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“Great Style, Average Content” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown

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Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown
Ranked #12 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Chapel Hill, NC
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10 reviews
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“Great Style, Average Content”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

The Fairmont in Washington, DC is billed as a fine luxury hotel. The building is grand. The lobby is beautifully decorated, with elegant touches like fresh flowers and plenty of comfortable seating. There is a small bar that is very conducive to having drinks and actual real, sustained conversations with friends (the key factor is that it is not too loud and does not have a sports-blaring TV constantly on). There are restaurants in the hotel, although I cannot comment on the food because we didn't eat at the hotel. (My guess is the restaurants are over-priced.) So far, it seems like there couldn't possibly be anything to complain about, right? Wrong. The first night we were there we asked for a wake-up call for the next morning and we did not get a wake-up call, because we were there for the very important TEDMED conference, this caused us to miss some of the morning events. After mentioning this omission to the front desk, we received all subsequent wake up calls, which, I must say, were made by real people -- a nice touch in a world that has most calls made and answered by machines. Another problem is that the walls were VERY thin and by that I mean that you can hear EVERYTHING your neighbors are doing/talking about, and I assume that if any of them stopped talking/doing other things long enough, they would easily have heard us, too. (Except that we were basically whispering for this reason.) It is not just within the room that our neighbors' activities could be heard, it was throughout the long hallway. Honestly, much of the noise we heard was pornographic. So, although we were supposedly staying in a luxury hotel, it felt/sounded more like a cheap hotel for indiscriminate meetings. On the plus side, the room was very comfortable. The bed was actually more comfortable than our bed at home (I suppose it had been "broken in"). The absolute best feature of the room is that the desk had TWO chairs, easily accommodating me, my husband, and our laptops. It seems that usually when we travel, who gets the desk is always an issue. It is a shame that such a lovely hotel on the outside has such remarkably good acoustics. And not getting the wake-up call we asked for was an inconvenience, although it could have been a disaster (if we had to go to the airport, for example). The location is excellent. But I must say the price is far too high for what you get.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

We stayed here last weekend for a wedding and it was fantastic! We don't normally stay at a place so fancy. The staff was great and very helpful. I saw the other review of business people constanlty around dressed in suits, which is true. I felt alittle funny when we were in our jeans or shorts. When we were dressed up to go to the wedding, another couple was in the elevator casually dressed and said they didn't know there was a dress code for the elevator! I had to laugh because we felt like that when we weren't dressed up. We had a great time there! My only compliant was that there weren't many reasonable breakfast restaurants in the area. All they recommended whenever we asked them to hopefully get a different answer was "Bread and Chocolate" around the corner. Location was ok. It was a bit far walking to the mall area. Hotel was very clean!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

My husband, 11 and 12 year old daughters, and I just spent a week at the Fairmont. We were supposed to stay in a garden view/balcony room, but all were occupied when we arrived at the hotel and we were placed in a room on the 8th floor facing the Park Hyatt next door. I was concerned about the view and the noise factor. The view of the Park Hyatt and it's street side plantings and fountain was actually fine. The Fairmont makes a U shape around it's courtyard garden. The interior balcony rooms that are directly above the lobby and just to either side of the U have nice views down into the garden. The rooms that are at the ends of the U end up looking more over the covered reception pavilion and the neighboring building at the end of the U. We were offered a 5th floor room at the end of the U and after looking at the room, I thought our 8th floor room looking at the Park Hyatt was actually a better view. There was some ambulance noise from the fire department two blocks away, but it was very infrequent and I always sleep with ear plugs so it did not bother me or my family. The room turned out to be $80 dollars less a night than what I'd originally booked and we were happy to take the lower rate and stick with the outside room. Our room was quite large for the 4 of us, although the double beds are obviously not huge. I found out that due to DC fire codes they can not add a roll away (even though there was plenty of space) to a room that already has two beds. The room decor and bathroom were basic higher end hotel quality, but nothing luxurious. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were lacking. The staff was amazing. Everyone was helpful, cheerful and courteous. The two concierge, Kevin & Kit, who helped us really went out of their way to make our stay perfect and were very responsive. The lobby and garden are lovely and it was very enjoyable to have a cocktail there most evenings and listen to the piano music. The hotel was a short 10 minute walk to the Foggy Bottom subway station and it was very easy to take the subway to our daily destinations. The subway system itself was very useful, but there was still a ton of walking involved in sight seeing around DC. We ended up using a combination of the subway and taxi cabs when our feet got to tired. There are a lot of good restaurants within 15 to 20 minute walks of the hotel. I would not recommend the Blue Duck Tavern across the street. Their food was mediocre, especially for the price, although the service was excellent. Our dinners at Firefly and La Perla were much better for both the adults and kids in our party. Bread and Chocolate was great for breakfast, but so was the Starbucks across the street from the hotel. I wish we'd noticed the Whole Foods across from the Foggy Bottom metro station a little earlier in our stay. It was a great source for wine and snacks.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012 via mobile

Our family of four (husband and I plus two teenage children) enjoyed staying at the Fairmont while touring Washington over the Easter weekend. The hotel lobby and restaurants are lovely, and service was attentive in Juniper as well as the lobby bar. The staff in the Juniper resaturant went out of their way to accommodate a severe gluten intolerance, which made the very pricey breakfast somewhat more of a value. Room service was tasty and on-time. The room was comfortable, but the bed and pillows were too soft --in retrospect we should have asked if they had firmer pillows. The concierge was extremely helpful with making special plans for Easter brunch. Overall we had a wonderful stay.

Stayed April 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012 via mobile

This hotel was really nice and big. Staff were friendly and helpful. Although it was constantly full of business people, dressed up. Which when your travelling is a little bit intimidating. Would of like to explore more of it although there were constantly alot of people around. Even on arriving at 11pm. It's location was close to all the big attractions.

Stayed March 2012
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Additional Information about Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown

Property: Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown
Address: 2401 M Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Formerly The Monarch Hotel)
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#4 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#5 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#7 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#12 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price range (per night): ₹ 17,778 - ₹ 40,719
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown 4*
Number of rooms: 415
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is pleased to announce that all of our guestrooms are newly renovated as of June 01, 2016. The newly renovated guestrooms, suites and Fairmont Gold experience transform the hotel into the premier luxury destination in the nation's capital by adding contemporary and innovative features important to today's travelers, such as multiple outlets and a multi-functional table with a chaise. We are currently enhancing our public spaces with a redesign of the courtyard and lobby. During this time, we will install temporary walls around the lounge and lobby staircase where an exhibit of "American Icons" will be displayed. We have partnered with the Georgetown gallery, Artist's Proof, to showcase historic and current American celebrities and personalities. We are working to ensure the guest experience is not impacted during your stay and look forward to welcoming you to the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. ... more   less 
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