Between two new Cover lodges, the Conrad Washington, D.C., the Waldorf Astoria Washington, D.C. and The Morrow Lodge, a Curio Assortment property — all opening throughout the previous 5 years — Hilton means enterprise in relation to the Washington, D.C. lodge scene.
Particularly, The Morrow represents a brand new foray for Hilton within the metropolis, opening as a part of the third Avenue District growth challenge within the up-and-coming Union Station/NoMa neighborhood, which is brimming with new residence buildings, eating places and grocery shops.
It additionally simply occurs to be a high-end lodge at an incredible worth (in money or factors) for anybody paying a go to to the nation’s capital. This is what you’ll want to find out about The Morrow in Washington, D.C.
What’s The Morrow Lodge Washington?
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A straightforward four-block stroll from Union Station, The Morrow Lodge Washington is on the nook of M St. NE and third St. NE within the NoMa neighborhood. The once-industrial neighborhood is basically residential these days however affords entry to Union Market and several other sit-down eating places, together with a cantina, oyster bar and Bavarian beer backyard inside just a few blocks.
Opened in November 2022, The Morrow has 203 rooms and suites designed by the worldwide structure and inside design group Rottet Studio. Their spectacular record of previous design tasks consists of The Surrey in New York, The 4 Seasons Chicago and the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles.
Stepping inside its castle-like double doorways, friends are greeted by a light-filled, open foyer. The reception is behind the foyer, and there is ample seating with loads of sofas and armchairs.
Many friends, myself included, have been fascinated by the Moët & Chandon Champagne merchandising machine tucked off to the facet. At $35 for a half-bottle, it is no cut price, however a number of of us gathered round, ready to observe the machine in motion as one other visitor partook.
One other spotlight of the lodge is Le Clou, one in all movie star chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s eating places. He is constructed a reputation with different D.C. eateries, together with Philotimo, Officina and the Michelin one-star Masseria.
Le Clou is a shiny, welcoming brasserie-style restaurant. The menu options conventional staples like French onion soup ($14), duck confit ($32) and escargot ($21). The restaurant can be identified for its “petite” (half a Maine lobster, a half-dozen oysters, 4 North Carolina shrimp and scallop al citronette for $88) and grand (entire Maine lobster, ceviche, a dozen oysters, crab royal, six North Carolina shrimp and scallop al citronette for $215) seafood towers.
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There are many actions for friends at The Morrow
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The eating room at Le Clou. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
The Morrow frequently hosts occasions friends can attend.
To see what is going on on throughout your keep, consult with the lodge’s calendar of occasions. Most weekends, the lodge holds festivities like cookie adorning, watercolor portray and yoga lessons. Just lately, the lodge hosted a rooftop Kentucky Derby celebration with mint juleps and Kentucky-themed cocktails.
Many of those occasions are complimentary for friends.
The Morrow’s rooms are modern and cozy
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Premium room at The Morrow Lodge. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
I had reserved a typical king room, however the lodge upgraded me to a premium room as a Hilton Honors Diamond member. Premium rooms are about 150 sq. toes bigger than customary rooms. Most of that additional house is within the rest room, however you may additionally discover a little bit bit extra room to maneuver across the foot of the mattress.
Strolling into the room, the sunshine tan hardwood flooring, the fashionable furnishings and the temper lighting created an upscale environment. Partially positioned on high of a cream-colored rug with wavy blue patterning, the king mattress was wearing 300 thread-count linens with an opulent cover. The pillows, with combine of sentimental and agency variations, rested in opposition to the winged headboard with light, horizontal lighting rising from its high. On each side of the headboard have been half-globe lamps with USB and AC energy retailers. Your entire room felt contemporary, and there was even that new lodge scent.
My view by way of the floor-to-ceiling window was of a residential view of some neighboring residence buildings.
Contained in the closet have been a few dozen hangers, an iron and ironing board, a secure, a pair of slippers and ample drawer house.
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Closet at The Morrow. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
Simply to the left of the closet have been a Lavazza espresso and low maker and loads of glassware.
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Lavazza espresso facilities at The Morrow. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
The minibar (extra value), which was amongst essentially the most expansive I’ve seen, got here stocked with a number of manufacturers of wine, spirits and soda. It additionally featured three sorts of native beers. For those who’re feeling peckish, dry snacks included candies, blended nuts and different snacks.
One of the best a part of the room was the lavatory. The massive window, chevron-style stone flooring, glazed tile and round vainness mirror with gentle round its perimeter made this house glow.
There was an inviting soaking tub and a separate bathe. Beside the sink was a small make-up mirror and tub amenity field with a bathe cap, cotton pads and Q-tips.
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Toilet at The Morrow Lodge. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
The Morrow outfitted the lavatory with two journey units of Le Labo Santal 33 tub merchandise (every of which retail for $90), giving it a very high-end observe.
Health lovers can have loads to do
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Jogging station at The Morrow. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
The Morrow feels prefer it’s all about staying lively. The lodge assembles a jogging station by the entrance door each morning with complimentary bottled water, towels and a bowl of entire fruits, together with apples and oranges. Joggers can head three miles south to the historic Anacostia Riverwalk Path or two miles east throughout Gallaudet College’s campus to achieve the U.S. Nationwide Arboretum.
