As a platinum member, the quality of the club lounges is very important. Some insights in DC: The Mayflower has the best lounge by far. The food is good, the deserts are awesome (esp chocoate coated strawberries, cream puffs, etc.) the food is always well stocked, and the concierge ( Rudy ) there in the evenings is very friendly. The M St Rennisance has great dinners and good deserts. The 9th St Rennisance lounge is also wonderful and huge (esp bagels and salmon for breakfast). I also recommend the Metro and Woodley Park lounges. If you are elite, the Woodley Park Marriott often give upgrades to huge apartment suites. The JW Club Lounge is the biggest disappointment. Dinner selection is limited, breakfast egg quiches are soggy, and evening desert is only stale cookies. They usually do not have breakfast ready if you get there when they open in the morning.
I stayed at the Residence Inn, Capital last year and loved the location. While it did not have a club, the location was just great! As a Residence Inn, breakfast was fine and evening food was ok. They always have fresh cookies. Mostly, this hotel more than any provided easy access to the, Mall, Smithsonian and Native America museum with it fantastic cafeteria. We so enjoyed walking the Mall at dusk. The metro was around the block. Fine dining was not real close but with the Metro who cares.
I like the Wardman Park Marriott which had an ok club. Again, neighborhood is so enjoyable with lots of fine dining at a variety of prices. I was very unimpressed with the JW. I'd go off the grid and stay at the Willard which is great.
Do go to the Jefferson Memorial and rent the paddle boats. What a fantastic way to enjoy Washington and the blossoms!
I THOUGHT THE RI CAPITAL IN DC WAS NOT "AS GOOD AS IT GETS" BUT CLOSE ESP. WITH KIDS. KIND OF A LACK OF DINING OPTIONS WAS THE BIGGEST SHORT FALL. THE AREA BUSTLES M-F BUT IS DEAD AFTER 5 AND ON WEEKENDS. SAFE, RELATIVELY CLEAN, NICE STAFF. FOR ME AS A TRAVELER IT WAS A 7 OUT OF 10 BUT IT WORKED WELL. THE KIDS HAD A NICE POOL AND WE WENT OVER TO THE MALL IN THE EVENING TO WATCH THE MONUMENTS LIGHT UP. ENOUGH AFTER A LONG DAY. I HAVE STAYED AT A LOT OF DC HOTELS BUT THIS ONE WITH KIDS WAS VERY ADEQUATE. NOT SURE I WOULD PICK IT FOR BUSINESS BY MYSELF.
Let me throw in a plug for the Crystal Gateway Marriott just over the Potomac in Crystal City (aka Arlington) VA. The Metro subway runs under the building and is accessible day or night without going outside into the unpredictable DC weather. Lounge is comfortable, though in the good old days, was staffed with excellent food and conicerge personnel, some of whom were Cordon Bleu graduates.
Parking is more reasonable than the DC properties and it's convenient to everything using the subway.