Trying to figure out which hotel to book and looking to see if anyone has stayed at either and if they could offer some input?
Thanks! I read the reviews before I posted. Definitively couldn't make a decision between the two of us.
The Melrose is a regular hotel with a newish feel on a broad stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW adjacent to Georgetown. The Lombardy, not far away, is older but well-maintained, more of a European, B&B style. Both are near the Metro.Edited: 07 September 2017, 05:32
I stayed in the Lombardy last month for four days. The room was very classy and the bed was very very comfortable. Quite a luxurious feel. The staff at breakfast were so courteous and made you feel very special. I liked the area too. I walked to DuPont Circle to see if I was missing anything in terms of area as had given some thought to staying there. To me in daytime at least it looked a bit run down. Delighted I chose the Lombardy.
The Lombardy is in the Foggy Bottom area. It is in the vicinity of The George Washington University. Many students, professors, and staff from GW will be walking around.
The George Washington University Hospital is in close proximity. When John Hinckley, Jr. tried to assasinate President Reagan in 1981 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, the latter was hospitalized at this hospital. Apparently before surgery, with his sense of humor Reagan asked whether the doctors were Republicans!
Georgetown is within walking distance. It is a fun place to browse, eat, and walk around. Georgetown University is here. The C & O canal is a lovely place to walk if you have time.
The subways are also in the vicinity. They will take you to the Smithsonian museums, memorials, and monuments.
You can also walk if you are used to walking.
The above description could work for either hotel.
The current GW Hospital is not where President Reagan was operated on. That building was across the street and has been demolished.