Washington DC is a beloved family destination at least partially due to its unparalleled ability to be both educational and entertaining at the same time. Parents get to forgo the guilt (go ahead – take the kids out of school to see our nation’s capital). It’s also appealing to most age groups (your 8-year-old is likely to have as much fun as you and your teenager). After you’ve decided on this incredible city as your next vacation spot, the hard part is over. Deciding where you’ll stay can be quite easy. For parents who would like some quiet time and kids who like a bit of independence, the Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion is a fantastic choice.
There is a certain incomparable luxury to a hotel with so many fun amenities. The hotel sits seamlessly on top of a mall which sits on top of a handy metro station, a kid-pleasing made-to-order hot breakfast is included every morning, an indoor pool is perfect for after-tour splashing, and since every room is a suite – kids get their own TV. If that isn’t luxury to a traveling family, I don’t know what is.
My husband and I traveled with two of our boys for this trip. Our 10-year-old has a certain list of requirements for hotels that fit his idea of “perfect.” It must have an indoor pool, a place to eat, be near shopping, have more than one TV and be in a cool place. The Embassy Suites, Chevy Chase, hit every point, so I looked into booking it.
The hotel’s location is just outside the city in the Chevy Chase area. Many will want to be right in the middle of the city, but that is sometimes not practical. For instance, if you try to book during a city wide convention you’ll likely be facing sold-out rooms and high rates in the city proper. Staying in this hotel where we could simply take an escalator to the metro and ride for ten minutes to be in the heart of it all was ideal. I wouldn't have traded it for another location.
On TripAdvisor, you’ll notice the hotel gets high marks for service. I can back that up with my own experience. We were greeted warmly and given great advice on how to get around the city and what to see by the front desk agent. Washington DC has more fascinating things to see than can possibly be seen in a week, so narrowing it down by someone in the know was valuable. The high level of guest care was mirrored by every employee with whom we interacted.
Each room is a suite in this hotel, although room sizes do vary from type to type. We chose a king suite for a bit of privacy for us and independence for the boys. One child slept on the sofa sleeper and one on a rollaway bed. Both gave the sleeping arrangements a thumbs-up for comfort. A bathroom and small kitchen with a microwave and mini fridge is positioned between the two rooms. Yes, the bedroom has a door. So many “suites” don’t.
BEYOND THE ROOMS
The mall area on the bottom few floors of the hotel (over the metro station) has great shops for the traveling family. My husband and I enjoyed the Starbucks and the clothes stores, while the boys liked the CVS pharmacy and toy section of World Market. The pharmacy came in handy for snacks, umbrellas (at a very reasonable price), magazines and soda. The boys made at least two trips a night down to the mall for “supplies.”
The indoor pool is quite big. It's nice and warm and great for wearing the little ones out for a good night’s sleep. Liam had to go every night. I think we must have walked ten miles a day seeing the sights, so the hot tub was extra helpful in the evening for sore muscles.
The metro station was fantastic to have. Our first day was plagued with heavy rain, but we stayed dry all the way to DC since we didn't have to go outside. Metro tip: purchasing an unlimited card is perfect if you’ll be using more than one line. If you’ll be sticking to one line, buy a round-trip ticket and save money.
The boys absolutely loved the breakfast served each morning in the atrium. The choices are varied enough to suit everyone and it is heaven to leave the hotel with a full stomach and full wallet (breakfast is always included in the rate). I tried a little everything, but the chef rocked the sunny side up eggs. The inclusion of breakfast makes this hotel a real value.
Book your room! For families traveling to Washington DC, this is a fantastic choice for the service, the mall, the metro, the pool and the breakfast. This hotel is just FUN.
For more information on Embassy Suites Chevy Chase or to book a stay, please visit their website.
Examiner’s Note: Many thanks to Jeff Brainard, the General Manager for arranging my stay. You and your team members are truly exceptional.
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My husband, David, and I occasionally create luxury hotel video reviews for our YouTube channel, Travel by Lori. See them by visiting http://www.YouTube.com/TravelbyLori.