Guest Directory

Everything you need to know and more…

We take great pride in providing our guests with exceptional service and accommodations. This directory is provided to familiarize you with the many services we offer, as well as acquaint you with the Washington D.C./Alexandria area.

Sincerely,

Mike Barber
General Manager

HELPFUL NUMBERS
Airlines
Alaska Airlines
1-800-426-0333
America West
1-800-235-9292
American Airlines
1-800-433-7300
Continental Airlines
1-800-525-0280
Delta Airlines
1-800-221-1212
Northwest Airlines
1-800-225-2525
Saudi Arabian Airlines
1-800-472-8342
Southwest Airlines
1-800-435-9792
United Airlines
1-800-241-6522
US Airways
1-800-428-4322

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GUEST SERVICES

ADA Access
A ramp is located in the front lobby. Parking is available directly in front of the hotel near the lobby. The swimming pool is accessible through the outside of the hotel on the east side of the building (you must request that the gate be unlocked). Hearing and sight-impaired equipment is available per request at the front desk.

Bank – ATM Service
The nearest ATM is located in the 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner of Duke and South Reynolds (down the hill).

Business Center
The business center, which is available 24 hours, is located on the first floor by the Marketing Office. Limited-volume copying and domestic faxing can be done in the business center free of charge. Large volumes of copies or international faxing can be done in the executive office and at the front desk at the applicable rates. PC and internet access is also available.

Check-Cashing Services
Our front desk can cash personal checks up to a maximum of $50 per day/$200 per week, provided that the check meets verification requirements.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in time is after 3:00pm. Check-out time is prior to 12:00noon.

Copies
Limited-volume copying can be done in the business center on the first floor free of charge. Copies can be made in our executive office and are complimentary up to 10 single-page copies. Additional copies are $.10 per page.

Cribs
Cribs are available as a complimentary special request item through the front desk. The number of available cribs is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first served basis.

Credit Information
We accept American Express, Diner’s Club, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning service is available Monday-Saturday, excluding holidays. Same-day service is available if articles are received at the front desk by 7:30am. Articles will be returned by 7:00pm. You will find a dry cleaning bag and form in your bedroom closet. Place the items in the laundry bag and drop it off at the front desk.

Faxes
Domestic faxing can be done in the business center on the first floor free of charge. The hotel fax number is 703-370-0467. Incoming faxes are complimentary and will be delivered to your suite as soon as possible.
Faxes can be sent at the front desk. Outgoing faxes are $1.00 per page-local, $2.00 per page-long distance, and $4.00 per page-international.

Fire Emergency
The hotel is fully equipped with modern fire prevention devices. For your additional safety, please familiarize yourself with the fire alarm locations, exit routes, and fire safety guides. This information is posted on the back of each guest room door.

Fitness Room
Located on the first floor by the Sales Office. The room is equipped with treadmills, stairmasters, weight machine, and exercise bicycle. Open 24 hours for your convenience. Please be considerate of hotel guests in suites located in that corridor during late hours.

Housekeeping
Your suite will receive full service daily. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, and Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-5:00pm. If you need any other services, such as early or late service, extra linens, towels, or blankets, please touch 0.

Ice Machine
An ice machine is located on the second floor behind the restaurant.

Laundry
Coin operated washers and dryers and laundry soap vending machines are located on the fifth floor. You will need your suite key to access the laundry. Available 24 hours a day.

Lost & Found
For articles lost or found, please contact the front desk.

Mail & Messages
There is a mailbox located at the front desk for outgoing mail. Mail received at the hotel will be delivered to your suite as soon as possible. Your telephone is equipped with voicemail for personal messages. To retrieve messages, please dial “44.”

Manager’s Reception
Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres every Wednesday from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Parking
Parking is complimentary for all registered guests. The hotel cannot be responsible for any damage to any vehicle on its lot. Please be sure to place a valid hotel parking tag on the rearview mirror of your vehicle, properly secure your vehicle and do not leave any visible property inside. Illegally parked vehicles or vehicles without a valid hotel parking tag are subject to be towed at the owner’s risk and expense.

Pay Phones
Located on the second floor behind the restaurant.

Pet Policy
Pets are welcomed at the cost of $10 per night, per pet. There is a required refundable deposit of $200, and a pet agreement must be signed at check-in also. Please read it carefully, and be sure to receive a “Pet In Suite” sign at check-in also.

Postage Stamps
Postage is available at current postal rates at the front desk.

Putting Green
Putters and golf balls are available at the front desk. All equipment must be signed for by an adult registered guest.

Reservations
Please dial extension 33. For future reservations, please call us toll-free at 877-736-2500.

Restaurant
The hotel restaurant is located on the second floor of the hotel (please see the enclosed menu). Complimentary continental breakfast is served Monday-Friday 6:00am-9:30am, and Saturday-Sunday 7:30am-10:30am. Holiday schedules are subject to change. Room service and restaurant hours are from 12 noon-10:00pm daily.

