"friendly staff, nice amentities, lots of places to settle in lobby, room was not enournous but nice. well appointed and modern. Near everything... " More

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Hotel Description

A stay in the heart of Washington awaits you at W Washington D.C., a recipient of the prestigious Conde Nast Hot List award in 2010. Within just a 10-minute stroll, you'll find popular attractions like White House and Ford's Theater. Highlights at this boutique hotel include 2 restaurants, 5 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa.

You can enjoy LCD TVs with cable channels, and all 317 rooms feature iPod docks, WiFi, and wired Internet. Minibars provide refreshments, and 24-hour room service is also available. Nice touches to enhance your stay include rainfall showerheads and bathrobes, while pillowtop beds and premium bedding invite a good night's rest. DVD players, espresso makers, and down comforters are also available.

A day of pampering at Bliss Spa can include facials and body treatments. The restaurant, Pinea, serves Mediterranean cuisine and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. POV is the hotel's own rooftop bar, serving drinks along with brunch and lunch. Enjoy the nightclub and fitness center. Business amenities include conference space, meeting rooms, and limo/town car service. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and coffee/tea in a common area. Each morning cooked-to-order breakfast is served between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Within a 15-minute walk of this 4-star Downtown Washington D.C. hotel, attractions include Washington Monument and Verizon Center.

W Washington D.C. ratings based on 41 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Nice all around,.

friendly staff, nice amentities, lots of places to settle in lobby, room was not enournous but nice. well appointed and modern. Near everything...

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018

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3 out of 5

Great location, friendly staff, rooms meh.

The W brand has taken over this historic hotel and brought their rock star style. Not overly done, but the Curt Cobain art seemed out of place. The rooms are small, oddly organized around the shower and white lacquer desk/shelves/chaise lounge installation. The rooftop bar is fun and Pinea's outdoor restaurant is fun, but the staff at Pinea isn't well trained (a management issue). For the cost of those rooms you should enjoy yourself more than I did. BUT, the location is great so if that is your priority this hotel will meet your expectations.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017

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4 out of 5

Great hotel in great location, but with minor room glitches

Pros: convenient location, amazing roof lounge, despite active lobby room was quiet
Cons: No free Internet, Noisy, expensive breakfast
I very much enjoyed my stay at the W Washington DC (although the hotel still is not widely known by this name, instead being referred to as "the Washington Hotel" by several taxi drivers). As a walker, I enjoyed that the hotel was centrally located for my visit, making a pleasant walk to many venues, including the Convention Center. It is less than 3 blocks from the subway, making access to most every part of the city (including the airport) very quick and easy. I did, however, have several complaints arising from the room's shower, which apparently leaked substantially each time it was used. The first time (a quick mid-day shower following a red-eye flight and before rushing out to a Nationals baseball game), I didn't notice any water until after returning from being out all day, and so when I discovered a small wet area of the bedroom rug, thought I had simply spilled some water without realizing. But the next morning, after my shower, I noticed water again, and thought perhaps I hadn't properly closed the shower door. But the third morning, while preparing to shower (having started the water), I noticed an area where water had already started seeping through back of the glass shower enclosure. I placed a hand towel at the corner, thinking that would be enough to address the issue. That was nothing, however, to the giant puddle that had formed in the front of the shower unit during my shower. Being a good sport (and with several large towels available), I cleaned up the mess and reported it to the front desk. Problem 1 - After telling the staff member that the shower was leaking, he asked me "Did you tell anyone about this", to which I replied, "That's what I'm doing telling you." He promised to get engineering to look at the problem, and when I returned later that day found a sign indicating engineering had, indeed, come and fixed the problem. Problem 2 - Unfortunately, the next morning I discovered they were wrong (or fibbed), as several more towels were needed to keep the floor from becoming a wading pool. Kind of frustrating service.

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA on May 25, 2012

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3 out of 5

Rooms were small

The Hotel itself was nice but the rooms were tiny.

Posted by , from Columbia, MD on Dec 15, 2011

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5 out of 5

W Hotels have nice and trendy but small rooms

Pros: Close restaurants
Cons: small room
The hotel is exciting with an incredible rooftop bar – one of the hottest locations in DC with a spectacular view of the White House. W Hotel rooms are expensive and small but the overall, a class-act experience.

Posted by , from Fairfax County, VA on Nov 20, 2011

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5 out of 5


Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
Cons: No free Internet
I only stayed here one night, and they made me feel like a perpetually valued customer. Friendly staff to all types and very efficient. Perfect location to major monuments, especially for a guest like myself with no transportation access. I am definitely staying here next visit!

Posted by , from los Angeles, California on Oct 18, 2011

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5 out of 5

Had a "W"onderful experience!

