Eldon Luxury Suites

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Half a block from the Washington Convention Center and the Mount Vernon Square Metro station, this newer hotel is a luxurious surprise. Eldon Luxury Suites opened in September 2009 after the 1929 apartment building in which it’s housed was gutted and restored. It’s a sophisticated, European-style, 50-suite hotel whose smallest room is a one-bedroom suite at 650 square feet.

Artwork, light birchwood, and granite floors are some of the design elements of the bright, condo-style space. What makes this refined place the most enjoyable? Its affordability. The rates are still that of an average-priced downtown hotel, with weekends starting at $154 and weekdays at $264. Breakfast is included.

The room categories are the Independent, the Freedom, and the Lower Level Liberty Suites, as well as the two penthouses on the top floor. Rooms are large, with only six rooms on most floors. All rooms have fully equipped kitchens, granite countertops, queen size sofa beds, and large closets. The floors are all granite with no rugs or carpeting—though rooms are still surprisingly quiet—adding to the new, open feel.

The three-bedroom penthouse has a wall-length view of the Washington Monument. If you don’t want to pay for the view, all guests are welcome to use the top-floor workout room. Although it’s just a few treadmills and an elliptical, the machines all face toward the windows overlooking the city, and the glassed-in space is bright and open.

Room amenities: Flat-panel wall-mounted 32-inch HDTV with premium movie channels and satellite, in-room spa and massage services, granite floors and countertops, stainless steel appliances, goosedown comforters, side shower massage jets, queen-sized sofa beds in all living rooms, intercom service, iron and ironing board, work desk

Hotel amenities: Rooftop fitness center with city view, complimentary continental breakfast

Things nearby: Washington Convention Center, Historical Society of Washington, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Chinatown, Logan Circle , Penn Quarter


Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.