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First Reviews of the W Washington DC: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

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July 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

It’s been a little more than two weeks since the W checked into DC, and we’ve been anxiously prowling the web for the first reviews. Sadly, the only TA review so far just covers the rooftop bar. Over on Yelp, we found a slightly more comprehensive overview — again, more of which focused on the POV bar than the hotel guest experience.

The Good: The one guest review we can find was decently positive, which is encouraging. “The renovation that they have done to transform the old Hotel Washington into a W is very impressive, and it's cool to see all the W glitz superimposed onto a stodgy old Washington building. I found the staff helpful and friendly.” Of course, there are a few caveats: “One major drawback — having one elevator devoted to the POV crowd is annoying, since they only have 3 elevators, and each is small.” Ah yes, we can attest that those elevators can get pretty majorly backed up — but really, we're not sure what can they do to solve that issue.

Another Yelper is glad to welcome the W to the neighborhood as a “decent hotel bar” option: “While the Mandarin is too inconvenient, the Willard too stuffy, the St. Regis too small, and the Ritz's Fahrenheit is in Siberia, the new W is Just Right.” And: “We were lucky to catch sight of the Presidential helicopter landing on the White House lawn while sitting at the bar - another quintessential DC moment.” She also says the staff seemed “attentive and eager to please, but scattered.”

The Bad: “Right now this place is not worth the $$$. I am going to wait a month or so before trying again.” That pretty much sums up the majority of the reviews — seems the POV experience is still pretty bumpy.

The Ugly: “The scene upstairs is still a bit of a shitshow.” And: “I've never been to a new place that immediately becomes a parody of itself, like a television show that jumps the shark on its first episode. The pretension of the elevator line, the overwrought furniture, the bad loud house music, the slow service and the over priced drinks.” Yikes.

When your DC-based HotelChatter correspondent can, ahem, get it together enough to book a rezzie at the POV bar (not an easy task!), we’ll hit you back with a firsthand report. We’re optimists, so we’re willing to give the W the benefit of the doubt — for now, at least — that the major kinks will have worked themselves out by then.

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