Lobby of Thompson Washington, D.C.

Washington DC’s Capitol Riverfront district has evolved from its once-industrial Navy Yard heritage into a walkable, waterfront destination with the Thompson Hotel situated right in the heart of the action. Bustling with youthful, hip energy and an enviable density of good dining and activities, this area is where all the cool kids gather, from Hill staffers to in-the-know business travelers and tourists. The Thompson Washington DC's central location includes birds-eye views of Nationals Stadium and the Anacostia River, and easy access to Audi Field (the new venue for the city’s first professional soccer team). Here's our review: 

What You Need to Know

The Look

Thompson Hotels have a signature style that oozes sleek sophistication without the pretension—which is the perfect mix for this DC neighborhood. Eleven stories high with 208 rooms and 17 suites, the hotel’s prime real estate along the Anacostia River means you’ll get your choice of views---riverfront or ballpark. The impressively oversized (in many cases floor-to-ceiling) windows do a nice job of making some of the smaller rooms feel airy and sizable. Look for nods to the location’s historic Navy Yard heritage with teak-toned hardwood touches and an industrial chic color palette of creams and greys.

The Vibe

Much like the neighborhood, the hotel energy is smart, fresh, and sophisticated. Guests here are savvy travelers who want unique experiences and easy access to the city’s best offerings. 

Who Will Love It 

Business travelers and tourists who want upscale amenities combined with easy access to the city’s best features, including professional soccer and baseball. Families will love the nearby waterpark and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

Who Might Not 

Given the hotel’s proximity to the DC Metro--and their $55 parking fee--car lovers and those who like to drive everywhere might not appreciate the area’s pedestrian-friendly qualities. 

Best Amenity 

Anchovy Social, the hotel’s 6,000 square-foot rooftop bar, brings together the best features of Capitol Riverfront with skyline views of the Anacostia River, Nationals Park, and the Navy Yard. A series of sliding floor-to-ceiling windows lets the fresh air in and the menu of trendy cocktails and bites is enough to keep you happy all evening. A close second is Danny Meyer’s first-ever seafood restaurant, Maialino Mare--the hotel’s signature dining experience (not currently operating due to COVID-19). 

Money Matters

What’s Included 

Complimentary coffee and pastries served in the lobby, and complimentary wifi Discount at Mah Ze Dahr bakery (show card for free coffee with purchase), Metro SmarTrip card 1-day pass available upon request, Discount at Madame Tussauds Washington, DC (show SmarTrip card receive 35% off admission), $10 retail credit (minibar food or retail items like hand sanitizer). 

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About

There is a Destination Fee of $25 per day in addition to the room rate.

How to Get a Deal 

The Bikes, Baskets, Blooms & Flights package includes Capital Bike Share passes, a picnic basket of snacks and sips, and in-room Cherry Blossom beverage flights. Book dates: March 1 – April 25 for a stay March 18 – April 15. Redeemable: April 16, 2021 – December 2022

Getting There

In the Neighborhood

Turn your feet in any direction from this hotel and you’ll wander into some of DC’s best attractions. You’ll be just one mile from the Capitol Building, two blocks from Nationals Park, and a mere three blocks from the Metro where you can buzz into the  best parts of DC without the hassle of traffic. Be sure to explore the adjacent Wharf neighborhood, home to some of the city’s best dining (try Delmar or Hank’s Oyster Bar).

Nearest Airport 

The hotel is five miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and 30 miles from Dulles International Airport (IAD). 

Nearest Public Transit

The Potomac Water Taxi and Metro Green Line Navy Yard stop are both a short walk from the hotel.

The Bottom Line 

The Thompson DC is a sleek addition to this vibrant up-and-coming neighborhood--the perfect choice for visitors who want a fresh, contemporary vibe and easy access to the best DC has on offer.

It's All in the Details:

HOTEL SIZE: 208 rooms, 17 suites

TYPE: Large City Hotel

LOCATION: Metropolitan Washington, DC

KNOWN FOR: The trendy neighborhood and proximity to Nationals Stadium.

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