The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
What We Love
- Location: Steps from Dupont Circle’s bar-lined streets
- The hotel’s annual Capital Wine Festival, an event in January showcasing international vintages and food pairings
- You can order from a 24-hour room service menu should you have a craving for lamb at 3 am
What To Know
- WiFi can be accessed in the rooms for $12.95 per day
- Most of the city’s museums are off the Smithsonian stop, a 20-minute metro ride away
- Limited valet parking is offered on a first-come, first-served basis for $40 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Classic Georgian architecture meets dignified interiors and sophisticated service in this historic hotel on D.C.’s Embassy Row. Built in 1927 as a stopping point for world leaders, the Fairfax features 259 rooms with iPod docks, 42-inch flat-screens, 300-thread-count Fili D’oro sheets and gilded-frame artwork. Join diplomats, politicians and lobbyists for classic American fare in red velvet button-back banquets at 2100 Prime, a former social club for well-heeled regulars like Frank Sinatra, John and Jackie Kennedy and Joe DiMaggio. Most dishes like the Roasted Lancaster Chicken Breast with whipped potatoes and rosemary jus are sourced from local purveyors and farms. Need a nightcap? Head to the nautical-themed Fairfax Lounge, the hotel’s original wood-lined bar with two gas fireplaces, old-school cocktails and a real sense of history (Hillary Clinton announced her 2008 presidential run in the hotel bar).
In the Area
A stay at the centrally located Fairfax will put you steps from the city’s chief landmarks, new and old. Flex your plastic along the boutique-lined Embassy Row for vintage designer goods at Secondi and leather-bound titles at late-night bookstore/cafe Kramerbooks & Afterwords. Got a taste for local? Stroll through Dupont Circle’s FreshFarm Market on Sundays for charcuterie, fresh-baked croissants and seasonal produce. While the Library of Congress, The National Mall and the world’s-largest museum complex at the Smithsonian Institution are among the city’s must-see spots, the Phillips Collection has an impressive American and European impressionist collection and is walking distance from the hotel. Join the afterwork crowd unwinding over briny Virginia oysters and house-made punches at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or party hop in the U-Street Corridor with the hip-hop hangout Marvin and live bands at legendary music venue Black Cat.
How to Get There
This hotel has undergone changes. It has lost some value for the dollar. There is no room service. Its restaurant is seldom open. There are no newspapers. The room TV has only two working channels Fox News and HBO. Parking is very expensive. Rooms are well maintained and clean but lack all amenities. Staff appears reduced. Our room was in the back and subject to noise from garbage removal after 10pm from an adjacent building. There was no complimentary breakfast or even coffee. Breakfast buffet way overpriced and not very palatable. An all-together disappointing experience.
I really like the rooms. But avoid the breakfast and other food as it is overpriced and STILL served on paper plates with plastic cutlery despite the completion of the refurbishment. I’d still recommend it though as long as you use local stores to stock up on food and drink!
Only parking available is valet, which costs almost as much as the room for a night. Recommend Metro or Uber in DC. Don't drive unless absolutely necessary. Parking is a nightmare.Room was clean & adequate. $25 extra for breakfast in hotel lobby.