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
- 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.
How to Get There
I had stayed at the Melrose Hotel several years ago but they recently went through a major renovation and rebranding of some kind; it's a totally different place now. The common areas are chic and lively. The room was nicely updated with Molton Brown amenities. Surprisingly the bed was on the hard side which is the only reason I did not rate the hotel 5 stars. We also dined at the restaurant and it was outstanding. The location on the edge of Georgetown while still being near Foggy Bottom is hard to beat. I would highly recommend this hotel and it's a great value for what you receive.
This boutique hotel is located on Pennsylvania Ave about a mile from the Lincoln Memorial. It is clean, the bed was very comfortable and they were generous with towels,soaps and lotions. They provide a small refrigerator and coffee and a safe in the room, and fresh brewed coffee and lemon water in the lobby. The front desk was very helpful with tourist questions and reservations. They have a farm to table restaurant in the hotel that had excellent food and service. The decor in the restaurant was lacking warmth but the excellent dishes made up for it. Overall a great place to stay for a very reasonable price
Loved the hotel. I had a junior suite. Lots of space, cool furnishings. The location is perfect. One of the things I’m fussy about is quiet HVAC, of often older buildings that have been redone fail in that regard. Not here. Good inviting lobby bar too. Will stay here again
Great in every way. We were there as tourists to see the sights and "The Melrose" is wonderfully situated for that. When a desired destination was too far to walk to, the Metro Station is very close - but not too close. The Melrose is also close to the Georgetown Wharf for an easy walk to catch the various boat lines. (Take a boat to Mount Vernon; it makes for a wonderful day.) Staff was very helpful and willingly so. They were truly a cut above. I rarely eat in my hotel, but the food here was far better than anticipated. I hope the chef won't mind my saying that GOLLY, if you have a hankering for an exceptional hamburger, they definitely serve one. But there is other great fare as well. Try the Eggs Benedict with Salmon - OMG! I wanted to say all that before my one criticism, because really, I was a very pleased guest - except for the fact that every time I walked into the lobby I felt intellectually assaulted by the constant cannonade of CNN vitriol playing in the lobby. Otherwise, it was ALL GOOD.
Our hotel rooms were clean and spacious and the location is pretty convenient. However, we had to wait more than half an hour for breakfast despite only a few tables at around 8am. During check out we were also surprise with a resort fee which we were not informed on the website nor included in the booking confirmation details. Lastly we had to wait for our car from valet parking for almost an hour at check out and almost missed out flight. Another minor issue was the toilet paper holder was broken, it would be nice if the cleaning lady can inform a technician to come fix it (instead of leaving it broken) and provide a set of new water bottles without guests having to ask on the second nightstay.