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
- 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
I visited September 2018 with a big group. The hotel staff was accommodating and very warm. I enjoyed being welcomed (opening hotel door) by an employee each time we arrived :) The room we stayed in (group of 4) was comfortable but a bit small. The restroom was also tight. There was a large space that was used for a business desk. Would've been better to have an extra couch or single bed in that space. The staff was more than accommodating when with our requests. The lobby decor was beautiful and the complimentary fruit water was a nice welcome after walking the city on a hot summer day lol. The downside for me was no pool but as I said I was traveling with a group, so I had to agree with the group's choices. I would definitely stay here again.
Was hesitant to go to Churchill (hadn't heard of it before), but they were great. Good pricing but the room and hotel pleasantly surprised me on how nice it was. More than that, the front desk people and manager were great and flexible with my needs. I ran into a problem in getting back to the hotel to check out in time and called them and they saved me a trip by having my stuff packed up and held so that I could stay at my meeting and not deal with that. Very nice looking hotel, big comfortable rooms, and great location.
very nice, clean hotel close to metro andmany restaurants.easy walking distance to main attractions. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable .we had a wonderful trip and would recommend this hotel. October is a great month to go to DC
Lovely plush quiet room. But no desk to set up my computer. Duh. That's a first. Even cheap hotels have a place to work at. Otherwise a very pleasant stay and a good location just up the hill from Dupont Metro station.
I stayed here one night on a business trip. The hotel touts itself as a luxury small hotel. Sorry, I disagree on the luxury part. When I checked in at 6 pm there was only one person handling check in (slow!). One of the two passenger elevators was under repair.
My room (#218) was next to a noisy service elevator and tiny (less than 250 square feet) with a bathroom that would never have fit Winston Churchill. Want a bottle of water? You'll need to walk to the bar and pay about $4. There's also a creepy portrait of a weird child who seems about to strangle a goose looking down at you in bed.
This is clearly not a full service property with a strong customer service orientation. Saying it's a botique does not make up for the oddities.
You can do a lot better (even at the Marriott next door or Hilton across the street).
Yes, it is clean and in a pleasant location (but not connenient to the Metro).