I love a good weekend trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a couple of days. Recently my husband and I decided to check out Washington, D.C., since it’s just a short 1-hour plane ride from Columbus (although Southwest changed our flight there and we ended up with a layover in Orlando, but that’s another story).
We spent 2 nights at the Viceroy Washington DC hotel while we explored all of the typical tourist attractions in the area. This was my first time staying at a Viceroy hotel, so I was excited to check out this new-to-me brand.
In this review, I’ll take you on a tour of the property to show you what you can expect from this artsy, boutique hotel.
Viceroy Hotels is a small luxury hotel brand that focuses on impeccable design and top-notch service. With a small footprint (only 13 properties currently), you won’t find a Viceroy hotel in every location, but instead, they are carefully sprinkled across high-end tourist destinations across the globe.
Some of the best Viceroy Hotels are located in places like California, Mexico, and St. Lucia.
The Viceroy Washington DC is located on a tree-lined street, just steps from the 14th Street Corridor in downtown Washington, D.C. Less than a mile from The White House, this hotel is a great place to stay to explore all of Washington, D.C.’s most popular attractions.
If you’re flying in, there are lots of airport options that are convenient. The hotel is only 5 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), about 28 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and about 33 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).
I flew into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and took a quick 15-minute Uber ride to get to the hotel, using the monthly Uber Cash I receive via The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Hot Tip: There are actually 2 Viceroy hotels in Washington, D.C. — Viceroy Washington DC and Hotel Zena Washington DC.
The bad news about booking a Viceroy hotel is that it doesn’t have a traditional points program, so you can’t book it with hotel points. If you want to use points, you’ll need to book through a points-program travel portal (Amex, Capital One, Chase, or Citi).
Another option to book the Viceroy Washington DC is through a Viceroy Guild travel advisor. By booking through this channel, guests are eligible for extra perks and benefits like complimentary breakfast and late checkout. You can contact Upgraded Points’ Leigh Rowan, a Viceroy Guild travel advisor, to access these special perks.
If you choose to pay for your stay the old-fashioned way, check out our recommended credit cards that offer 2x to 3x bonus points on travel expenses. Some of our top picks also earn 5x to 10x bonus points on prepaid hotels, but only when booked through the card’s respective travel portal.
The Hotel Collection
The Viceroy Washington DC is part of American Express’ The Hotel Collection. That means select American Express cardholders are eligible for extra benefits on bookings of 2 nights or more through the Amex Travel portal.
To enjoy The Hotel Collection benefits, you’ll need an American Express® Business Gold Card, American Express® Gold Card, Amex Platinum card, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or Centurion® Card from American Express.
Benefits of booking 2+ nights through the American Express Hotel Collection include:
- $100 onsite credit for dining, spa, and resort charges
- Room upgrade upon check-in (if available)
Unfortunately, you’ll have a hard time spending $100 at the Viceroy Washington DC until the restaurant is opened, and that’s not scheduled until early 2022.
Hot Tip: You can use your Amex Platinum card’s prepaid hotel credit to book a 2+ night stay at the Viceroy Washington DC hotel since it’s part of The Hotel Collection.
Upon arrival at the Viceroy Washington DC, I was greeted by a doorman who offered to help with my luggage. The front desk staff was welcoming and got me checked in quickly.
I had just signed up for the GHA DISCOVERY loyalty program (which offers benefits across 35+ independent luxury hotel brands), so I didn’t have many elite benefits available. The benefits I was eligible for (complimentary Wi-Fi and bottled water) were already included in the room rate.
Amenities at Viceroy Washington DC
The Viceroy Washington DC is a gorgeous hotel in an excellent location. But unfortunately, it lacks some of the amenities you may find at a bigger hotel.
Here’s what you can expect:
There’s a rooftop pool that is only open seasonally. When the pool is closed (as was the case during my visit), the entire rooftop is locked; you can’t go up to use the patio at all unless you’re traveling in the summer.
The hotel has a very small gym that offered weights, a couple of cardio machines, and a Peloton bike.
Wi-Fi was included with my stay and the password was provided at check-in. The signal was very strong, so you could easily get some work done at your guest room desk or in the lobby lounge.
There was a lovely outdoor courtyard for guests to use. 2 firepits and plenty of seating made this a comfortable area to enjoy a cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat.
