jueves, 28 de julio de 2011

Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row

Part I: Summer Vacation Introduction
Part II: Flight MEX-IAD and Day 1 in DC(United)
Part III: Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row
Part IV: Exploring Washington DC Day 2 and 3 in DC
Part V: Exploring Washington DC Day 4 and 5 in DC
Part VI: Train from DC to Newark and Day 1 in (Amtrak)
Part VII: Hotel AKA Times Square
Part VIII: Exploring New York City Days 2 and 3
Part IX: Exploring NYC Days 4 and 5
Part X: Exploring NYC Days 6 and 7
Part XI: Flight EWR-MEX (Continental)

Like always I wrote my review at Tripadvisor which you can see it here or at their page. You can also check my 105 reviews about hotels, restaurants and attractions around the world: http://www.tripadvisor.com/members-reviews/charal95


On my last trip to Washington D.C. I stayed at the Fairfax at Embassy Row for 5 nights and although it is a very nice and historic hotel there are a few details that everybody should look before coming here.
Check in- Check out.
Both of them were fast and the service at the small Front Desk is very good. I asked for an upgrade and for 50 USD they gave me a room a bit larger than a standard and a better view. Because it was too small, we were 3, we asked for a larger suite and the offered us, I believe it was the Fairfax Suite and we took it which was 150 USD plus per night and because we got a great Hotwire rate we took it.
I give a 4.8 out of 5 points

The suite was located on the 7th floor offering a very nice view of the Washington Memorial. The suite is a large standard room with a living room. In both, the room and the living room there was a sofa bed plus the King-size bed. There were also 2 tvs one in each room.
Because this hotel is a Luxury Collection I expected some perks for the suites but nothing.
The only 2 small details in the suite where:
1. The bathroom was way too small. The standard room bathroom was the same or larger than this.
2. The living room has two entries for the AC. One is controlled by the AC panel located in the main room but the other one was located in another room which was occupied and it was always turned on and we even called the engineer but he said that he couldn't do anything. The big problem is that my father got a flu and it got worst because of the AC.
I give a 4.3 out of 5.

The hotel is located on the Embassy Row-Dupont Circle which is supposed to be a gay village but I did not see many of them. The whole neighborhood is very safe. There is a Starbucks just around the corner and a CVS pharmacy about 2-3 blocks away. The subway station is 2 blocks away and can take you practically anywhere. Although I would have prefer to stay in a hotel right at the National Mall the location of the Fairfax is very nice.
I give a 4.6

The service is great, I did not had any problem with anyone. From the porter to the Front Desk people to the Housekeeping, they were all great. And I need to mention that the Concierge was absolutely helpful and mad my trip even better. The only person that I didn't quite liked was the waiter at the Restaurant who kept lying about where he was and I just didn't liked him at all.
I give a 4.9

The restaurant-Jockey Club is a very nice historic restaurant. The food is very good and the service, apart from the other guy, is terrific. But in my opinion the restaurant was a bit overpriced but everything was very good.
I give a 4.8

The hotel offers a small Fitness Center which is very convenient to anyone that wants to do the basics. The business center is also great because they offer computers with free internet so you can save the 10 USD per day. If you want to use your computer but not pay for the internet there you can go to the lobby in which there is free wi-fi.
I give a 4.5

So this hotel in total cost me about 320 USD per night for a nice suite although I expected more. All the hotel is very nice but in my opinion is a bit old and not enough Luxury as the hotel should be. I feel that paying more than 250 USD for a normal room here is not the best idea. I do recommend this hotel for solo travelers, businessman or even couples but not for families.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite.

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