The W Hotel Washington D.C.

A historic building situated in the heart of Washington D.C., the W Hotel had a lot to offer.

1. Prime Location

The W Hotel is located across from the Department of Treasury, a street away from the White House, and walking distance to the Washington Monument.  Talk about prime location.  In fact, you can see the White House from the P.O.V. bar on the top floor of the hotel, touted as one of the best places to view Washington D.C. 

W Hotel Washington DC

For those of you that enjoy some outdoor exercise, you can also walk to the Washington Monument and the National Mall from the hotel.  Personally, I opted for the 5-10 minute Uber/Lyft ride. 

2. The Marvelous Suite

One of the benefits of being a SPG Platinum member, is getting a suite upgrade when it is available.  Prior to our stay at the W Hotel in Washington D.C., we had not yet experienced this benefit as a Platinum member.  We checked in with a reservation for their basic Wonderful Room, and got surprised with a Marvelous Suite upgrade with a view of the Washington Monument!  

Best Feature: Amazing view of the Washington Monument!

The suite was around 500-560 square feet, and came with a separate living room. The furniture was a little worn/old, but given that we had been given a suite upgrade, I will limit my complaints here.  Besides the additional space, the best feature of the suite was the view of the Washington Monument, visible from both the living room and bedroom window.

Living Room with complementary Nespresso coffee

Desk in the living room area
Focus...on the Washington Monument
W Bedroom with a View of Washington Monument

Shower and bathtub (not pictured)

 3. W Hotel Lobby / Grounds

The hotel lobby is beautifully decorated with a mix of history and modern edge.  There are several photo spots such as an old bank counter, and a Nixon DJ booth.

W Hotel Lobby

Old Bank Counter

DJ booth with President Nixon in company
Coffee and tea in the morning

Tip: Whether you're headed for breakfast at the W or headed out, get yourself a free cup of coffee (or two) in the morning. The coffee is really good, and I suspect it's the same coffee they sell at the Pinea restaurant.

4. Breakfast at the W in Pinea

The Pinea continues the theme of mixing the historical with the new in its beautiful and hip interior design.  As part of the SPG Platinum benefit, we opted for complimentary breakfast which technically equated to a $18.00 per person credit.  However, the manager at Pinea did not seem to care about the credit limit, and basically told us to order whatever we wanted on the menu, all free.  Besides the first time suite upgrade we got with the W at Washington D.C., this was another first.  

The Pinea at the W

With free breakfast at our disposal, we decided to try a few items on the menu over the course of our stay (really, we did not eat everything below in one day).  

Important decision of the day: What to eat

The verdict? The breakfast for the most part is good.  The one item I do recommend off the menu is their French Toast. The French Toast was crisp on the top (almost with a hint of crème brûlée) soft on the inside, came with fresh berries and warm maple syrup. The French Toast was exceptionally good, and highly recommended!

My breakfast for three days in a row, because it was SO good

Smoked salmon with bagel

The American Breakfast

Pancakes with fresh berries and a side of eggs

 5. Concluding remarks

 The W Hotel in Washington D.C. is a great option for the prime location and value with the SPG benefits.  The room furnishing could perhaps be improved with some new chairs and linen, but other than that this is a great place to stay if you're in town at Washington D.C.  It's not everyday that you get to say you are literally just around the corner from the President.

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