When Avenue Suites debuted in the spring of 2012, it garnered as much press for its bar, A BAR, as for its transformation of the old Washington Suites hotel. Granted, the terrace lounge with its comfy furniture, fire pit, and green garden wall is a charming place to enjoy the nightly happy hour, as the city’s 20-somethings often do. But let’s cut to the chase: All of the 124 suites in this all-suite hotel are one-bedroom, measure a remarkably spacious 600 to 650 square feet, and include a sleep sofa in the separate living room, a fully equipped kitchen (Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s stores are nearby), and a trendy but comfortable decor, all at quite an affordable rate, though that varies by peak/off-peak times. A helpful feature on the hotel’s website is an availability chart that also posts daily rates. Other things to recommend the hotel are its prime location on the cusp of Georgetown and within walking distance of the White House, a Metro stop, and other attractions and pool privileges at nearby sister hotel, One Washington Circle. By the way, interior rooms at the back of the house overlook A BAR, so during the warm seasons, especially, you might want to try for a top floor room on the 25th Street side.
- Elise Hartman Ford