The Westin Georgetown, Washington D.C.
What We Love
- Hitting the streets with the Running Concierge for a morning jog
- The Starbucks coffee provided with the in-room coffeemaker
- The outdoor pool helps beat the summer heat
What To Know
- Wifi is free only for SPG members
- Parking is pricey
- The hotel will rent you workout gear if you forgot yours…so there’s really no excuse for not breaking a sweat
- The gym is open 24 hours a day
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Westin checks lots of boxes: good location, squeaky clean rooms, spacious bathrooms, workspaces aplenty, and a nice focus on wellness that extends from a menu of superfoods to providing running maps of nearby routes to morning group runs. The interiors are par for the chain hotel course, but rooms are comfy and we love their signature mattresses. While extras like parking and WiFi come at a price, service is thoughtful and you can even rent out a small workspace for meetings or just to get some work done for a couple of hours—a nice alternative to a noisy coffee shop or renting a desk in a co-working space. You can hobnob with Washington insiders over filet mignon at the brasserie, called The Caucus Room, or go more casual at Bóveda, a Latin-inspired speakeasy with killer deals on margaritas at happy hour and tempting small plates like olives and short rib tacos.
In the Area
The White House and a handful of DC’s best museums (the National Academy of Sciences, the Art Museum of the Americas) are within walking distance of the hotel, although political types will appreciate the proximity to K Street. Book a table at Ris in advance; this posh spot does seasonal American dishes like crispy fried okra with bacon and a fab tomato, feta, and watermelon salad while brunch features enticing cocktails like ginger-orange-pineapple-popsicle mimosas. Soi 38 is known for its flavorful, spicy Thai street food along with house-made sodas and draft cocktails. A 15-minute stroll to the Potomac brings you to Farmers Fishers Bakers, an eco-friendly restaurant in a colorful, ‘gram-worthy “urban farmhouse” setting that emphasizes made-from-scratch regional ingredients.
How to Get There
Love this location. Not really Georgetown, but close-a couple of blocks. We walked down to the monuments. I guess it was about a mile. It was a beautiful evening and we strolled down. Tons of restaurants in walking distance. Starbucks next door.
Service: Doormen were terrific! Valet is pricey at $58 but they did a great job. Never had to wait and Johnny-on-the-spot each time we pulled the car.
Room was nice with large windows and a delicious bed. Bathroom was large and I loved the tub!
My only complaint is that they charge for WiFi. That is really old school and grasping. WiFi should be complimentary everywhere.
I am generally a big fan of the Westin brand. I can only remember one instance where a hotel was not fit to carry the Westin name, and that was in Las Vegas. The Westin Georgetown is one of the nicer offerings that I’ve used.
The service at this hotel was very good. The front desk handed me Marriott Elite bottled water when they discovered I didn’t have any in the room. Not knowing that this was standard, I informed them that the minibar in the room was warm, and that something was obviously wrong with it. They said it was not meant to be a refrigerator and that they would happily deliver a minifridge to the room at no extra charge – even better since I really don’t understand minibars stocked with overpriced items, especially when they aren’t even cold! Great job, front desk staff.
This is not technically “Georgetown” in DC, but it starts just a block or two away. Travel time from DCA is about 20 minutes without traffic. I had business at the JW Marriott on Penn Ave, and this Westin’s location is just fine for any area around the White House. It’s under 2 miles away, and there is a bikeshare just outside the hotel’s front door, not to mention the plethora of electric scooters everywhere if you happen to prefer to use less effort to get around. Even a walk won’t take you any longer than 35-40 minutes.
The in-house restaurant is actually pretty good. It’s overpriced like most hotel restaurants, but the food and service are on par with what I expect at a Westin. I had a few breakfasts and one dinner, all good if not a bit high in price, of course. Service was excellent, especially from Lisa who handled a rushed breakfast really well one morning.
This, along with the rooms, are the two main reasons I can give the Westin my highest rating, which I don’t give lightly. Hotel gyms are important to me because of my dedication to fitness, and although they are architecturally limited at the Westin Georgetown, they’ve made the most of it. There are several treadmills and a couple of Peloton bikes, which surprised me. The gym itself spans two rooms, with the entrance in the center, giving evidence that the area was never intended for this use (that, and the 7’ ceilings, which aren’t great) but instead to expand the area for equipment. They’ve managed to fit a shelf with medicine balls and TRX straps. There’s also a set of dumbbells up to 50 lbs, a pulley machine with lat pulldown, a few standard gym machines like a chest press, and plenty of floor space. But, perhaps the biggest surprise is the inclusion of cast-iron, powder-coated kettlebells, including 16kg, 20kg, and 24kg! If it makes you laugh to hear how much I appreciate that, I get it. As far as hotel gyms go, that is a rare find, both in quality of kettlebell and weight selection. Such a fantastic option. There is also an outdoor pool that looks quite nice with a pergola, but it was closed for the season.
Westin typically offers good rooms, even when they are small, and they are still perhaps the best business-traveler rooms in the industry, at least in the Marriott/Starwood family. The Georgetown edition is no different. Rooms are large, even with a king bed. There are two areas to charge devices on either side of the bed, and ethernet plus additional power and USB at the desk. TVs in hotels these days are getting huge, and there’s a 46” or 55” in the rooms here. The bed is certainly comfortable with the Westin signature bedding, but the pillows are awful: even two of them stacked weren’t enough to prevent my head from being right against the mattress after only a few minutes. I must be the only person on earth that wants a pillow with some actual substance to it. Almost every hotel has this sort of nonsense instead.
The bathrooms are actually proper residential size and such a nice departure from typical hotel offerings. There is a separate shower stall, with the signature Westin rainhead and handheld, plus a full-size bathtub. The vanity is actually large enough to place a toiletry kit, and you aren’t crowded into the bathroom no matter if the door is open or not. With a separate water closet, this is a fantastic hotel bathroom.
Great hotel. Service is excellent, gym is really nice, restaurant is good, location is convenient to a decent part of the District, and the rooms are outstanding, especially for a business traveler. Perhaps the best part of the Westin Georgetown is that it doesn’t seem to be overly crowded. You’re not rubbing elbows with people at the restaurant or gym, I didn’t hear a sound from the hallways or other rooms, and the elevators hardly ever make you wait long. I’ll definitely consider this hotel again when in DC.
Clean hotel with great location. I had to ask three separate times for Roll away bed. Not sure why. ?. Had to ask for my promised Titanium member breakfast credit at check out. Stay at the Fairmont across the street !! Rooms at Fairmont are gorgeous and service is world class. Westin get your act together, you can’t rest on your address. Thousands of choices in DC.
Breakfast each morning was simple menu and served with a smile. Just want to make sure those folks are recognized