REVIEW

Homewood Suites by Hilton

What you’d expect of an extended-stay chain: free food, suites, and kitchenettes, all in downtown D.C.

By Nora Krug, Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 11:00 PM

Homewood Suites by Hilton

About this Hotel

Price From $159

'Hood All business: lots of lunch places where you can rub elbows with journalists from the nearby office of The Washington Post, and a few newer, hip spots that stay open past 5 P.M. A few blocks from a Metro station and the White House, making it convenient for business travelers and families alike.

The Vibe What you’d expect of an extended-stay chain: free food, suites, and kitchenettes, all in downtown D.C.

Rooms Like your first apartment but with two flat-screen TVs, so you can watch while you cook on the small stovetop in the kitchenette, then later while lounging in bed. Relatively new (it was built in 2001), the hotel is no-frills, but clean and updated.

Plus You don’t need to leave the hotel if you don’t want to: There’s free breakfast and, on most days, a complimentary evening “Welcome Home” reception with drinks and light bites. You can cook in your room, do your laundry on the premises, and bring your laptop with you wherever you go, without ever going offline.

Minus Expect nothing beyond a no-frills chain, with rooms a bit smaller than those in other Homewood hotels outside the city. It’s an extended-stay hotel, but you’ll have to leave your pets at home.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, throughout the hotel.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.

Details Weekends tend to be cheaper, as well as off-season (late summer, Dec.-Jan.).