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The Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill [10 Apr 2004|05:09pm]
Last weekend I stayed in the Hyatt Regency in the Capitol Hill area of DC.

Unless you are traveling backed by a fat corporate expense account, I would avoid this Hyatt.

The rooms were neither particularly nice nor particularly nasty.

I spent a large chunk of my time over the weekend waiting on the elevator(s)---and my room was on the second floor. There was no stair access from the first floor to the second floor. There were only emergency stairs that took you outside the building. This was a problem since the hotel was hosting two conferences at the same time, with a few hundred people. On a particularly bad morning, I waited for about 15 minutes for an elevator.

Once I got downstairs, I thought some coffee would be nice. Conveniently, there is a little coffee kiosk located right in the lobby. Inconveniently, that little kiosk charges $3.50 for a cup of regular coffee. Starbucks coffee. That's the smallest size. Want a banana? That'll be $1.50.

I'll skip over all of the problems with the valet parkers losing keys and cars and such, since I wasn't directly involved in any of that.

Later in the evening, I of course moved to the bar. $9 for a Guiness---out of a can. $7 for a Bud Light. I ordered a Bass, they brought me a Miller Lite. Maybe they thought I wouldn't notice. I ordered a Gin & Tonic. The bartender emptied one bottle of gin into the drink, then reached back and grabbed a new bottle---of a different kind of gin! I'm not real up tight about these things, but you just don't mix different brands of liquor together and charge someone money for it.

The bartenders were the surliest. I was there with a very large group of mostly college-age people, probably not their usual crowd, and I'm sure someone along the line probably was rude to them. But, it must have happened pretty early, because for the whole night each night that I was there, every time I ordered a drink, the bartender would roll his/her eyes.  They wouldn't keep any tabs open. They closed the bar early.

I'd recommend staying some place else. There is a Holiday Inn right across the street, for example, which certainly had friendlier help, and better internet access (wirless in the lobby). Might be a better bet.
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