Rollaway Beds
Rollaway beds are available as a special request item through the front desk. The number of available rollaway beds is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. A charge of $10 per night per rollaway will be added to your suite account.

Safety Deposit Boxes
Please do not leave money or valuables in your suite. The hotel cannot be responsible for the loss of personal articles. For your security, please secure your valuables in a safety deposit box at the front desk at no charge.

Swimming Pool
The hotel swimming pool is an outdoor pool, and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day between 10:00am and 9:00pm daily. Please follow all posted pool rules.

Telephone Charges
Local calls are currently $.75 per call. Long distance calls are charged based upon business rates plus a 35% surcharge. To make outgoing calls, dial 9 + 1 + the area code and number. For international calls, dial 8 + 011 + country code + city code + telephone number. The hotel uses AT&T as its long distance carrier.

Van Shuttle Service
The hotel van shuttle service operates between 6:30am and 10:30pm Monday-Friday, and between 8:00am and 10:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Holiday schedules are subject to change. Service is available to Van Dorn Street Metro Station, Hoffman building, Landmark Mall, Landmark Plaza, Giant Food, and anywhere within a one mile radius. Reservations are not required, but service is on a first-come, first-served basis. Service to the Hoffman building is on a posted schedule during busy periods. Please go to the main entrance for the next available shuttle. Wait times may vary according to traffic patterns.

Vending/Snack Machines
Located on the second floor behind the restaurant.

Wake-Up Service
Please dial “0” for the operator or set your own wake-up call on your alarm clock.

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POINTS OF INTEREST

MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS

Washington, DC is a city of many memorials and monuments… both classic and contemporary. Here is a brief listing of some of the highlights. Feel free to inquire at the front desk for information on others.

Jefferson Memorial
Location: Across the Tidal Basin from the Washington Monument
L’Enfant Plaza and Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange lines
Admission: Free
Hours: 24 hours; Staff is present from 8:00 am to midnight
426-6821
Best time to go: For the best views visit at night or when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

A classical-style monument to the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. President. Engraved on the interior walls are inscriptions from Jefferson’s writings that sum up his philosophies on freedom and government.

The Memorial itself is great to see, but the view overlooking the water is just breathtaking – particularly during the Cherry Blossom season – but any sunny day will do. In the spring and summer you can rent paddle boats across the way from the Jefferson – a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Washington DC Sites
Korean War Memorial
Korean War Veteran’s Memorial
Location: Across from Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at 21st Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Foggy Bottom/GWU on the Blue and Orange Line
Admission: Free
Hours: 24 hours
Phone: 761-0537
Best time to go: Anytime

A mural wall honoring the veterans of the Korean War. The mural represents the troops and equipment from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. The reflective quality of the Academy Black Granite creates the image of a total of thirty-eight statues symbolic of the thirty-eighth parallel and the thirty-eight months of war. When viewed from a distance the mural creates the appearance of the mountain ranges of Korea. To the south of the memorial are three beds of Rose of Sharon hibiscus plants, which is the national flower of South Korea.

Night time is the best time to visit this Memorial. Or any rainy day. The designer created a memorial that makes you feel like you are there. The rows of troops making their way through the Korean terrain is so lifelike you’ll get a shiver. While you are here you can also walk to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and to the Lincoln Memorial.

Lincoln Memorial
Location: West end of the Mall at 23rd St, NW between Constitution & Independence Ave, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom/GWU on the Blue and Orange lines
Admission: Free
Hours: 24 hours
Phone: 426-6895
Best time to go: For the best views visit early morning, at sunset, or at night

Memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

A visit to this marble monument inspires awe. The 19-by-19 foot statue of a seated Lincoln, was designed by Daniel French. It took 28 blocks of marble and four years to complete the carving. Historic events, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his “I Have A Dream” speech, took place on the steps of this monument.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Location: Across from Lincoln Memorial at 21st Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Foggy Bottom/GWU on the Blue and Orange Line
Admission: Free
Hours: 24 Hours
Phone: 634-1568
Best time to go: Anytime

“The Wall”, 140 panels of polished black granite stretching almost 500 feet, honors the nearly 60,000 men and women who died or remain missing as a result of the Vietnam War. At night this memorial is especially moving as people light matches to search for names inscribed on the wall. Names are listed chronologically from the first casualty in 1959 to the last in 1975. At both ends of the wall there are books that list the inscribed names and the panel number to help locate an inscription.

Washington Monument
Location: 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange Line
Hours: 8:00 am to midnight in the summer; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm September through March.
Admission: Free
Phone: 426-6839
Best time to go: Before 9:00 am, or after 6:00 pm

If you flew into National Airport at night, you were treated to the supreme view of the monument. The monument, which stands 555 feet, is dedicated to George Washington, the first U.S. President. To avoid very long lines, come on a weekday. Waits in the line can exceed three hours in daytime, during spring and early summer.

