Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

Which hotel - Washington Hilton OR Cambria Suites

Which hotel - Washington Hilton OR Cambria Suites

Old Nov 28th, 2014, 03:01 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 64
Which hotel - Washington Hilton OR Cambria Suites

We'll be in Washington DC for 3 nights in July 2015 (2 adults + 2 kids 9,12) (first time visitors).

Both Washington Hilton and Cambria Suites are available, but the Hilton is approx $ 75 more per night. Neither includes breakfast,

My question is whether its worth the extra money to stay at the Hilton? The Cambria suites reviews are pretty good on Tripadvisor although Hilton is more of a well-known brand.
alexcactus is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2014, 05:13 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 14,327
The Washington Hilton is in a more established neighborhood (Dupont Circle) than the Cambria which is at the edge of the Shaw area. There is a lot of new development in that part of DC but right now it's primarily residential & commercial -- not particularly interesting for a visitor unless you're attending a convention. I'd give the edge to the Hilton.
obxgirl is online now  
Old Nov 28th, 2014, 02:28 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 33,912
I would not stay at the Cambria suites given its location between the Shaw and Mt Vernon metro stops. Aside from not being near much, it is not as safe.
Christina is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2014, 06:31 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 25,796
And I wouldn't stay at the Hilton again because last time we were there we were kept up for hours by the people.in the adjacent room (who might have been on their honeymoon, if you get my drift). I blame the hotel for having paper-thin walls, not the couple who were doing what people do in hotel rooms. Admittedly, my son and DIL , and her family, have stayed there without problems on multiple occasions (including right now). I'd see what the price is at the Courtyard across the street from the Hilton.
sf7307 is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2014, 09:30 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 12,437
We got a great rate at Avenue Suites last July and loved the location, parking was pretty expensive however if you'll have a car to park. Check their reviews, rooms are nice and spacious for 4. (Breakfast not included).
clarkgriswold is offline  
Old Nov 29th, 2014, 09:54 AM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 64
Thanks everyone. Sorry to hear of your neighbour problems sf7307! Courtyard is unfortunately close to $350, and Avenue Suites already full!
I've re-checked rates @ the Hilton and its come down, only $40 more per night than Cambria.
Any other suggestions for Hotels in the below-$200 per night bracket ? - we'd like something easily accessible to the major sights (museums etc- 1st time visitors to the USA) so that we're able to return back to the hotel mid-day and back to the museums again after. A pool is always great for the kids.
alexcactus is offline  
Old Nov 29th, 2014, 10:12 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 12,437
Do you need parking as well?
clarkgriswold is offline  
Old Nov 29th, 2014, 10:50 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 14,327
You are talking about a visit that is 7 and half months away. It's virtually impossible to predict what actual rates will be in July 2015 so you may be seeing rack rates posted by default.

I also find it improbable that the Avenue Suites is sold out now for July of next year. Check again later but generally their rates aren't going to be below $200/night. The same hotel group (Modus) has a cheaper sister place very near by -- One Washington Circle. Try that one.

My advice: If you're determined to have a place booked now, reserve a place with cancelable rates. Look again next year four +/- months out. Under $200 (be aware that the price is usually quoted non inclusive of 14.5% tax) is doable in July but not every where every day.
obxgirl is online now  
Old Nov 29th, 2014, 12:16 PM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 64
Thank you. Clarkgriswold (love that profile name ) we don't need parking. Obxgirl we're coming from South Africa on a month-long trip, and not having any real knowledge about what US hotel rates should be, or what is likely to be available or not, we've been booking all the hotels now with cancellable rates. So we'll keep checking, thanks! I will recheck Avenue Suites and One Wash Circle - thanks!
alexcactus is offline  
Old Nov 30th, 2014, 09:55 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 14,327
I get wanting to have your plans nailed down when you're traveling to a new place a long way from home.

July isn't peak tourist season in DC and except for Independence Day the first week of July, hotel availability should be good (barring something like the Africa Summit that occurred this year in August).

Look for hotels in these neighborhoods: Penn Quarter, Dupont Circle, Downtown, West End, Foggy Bottom, Woodley Park. All have a good selection of hotels (can't guarantee
obxgirl is online now  
Old Nov 30th, 2014, 10:11 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 12,437
We booked in Jan for July last year, and Avenue Suites had plenty of availability at $170 per night. Perhaps your visit is over the 4th of July holiday? You can also look in Roslyn or Arlington and try to find something within a couple blocks of Metro.
clarkgriswold is offline  
Old Dec 3rd, 2014, 08:06 AM
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 64
Thanks for the tips, greatly appreciated. Obxgirl this is our first trip to the USA so I'm trying to iron out as many uncertainties as possible. Nothing worse than arriving at a hotel after many hours travel to find its a disaster! Clarkgriswold, current rates for our dates in mid-July at Avenue Suites, are over $300 per night, but i will keep checking there and the other recommendations, thank you.
alexcactus is offline  
Old Dec 3rd, 2014, 09:39 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 12,437
Residence Inn Arlington/Rosslyn is a quick hop to the metro and includes breakfast for 4. Bedroom with queen bed is separate from living room which has a queen sofa-bed. Approx $165 per night and is fully cancellable if you would like to lock something in while you continue to search.

http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/resi...n-rosslyn.html
clarkgriswold is offline  
Old Dec 8th, 2014, 06:56 AM
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 64
Thanks clarkgrswold & obxgirl.
We're in DC from 15-18 July, for those days the rate is $299 per night for the 4 of us at Residence Inn and $272 at Avenue Suites, excl taxes.
However, I will keep looking in the areas mentioned above. Thanks
alexcactus is offline  
Old Dec 8th, 2014, 02:45 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 12,437
Check the reviews on booking.com for "Arlington Court Suites" which was formerly Arlington Clarion. Approx $165 per night includes breakfast. I have never stayed here but it is near courthouse metro and a long 8 min walk (uphill) to the metro is the most mentioned complaint.
Another back-up place that you could book now while you continue to watch for specials etc.
clarkgriswold is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
nonni97
United States
4
Feb 27th, 2007 06:34 AM
nina
United States
10
Aug 13th, 2005 10:11 AM
hleesa
United States
6
Dec 28th, 2003 07:38 PM
D.C. Traveler
United States
4
Sep 5th, 2002 09:47 AM
CP
United States
6
Jul 29th, 2002 03:22 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO