Hotel Review: The Washington Plaza Hotel

Inexpensive Washington DC Hotel

I had a very unpromising introduction to this hotel. The first room that was assigned to me was on the third floor and was made for a handicapped guest; that was not the problem, it was the smell of sweat -- as if the room had not been aired for the longest time. I had to go down again and request a room for regular people. This time I was on the 6th floor and the room smelled fresher, however, I was unprepared to discover that it only had a shower not a tub. I called the front desk and asked whether there was a room with a tub and they told me that single rooms like mine which had a nice queen-size bed, only had showers while the room with double beds had tubs. Other than that the hotel is nicely appointed with a comfortable bed in a nice size room with a large desk, perfect for a businessperson.

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The room didn't have a full-size tub, just a shower, so the faucet was placed really low, almost near the floor.Lobby
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The room didn't have a full-size tub, just a shower, so the faucet was placed really low, almost near the floor.
The room didn't have a full-size tub, just a shower, so the faucet was placed really low, almost near the floor. | Source
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Now, the oddity of having only a shower stall was not the only one; the room had a flat-screen television but it did not have a bureau to put your clothes in. I ended up putting my clothes inside the drawers of the bedside table.

The hotel does have a turn down service. When I came back in the evening it was nice to see two bottles of water waiting for me, the shades drawn down, the sheets pulled out, and the television turned on.

The place was clean, had free wi-fi, a comfortable bed, offered Seattle's Best coffee with the coffeemaker, a safe, and soaps from Bath and Bodyworks. The hotel has an outdoor pool which I couldn't take advantage of due to the weather and time of year. The hotel is located at Thomas Circle, a few blocks from the McPherson Square metro.

I was able to snag a great rate on their website (we're talking in the two digit range even with tax included) and I wondered whether my grabbing such a low rate was why I was initially assigned the unaired, handicap room. If that does happen to you, promptly request a change in rooms. Overall for the price, the hotel is a great value in a city as expensive as Washington DC.

A markerThe Washington Plaza Hotel -
10 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
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