The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Presidents from FDR to Truman to Hoover have spent time at the Mayflower
- Being walking distance from so many of DC’s world-beating (and free!) museums
- Rubbing elbows with the who’s who of the capital over craft cocktails at EDGAR
What To Know
- Rooms facing Connecticut Avenue are prone to street noise
- There’s a charge for WiFi in the rooms, but it’s free in the lobby
- The hotel’s parking is valet-only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
One of DC’s pre-eminent hotels for nearly a century, the Mayflower recently underwent a modern refresh that, among other details, bumped up guest rooms with spectacularly comfy beds and chic details like subway tiles in the bathrooms. Some of the suites are stunningly luxurious, with three bathrooms apiece and the occasional marble rotunda thrown in for good measure. The lobby, as long as a city block and dripping with marble and chandeliers, is a particular stunner. It’s the hotel’s location that’s the main draw, though: visitors headed to the White House, National Mall, or the museums will find it a very convenient base. The EDGAR Bar & Kitchen is open all day serving all-American faves like clam chowder, cobb salads, and for breakfast, top-notch crab cake eggs Benedict and challah French toast. (Stop in around 8:30 a.m. to rub shoulders with the town’s power players.)
In the Area
Northwest DC is a popular spot to bed down, and the Mayflower is convenient to K Street, the White House and George Washington University. The National Mall is less than two miles away. DC’s fantastic array of free museums, from the National Portrait Gallery to the Smithsonian’s collection of museums including Air and Space and African-American History and Culture (all are free to enter), are all reachable on foot—though there’s a metro stop a two-minute walk from the hotel. The neighborhood has more than its fair of chain restaurants but there are some gems, too, like Alabardero, an upscale Spanish spot known for its authentic paella and grilled fish. A couple of blocks north is Teddy & The Bully, a quirky Theodore Roosevelt-themed bar with barrel-aged cocktails and good-value happy hour deals.
How to Get There
I booked a king superior as a gold member. Instead of getting an upgrade I was actually downgraded to a queen boutique room so small that you can’t even see the tv unless you’re at a certain angle. Was looking to have a nice night away with my wife for her birthday but instead got a pathetic room. Can’t believe I actually was downgraded to a smaller room and they tried to pass it off as what I booked. I guess that’s what I get for using a 50,000 point certificate. Don’t bother booking here if you don’t pay full price. No wonder this hotel was downgraded itself.
A very beautiful hotel in a great location. Rooms are large and include Internet TV and a refrigerator. Here for a conference, meeting areas are beautiful and the food is amazing. All of the employees we have interacted with have been incredibly friendly.
I showed up tonight after making a reservation weeks ago and they told me at the front desk that the hotel is oversold, which means they have no room for me. They then told me that they’re sending me to another Marriott property 25 minutes away! They agreed to care care of the charges, which isn’t much compensation, considering this is a business trip. I booked and RESERVED this hotel specifically because I have an early meeting a few blocks away. Now I have to fight morning DC traffic in order to arrive at my meeting on time. I’m a Marriott Elite member which clearly has done nothing for me. Oh and guess what - I’ve now been waiting on line at the new Marriott hotel for 15 minutes just to get my room. Poor customer service in the name of profits- revenue management should be ashamed.