Museums and Galleries

Corcoran Gallery of Art
Location: 500 17th Street, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) or Farragut North (Red line)
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Open until 9:00 pm on Thursday. Closed Monday and major holidays.
Admission: Suggested donations are $3.00 for adults; $1.00 students and seniors; family groups of any size $5.00. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Phone: 638-3211

Washington’s first museum best known for its permanent collections of American and French impressionist art and special exhibitions of contemporary art and photography. Inside are works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and Winslow Homer. There is also an abundance of cutting-edge contemporary art. The atmosphere of the museum is distinctly serious; not a good place for kids.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Location: Independence Avenue and 8th Street SW
Nearest Metro Station: L’Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily. Sculpture garden open daily from 7:30 am to dusk.
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-2700

A museum of modern art named for Latvian immigrant, Joseph Hirshhorn. The art found inside is often as unusual as the circular building that houses it. Works by modern masters such as Rodin, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, and Henry Moore can be seen. The outdoor sculpture garden contains works by Rodin, Giacometti, and Alexander Calder. Guided tours of the Hirshhorn are offered at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and at 12:30 pm on Sundays. During the summer, additional docent-led tours are sometimes added. The Hirshhorn is a lot of people’s favorite art museum on the Mall. If you only visit one modern art gallery on your visit, make it this one.

National Air and Space Museum
Location: 6th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free museum admission.
Admission for IMAX Theater and Planetarium films are:
Adults: $4.50 for one film or $6.50 for two films
Seniors $3.50 for one film or $5.50 for two films
Youths (ages 2-21) $3.50 for one film or $5.50 for two films
Children (under 2) FREE
Phone: 357-2700
Best time to go: To avoid the heaviest crowds, go before noon or after 4:00 pm

This museum is the most visited in the world, drawing about 8 million visitors a year. Visitors can touch a moon rock, gaze up at the Wright Brothers’ plane and the Spirit of St. Louis, which Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927. Allow at least two hours to tour the museum. If time allows, it is a good idea to split your time at the museum into two visits. You’ll definitely want to catch the movie in the IMAX® Theater and the Einstein Planetarium. Stop in and relax at the Einstein Planetarium – but not when you are sleepy because the captain’s chairs are so comfortable you will fall asleep. This museum is a must see for everyone!

National Museum of African Art
Location: 950 Independence Avenue, SW.
Nearest Metro Station: L’Enfant Plaza on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours:10:00 am to 5:30 pm; extended summer hours
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-2700

The only museum in the United States dedicated solely to African art. The museum specializes in the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa. This museum is paired with the Sackler Gallery, a museum of Oriental Art, and separated by an above ground garden. Inside is an extensive collection of African art in a wide range of media, including sculpture, masks, household and personal items, and religious objects. Check at the information desk about guided tours. Don’t miss the excellent museum shop, where’ll you find textiles, jewelry, scarves, wood carvings, and a wide selection of African music on tape, CD, and videotape.

National Museum of American Art
Location: 8th and G Streets, NW.
Nearest Metro Station: Gallery Place/Chinatown on the Red line
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-3176

The largest museum in the world dedicated to American art. The collection of paintings spans American history and includes masterworks from the Colonial era, paintings of Indian life, huge 19th -century landscapes, modern and contemporary art, and an in-depth collection of art by African-Americans. This museum is more intimate than the museums on the Mall. People who don’t usually like art galleries will probably enjoy this one, since there’s a good chance of finding something appealing.

National Museum of American History
Location: 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian and Federal Triangle on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours:10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-2700
Best time to go: To avoid the worst crowds, visit before noon or after 4:00 pm

Major aspects of America’s cultural, scientific, and technological life come alive here. An extensive collection of artifacts reflecting the American experience. Three exhibit packed floors feature such treasures as the original Star Spangled Banner, steam locomotives, a Model T Ford, a pendulum four stories high that shows how the earth rotates, a collection of ball gowns worn by First Ladies, Archie Bunker’s chair, and an exhibit of typewriters. For a lot of people, this ranks as the favorite Mall museum. No wonder: It offers viewers a dizzying array of history, nostalgia, technology, and culture.

National Museum of Natural History
Location: 10th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue
Nearest Metro Stations: Smithsonian on the Blue line and Archives on the Yellow line
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily (sometimes hours are extended in the summer)
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-2700
Best time to go: Before noon or after 4:00 pm

America’s treasure chest of the natural sciences. It is distinguished by its golden dome and the towering bull elephant in the rotunda. It’s a bit old-fashioned, with long halls filled with dioramas, display cases, and hanging specimens that reflect the Victorian obsession with collecting things. In the Discovery room, kids can touch nearly everything. Discovery room hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 2:30 pm and weekends 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. This museum along with the Air and Space Museum is immensely popular with families. Folks of all ages and tastes will find fascinating things to do here.