The lodge additionally supplies complimentary bicycles. They’re accessible on a first-come, first-served foundation, and also you’re welcome to make use of them for the entire day. Earlier than heading out, you need to cease by the entrance desk to finish some temporary paperwork.
There’s additionally a spacious health middle on the second ground, which options Peloton bikes, StairMaster machines, treadmills and weight machines. The lodge has lockers, a water refilling station and chilled towels there.
It is value staying in for breakfast
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Breakfast downstairs at The Morrow. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
Hilton Gold and Diamond members obtain an $18 day by day meals and beverage credit score per individual (as much as two friends). When checking in, the entrance desk agent requested if I had a companion staying with me to confirm that the meals and beverage credit score can be correctly allotted. Exterior of the Champagne merchandising machine, you should use the meals and beverage credit score in any respect the lodge’s eating retailers, together with room service.
Breakfast on the Morrow did not disappoint. I invited my colleague, Emily Thompson, for breakfast on the primary day of my keep. I ordered the smoked salmon plate for $24, which was delectable. It got here with applewood-smoked salmon, capers, pink onion, a hard-boiled egg, dill cream cheese and a plain bagel. Emily ordered the Morrow breakfast for $22, with two farm eggs ready to her choice, roasted potatoes, toast and sausage.
The service, however, left room for enchancment. After we sat down, it took round 20 minutes for the server to return to our desk and take our order. It took about 45 minutes from after we ordered till we obtained our meals. Out of time, I approached the server station to settle the invoice as soon as we completed consuming.
Within the hope of discovering a faster possibility the subsequent day, I ordered breakfast to my room. After calling room service, it took about 25 minutes to obtain my order, and the white-tablecloth meal trolley was elegant. The identical server who took my order over the cellphone got here to ship the meal, which made me really feel like my order was properly taken care of. The server greeted me by title and got here out and in shortly, leaving me with a significantly better impression than my breakfast downstairs.
I had a bowl of berries for $8 and the child’s ache perdu for $18, a brioche-style french toast with an apple compote, caramelized condensed milk, Chantilly cream and walnuts. It was candy, gooey and spectacular. My eating credit score coated among the invoice, although I nonetheless ended up on the hook for $19.71 after taxes and a service cost.
Nightly charges at The Morrow are aggressive for DC
For a lodge of this caliber, a nightly charge of 60,000 Hilton Honors factors was affordable. For comparability, customary room charges on the no-frills Hilton Backyard Inn Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol are additionally 60,000 factors per night time, and there is not any query that The Morrow delivers a extra premium keep. Whereas the Hilton Backyard Inn affords a complimentary breakfast to all friends, The Morrow is a full-service, subtle property.
For different upscale Hilton stays in D.C., you may want extra factors. The Cover by Hilton Washington, D.C. Embassy Row usually requires 80,000 factors per night time, whereas the Waldorf Astoria Washington, D.C. calls for 110,000 factors per night time and up most dates.
What’s extra, there’s ample customary room award availability at The Morrow for 60,000 factors within the upcoming months. As a reminder, Hilton Honors elite members obtain the fifth night time free when utilizing factors for traditional rooms.
Money charges common round $275 for entry-level rooms (however drop to $165 throughout off-peak dates in January), and if you wish to guide a premium king room just like the one I used to be upgraded to, count on to spend an additional $50 or so extra per night time. Whereas the Morrow would not have a vacation spot charge, all stays below 30 nights are topic to the 15.95% D.C. occupancy tax.
TPG values 60,000 Hilton factors at $360, so in case your closing nightly room charge is similar to, or costlier than, this quantity, think about using factors. Since I stayed throughout peak cherry blossom season, room charges have been over $500 per night time, so utilizing factors made sense.
Accessibility at The Morrow
The Morrow affords mobility and hearing-accessible rooms. The mobility-accessible rooms both have roll-in showers or accessible bathtubs. Listening to-accessible rooms have visible alarms and notification gadgets for the doorbell and incoming calls. All through the lodge, you may discover braille signage.
On the lodge’s entrance, there are two stairs (with handrails), and off to the facet, there is a ramp. The elevators additionally featured wheelchair-height elevator controls.
The explanation why The Morrow Lodge Washington won’t be for you
- For those who’re coming to D.C. to see the most important vacationer points of interest, together with varied museums and monuments, this location may really feel out-of-the-way, although there are many new eating places and shops there. It is a four-block stroll to Union Station after which 4 stops on the Shady Grove-bound Crimson Line to Farragut North, the metro cease three blocks from the White Home. Finances no less than half-hour in switch time from The Morrow to downtown.
- Rooms haven’t got a sofabed, and including a rollaway would have been a good squeeze, so households may wish to look elsewhere.
- Breakfast downstairs is not an in-and-out affair. Though there have been loads of empty tables when Emily and I ate, the restaurant felt understaffed. It took round 45 minutes for us to obtain our meals.
My keep at The Morrow felt practically flawless between the scrumptious breakfasts, fantastically designed rooms and superior health amenities. The entrance desk workers, restaurant servers and housekeepers have been nice and took satisfaction of their lodge, as evidenced by their frequent tourism suggestions and enjoyable info in regards to the lodge.
The neighborhood feels prefer it’s on the rise and is shut sufficient to points of interest to be handy however not overrun by visiting crowds. All for a lower cost than downtown lodges are likely to cost. I might keep right here once more with out hesitation.