Mason & Rook Hotel
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
With a stay at Mason & Rook Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Washington, convenient to Franklin Square and White House. This 4.5-star hotel is close to Ford’s Theater and George Washington University.
Make yourself at home in one of the 178 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while wireless Internet access (included in the guest amenities fee) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Mason & Rook Hotel. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Washington? This hotel has 5,500 square feet of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms.
How to Get There
It has been my experience that the more updated, modernized newer the hotel and amenities, it often comes short on personal service.
Well, the same applies in reverse to Mason & Rook. I was sent there (a job) and was so warmly surprised by the welcoming staff from the reception to the restaurant staff and everything in between.
Yes, the hotel could enjoy a face lift, and I understand that it was just bought by Viceroy that plans just the update it needs. I hope they achieve it - but dont change ANYTHING in the personnel touch.
I was greeted by Michael at reception, who initiated information about happy hour at the hotel, the free coffee, not to check out unnecessary bottles in the fridge lest I be charged for it, Metro etc. What a nice touch!
Since the hotel does not have a business center, he printed my material – no change no fuss, no muss, and with a smile.
At breakfast at the Radiator Restaurant, Lulit, my server, was engaging but not overpowering. The coffee (espresso, in my case) was EXCELLENTLY SMOOTH AND DELICIOUS! I am pleased to say Lulit shared the name of the coffee source – La Columbe, from Philadelphia. Then, I got a complementary water bottle, and most of all got great service from Lulit, Jasmin and when I asked for the manager, Marcy was just the next great link in the chain.
I had a great stay and look forward to being there again.
So, Viceroy Face lift the hotel – but keep and compensate the GREAT staff of the hotel.
I have stayed at the Mason and Rook hotel before and thought it was GREAT! However, this time, it was ok. I was here on business and my room wasn't ready upon arrival, so I had to wait about 20 minutes. When I got to the room, the bathroom was not as clean as it should have been and so I had to go down to the front desk to ask for it to be cleaned again along with new sheets. The room is quite big and the bed is comfortable. The bathroom is spacious with a pretty god sized shower. They do provide body soap, shampoo and conditioner although I didn't use them. Last time, they had yoga mats in the room, but not this time. The floor was a little worn and had stains on it. The food we had during our meetings was sooooo good! Our meeting staff were super friendly and very accommodating. The hotel is near a 7-11 and a CVS is just a block away as is a Whole Foods. Several restuarants are near by too. I did have to wait about 10 minutes for a taxi upon departure. Both bell hops went down to the end of the street to hail one for me.
Nice modern room, spacious and comfortable. Staff were friendly and the food was good.
That's the good bit, but they really fall down on the details.
The bathroom has an automatic light, but the sensor is in the wrong place, so the light goes off if you spend too long in the shower.
There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. When I asked I was told there were free hot drinks in the lobby. Unfortunately they're only available until 10AM, not much use if you want a drink at bedtime. Then they offered to send us a kettle. They did just that - no cups, no tea, no coffee. Even the cheapest budget hotels offer tea and coffee in the rooms.
They really excelled themselves on the Sunday of our stay.
We arrived back at 3PM to find that there were only bath towels in the bathroom and no water tumblers. I contacted reception eventually (the phone didn't work) to be told that the hotel was full the day before so there would be no more towels until some came back from the laundry - seriously, what sort of hotel doesn't have enough linen to cope with being full?!
The bar was supposed to open at 4.00 and the restaurant at 5.00. We planned to go for an early drink and a meal before going out for the evening. When we arrived at 4.20 it was still locked up. Reception said to go outside and through the patio, also locked up, so the receptionist opened the door only to reveal the staff sitting around having a chat. They just hadn't bothered to open.
When we arrived back at 11PM, the promised towels still hadn't arrived, so it was another call to reception (they had at least fixed the phone) to get some towels, but still no tumblers.
The next day we checked out. There was $172 in incidental costs to pay, which I paid for on a foreign currency debit card rather than the credit card we'd provided on arrival. This was part of a package deal so the accommodation was already paid for.
Then a month later when the credit card bill arrived, I discovered a charge of $592.29, much to my disgust. I contacted my tour organiser, who took 3 weeks to finally get a resolution of sorts. First they said that it was common practice to put a hold on a card and that it had probably been refunded. Except this wasn't a hold, they'd taken the money and 3 weeks later hadn't refunded it.
Then they said they had refunded it minus the $172 in incidental costs that I'd already paid - they hadn't. The unauthorised payment was finally repaid nearly 7 weeks after it was taken. Unfortunately I'd already had to pay the credit card bill or else face interest charges and the difference in exchange rates means I'm still almost £15 out of pocket.
I'm still waiting for an apology or any compensation for what can only be described as incompetence.