National Gallery of Art
Location: 4th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.
Nearest Metro Station: Archives on the Yellow line
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday; 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Sundays
Admission: Free
Phone: 737-4215

A Museum featuring European and American art. This is where you find the heavy hitters: Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, plus Raphael, Monet, and Jacques-Louis David, just to name a few. And it’s all housed in an elegant neoclassical building designed by John Russell Pope. It’s a world-class art museum. When museum fatigue begins to set in, rest your feet in one of the atriums located between the museum’s many galleries.

Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art
Hours: open from 10am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sundays

This sculpture garden has an enormous fountain in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter. There is lots of fun art too – like a 10 foot spider and a 20 foot typewriter eraser. There is even a small house by Roy Lichtenstein that changes dimensions depending on your angle.

National Postal Museum
Location: 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, next to Union Station.
Nearest Metro Station: Union Station on the Red line
Hours:10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free
Phone: 637-9360

The Smithsonian’s newest museum featuring the World’s largest collection of stamps. Kids will love the real airplanes hanging from the ceiling in the atrium, plus hands-on fun like the chance to sort mail on a train and track a letter from Kansas to Nairobi. Themes focus on the history of mail service, how the mail is moved, the social importance of letters, and the beauty and lore of stamps. Serious collectors can call in advance for appointments to see any stamp in the museum’s world class collection or to use the extensive library.

The Phillips Collection
Location: 1600 21st Street, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Dupont Circle on the Red line
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Admission: Free on weekdays but donations are suggested. Weekends $6.50 adults, $3.25 students and seniors over 62; free to 18 and under.
Phone: 387-0961

The first museum dedicated to modern art in the United States. It was founded by Duncan Phillips, grandson of the founder of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. The museum is set in the family’s former mansion which adds to its intimate and comfortable feeling. The collection is too large for everything to be on display at once, so the art is constantly rotated. Expect to see works by Monet, Picasso, Miro, Renoir, and Van Gogh. On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, take advantage of the free, 45 minute guided tours.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Location: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW.
Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian on the Orange and Blue lines
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free (However tickets are required – call for ticket information)
Phone: 488-0400

A museum and memorial presenting the history of the persecution and murder of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany during World War II. This new 168 million dollar museum utilizes stunning, high-tech audio visual displays, advanced computer technology, and a model of a Nazi death camp, to deliver a message about one of the darkest periods in human history. According to museum officials, the main exhibit is inappropriate for children under 11. However, a special exhibit, “Daniel’s Story: Remember the Children,” is designed for visitors 8 and older. It gives a child’s perspective on the Holocaust, but without the shocking graphics of the permanent exhibit. The Holocaust Museum is at best sobering, and at worst, depressing. There’s no bright gloss put on this museum which chronicles the systematic murder of six million people. Keep this in mind before placing it on your touring agenda, especially if traveling with small children. Everyone over 12 years old should see this museum, though. Call ahead to get tickets so you don’t have to wait in line. Make sure you allocate three to four hours to roam the three floors. Watch all of the movies and stop into Daniel’s room on your way out.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Arlington National Cemetery
Location: Across the Potomac from Washington via the Arlington Memorial Bridge
Nearest Metro Station: Arlington Cemetery on the Blue line
Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm daily April – Sept. Until 5:00 pm the rest of the year.
Admission: Free
Phone: (703) 692-0931
Best time to go: Before 9:00 am

The largest military cemetery in the United States. Two hundred thousand men and women are buried here. They include the famous, the obscure, and the unknown: John F. Kennedy, General George C. Marshall, Joe Louis, Abner Doubleday, and Oliver Wendell Holmes are among them. Sights located in the cemetery’s 612 rolling acres include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, memorials to the crew of the space shuttle Challenger, the Iran Rescue Mission Memorial, and Arlington House , built in 1802. Make sure to see the changing of the guard, the eternal flame and the view from Robert E. Lee’s house. Private cars are not allowed inside, but there is plenty of parking near the visitor center. The Tourmobile tour is another option for touring the cemetery. The tour is informative and saves wear and tear on your feet. The shuttle tour leaves the visitor center about every fifteen minutes during the spring and summer and at 20-25 minute intervals the rest of the year.

Ramsay House Visitors Center
Location: 221 King Street
Nearest Metro Station: King Streeton the Blue line
Hours:open daily 9 am to 5 pm
Phone: (703) 838-4200

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria. Originally built circa 1724 by William Ramsay, a Scottish merchant and city founder, the house is believed to have been built down river and barged to its present site after Alexandria was established in 1749. The house now serves as the city’s visitor center. Stop by to pick up detailed brochures on attractions, maps, tours, etc. Gift Shop.

