Fodor's Expert Review Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol
1225 1st St. NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States See on Map
This relatively new hotel just north of Union Station and Capitol Hill is in DC’s up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood (for north of Massachusetts Ave.). While its good assortment of amenities includes a pool, gym, laundry room, restaurant, and 24-hour grab-and-go market, it’s not very convenient to the major sights (though you’re near a metro station). That said, it’s a good solid choice from a reliable brand for families and business travelers alike.
They’re standard Hilton Garden Inn rooms, with a neutral palette of brown and white, a patterned rug, and photos of DC’s iconic sites. Each guest room features a signature self-adjusting bed that adjusts the firmness of your mattress, work desk and ergonomic desk chair, mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, easy chair and ottoman.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms face an office building (though some say those are the quietest rooms).
The small lobby gets crowded with just a few people. There’s a comfortable sitting area off to one side and a small snack shop, with a staircase sweeping guests up to the second floor; here you’ll find another sitting area with TV, as well as the bar and restaurant.
The 24-hour fitness center has Precor cardio equipment.
Borrow a Stay Fit Kit and work out in the privacy of your room. The kits include include a pilates band, yoga mat, strap, blocks, abs ball, hand weights, resistance rope and instruction cards.
The Garden Grille & Bar has an American menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An outdoor terrace adjacent to the grill is a serene place to relax on warm evenings.
The Garden Grille & Bar has a bar area.
The neighborhood is filled with condos and new businesses—and continues to develop (there may be traffic thanks to ongoing construction). Parking is expensive; you'd be better off leaving your car behind if at all possible. You’re one block from the New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet University metro stop, and one metro stop away from Union Station’s transportation hub.
Located at the thrumming Union Market, Bidwell (13-minute walk) serves up Southern-accented American eats. If you're in the mood for Indian, Indigo (9-minute walk) is a neighborhood favorite.
Wunder Garten (3-minute walk) is an outdoor Bavarian-style beer garden with picnic tables, fire pits and lawn games. For something a little more urbane, the Pub and the People (11-minute walk) was voted Washington's best neighborhood bar.
WHY WE LIKE IT
You know what you’re getting with the Hilton brand. The second-floor lobby is a cozy little hideaway, and the restaurant terrace is a pleasant escape as well. Even though it's not the most convenient for DC's sights, NoMa is an up-and-coming neighborhood that's fun to explore in its own right. The nearby Union Market, for example, is a foodie paradise--so much fun to explore.
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