I had the pleasure of staying at the W Washington during the Thanksgiving Holiday, and it was my first time in a W property. I was pleasantly surprised with every aspect. I was greeted by friendly staff, allowed to check in early, received a high-quality coffee maker delivered to my room, along with name-brand coffees that were delivered in a silky purple bag! The attention to detail at this hotel is amazing, with unique decor that you won't find at most hotels, and they have awesome designer toiletries. The look and feel of the hotel, lobby, and lounge areas is very trendy and sophisticated, appealing to the chic professional set, which I appreciated. As I left my room to explore each day, fresh hot apple cider was available as I faced the brisk temperatures. This hotel is one of the closest to most sights one would want to see in the Mall area. In the evening, the lobby bar was a very nice place to meet new people and chat. (Bill, the bartender, was very entertaining!) Lastly, the fact that they volunteered to print my boarding pass and have it ready for me at check out was very convenient. The only negative I can state would be the lack of free interenet service. I would definitely stay here again, and look forward to doing so in the near future!

Posted by , from Fayetteville, NC on Feb 9, 2011

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2 out of 5

too modern

Cons: No free Internet, to hip and cool; overdoing the cool factor
I prefer hotels that are homely. There were too many abstract features that I had to figure out before use. For example, I couldn't figure out how to flush the toilet. Turns out the "handle" was a silver thingy on the wall that I had to push. Also - the light switches were all over the place...again...finding them and figuring out how they worked was difficult. There was a really nice worker who helped fill my ice bucket for me. However, the front desk had me standing in front of them for about 3 minutes before acknowledging me. Always a no no! Lastly, for the price I would have liked complimentary internet. $14.95 for 24hrs is RE-DI-CU-LOUS!!

Posted by , from Boston, MA on Feb 7, 2011

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5 out of 5

Everything about my stay was wonderful. I would go back in a heart beat!

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, staff is better than good., very clean rooms, location was perfect
The Hotel was very clean and the staff went out of their way to make me feel special. The hotel is located perfectly if your need is business or pleasure. I stay in hotels all over the country and this place need not take a back seat to any hotel of it's same size and room price. Everything I could possibly need they made availble to me right in my own room.

Posted by , from Indiana on Feb 3, 2011

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5 out of 5

Great stay, a big fan of this chain

Cons: no coffee in the rooms!
Loved the hotel the staff the location. It is pricy but worth it. Everybody is attentive, and are a pleasure to deal with. The W has unique decor, but it works. The location is great and I really enjoyed the vibe. We travelled there with a mixed age group, and everyone was delighted (young baby and grand parents). My only complaint may seem trite. Theres no free coffee in the rooms. After a tiring journey, I've come to look forward to and expect it.

Posted by , from Boston on Feb 3, 2011

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Property Features

W Washington D.C. offers its guests a full-service spa and a fitness center. There are 2 restaurants on site. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 5 bars/lounges. Public spaces have free WiFi and wired Internet. Business amenities include limo/town car service and meeting rooms. A nightclub, a rooftop terrace, and spa services are also featured at the business-friendly W Washington D.C.. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star Washington hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 317 guestrooms or units
  • 11 levels
  • 2 dining venues
  • 5 bars or lounges
  • 7 conference rooms
  • Built in 1917
  • Nightclub
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge) , Wired Internet access (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National) (7 km / 4.4 mi)
  • Train station: Washington Union Station (3.1 km / 1.9 mi)
  • Metro station: McPherson Sq. Station (0.6 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

W Washington D.C. offers 317 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and DVD players. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Espresso makers and minibars are provided. Bathrooms include rainfall showerheads, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. This Washington hotel provides wired and wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary weekday newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include laptop-compatible safes and complimentary bottled water. Microwaves, refrigerators, and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Minibar
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator available
  • Microwave available
  • Espresso maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Pinea - This restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Open daily.

POV - This rooftop bar serves brunch, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Open daily.

Living Room - This lobby lounge serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Root Cellar Whiskey Bar - This cocktail bar specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

The 895-square-foot fitness center is open around the clock and features iPod-compatible cardio and weight training machines along with yoga equipment, balance balls, and boxing bags.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby

Spa Services

The 3,000-square-foot Bliss Spa has 4 treatment rooms and the extensive spa menu includes facials like the popular triple oxygen treatment, body scrubs and wraps, and deep tissue massages. The spa also includes men's and women's locker rooms and lounges, a brownie buffet, retail boutique, and nail salon with 2 manicure and 2 pedicure stations.

  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 25 per pet, per day, plus a one-time cleaning fee of USD 100 and a deposit of USD 100 per stay
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room (weight limit: 40 kg)


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

This property charges a USD 100 fee for pet accommodations in addition to the nightly pet fee. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Parking height restrictions apply


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 12 and USD 22 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 14.95 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 14.95 per day (rates may vary)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 55 per night
  • Pet deposit: USD 100 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 25 per pet, per day plus USD 100 one-time cleaning fee

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

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