3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 19, 2011 2:25 PM by drbeagle RSS

Washington Marriott at Metro Center or JW Marriott in DC?  Which is better?

clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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I need a downtown DC hotel and am trying to decide between the Washington Marriott at Metro Center and the JW Marriott.  Are there any advantages to staying at the JW Marriott?  I am in town for business, and the Metro Center location is a bit more convenient and costs a little less.  But aren't the JW Marriott properties supposed to be more luxurious?  I don't mind paying a little more for better amenities.  Any advice would be appreciated!  Thanks in advance!

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  • Re: Washington Marriott at Metro Center or JW Marriott in DC?  Which is better?
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    You've got a lot of options in DC - if you include the RITZ options, it's literally dozens of choices - and, of course, location makes a big difference.  As a local, may I suggest that:

    • the JW Marriott is somewhat of an institution - it's quite large - they do a brisk conference business - it's worth trying at least once - there are a handful of great restaurants nearby, and the White House and the DC Mall are close/walkable;
    • depending upon where your work takes you, take a look at the (smaller) Renaissance - I think they call it the DC Dupont Circle - it's a nicer scale, and it gives nice access to Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, etc.
    • if your budget permits, or if they're offering a nice rate, I strongly recommend the Mayflower.  (OK, I took my wife there for our 20th anniversary.) It's a classic, and their Concierge lounge is quite nice;
    • the big Renaissance, over by the Convention Center, is new(est) and nice, but it's not the right location for most tourists;
    • if you don't mind being on the METRO, consider the Key Bridge (in Rosslyn, Virginia) for the views across the river; and
    • the Wardman Park is huge (and, with its quirky layout, it's a monster), but it has terrific METRO access, as well as access to the Zoo and a string of nice restaurants....

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg.... ENJOY!!!!

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    • Re: Washington Marriott at Metro Center or JW Marriott in DC?  Which is better?
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      ssindc,

       

      That is a great report you made!

       

      If a person can get a room on the concierge level at the JW, you have a historic set-up!  To look to your left and see The Capital, look out to your right and see Arlington Cemetery, and all that is in between, is a fantastic experience.  From there you can walk to Ford's Theater, Chinatown, The Smithsonian, Washington Monument and more.

       

      Enjoy!

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    • Re: Washington Marriott at Metro Center or JW Marriott in DC?  Which is better?
      drbeagle Platinum 60 Reviews
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      It depends on your mobility and what you want to see.  The Metro Center property is very conveniently located close to Metro Center  stop  - if you come out the right exit you walk a very short block to the entrance.  The JW property is not as close to a Metro stop but is closer to White House and many of the memorials. 

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