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River Inn, Washington Hotel Review

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.

River Inn Washington, Living Room

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.

River Inn, Washington, Bedroom

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.

River Inn, Washington, Breakfast

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.

River Inn Washington, Bikes at National Mall

Top Tips
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.

Last Word
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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River Inn, Washington, Hotel Review

*I received a media rate in exchange for this post, all views and opinions are my own.

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