White House
Location: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Nearest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours: Tours are conducted 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday
Admission: Free
Phone: 456-7041

Official residence of the President of the United States. The White House has been the home of our President since John Adams moved from Philadelphia in 1800. The private family quarters upstairs are not open to the public, but most adults and older children find the visit to the handsome staterooms in the main residence rewarding. One weekend each spring and fall is set aside for tours of the gardens and the house. The annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn is held the Monday after Easter from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and open to children under age 8 with accompanying adults. Please visit www.WhiteHouse.gov for more information.

Botanical Gardens
Location: 1st Street and Maryland Avenue, SW
Nearest Metro Station: Federal Center on the Blue and Orange line
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Summer hours extended to 8:00 pm
Admission: Free
Phone: 226-4082

A permanent collection of tropical, subtropical, and desert plants housed in a stunning, 38,000 square foot greenhouse. The central palm house is complete with a flowing stream, while other sections display orchids, ferns, cacti, and other types of plants in naturalistic settings. Before or after strolling through the garden visit Frederic Bartholdi Park. Located across Independence Avenue from the Conservatory. It was named for the designer of the Statue of Liberty. The park features displays of bulbs, annuals, and perennials. The focal point is the Bartholdi Fountain, originally exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

Capitol Hill
Wander around and see the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court , stop in and see your Senator or Congressperson and don’t skip the Capitol building itself. Afterwards, stop for a coffee, drink or ice cream at one of the little shops on Pennsylvania Avenue. Or wander over to Union Station for some shopping

U.S. Capitol
Location: East Capitol and 1st Street NE
Nearest Metro Station: Union Station on the Red line & Capitol South on the Blue & Orange lines
Hours: Tours are given 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily (Last tour given at 3:45 pm)
Admission: Free
Best time to go: Before 10:00 am
Phone: 225-6827

The U.S. Capitol manages to be two things at once, an awesome monument to democracy and one of the most important places in the world – as the frequent presence of reporters and film crews outside attests. The public tour usually last 30 minutes, and takes visitors through only a small part of the Capitol: the rotunda, and a few other rooms, which may include Statuary Hall, the House or Senate Chamber. If there’s an area you would like to see but didn’t on the tour, your guide can give you directions on how to find it. Call (202) 224-3121 for help locating an office. The public entrance is on the east front, the side opposite the Mall. The Capitol hosts about 25,000 visitors a day and most of them get lost – the building is both large and confusing. Make sure to pick up a map at the tour desk in the Rotunda, and don’t be shy about asking one of the many guards on duty for directions.

Library of Congress
Location: 10 1st Street, SE, on Capitol Hill
Nearest Metro Station: Capitol South on the Blue and Orange lines
Admission: Free
Hours: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday
Best time to go: Anytime
Phone: 707-5000

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library. Three huge structures make up the Library of Congress: the Jefferson, the Madison, and the Adams buildings. For an understanding of what goes on here, take one of the tours offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. It starts with a 20 minute video about the varied workings of the library, followed by a walk through a tunnel to the Jefferson Building. The overhead view of the Main Reading Room from the Visitors’ Gallery is one of the most impressive sights in D.C. After the tour, which lasts about an hour, you can look at other exhibits in the Madison Library on your own.

National Zoological Park
Location: 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Woodley Park/National Zoo on the Red line
Admission: Free. Limited paid parking. Strollers rent for $3.00 plus a $35.00 deposit, or your drivers license.
Hours:
Grounds: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, May through September; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, mid-September through April.
Buildings are open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 673-4800
Best time to go: Anytime. In the summer, avoid going during Washington’s sweltering afternoons.
More than 5,000 animals call the zoo home. The most popular exhibits include the famous giant panda, the great apes, the white tiger, and the cheetahs. Also check out the Small Mammal House where kids can look through microscopes, and the huge outside bird cages. Check at the Education Building for times for the feedings and demonstrations that occur throughout the day at the cheetah, elephant, seal, and sea lion exhibits.

Landmark Shopping Mall
Only two blocks away, Landmark Shopping Mall offers over eighty stores – including Hecht’s, Sears, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret plus Lord and Taylor’s and Macy’s! Landmark also offers several restaurants and a complete food court! See a complete listing of stores by clicking here.

Potomac Mills Mall

Anchors/Majors: AMC 15-Screen Theatre, Books-A-Million, Burlington Coat Factory, Daffy’s, Group USA, Homeplace, IKEA, JCPenney Outlet, Linens ‘N Things, Marshall’s, Mikasa, Nordstrom Rack, OFF 5TH-Saks Fifth Avenue, Spiegel Outlet, Syms, TJ Maxx.
Specialty Stores: Ann Taylor, BCBG, Big Dog Sportswear, Brooks Brothers, Cache, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan Company Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Emanuel, Escada, Esprit, Fossil Outlet, Gap Outlet, Guess Outlet, Jones N.Y., Laura Ashley, Lenox, Nautica Clearance Center, 9 West Outlet, Oilily Outlet, Tahari, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Outlet.

