The design firm of Leo A Daly, Dallas was responsible for updating the look of the hotel, which opened in 1980, and used a lot of steel greys, deep blues, reds, and greens, as well as stone floors, dark woods, and granite accents. Walking to our room, the many prints and photographs decorating the public spaces got us excited for what would be in store. Our favorite was this: It's George Washington visits The Factory!
Inside our room, we were immediately struck first by the size of the room (well, we were coming from NYC), and then by the Constitution and George Washington (him again) decorating the little nook corner. Most of all, though, we loved that green upholstered chair.
Outlets galore and a reasonably sized desk made getting on with some work a breeze, and we were grateful for the stocked coffee maker service (is it just us, or is this basic amenity becoming rarer in rooms these days?) Toiletries were by Gilchrist and Soames.
Free and couldn't be easier to hop on: no password or sign-up required.
While we didn't take advantage of the "farm-to-fork concept" restaurant, Jardenea, we did spend a little time in the library lobby lounge. More than 1,000 books fill the shelves; and the cozy alcoves, leather seats, and soft lighting made for a quiet little hideaway. While on the night of our visit they were showing the Eagles-Redskins game on the flatscreen lobby TV, it wasn't so loud as to be intrusive.
Location, Location, Location
The hotel is very accessible via public transportation, and, probably thanks to its college community, you'll find plenty of restaurants and bars in the immediate area. If eating out's not your thing, there is both a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods within two blocks, too.
What We Liked
Most of all, we loved the funky design and color palette. The WiFi was reliable, and we had everything we needed, so no complaints on the amenity front.
What We Didn't Like
The cracked and stained tiles in the shower suggest that the bathrooms got passed over during the recent renovation, and we'd have preferred to not have seen short black hairs (not ours) in the sink. The less said about the view (below) the better.
As we said, we paid $149 (plus tax) for a double room on HotelTonight. Would we pay regular rates? (which start at $279 September weeknight) If they upgraded our view and gave the bathroom a little TLC, we'd consider it.
[All photos: HotelChatter]