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W Washington D.C. - 13 Reviews - 515 15th St NW, Washington, DC - Hotels & Lodging Reviews - Phone (202) 661-2400

W Washington D.C.

515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
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W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC
W Washington D.C. - Washington, DC


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This hotel is fabulous and fabulously located. Head straight to the bar on the top floor for a great drink and view of DC.


I was a fan of the Hotel Washington rooftop and so definitely wanted to see what the W did. Nice space, even if wasteful with the furniture. But that makes it special, right? Went...

Editorial review from Gogobot 1/12/2014

If you ever wondered what it would look like if South Beach threw up on a classic Washington, DC hotel, step inside! The trendy almost... more

Editorial review from Gogobot 5/11/2012

It's a hip place with a chill lobby that's good for people watching. Even the rooms are set up trendy. Definitely check out the rooftop... more

Editorial review from Gogobot 1/31/2012

This hotel is fabulous and fabulously located. Head straight to the bar on the top floor for a great drink and view of DC. more

Same as the others 10/20/2010

I was a fan of the Hotel Washington rooftop and so definitely wanted to see what the W did. Nice space, even if wasteful with the furniture. But that makes it special, right? Went twice, waited more than 20 minutes both times for a half-empty place, and the staff on ground floor were just patronistic. I haven't been back, or to a W since, and I'm so not a whiner. 2 stars because the overpriced cocktails are good and the killer view. more

great view terrible restaurant 7/18/2010

I went to POV at the top of the W Hotel one year ago a few days after it opened. Of course there were a few flaws but I attributed that to the fact that it was a new restaurant, but one year later... The service has gone from bad to the worst, we waited 15 mins. before anyone approached the table to take our order, and the restaurant is dirty, they cleared our table but never wiped it. The food is horrible and the drinks are worst. Either they are using the worst alcohol on the market or they are watering down the drinks, and they charge $15. Additionally, the wait staff was dirty. They dresses worn by the women were either dirty or ill-fitting and their personal hygiene was questionable. Do not waste your time at this location. more

Zero stars... 7/15/2010

Waiting in a rope line with two other people to go to the POV for cocktails was amusing. Getting to the top floor and experiencing amateur service from a bar tender who was half asleep and a group of wait staff who had no skills whatsoever was not so much fun. Getting a bill for nearly a hundered dollars for two beers and four vodka tonics was just a rip off. This is not a well run establishment and hopefully once tourists tire of it someone will make it in to something worth visiting. more

Ridiculously Pretentious 6/30/2010

We went there for lunch and were met at the elevator by a woman with an ear bud (which makes her cool, right?) behind a velvet rope. She asked if we had reservations. We said no, and were told everything was reserved, but we could sit at the bar. We assumed the place was full. We found the last empty seats at the bar. As we ate, other diners were escorted up to the bar area. There were no seats left at the bar, so they stood while 80% of the tables sat empty. I guess the policy is to ask people to stand at the bar rather than give them one of the “reserved” but empty tables. I guess exclusive image counts more than making sure the customer is taken care of. I won’t go back on principle. I can get overpriced, mediocre food at other places more

What a letdown 5/31/2010

I had been looking forward to my first visit to POV and was sadly disappointed. From the very first interaction to our early departure, I found it ridiculously pretentious and not customer-oriented. They really need 4 people (with secret service earpieces) to control who goes up the elevator? And move guests around velvet ropes? Arriving upstairs at 6:30 on a hot day, the sun was glaring in the open window. We managed to get seated out of the sun finally, but had to ask six times to have the window shade (which is strangely clear plastic) lowered. The bar was out of the first two wines we tried to order off the menu; the tonic in G&Ts was flat, and the server's attitude was beyond disinterested, frankly, rude. No room for more complaints. more

Best Rooftop Lounge and View in D.C. 5/28/2010

Atop the W Hotel is P.O.V., an acronym for ""Point of View."" The view is stunning, night or day, clear skies or not. It's a very upscale, swanky bar with both an outdoor terrace and indoor lounge. It's a must-see for any D.C. local or visitors. The only downside is that you have to wait in line for the elevator and the staff can be somewhat rude. The earlier you can get there, the better. Cheers! Pros: Great view, great craft cocktails Cons: Long line to rooftop, dismissive service more

Great Service 4/25/2010

As we travel to DC few times a year the W hotel is our Hotel of choice in Washington DC Pros: We loved the service more

Best view in DC 3/20/2010

One cannot ask for better view of the District. You can see the rose garden of the white house and the ellipse in all of their stunning glory. Though the drink prices can be steep you can not truly put a price on such a view and locale for cocktails with good company. An amazing spot to bring out of towners. Pros: View Cons: prices more

View, Redux drinks, and Fashion 2/1/2010

We returned in December to a much better staff attitude and a spectacular night lighting of the surrounding government buildings...almost as good as sunsets(they turn the lights off at 11 pm). Definately recommended for out of town younger guests that you want to impress with your hipness. Impress them by realing off acronyms for all the government buildings and that the chimneys on the Old Executive Building are really ground to air launchers wrapped in stucco. more

Great chic and Modern Hotel 9/28/2009

Well, I had to stay at the dub again for the Congressional Black Caucus convention last week. I checked in on Thursday and the staff even remembers me from the month prior. I had a room with a cool view of 15th street. The bell man was so floored that I handed him a tip because I forgot the last time he bought my boyfriend and I drinks. The roof top was humming and the great thing is I didn?t have to wait in line. I grabbed a seat in side because all of the tables at POV were full. My friend and I had a Dark and Stormy (Yummy) and a long Island Ice Tea. After leaving the hotel to attended some of the evenings events we came back to the hotel and where greeted warmly. The next morning I headed to the state of the art workout room and gave it a go. I love this place. However, tell the local Washington, DC City government to stop killing us on the room tax. Will I stay again? Sure when I come back to DC. This spot is the bomb! Pros: Location and a great view of the Whitehouse Cons: Parking is expensive more