And so many more.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9:30pm, Sunday 11:00am-7pm
Phone: (703) 643-1770
1-800-VA-MILLS

So many shops, so little time. 1.7 miles of shops to be exact. Located just 20 minutes from Washington Suites Alexandria, Potomac Mills is ultimate outlet mall experience – and the largest outlet mall on the East Coast. What can you find there?

Kennedy Center
See a show, any show. Shear Madness has a different ending every night so you can even see that more than once!

HISTORIC SIGHTS

Fredrick Douglass Home
Location: 1411 W Street, SE
Nearest Metro Station: Not metro accessible. See Front Desk for directions.
Admission: Free
Hours: April through September 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
October through April 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Phone: 426-5960

Former slave Frederick Douglass became a famed abolitionist, editor, orator and advisor to Abraham Lincoln. Douglass’s home, Cedar Hill, contains a vast collection of personal items and artifacts from this turbulent period in American history. The Visitors Center features a 30 minute film and numerous exhibits on the life of Frederick Douglass. There is also a half hour tour and a bookstore with volumes on Black history.

Gunston Hall
Location: 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA
Nearest Metro Station: Not metro accessible. See Front Desk for directions.
Admission: Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.50, Children 6 – 15 $1.00.
Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Phone: (703) 550-9220

Home built in 1755 by George Mason, a framer of the Constitution and the father of the Bill of Rights. With its 18th century furnishings, formal gardens and exhibits, Gunston Hall serves as a landmark connection with region’s colonial past.

Plantation home of American patriot and author George Mason. Restored boxwood gardens overlook the Potomac.

Monticello
Location: Route 53, three miles Southeast of Charlottesville, VA
Nearest Metro Station: Not metro accessible. See Front Desk for directions.
Admission: Adults $8.00; Children 6-11 $4.00
Hours: March through October 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
November through February 9:00 am – 4:30 pm daily
Phone: (804)984-9822

Mountain top home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence. The inside has been carefully restored and contains Jefferson’s actual furniture and personal memorabilia.

Mount Vernon
Location: 16 miles from Downtown Washington, DC; at the end of the George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, VA
Nearest Metro Station: Not metro accessible. See Front Desk for directions.
Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors 62 and older $6.00, Children 6 to 11 $3.00
Hours: Open daily including Christmas.
March through October 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
November through February 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Best time to go: Anytime. Allow at least 2 hours for maximum enjoyment.

Mount Vernon is the treasured estate of George and Martha Washington, the first “First Family” of the United States of America. It is also one of the country’s oldest ongoing preservation projects. The exhibition area contains more than 30 acres of beautiful gardens and wooded areas. Next to the mansion are outbuildings where much of the day to day domestic activity took place. Also located on the grounds is the tomb where George Washington is buried.

The trip to Mount Vernon is going to dominate half the day but is certainly worth it. In addition to touring the buildings and grounds, a presentation of Washington’s last moments and the funeral procession is done in dramatic fashion. Also, hundreds of Washington’s personal effects are display as it was during his time.

There are several ways to get to Mount Vernon and the one you choose could affect the rest of the day. Ideally, a car would be the preferred choice because Mount Vernon is over 16 miles away. Just get on the George Washington Memorial Parkway and follow it to Mount Vernon. Parking is free in their lot and it accommodates everything from a car to oversized vehicles.

Your next option would be to take one of the tour services like the Tourmobile, Gray Line Tours or Old Town Trolley. If you decide on the Metro, get out at the Huntington station on the Yellow line then either take the Fairfax Connector (bus) or taxi to Mount Vernon. The bus runs every day on a posted schedule and only costs 50 cents. Taxis can be found outside of the station and charge around $15 for the trip.

If you want to take the scenic route, take a boat to Mount Vernon. Use the Miss Crispin from Old Town Alexandria in Virginia or the Potomac Spirit from DC’s waterfront at 6th and Water Streets, SW. The fare normally includes the price of admission to Mount Vernon.

KID’S CORNER

The Washington DC Metropolitan area has a lot of things to do and see that will interest children of all ages. Here are some of our picks!

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS FOR KIDS

1. National Museum of American History
Location: 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian and Federal Triangle on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-2700

Three exhibit packed floors feature such treasures as the original Star Spangled Banner, steam locomotives, a Model T ford, a pendulum four stories high that shows how the earth rotates, a collection of ball gowns worn by First Ladies, Archie Bunker’s chair, one of Mr. Rogers’ sweaters, Fonzie’s jacket, and Oscar the Grouch, plus many more sights. Kids love it!!!

