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
This is a neat hotel with fun decor. Our room was spacious and clean. I do want to warn about the light in the bathroom. It’s on a motion sensor and it turned off several times during my shower. I ended up falling attempting to wave my arm out of the stall in the dark. The restaurant was expensive but we enjoyed the West Wing Cafe close by. The biggest problem is the pool. I am disgusted that they charged me for this and my son and I couldn’t use. They allow non-guests to use and the pool is small making no room for guests to use: tonight there is a club theme and there are at least 100 people out there with club music bumping and grinding at 7pm. I had to turn my television up because the music from the 10th floor was so loud and I’m on the 4th. This is NOT kid friendly.
We have never stayed at this hotel before, but thought we would give it a try. The room was fine: spacious enough, and very clean. We looked at the in-room menu, and decided to eat at the hotel restaurant. SURPRISE! The menu in the restaurant was very different, and the prices were also different. The food was good but not great. The manager was very apologetic.
This hotel has been nothing but trouble since I checked in. First I come notified my incidentals wouldn’t refunded cause they have a daily resort fee. Second, as soon you walk out the door you are accosted with homeless begging for money. Third, they won’t allow delivery drivers up to your room to deliver any kind of food. My food cost $30 and was cold by the time it got to me. Front desk argued with me that they called however my room phone never ran. Everyone at this hotel is incompetent. Not to mention, upstairs bar was always out of whatever I ordered. When I finally did order something the order never came. Please stay away from this hotel.
This is an old hotel with a new name. The rooms are small and outdated, not well maintained. The bathrooms are tiny and definitely not well maintained - old and outdated. Stayed in a room with 2 queen beds, the mattresses were awful and uncomfortable. The description said this room would be suitable for 4 people - but it was tight with just two. Very little room to move around, less room for suitcases. No counter in the bathroom for getting ready. The room was very hot despite the thermostat being set to 65, no air movement and stale smelling. Only view was of the loading dock.
Rooftop pool seemed nice - but lots of sketchy clientele making it not a relaxing experience.
And - its pretty pricey compared to nicer boutique hotels in town.
With so many well priced, nice hotels in town - no need to stay here.
I am surprised to see some of the more recent reviews that were critical of hotel staff, since my experience was so different. Yes, the facilities are a bit older than some hotels and the amenities are not designed to impress, but this hotel punches above its weight class (or more accurately, its cost class). Part of that is the cleanliness of the rooms, including very clean bathrooms, towels and linens, but even more impressively, the friendliness of the staff. From the front desk staff that was able to work with us on early check-in and late check-out to the facilities and cleaning staff that we passed in the hallways, everyone was smiling, friendly, offering to help and engaging in conversation. This was my second stay at the Liaison, which I chose both times based on price and location, but my next stay will be because they are so welcoming.