Editorial review from The Washington Post 7/16/2009

The View Is Awesome. The Lines Aren't. By Fritz Hahn Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, July 17, 2009 The buzz : It's all about the view. And even if, like most Washingtonians, the city's monuments are little more than markers that measure your commute, the new W Hotel's Point of View Bar and Roof Terrace might give you a new outlook. From the 11th-floor balcony at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington is spread out before you. The Lincoln Memorial seems like it's set amid a forest, and from one of the low-slung lounge tables at the far end, you feel like you could reach out and touch the Washington Monument. The White House's East Wing is only a block away, and at sunset, it lights up like a gold-tinged jewel box. From almost any spot at the railing, you can watch planes take off from Reagan National Airport or see the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and Old Town Alexandria. Meanwhile, the bar serves Dark and Stormy rum cocktails, resplendent with fresh ginger, and tropical mai thais. Tasty mint juleps arrive in ice-cold metal cups. The views aren't exactly new as this was once Hotel Washington's famed Sky Terrace. But if you remember the clunky metal chairs and food that was one step up from a Smithsonian cafeteria, the upscale new setting, with cushioned sofas and lounge chairs, will come as a shock. "I did events here when it was Hotel Washington, and it was a different vibe: You brought Grandma and Grandpa up to see the view," said Susan Askew, a 33-year-old political fundraiser who was ordering drinks at the bar. Now, she said, the cocktails and the loungey setting have made it a much hipper destination. "D.C. has the demand for an upscale, not-22-year-old, bar like this. There are a lot of cool 30-somethings here," she said. Despite the crowds and the new cool factor, she said she'd still recommend the bar's vistas to anyone. "The view can't be beat. There are great views in Washington, but for all the monuments and the White House, I don't think you can top it." The scene : Since the doors opened last week, the W has been the biggest draw in town, for better and for worse. During its grand opening and first weekend, long lines of people waiting to go up to the roof snaked through the lobby. One seven-person elevator runs from the lobby to P.O.V., and it's carefully guarded by staff members holding clipboards. Those with reservations go right up, while the people in line wait, hoping something opens up, though they can head to the Lobby Lounge's martini bar for a drink. This wait is naturally causing consternation among potential guests. Aundria Cosby and Chelsea Pickens of Bowie said they'd RSVPed for July 8's grand opening on Facebook, but once they arrived, Cosby described the scene as "really chaotic." The pair finally made it to the roof, but once there, Pickens said it took 40 minutes to get a glass of wine. "They weren't prepared for the crowd," Pickens said, though she added that she'd still recommend the bar. "The atmosphere and the views are excellent, so I hate to be negative." As we spoke, they got a call from a friend who was supposed to be meeting them on the roof; she was outside the hotel. The lobby had gotten so full that no one was being allowed inside unless they were a hotel guest. That's the problem with hot new places: Everyone wants to go at once. With the capacity of the roof terrace capped at 104, it's tough to get in. (Sure, the hotel suggests that visitors can lounge in the 11th floor's dark marble cocktail bar or listen to DJs spin in the refitted lobby, full of comfortable couches, armchairs and hidden nooks, but the buzz thus far is all about the roof.) Compounding the problem is that the W keeps a percentage of seats reserved for hotel guests, in case the couple in Room 715 decides to pop up for a nightcap. Even if the tables stay empty all night, the hotel keeps them roped off. The best bet is to make a reservation (202-661-2478) or just stop by early in the week or later in the evening, when the crowds aren't as thick. (The rooftop and lounge are open until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on Saturday.) Most agree the effort is worth it, though. "I'm really glad the W finally got here," said Kamal Flucker, 31, who works in sales for Stars and Stripes newspaper and has visited the upscale hotel bars in New York and Miami. He couldn't wait to hit P.O.V.'s grand opening party. "The view is lovely; the White House is right there. The bar's enjoyable: pretty women, good conversation." "This is probably one of the most impressive rooftop views I've ever experienced," said Stephanie Price, 25, who works across the street at Treasury. She and two friends had commandeered a table against the railing on the chaotic opening night . . . with a view of her workplace. "There aren't any great rooftops in D.C.," she lamented, so she plans on making the W a regular happy hour stop. "This is a great place to start off the evening." On your plate : Expect more than the usual bar eats: spicy chicken samosas, a lush watermelon-and-goat-cheese salad and delicious tuna "crackers," with tuna flash-fried inside panko. In your glass : The cocktail menu is crafted by Sasha Petraske, whose New York lounges Milk & Honey and Little Branch are credited with jump-starting the retro cocktail and neo-speakeasy trends. The inside and outside drink menus are different, so you'll find interesting drinks such as the St. Hilaire (champagne and elderflower liqueur) and an earthy pisco sour inside, and more summery beverages such as the pia colada (made with fizzy fresh pineapple juice) and the Strawberry Lemonade (fresh strawberries muddled with vodka and lemon juice) on the patio. Price points : The great views don't come cheap: $15 for any of the (admittedly delicious) cocktails; the three dozen wines by the glass start at $9, and bottled beers are $6 and up. Food prices range from $9 for the samosas to $16 for the gourmet burger. Perhaps the prices are one way the hotel can guarantee a quicker turnover: Not many happy hour guests are going to linger for more than a few cocktails. more
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  • In the space formerly occupied by the historic Hotel Washington, The W Hotel provides luxury accommodations next to the White House and is home to Bliss spa, J&G Steakhouse and the P.O.V. Roof...

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  • Hours:

    Daily 24 Hours
  • Payments:

    Carte Blanche
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest Washington, Northwest, Washington Mall