480 L’Enfant Plaza Southwest
When the hotel industry was in its infancy, one expert had encapsulated the three drivers behind a hotel’s success as “Location, location and location.” Times have changed and we expect a lot more from a hotel nowadays, but the importance of location cannot be undermined. And here, the L Enfant Plaza Hotel scores very highly. I found this hotel to be conveniently located near all three major airports (2 miles from Washington Reagan National Airport, 27 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport, 33 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport) and a subway station directly accessible through the hotel elevators. For the business traveler, it offers free Internet, conference facilities and proximity to business hubs. For the tourist, the famous Smithsonian Museum is just a few minutes away, and I had a fabulous view of the Washington Monument and Capitol Hill from my room. Although I found dining at the in-house restaurants (The American Grill, and the Lobby Lounge) and room service to be a bit on the higher side, they offer good value for money in an expensive city like Washington DC. The hotel interiors, through classy, can do with some refurbishment. Average room rates hover around $300 per night. Overall, I found staying at the L Enfant Plaza Hotel an enjoyable experience and would recommend it to visitors to our capital city.