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One Night in DC at The Melrose Georgetown

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September 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM | by | ()

Is the Melrose Georgetown as sweet as it sounds? A HotelChatter Review

We hadn't had a chance to check in on the Melrose Georgetown Hotel (formerly The Melrose Hotel) since its multi-million dollar renovation was completed in April this year, so when we needed a room in DC and the Melrose showed up on HotelTonight for $149, we grabbed it.

Check in
The hotel is a couple of blocks from Foggy Bottom - GWU Metro station, on the blue and orange lines. If you are coming from Union Station you have to change once, at Metro Center, from the red line. But once we arrived, check-in was quick and easy. Within two minutes of walking through the lobby, we were in our room.

Room Reaction
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.

Amenity Madness

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.

Internet Connection

Free and couldn't be easier to hop on: no password or sign-up required.

Dining In

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.

Bottom Line
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]

Archived Comments:

can get it cheaper

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takes $25 off... pretty sweet