June 19, 2021

Hyatt House, Washington DC, USA

Just three blocks south of the National Mall and a few minutes’ walk from L’Enfant Plaza and other downtown business areas, this is an excellent alternative to the many hotels in the Penn Quarter and Du Pont Circle areas.

THE HOTEL: Hyatt House, an ‘apartment hotel’ of 237 studio rooms, is located on The Wharf, a newly- developed one-mile-long stretch facing the Potomac river. It is one of three hotels here – Canopy by Hilton and Intercontinental are the others – along with upmarket restaurants, bars, music venue and outdoor stage.

THE CHECK-IN: Signage is not great and after my Uber dropped me in the underground parking area – Bill and Hillary Clinton drove by as we were arriving – I eventually figured out I needed to take an elevator to the small check-in area on the second floor. It is a busy space, with a bar, breakfast room and small ‘market’ all squashed together. The welcome was a warm one and my registration was swift. I was given a detailed run-down on the hotel’s facilities and was handed a city map. 

THE ROOM:My Executive room, a corner room on the top (ninth) floor, was enormous. The door opened to a small kitchen area with a hob, dishwater and fridge-freezer, that in turn leads to a dining room with a work table, sofa (that folds down into a bed) and chairs and a large TV. The biggest ‘wow’ is reserved for the main bedroom, with its king-size bed, second couch and huge windows that had a magnificent view of The Wharf’s marina and the Potomac. 

THE FACILITIES: There are three ‘flexible’ meeting rooms offering the full range of presentation facilities. A 24-hour business centre has computers and two printers. Wifi is free throughout the hotel. Breakfast, featuring the traditional cooked fare, fruit and an omelette station is included in the rate – unusual for hotels in the city. There’s a small workout room and a rooftop pool. Excellent restaurants are located just yards away, but for the super-busy the hotel will do a grocery run.

THE VERDICT: Just three blocks south of the National Mall and a few minutes’ walk from L’Enfant Plaza and other downtown business areas, this is an excellent alternative to the many hotels in the Penn Quarter and Du Pont Circle areas. It’s a chic and modern choice – for example, lifts are operated by a swipe of your key card, which takes you directly to your floor. The only downside is the $35 a day parking charge. 

THE DETAILS: Hyatt House, 725 Wharf Street, Washington DC, 20024. Rates start from around $200 a night. Tel: +1 202 554 1234; See  hyatt.com.

Reviewed by Steve Hartridge (2018)

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