2. National Museum of Natural History
Location: 10th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue
Nearest Metro Stations: Smithsonian on the Blue line and Archives on the Yellow line
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily (sometimes hours are extended in the summer)
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-2700

Best time to go: Before noon or after 4:00 pm
Start your tour on the ground floor, where you’ll see about 300 birds native to the eastern United States. Next, go to the four-story marble pillared rotunda on the first floor where kids will ooh and aah over the eight ton African bush elephant that is over 13 feet tall. Other exhibits you won’t want to miss are the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, the fossil collection, Dinosaur Hall, the Life in the Ancient Sea exhibit, Native Cultures of the Americas, and “Birds of the World”.

3. National Zoological Park
Location: 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Nearest Metro Station: Woodley Park/National Zoo on the Red line
Admission: Free. Limited paid parking. Strollers rent for $3.00 plus a $35.00 deposit, or your drivers license.
Hours:
Grounds: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, May through September; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, mid-September through April.
Buildings are open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Phone: 673-4800
Best time to go: Anytime. In the summer, avoid going during Washington’s sweltering afternoons.

More than 5,000 animals call the zoo home. The most popular exhibits include the famous giant panda, the great apes, the white tiger, and the cheetahs. Also check out the Small Mammal House where kids can look through microscopes, and the huge outside birdcages. Check at the Education Building for times for the feedings and demonstrations that occur throughout the day at the cheetah, elephant, seal, and sea lion exhibits.

4. National Air and Space Museum
Location: 6th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free museum admission.
Admission for IMAX Theater and Planetarium films are:
Adults: $4.50 for one film or $6.50 for two films
Seniors $3.50 for one film or $5.50 for two films
Youths (ages 2-21) $3.50 for one film or $5.50 for two films
Children (under 2) FREE
Phone: 357-2700
Best time to go: To avoid the heaviest crowds, go before noon or after 4:00 pm

This museum is the most visited in the world. It draws about eight million visitors a year. Almost every specimen in the Air and Space museum was flown, or used to back up a craft, and this creates excitement and a sense of immediacy in kids of all ages. The planes suspended from the ceiling appear to be in flight, and younger kids may want to lie down and look straight up for maximum effect. Be sure to line up at the Langley Theater and buy tickets for one or more of the special flight related movies shown several times a day on the five story IMAX screen. If you have time for only one, make it To Fly. You won’t ever forget it!

5. The Capital Children’s Museum
Location: 800 3rd Street, NE
Nearest Metro Station: Union Station on the Red line
Admission: $6.00 ( free for children under two)
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Closed major holidays.
Phone: 675-4149

On the outside it looks like a large school, but the inside is loaded with interactive exhibits that will keep youngsters fascinated for hours. Neat attractions include a cave you can walk through (complete with dripping noises), TV, radio, and animation studios, voice synthesizers, a maze, and computers that quiz kids. In the International Hall, kids can head south-of-the-border by donning Mexican clothes, making tortillas, grinding Mexican chocolate beans, or doing the Mexican hat dance!

OTHER KIDS’ STUFF

National Aquarium
Location: Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
Directions: Follow I-95 North to Baltimore, follow signs to Harborplace
Admission: Adults $11.50; Seniors 60 and over $9.50; Children 3-11 $7.50; Children under 3 are free. Entrance fee includes the main aquarium and the Marine Mammal Pavilion
Hours: Hours vary by season. Call for information. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Phone: (410) 576-3810

Moving ramps and escalators transport visitors through various aquatic habitats. The various ring tanks contain rays, tropical fish, and sharks. Hands down, the steamy and exotic Rain Forest, where small animals and tropical birds roam freely, is the most popular exhibit.

Band Concerts
Location: Sunset Parade, Iwo Jima Memorial, near Arlington Cemetery.
Nearest Metro Station: Arlington Cemetery on the Blue line
Admission: Free
Hours: Tuesdays evenings at 7:00 pm from late May through August
Phone: 433-4497 or 433-4173.

It’s first come first serve for lawn seats at the Marine Corps War Memorial, where you’ll hear the 80-member Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and see precision drills. Shuttle busses run from the Visitors Center at Arlington Cemetery, starting at 6:00 pm.

National Museum of African Art
Location: 950 Independence Avenue, SW.
Nearest Metro Station: L’Enfant Plaza on the Blue and Orange lines
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm; extended summer hours
Admission: Free
Phone: 357-2700

Call for a schedule of animated and regular films on daily life, folk tales and the art of Africa’s rich and diverse culture, shown in the Learning Center Lecture Hall on the second level for kids ages 6-15.

National Postal Museum
Location: 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, next to Union Station.
Nearest Metro Station: Union Station on the Red line
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
Admission: Free
Phone: 637-9360

Don’t laugh! Your kids will love this new museum! There are real airplanes hanging from the ceiling in the atrium, plus hands-on fun like the chance to sort mail on a train and track a letter from Kansas to Nairobi. Themes focus on the history of mail service, how the mail is moved, the social importance of letters, and the beauty and lore of stamps.

