Renaissance Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
999 9th Street, NW, Washington DC 20001-4427 * 202-289-0947 *
In the heart of Washington D.C. – between the White House and the Capital, opposite the Washington Convention Center, near Chinatown, Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art – stands the Renaissance Hotel, a contemporary, 16-story hotel with over 800 guest rooms, 13 suites, and 156 rooms in a dedicated Renaissance Club Tower. 10,000 sq ft fitness center, indoor swimming/lap pool, state of the art exercise equipment, steam room, aerobics classes, massage. Florentine restaurant, Presidents Sports Bar, Lobby Bar, Starbucks in hotel lobby. Meeting and Banquet facilities. Very elegant hotel, nice comfortable rooms, and a bed so comfortable it’ll coaxe you to sleep.
Updated Review on the Renaissance Hotel: 2/17-2/21/09 Visit: Once again another conference trip to Washington D.C. with a stay over at the luxury hotel in the Marriot chain: The Renaissance. Always comfortable and charming, welcoming staff, and pleasurable surroundings, but if you ask me – not worth their weight in gold, and gold is what they ask for. High priced, they find a way to get as much out of you as they can. They improved with the room this year, no stocked fridge with $5 candy bars and $8 bottle of waters. (though there is a $8 bottle of water unrefridgerated on the counter) They didn’t do a hold charge on my personal credit card which I appreciated greatly as it normally screws up my budget when they do that. They had free HBO which was a plus. The swimming pool wasn’t a pool, but rather a swimming machine – but they had a very deluxe workout room and area with great saunas. So I was pleased with that. There were price increases on the Federal Government rate ($226/night) and Internet per day changed to $15.99/day (which i didn’t have to use since I use Verizon’s Air card). I give this visit a 3.75 stars out of 5, putting their average up to 3.25 stars out of 5 for my combined visits.
2007/2008 Reviews: At $188/night, this hotel is curtailed to the rich – they charge $9.99 for internet service (noon to noon, not 24 hours unless you start the service at noon), no complimentary breakfast or amenities (unless you are a premiere tower club member), and you pay for everything extra. In my opinion, hotels like that are a rip-off. But if your rich, and are looking for places to throw your money away at, here’s your place – its comfy, elegant, friendly staff, clean rooms, and a place for the elite. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. (unless you’re wealthy with $$ to blow, then 5 out of 5) Visited 1/8-11/2007. Re-visited 2/20-23/2008 (They also charge a deposit of $100 for incidentals. What incidentals? the $5.00 bottled water on the table? the pay-per-view movies? Geez. ) Location is good however. Great views from the upper floors.
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