The Liaison Capitol Hill
What We Love
- Walking distance from Union Station and the National Mall
- Art and Soul restaurant, helmed by a two-time James Beard Award–winning chef; try the signature buttermilk-brined fried chicken for two
- Going for a dip in the rooftop pool and sipping cocktails at the bar with city views
What To Know
- Walking Tour Kits with a city guide, iPod-loaded playlists and a pedometer
- In-room spa services are available
- Very dog-friendly, there's even a pooch patio menu on offer
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Liaison Capitol Hill delivers a personalized experience in a hip setting. The energetic lobby features a mix of modern furniture, including black and white leather chairs, circular cocktail tables, and a sculpted ceiling. More than 70 black and white images by fashion photographer Wayne Takenaka adorn the corridors and common spaces of the hotel’s 12 floors, showcasing a “day in the life” of a fictional DC lobbyist and iconic landmarks. All 343 rooms have been thoughtfully updated, though the petite bathrooms remain. The 300-square-foot Deluxe Rooms and slightly larger Superior Rooms have kingsize beds styled with black leather quilted headboards and comfortable mattresses. Oversize chaise longues are positioned below the windows, and there are modern glass-top desks and ergonomic chairs for business travelers. Bathrooms are done up with sleek subway tiles, colorful wallpaper and refillable organic bath products. Helmed by two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Art Smith, the Art and Soul restaurant is one of DC’s hottest spots, with a deal-making atmosphere and a Southern-inspired menu (the signature buttermilk-brined fried chicken for two is outstanding). The restaurant’s dog-friendly outdoor patio offers glimpses of the Capitol dome, while the L-shaped bar and lounge area are perfect for socializing after a hard day on the hill. In the summer months, head to the rooftop pool and bar for cocktails and city views.
In the Area
The Smithsonian’s 18 museums and galleries have so many artifacts that only one percent are ever on view at one time. Scratch the surface with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery or the National Museum of the American Indian. A short cab ride away, Georgetown is perfect for an afternoon of retail therapy; the charming 19th-century architecture houses a variety of upscale and midlevel stores, sprinkled with charming sidewalk cafés. You’re also a short walk from the vintage designer goods at Secondi, the award-winning Med-Greek tasting menus at Komi and the funky Kramer Books & Afterwords, a bookstore/café/late night hangout. Head north to Adams Morgan for a nightlife scene, from live blues at Madam’s Organ to beer and barbecue joint Smoke & Barrel. The intersection of 14th and U Streets is also a prime nighttime hang, with legendary music club the Black Cat, soul food hip-hop joint Marvin and reggae bar Patty Boom Boom.
How to Get There
Large pool with cabanas and deck chairs for lounging and enjoying a cocktail from rooftop bar. Exorbitant food/drink prices at hotel restaurant but apparently that's the norm in DC. More expensive than NYC
The Liaison employs some of the nicest and professional people. Their rooms are clean with a modern flare. The bed are firm and comfy, pillows with down, and linens crispy. The roof top pool is only 3.5 feet so it is more of a lap pool. The concierge and valets are very nice and quick to obtain your car. Walking distance usually 20 minutes to most of the museums, capitol building, and eateries which is nice since in town traffic is crazy.
I stayed here on a recent business trip. The location was chosen for proximity to Capitol Hill and Union Station.
What made it great was the attentiveness of the staff, particularly DeAngelo and Sherrod both of whom greeted me when I checked in. They also checked with me thorougout the week to ensure I was having a pleasant stay.
Random item: The shampoo, conditioner and soap set up is absolutely genius - you almost can't run out. As a person who usually travels in a family of four I noticed this smart touch.
Our overall experience went far beyond expectation. The whole staff was extremely friendly and was quick to answer any questions. The staff at Art & Soul were attentive and very nice, as well as the bartenders at the bar. the food and drinks were very unique and tasted delicious. We were a little bummed that the rooftop was under construction during the time of our stay, but none the less, we enjoyed our stay completely and would recommend this hotel to everyone!
The best thing about this hotel is its proximity to Capital Hill. The rooms are clean, and the staff is friendly but nothing stands out as a reason to choose The Liaison over another option. In my case, the computer systems were down when I checked out, so the front desk staff on duty said they would e-mail my bill to me. I wasn't able to see or approve my charges before I left - and I'm still waiting for the e-mail copy. Execution could have been better.