We arrived by car at Washington in the evening and upon out arrival, we were able to park our car by the front porch to allow us to check in first. There was no queue in the counter and we were attended to immediately by a very pleasant front desk agent. No suite upgrades here and while we requested for a room close to each other, we were given rooms with numbers that were close but in reality they were at each ends of the hotel. The reason for this is perhaps that as SPG Platinum, I was upgraded to a slightly larger room while my brother is provided with the standard room. Location wise, the Westin City Center is located close by the Thomas Circle, and thus walking distance to Zentan, a Japanese sushi restaurant which I have been to in Washington DC. As we were renting a car, the location was also close enough to get to the various places of interest in DC. However the parking rates at this hotel is exorbitant with rates similar to that in New York at close to US$60 per night after taxes.
The lobby of the hotel has a large atrium with a restaurant serving breakfast on the second floor. Breakfast for SPG Platinum guests were basic and limited to continental choices like toast, pastries, yogurt and the likes. Though there was an upsell to a slightly better buffet breakfast that I did not think was particularly worth it. I would just probably skip the breakfast in this hotel if it was not included, as it was terrible compared to the fantastic one at the Andaz Wall Street.
The larger corner King Room that I was upgraded into was really spacious with a the standard Westin Heavenly Bed and a chaise lounge at the end of the room near the windows. There was also some odd placing of furniture to occupy the larger space and it just seems like any other standard room. Bathroom was of standard size and similar to Westins and Sheratons all over North America. The ‘upgrade’ was just really lacklustre, and I probably should have requested for just a room closer together and skip this room altogether but as we were just staying for 2 nights, I decided it was too much trouble.
On the other hand, the standard Twin Room with 2 Double Beds was cosy enough for 3 person occupying the room. There was an armchair at the end of the room and though there was enough space at the corner for our luggages. Service at the hotel that we experienced was standard and nothing to shout about while the wait for valet was more or less the same as other hotel. Thus all in all, there was really nothing to pull me back to this hotel, and I might probably choose to stay somewhere else the next time I am in DC.