The Liaison Capitol Hill Washington DC May 2013
by, 06-01-2013 at 12:06 PM (1043 Views)
We stayed at the Liaison hotel for our 2nd annual Memorial Day trip to Washington DC by taking advantage of a nice Luxury Link package which included 2 nights, breakfast, $50 dining credits each day, and an experience kit (we chose the walking tour kit) and taxes.
After a quick train ride from Philadelphia, we arrived at Union Station DC around 11:30am and a short walk later (3 blocks) we were checking into the hotel. Check in was quick and Christian, the very nice intern at reception, confirmed everything our LL package included. The hotel has 10 floors and our room was on the 10th floor with a view of the Hyatt hotel across the street (Christian said our room had a great view but I do not consider a view of the Hyatt a great view but in a city with high-rises all around, can you really expect a great view?).
Our room had 2 queen beds with a nightstand in between the 2 beds, a desk with chair and another chair by the window modern and minimalist dιcor is the standard at the Liaison. Right inside the room entrance was a small cabinet with a coffee maker on top with an ice bucket, standard coffee packets and 2 glasses. I think the cabinet was a bit of a waste, it would have been better if the cabinet housed a small refrigerator since it was just an empty cabinet with one shelf what was the purpose? Across from the cabinet was a closet with enough hangers, a safe and an iron and ironing board which is always a nice touch!
The bathroom was very small and the towels adequate and soft. No little toiletries here instead they had the refillable containers that many hotels seem to be gravitating towards more eco friendly and less costly for hotels so I do not have any problems with this (although I miss having nice little toilet articles to take home). The size of the bathroom only allowed one person at a time to use it. No bathrobes or slippers, as I said very minimalist hotel.
The rooftop deck with pool and small gym is also on the 10th floor and very nice. It is a shame it is only open until 10pm as we would have enjoyed sitting on the deck a bit later into the evening. There is also a small bar by the pool and the lounge chairs were very comfortable. The pool was open but unfortunately the weather was windy and cool in DC this Memorial Day compared to our DC trip last year where it was 97F and very humid what a difference a year makes!
The location is excellent (much better than the location of the Madison hotel where we stayed last year). The Capitol is right down the street, Union station is 3 short blocks away and it is very convenient to get to the downtown area, the Smithsonian, and the National Zoo.
We had lunch on our arrival day at the Liaison since we had a $50 dining credit to use (I would have liked the credit to include drinks at the bar but it did not). The dining room is nice as is the adjacent bar area again with dark earth tones and minimalist dιcor. Dining room staff is friendly (and international). Menu items are fairly expensive but this is DC so it is to be expected. Our food arrived at our table by someone other than our waiter and the person quickly walked away without saying a word my item was wrong but it looked good so I started to eat it anyway and about 15 minutes later, our waiter came and said I think you got the wrong item but by then I had pretty much eaten it so it was too late it was pretty good so I did not really care! I mentioned that it was my birthday so he gave me a couple of little cakes from the desert tray which we took up to our room I actually did not really care for them so they ended up in the trash which was a shame as I hate to waste food. I am not much of a desert person unless crθme brulee or chocolate mousse is on the menu! The total bill for lunch was around $72 so we had gone a bit over our $50 credit! Glad breakfast was included with our package as it too was pretty expensive but very good with a variety of breakfast selections on the menu.
We spent our day and a half in DC exploring downtown, checking out the Capitol and the National Zoo (one of my DC favorites). Even though we had another $50 dining credit we knew we were not going to have dinner at the hotel so we explored our dining options the 1st night we went to China town (can not remember the name of the place but food was excellent) and the 2nd night we decided on the Dubliner in the Phoenix hotel right around the corner from Union Station an excellent choice! Staff was exceptionally friendly and the food was so good!!!! With taxes and tip the bill was $75 highly recommended.
On the last night of your stay, the Liaison slides your bill under your door to find in the morning and if all is correct, you can call the desk and do express check out. Unfortunately our bill was not correct and we had to go down to reception in the morning and get it all fixed which was a little bit of a challenge. The hotel had confirmed that we had breakfast included and that we had $50 dining credits but they had already placed charges on our credit card for the 2 breakfasts and the lunch we had on check in day. The reception person seemed a bit confused on how to apply the credits to our account I checked our credit card online and 3 days after we returned home it was all straightened out but in my opinion this should not have even happened in the 1st place. Another thing which has never happened before on any of our LL packages which included taxes is that even though we had a $50 dining credit that we used and breakfast was included, they itemized out the meal taxes and charged us for them explaining that the included taxes in our package were for the room only I dont know, to me taxes are taxes and even though it was not a huge charge, it was strange.
I have been going back and forth about whether I would stay here again and I decided that due to the location, I would with the right package from LL!
Here is a link to our pictures.