Valet parking was available for $26.99 plus tax during the day or $49.99 plus tax overnight.
The Viceroy Washington DC hotel is pet-friendly. There’s no fee to bring your pet, and they’re welcome in every part of the hotel, except the rooftop. The hotel provides pet beds and food bowls upon request.
Guest Amenities Fee
You may be familiar with resort fees at large, resort hotels, but you might be surprised to know that some hotels charge similar fees regardless of how many amenities they offer.
The Viceroy Washington, D.C. charges a daily guest amenities fee of $25 plus tax ($28.74).
The hotel’s website indicates that this fee includes, but is not limited to, pool and gym access, Wi-Fi, unlimited local and long-distance phone calls, and printing and business services.
Viceroy King Room
My guestroom at the Viceroy Washington DC hotel was fantastic. The spacious room was modern, elegant, and whimsical. The room exuded a city-chic vibe with textured wallpaper, unique furnishings, and fun artwork. The furnishings and decor had a definite masculine vibe but were still warm and inviting.
The king-sized bed was made with crisp white sheets and pillows that felt like sleeping on clouds. I got a great night’s sleep during my 2-night stay.
Each bedside lamp had a plug and USB outlet so that you could easily charge your devices. There was also a Google Nest Hub that offered hotel information and a curated playlist.
My room had a huge window with a city view. There was both a light-filtering shade and a blackout shade so that you could adjust the room’s light exactly to your liking.
The large work area didn’t have your typical hotel desk. The contemporary white marble desktop was paired with a chair that exuded mid-century modern vibes. It was an über-cool combination.
Connected to the desk were a set of drawers and a mini-fridge.
The gorgeous black and white marble bathroom was spacious and functional. There was a single sink with ample counter space, plenty of towels, and a hair dryer.
I loved the large walk-in shower with black floor tiles.
The bathroom featured ROIL bath products. I appreciated that they were full-sized bottles so that I didn’t feel wasteful opening a travel-sized bottle for 1 or 2 uses. Plus, the products themselves were wonderful — some of the best bath products I’ve come across in years.
What Was Missing?
One of the hotel’s biggest misses was the absence of an in-room coffee maker. In today’s world, in-room coffee is a standard amenity that most guests expect, especially at a luxury brand like Viceroy.
According to a hotel representative, in-room coffee is offered in the suites only.
Bottom Line: My room at the Viceroy Washington DC was stylish, spacious, and very comfortable. The biggest drawback was that there wasn’t an in-room coffee maker.
Food and Beverage
While there aren’t many food or beverage options at the hotel, there are plenty of restaurants within a few blocks, so you won’t go hungry.
Here’s what you can expect at the Viceroy Washington DC:
BPM Coffee & Wine
This lobby cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and serves a small selection of coffee, pastries, pre-made sandwiches and snacks, wine, and beer. I was disappointed in the quality and selection of food and beverages. There was no decaf coffee available and the pastries were mediocre.
Hush Rooftop Bar
Hush Rooftop Bar serves cocktails and light bites but is only open during pool season, so if you’re not traveling in the summer, you won’t have access to this bar. The opening and closing dates are not stated on the website, so you’ll want to contact the hotel directly to confirm if the rooftop bar will be open during your stay.
Dovetail Bar and Restaurant — Coming in 2022
This contemporary bar and restaurant is scheduled to open in early 2022.
The service I received during my stay at the Viceroy Washington DC was great. The front desk staff was friendly and welcoming upon check-in and was accommodating in storing our luggage for the day upon checkout.
There were lots of COVID-19 protocols in place throughout the hotel. Masks were required at the time of my visit and there was hand sanitizer available throughout the hotel. Signs were posted reminding guests to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Housekeeping was offered without a special request. This was a really nice perk in a world where this previously standard hotel amenity has taken a hit.
Overall, I really enjoyed my 2-night stay at the Viceroy Washington DC hotel. The room was spacious and very comfortable and the location was convenient to all of Washington, D.C.’s top attractions. However, I was disappointed that there was no in-room coffee maker, and I thought the lobby coffee shop was mediocre.
If you’re looking for a unique hotel in a nice neighborhood with large, comfortable rooms (and don’t care about in-room coffee) this could be a great option for your Washington, D.C. trip.
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