerings such as cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, juices and hard boiled eggs. The coffee was mediocre and I opted to head to the Starbucks across the street each morning. One of my complaints about this Hilton is that the food service could be far more environmentally friendly. The only water at breakfast was large water bottles and I noticed most people took a bottle, took a few sips, and then threw the bottle out. They also only offer Styrofoam cups for coffee and tea. The happy hour wine and beer are not complimentary but there were delicious complimentary cookies.
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Capital Hilton Hotel Review