The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
What We Love
- Tony location on Pennsylvania Avenue, steps from the historic Georgetown neighborhood
- The playful room decor nods to the capital’s history (think canvas dollar bill portraits of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart, and U.S. Constitution wallpaper)
- Locavore-oriented dining at the Jardenea restaurant, including items such as Chesapeake Bay crab bisque, Maryland crab cakes and Barren Island oysters
What To Know
- On-site gym helps guests keep up with their workout regimen
- 24-hour room service is available
- Valet parking is available for $48 per night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With the White House less than a mile down the road, it’s easy to feel like a VIP at these elegant Georgetown digs. The decor hits all the right notes for an urban stay: a warm and welcoming lounge featuring a fireplace, a library nook and chic gentleman’s club–style furniture (a tufted black leather sofa here, a high-back black and white chair there). The guestrooms offer plenty of living space and luxe surfaces (the bathrooms have black granite countertops) and custom artworks that pay homage to the capital’s history (think canvas dollar-bill portraits of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart, and U.S. Constitution wallpaper). After a day out exploring the city, head to the Jardenea restaurant for dinner, which checks all the of-the-moment culinary trends, particularly the farm-to-table ethos, which shows up in dishes that list local suppliers and highly seasonal ingredients. Expect to take a culinary tour of the Mid-Atlantic through dishes like Chesapeake Bay crab bisque, Maryland crab cakes and Barren Island oysters. Afterward you can work off all the calories in the hotel’s generously equipped fitness center.
In the Area
Take a walking tour of the capital, starting at the National Mall, with its 1,000 acres of green space and wealth of world famous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Capitol Reflecting Pool. See the sights from the water by renting a paddleboat from which you can admire the Japanese cherry trees, especially when they’re in blossom in spring, one of the most popular times to visit DC. On weekends stroll around the Eastern Market, in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, where you can browse local produce, handmade arts and crafts and other treasures before jostling for a spot at popular diner Market Lunch, which dishes up treats such as blueberry buckwheat pancakes and soft shell crab.
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Enjoyed my stay at Melrose much - amazing service, perfect location, comfort and relax after busy work day.
Special merci beaucoup and greetings from Russia to Sofiane, who loves his work and provides amazing service and care to each customer!
I have stayed twice in this hotel during the last 6 months. After my last stay I'll look for something else the next time I visit DC.
The overall impression is fairly big rooms with the amenities you expect, but somewhat worn and a service that is unreliable. Had to ask several times and control that my requests had been taken care of.
Also strange that the hotel is unable to accommodate breakfast earlier than 0630. This is commonplace in most European I've stayed, especially considering many business travelers have early meetings or flights.
Another bad experience was that a washing room was set up next to rooms, with washing machines running throughout the night and disturbing sleep. I asked the staff to refrain from running the machines at night. That worked four one night but then they were back on.
Comfortable beds (not too hard)
Unreliable and in some respects inflexible service
Poor communication from staff, mixed messages
Loud lobby, want to have a good conversation/casual meeting? Forget it
Poor room planning, stay away from bottom floor if you don't want washing machines disturbing your sleep and view of the hotel's garbage disposal area.
After a sub-par initial stay, management and staff went above and beyond to ensure that we were treated as valued customers upon our return and they certainly succeeded! The location of the hotel (Foggy Bottom) is ideal for accessing many of DC's highlights, including walking to the GW campus and Georgetown. The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable and the staff seems truly intent on customer satisfaction. The bar and lounge are inviting and comfortable spaces and the breakfast was excellent with great options including fresh squeezed juices, several different types of eggs benedict and other enticing choices. From reservation through checkout/ follow-up, the hotel did everything right and I'm already planning my return visit.
The Melrose is just slightly outside Georgetown but an easy walk there. We also walked to the mall/museums and the Kennedy Center. The staff is top notched, particularly Olena, who went above and beyond to welcome us (including a complimentary wine and cheese patter sent to our suite). The rooms were spacious with very comfortable beds and linens. The lobby is welcoming with plenty of public space and sitting areas. We ate breakfast at the restaurant on site and it was delicious!!! I can't say enough about the Melrose.
I was in town for a single night for a funeral in the Georgetown area the following morning. Arlene, very kindly, checked me in and worked with me to accommodate a late check out as the services were to take place mid-morning. It may seem simple, but Arlene’s kindness was really appreciated. Not having to stress about dealing with checking out, wheeling bags, etc. following the funeral services made all of the difference. In fact, every encounter with the staff there was pleasant. Always a smile.
My room was perfect. Clean, comfortable, etc. I will definitely stay there again, if I am in the area and would absolutely recommend it to friends and tourists alike.