I spent one night with friends and one night at the Hyatt Place U.S. Capitol during my trip to Washington, DC last week. I chose the Hyatt Place based primarily upon location and in that respect I still misjudged distance and found the hotel a bit further away than I anticipated. Here’s my review of the Hyatt Place – U.S Capitol.
Hyatt Place U.S Capitol Review
I flew via Washington last week to pay my final respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As such, I wanted to stay at a hotel as close to the U.S. Supreme Court building as possible. While the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill would normally be my go-to option, it remains closed for COVID-19. Rather than splurge for the Park Hyatt near Georgetown or Willard (no fun splurging when I arrived late and was traveling alone), I chose the next closest hotel, the Hyatt Place Capitol Hill.
On the one hand, this hotel is very convenient to getting around DC. There’s a red line Metro station (NoMa – Gallaudet U) two blocks away which made transport from Washington National Airport very easy (take the Yellow line from DCA in the direction of Fort Totten and transfer at Gallery Place – Chinatown to the red line in the direction of Glenmont).
You can also walk to the touristic areas…as I did during a 10-mile late-night stroll.
But in terms of being close to Capitol Hill as its name implies…well, technically yes, but it’s not an easy walk to the U.S. Capitol or Supreme Court. And the process of taking the red line to Union Station and then walking takes a lot of time. So keep that in mind or budget in for Uber.
The hotel is in a gentrifying neighborhood, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Yes, you will encounter some homeless people milling about and New York Avenue seems a bit rough.
But there’s a hip new apartment building across the street from the hotel (and a great coffee shop). Do close your blinds at night or else you’ll be looking directly into the bedrooms of dozens of people and they’ll be looking right back at you…
When I arrived at 8pm, there was a guard outside the hotel who let me in. Normally, the sliding doors to the hotel are locked and you’ll need to swipe your room key in order to enter. Signs posted at the door warn you not to come in if you are feeling sick and that masks are required at all times.
While staff was masked for the most part, I did notice that one staff member only put her mask on when a customer approached. Then again, there was also thick plexiglass separating customers from employees so it wasn’t a big issue for me.
Due to the pandemic, the fitness center was closed, so I have no pictures of that. I’ll discuss breakfast below.
A very standard Hyatt Place room. That is to say a large room with a living room area (L-shaped couch and coffee table), large desk, and a semi-partition separating a bedroom area.
The bathroom did not have a bathtub, only a spacious shower (which was fine by me). Dr. Kenet soap and fresh towels were provided.
Well, at least they had breakfast…but don’t expect much.
The buffet is closed due to the pandemic. Instead, you can come up to the Market/Bar and order a breakfast sandwich, yogurt, apple, coffee, and orange juice in the morning. Credit for not pulling what many Hyatts have done and simply eliminating breakfast altogether, but at this point I view this as a cost-cutting move much more than a health/safety issue.
One reason I am a big advocate for indoor smoking areas is because it makes it less likely I will have to smell smoke. A lot of guests appeared to be smokers and almost every time I walked into the hotel I had to smell pot and tobacco wafting over from the smoking area near the entrance. Put these people in a closed room or way down the street…not right outside the door.
This hotel served its purpose in the sense that it was cheap ($84), clean, and across the street from a great coffee shop. That said, the location was not as convenient as I had hoped for (in terms of walking) and I’d probably try out another Hyatt in town next time.
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