If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve just come back from a mini tour of America’s east coast. This is definitely fast becoming one of my favourite parts of the world and I’ve got lots of posts planned to share with you but first up is a review of the hotel we stayed in during the Washington leg of our trip, The River Inn.
On the map
The River Inn is found in Washington’s historic Foggy Bottom district. The leafy surroundings are just a 10-minute walk away from both trendy Georgetown and the Lincoln Memorial – one end of the famous National Mall. It is also just two blocks away from the Metro, making it very easy to get to anywhere in the capital.
Designed to offer a cosy retreat which
still feels connected to the buzz of the city the décor can feel more like
you’re moving back into the comfort of your parent’s house than a super swish
hotel. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you are used to refined
luxury, you might be underwhelmed by some of the interiors. It does however
give the hotel a very local feel, which is emphasised by the rows of 19th
century houses, which surround it, giving you the sense of being right in the
heart of one of Washington’s residential areas.
All the rooms are designed to feel like a real home away from
home, equipped with a spacious living area and a kitchen complete with fridge
and microwave – making it perfect for families or travellers who are spending
an extended period in Washington. A really nice touch is the ‘stock the fridge’
option, which allows you to order groceries to be delivered to your room within
a few hours. Although the décor can feel a little dated in parts, the size of
the rooms are some of the biggest I’ve seen in the US, making it very good
value in terms of space. Most of the bedrooms also boast panoramic windows
offering envious views of the Potomac River or the Foggy Bottom area. If you
don’t mind early rising, leave your curtains open and enjoy the sunrise right
from your pillow.
Wine and Dine
DISH + Drinks, the hotel’s restaurant is a local’s favourite,
serving up a number of contemporary takes on American classics. To start the
day, why not try one of the signature breakfasts complete with a typical
American buttermilk biscuit – if you want the full USA experience, don’t forget
to add the hot sauce! In the evening, there are a whole host of dishes on offer
but you’ll find most DCers opting for the steak and frites, with a generous
smothering of béarnaise sauce.
If you’re a wine drinker, you
will feel at home here with over 40 different types to choose from but if
cocktails are more your thing, give the District Blossom a go which combines
gin, fresh lemonade and crème de violette for a tasty and refreshing mix.
If you are planning to explore the
National Mall – take advantage of the complimentary bikes on offer at the
hotel, as the 2 mile national park can take a while to cover walking! Just make
sure to book the bikes a day or so in advance as they can get booked out fast. If you’re a fitness fan there are also
complimentary yoga classes in partnership with Georgetown Yoga and running clubs every Wednesday for you to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a homely spot for
your time in DC, the River Inn won’t disappoint and you’ll struggle to find
more bang for your buck when it comes to size. There are certainly more modern
and trendy hotels on offer but if you favour home comforts over hipster design then
it’s certainly worth a look.
£££: From £109 per night
Address: 924 25th Street, Northwest, Northwest, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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