Courtyard Washington Convention Center $$
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900 F St. NW
202/638-4600 or 800/393-3063
COST: $150–250 per night
Located in the former Riggs Bank building, constructed in 1891, this hotel is in many ways a typical Courtyard by Marriott: basic furnishings, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a bistro to grab breakfast before heading out for the day.
But in other ways this Courtyard is not so run-of-the-mill. The Gordon Biersch Brewery on the first floor provides room service, a concierge is on hand to help guests find their way, and the manager hosts a wine-and-noshes happy hour during the week.
The convenient location—in the heart of downtown just two blocks from the Verizon Center, close to the Metro, and near the International Spy Museum, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, and the National Portrait and American Art Galleries—is this property’s biggest asset. But it can also be something of a drawback regarding noise: Patrons party at nearby bars late into the night.
Guest rooms are city-small, and if you don’t like noise, ask for an inner room; you’ll sacrifice a neighborhood view, but it will be quieter.
© Patricia Nevins Kime from Moon Washington DC, 1st Edition