The GWU Inn prides itself on being old-school traditional. Rooms have flat screen TVs, but they’re housed in armoires. A tiny bar lies right off the lobby, and that’s what it is, a bar, not a lounge, not a scene, not the domain of a clever mixologist (although “craft cocktails” are on the menu). Décor recalls Williamsburg, but you need to know that the green and gold hues are the school colors of GW, with whom the hotel is affiliated. If you’re looking for easy, comfortable, and quiet lodging in a charming old neighborhood (rooms at the back of the hotel overlook quaint, colorfully painted townhouses), at a rate lower than $200 a night, you’ll like this place. Those affiliated with GW get a further discount.
Rooms are of three types, standard guestrooms with either two full beds or one king bed; studio suites that hold a king bed, sleep sofa, and kitchenette in one room; and one-bedroom suites, in which the bedroom is separate from the living room and kitchenette. All are spacious and range in size from 400-square- feet for the standard guest room to about 600 square feet for the one-bedroom.
The hotel’s Notti Bianchi restaurant is quite good, and its pre-theater dinner recommended if you’re headed to the nearby Kennedy Center. Two tips: Show your Kennedy Center ticket at checkin and you get 10% off the hotel’s best available rate. Parking is free on Sundays.
- Elise Hartman Ford