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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. 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.
Unique Qualities: None.
Address: 999 9TH STREET NW, Washington, DC 20001
Comparison: most expensive
Directions: corner of 9th and New York. Across from Washington D.C. Conference Center.
Price: US$180 and up
One of D.C.'s most comfortable and heartwarming hostels is the William Penn House within walking distance of the Capitol and the National Mall. A little on the spendy side of hostels, at $40 a bunk, it still is one of D.C.'s most economic lodging alternatives for the out-of-state or international traveller. The William Penn House has been hosted by Friends and other advocates for peace and social justice since 1966 as a meeting ground for learning, teaching, and speaking to government officials regarding national policies. Its proximity to the Capitol and the headquarters of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) this historic, four-story row house is a powerful grounding place for activists. While an international hostel, it serves also as a place to learn: with adult programs for advocacy training, urban studies, spiritual development, and human rights. Its a place to worship each morning at 7:30 with a free breakfast afterwards. Its a Place to Grow - with youth programs such as the Quaker Youth Seminar (bi-annual) where Quaker high school students from across the country converge to engage in dialogue, learning, community, service, and sightseeing; FCNL Lobbying Weekend - each spring when college students come to learn how to lobby for better public policy; the Washington Quaker Workcamps where young people from the DC area join workcaps for spiritual experience of community service where participants address social concerns in concrete ways and break down barriers to community; and a Place to Stay - a hostel with ability to house up to 30 people in clean, shared, comfortable rooms. There is a living room / common room with a great library, comfortable couches, and two dining rooms. Each day a simple breakfast is provided, and several bathrooms and shower rooms through the house. This Quaker house also offers meeting facilities, a place to work for interns and fellows wishing to serve in DC working with others living in community and furthering Quaker values. I very much enjoyed my time and friendship with those i shared the house with during my visit. I'll definitely be back. Thank you. Rating 5 stars out of 5. Visited 5/22-23/2008.
Address: 515 East Capital Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Comparison: more expensive than average
As any on-the-budget world traveller knows, Hostelling International is you cost-effective solution to any city in the world that you care to travel. It's certified, safe, clean, and can always expect the quality that goes with their name. I've ALWAYS found that true with Hostelling International. (I can't say the same for other hostelling groups/networks, some of which put you in seedy locations) With Hostelling, you always meet great new people travelling like you around the world and many new friendships are made ... chatting, playing games, watching movies, taking tours, computer networking, hostel activities, making meals together, or being roommates. Hostelling International - Washington DC (HI-DC) is one of those great places where Hostelling International gets a good name. It's also the only current hostel in the world to be Energy Star certified. HI-DC is located within walking distance from all the tourist attractions, monuments, museums, and shopping that D.C. offers. For me who likes to do alternative clubbing at night, it's also in the neighbourhood from the only venues I've been turned on to. HI-DC offers dormitory rooms ($26/night) as well as private rooms ($69/night). They offer: 24-hour front desk service and security • No curfew, no lock-out • Rates include tax • An environment that is drug-free, smoke-free and alcohol-free • A/C and heat in all guestrooms • FREE breakfast • FREE in-room lockers, linens and towels • FREE tours, movie nights and programs • FREE Wi-Fi • FREE local map and area information • FREE books, puzzles, pool table • Common room with big, comfortable couches, Internet stations, information center, and pre-paid phone card machine • TV room with big screen, 150+ channels, DVD, VCR, library with FREE movies and leather club chairs • Fully-equipped, self-service kitchen • Outside patio seating • Wheelchair accessibility • Visa and MasterCard accepted • Nearby restaurants, bars and pubs, grocery shopping, pharmacy and other conveniences • Individual travelers and groups welcome. They are open 24 hrs/day; every day of the year. Visit the above website for pictures around the location. My visit was fabulous ... Highly recommended. Thank you HI-DC! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Address: 1009 11th Street NW
Comparison: least expensive
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