Maryland Science Center
Location: Baltimore Inner Harbor
Directions: Follow I-95 North to Baltimore follow the signs
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Admission: $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens, $6.50 for children 4-17, Children 3 and under are free. Admission fee includes all exhibits, IMAX® theater & Davis Planetarium shows.
Phone: (410) 685-5225

Time passes quickly in this facility where scores of hands on exhibits invite kids of all ages to touch, explore, and learn. Enter a distorted room, make friends with a computer, and delve into physics, geology, and the human mind. Watch a movie on the five story high IMAX® screen or reach for the stars in the Davis Planetarium.

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Hotel Restaurants in Virginia

DINING GUIDE

“We Recommend…”

From Chinatown to Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill to Georgetown, Arlington to Annapolis, Rockville to Old Town Alexandria, and Tysons Corner to Bethesda, the Washington DC metropolitan area is a diners paradise! Keep in mind that this is in no way an exhaustive listing. We’d probably still be writing if that was our objective! Instead, we’ve dished up a few restaurants located near the hotel, and some located throughout Washington DC that we think you’ll enjoy.
AMERICAN

Chadwicks
Location: 5247 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 1 block South of the hotel
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 am to 2:00 am
Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 am
Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00 am
Phone: 362-8040

Chadwicks is a bar & grill. It is a wonderful place to stop to have a drink, an appetizer, or a full meal. Great for late night snacks!

Cheesecake Factory
Location: Chevy Chase Pavilion. Chevy Chase, Maryland 2nd level
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 am to 12:15 am
Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 1:15 am
Sunday 10:00 am to 12:15 am
Phone: 364-0500.

The Cheesecake Factory is a family restaurant offering a California twist to many American favorites including the world-renowned cheesecakes in over 50 different varieties.

Clydes
Location: Chevy Chase Center on Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
Hours: Restaurant 11:00 am to 12:30 am Daily
Bar: 11:00 am to 12:30 am Sunday – Thursday
11:00 am to 1:30 am Friday – Saturday
Phone: (301) 951-9600

A D.C. institution that was smart enough to bring its success across the street to the Chevy Chase Center! This beautifully decorated restaurant beckons with fresh pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, and homemade desserts.

Georgia Browns
Location: Downtown, DC 950 15th St. NW, Washington, DC
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am to midnight
Saturday 5:30 pm to midnight
Sunday 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Phone: 393-4499

A sophisticated take on Southern cooking.
Updated versions of loved dishes served throughout the South.

Houlihans
Location: behind Hecht’s at 4444 Willard Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am to midnight
Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Phone: (301) 654-9020.

Houlihans is a great place to eat after a day of sightseeing or shopping.

1789 Restaurant
Location: 1226 36th St. NW, Washington, DC
Hours: Monday – Thursday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Phone: 965-1789

Located in a Federal townhouse in a quiet residential area of upper northwest, country-inn charm and elegance with efficient first class service. Offers a truly Modern American menu Complimentary valet parking. Jacket required.

ITALIAN

Alfio’s La Trattoria
Location: 4515 Willard Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland
approximately 4 blocks from the hotel.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Phone: (301) 657-9133

Fine Italian cuisine & Ocean fresh seafood served in an elegant setting.

Duca Di Milano
Location: 2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Maryland across the street from the hotel via the lower lobby exit.
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30 am to 3:00 pm Lunch
Sunday – Thursday 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm Dinner
Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm Dinner
Phone: (301) 656-3822

Fine Italian cuisine. Live entertainment featured on weekend evenings.

Tragara
Location: 4935 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Lunch
Monday -Thursday 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm Dinner
Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm Dinner
Sunday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Dinner
Phone: (301) 951-4935

Luxurious Italian Restaurant. Quality is consistent, disappointments few.

JAPANESE

Japan Inn
Location: 1715 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
Hours: Monday – Friday noon to 2:00 pm Lunch
Monday -Thursday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Dinner
Friday & Saturday 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm Dinner
Sunday 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Dinner
Phone: 337-3400

Authentic decor, kimonoed servers, sushi bar and teppanyaki grill for steak, shrimp and chicken. Tatami rooms offer ceremonial dining.
MEXICAN/TEX-MEX

Cottonwood Café
Location: 4844 Cordell Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Phone: (301) 656-4844

Wide variety of dishes served with a Southwestern flair! American Southwest at its best!

Cactus Cantina
Location: 3300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Washington, DC (in Cleveland Park)
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am to midnight
Sunday 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Phone: 686-7222

Standard fare includes generous portions of enchiladas, tacos, ribs & fajitas. If weather permits, dine at one of the tables located outside!

Rio Grande
Location: 4919 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to 10:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am to 11:30 pm
Sunday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
Phone: (301) 656-2981.

Tex-Mex fare extraordinaire! Dine on the usual Mexican favorites or choose something more unusual like the frog legs! Great frozen margaritas!