While travelling for work, I chose to stay at the Moxy Washington, DC, Downtown for its location close to the shopping streets and places to see in Washington, DC, such as the White House.
A varied Marriott offering and a Moxy in the heart of the action
Marriott has a full range of hotels for every budget in Washington, including the Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, JW Marriott, the Fairfield and Residence Inn for families.
I went to Washington for a week of work and convention and stayed there for part of the week at a lacklustre Hilton Garden Inn near the Capitol, close to my meeting location.
As I do regularly when I stay for work in a new city, I extend my stay by a day or two to visit the city.
On this trip, I decided to move closer to downtown and stay at the Moxy Washington, DC Downtown. I like the young and trendy concept of Moxy hotels, but it’s not ideal for a family, as the rooms are smaller with an open bathroom.
According to the current charter, the Moxy Downtown is a category-five hotel. You will have to pay between 30,000 and 40,000 points to book it with points. Since I was aiming to earn points for a trip to Europe, I paid for the room.
With the Platinum status, I got breakfast, a free drink at the bar and an upgrade to a King room, a city view.
The Moxy Washington hotel does not have suites, so the city view is the highest category. I was happy with my choice, as the location of the Moxy allowed me to visit most of the sites on foot, and I could take a Hop on Hop Off bus a few blocks away (I talk about it later in this article).
The Happy Hour at the reception/bar is very nice.
Features of the Moxy Washington
The hotel is approximately 35 minutes from Dulles International Airport but only 9 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
The Moxy Washington offers 5 room types:
- 1 room with 1 queen bed
- 1 room with 1 king bed
- 1 room with 2 single beds
- 1 room with 1 queen bed, offering a view on the city
- 1 room with 1 king bed, offering a view on the city
This hotel offers the following services:
- the Moxy bar, where you can eat or have a cocktail in a warm atmosphere. Breakfast is also served at the bar.
- A fitness room is open 24 hours a day.
- A meeting room.
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