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Thompson Hotel, Washington D.C.

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Washington D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront district has evolved from its once-industrial Navy Yard heritage into a walkable, waterfront destination with the Thompson Washington D.C. located in the heart of all 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 property's central location includes birds-eye views of Nationals Stadium and the Anacostia River, as well as 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 of the Thompson Washington D.C.

It's All in the Details

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 of the Thompson Washington D.C.

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 the Thompson Washington D.C.

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 Love the Thompson Washington D.C.

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

Best Amenity at the Thompson Washington D.C.

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. 

Money Matters

What’s Included at the Thompson Washington D.C.

Your stay includes free local and long-distance phone calls, daily newspaper delivery, BOGO ice cream from Ice Cream Jubilee, and a Capital Bikeshare one-day pass. You'll also receive discounts aplenty -- more info here -- including $10 off a pass to the nearby Vida Fitness/Aura Spa, 20% off Trapeze School classes, 15% off your purchase at Steadfast Supply, 15% off Nationals tickets over $100, 15% off Bike and Roll tours, 10% off sightseeing tours, 10% off a BOOMBOX (boxing) class, and a 10% discount on a boat tour (Spirit of Washington or Odyssey). You can also bring a furry friend for free, as long as they're under 50 pounds. 

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at the Thompson Washington D.C.

The hotel charges a destination fee of $25 per night plus tax. 

How to Get a Deal at the Thompson Washington D.C.

Check the website for seasonal packages and promotions. Some even include added perks like late check-out, suite accommodations, overnight parking, private tours, discounted doggy daycare, and yummy snacks. World of Hyatt Members also receive discounted rates.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of the Thompson Washington D.C.

Turn your feet in any direction from this hotel, and you’ll wander into some of D.C.’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, which lets you buzz into the best parts of D.C., sans 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 to the Thompson Washington D.C. 

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

Nearest Public Transit to the Thompson Washington D.C.

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

The Bottom Line 

The Thompson Washington D.C. is a sleek addition to this vibrant up-and-coming neighborhood: making it the perfect choice for visitors who want a fresh, contemporary vibe plus easy access to all that the nation's capital has to offer.

It's All in the Details