Churchill Hotel Near Embassy Row
What We Love
- The decor is traditional, while still providing all the modern must-haves (iPod docks, WiFi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs)
- Prime location near Dupont Circle and Embassy Row
- “Grab and Go” breakfast option is perfect for busy execs
What To Know
- Free basic WiFi
- On-site gym helps guests keep up with their workout regimens
- The clientele tends to be more business-oriented than leisurely
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From the moment you arrive at the doorstep of this Beaux-Arts beauty near Dupont Circle — built in 1906 as a fancy apartment house, it’s now listed in the National Trust registry — you’ll feel immersed in history. Look out for details such as stone balustrades and sculptures on the façade and original ornate plasterwork in the lobby, as well as traditional touches inside (floral print curtains, honey-colored nail-trimmed chairs). The 173 guestrooms feature 21st-century amenities, as well, such as iPod docks, WiFi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and Neutrogena toiletries. Once cocktail hour rolls around, the hotel offers several cozy spots to settle in, from a retro-tastic library corner to red banquettes that look designed for talking politics while brandishing a martini. At the Chartwell Grill and Lounge, expect classic dishes that recall the building’s original heyday: filet mignon and roast chicken, along with more contemporary treats such as sliders and fish tacos. Work off the extra calories in the well-equipped gym, or better yet, head out into the streets and soak in the city’s incredible museums and historic landmarks.
In the Area
The best things in life are free, at least in D.C., where many of the town’s best museums and sights have no entry fees. Start at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, a peaceful park and monument honoring the great civil rights leader, then head to the famed Smithsonian Museums, where you can check out everything from the Instagram-worthy Castle to the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Air and Space Museum. Finish your free jaunt with a visit to the National Zoo, which houses more than 2,000 animals, including the famous giant pandas. While you’re on a thrifty roll, skip the fancy suit-and-tie dining rooms frequented by the town’s lobbyists and politicians in favor of a burger, fries and shake at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack, where you can have a patriotic lunch for less than a Jackson.
How to Get There
Smallish hotel with old world charm but modern amenities. Comfy King size bed, and somehow I wound up in a handicap accessible room, so I had an amazingly big shower and bathroom. Beautiful marble throughout and all the amenities in the room that anyone would need. Check-in & Check=out was very easy and they kept my luggage for me while I did some sight-seeing on my departure day.
I have stayed at The Churchill twice now and have been completely pleased with my experiences! The first was a family vacation and the hotel was perfect for our family of four. We enjoyed breakfast in the hotel each morning and the location was convenient to our Big Bus stop. My second trip was work-related and I chose to stay at The Churchill again as opposed to the larger hotel across the street that was the site of my conference. Again, The Churchill was clean, elegant, convenient and the staff was super friendly! I highly recommend this hotel !
I stayed three nights at the Churchill Hotel for business. On arrival, there was no body in sight to help with luggage. And then I was surprised that the front desk attendant didn't welcome me; she only asked, "Can I help you?" Her laconic manner did not improve the situation when, over the course of a 20 minute check in process, she failed to explain that the hotel's systems were down. Another colleague came to assist and was more forthcoming and apologetic. The systems issue continued for another 12 hours or so, which meant when I tried to eat in the restaurant I was told I couldn't order because there order couldn't be sent to the kitchen. Ultimately, Omar in the restaurant turned out to be resourceful and took an order anyway. The food in the Chartwell restaurant was well prepared, although the menu is limited.
My room, located next to the service elevator, was very nicely decorated. Comfortable bed, beautiful draperies, appealing art. It was well equipped with an iron, steamer, and umbrella. There was a round table and side chair that appeared to have been intended as a desk/work set up. The bathroom, however, was rather tight. I liked the Moulton Brown toiletries. My room overlooked a side alley. My room was warm but there was no air-conditioning available. Eventually, I just opened the window whenever I was in the room. A strange grating noise occurred periodically and I think it came from the service elevator. It sounded like furniture being dragged across a bare floor and was quite loud.
Housekeeping was uneven. One day it seemed as though the housekeeper had been interrupted and forgot to return to the room to finish.
Aside from the absent porter and the laconic receptionist, the staff were all friendly and helpful. It appeared to me that Shaune, the general manager, was trying hard to make the guests' stays comfortable.