Situated in Washington, D.C.'s buzzy new Wharf district, Hyatt House is a budget-friendly option that doesn't sacrifice style. Offering over 200 rooms and suites (some with kitchenettes), free breakfast, and a heated rooftop pool with skyline views, Hyatt House Washington D.C./The Wharf makes for an ideal home base for travelers with kids.
D.C.'s youngest neighborhood is The Wharf, a mile-long stretch of brand-new hotels, restaurants, shops, and more along the Potomac River. Just a few blocks from attractions like the National Mall (and a free shuttle ride away), the Wharf has a slower, quieter pace than the bustling city center. Hyatt House is right on the boardwalk surrounded by trendy restaurants, cafes, a gelato shop, and a scenic dock that stretches into the water.
Open since October 2017, the Hyatt House Washington DC, The Wharf still has a nice, new feel in the public areas, from the sleek lobby and bar area to the "Outdoor Commons," a welcoming space overlooking the river where kids can run wild and parents can sip cocktails. The rooftop pool is petite, but offers huge views of the Potomac on one side and the Capitol on the other. (Pro tip: Grab a beverage at the lobby bar before heading upstairs.) The free breakfast buffet has a nice variety of options, and plenty of room to eat indoors and out. At press time, rates start at $182/night.
We stayed in one of the nearly-150 apartment-style suites at Hyatt House. The room has a kitchenette stocked with basic cooking supplies and dishes, a fold-out couch, and a separate bedroom with a bathroom. The setup works well for travelers with kids (we had three with us), but quarters are tight. That's to be expected for a D.C. hotel, but the amount of wear in the room was a surprise, given its age. Broken drawers, scuffs on the walls, and stains on the furniture suggested a much older hotel.
While not every suite is pristine, Hyatt House at the Wharf is still a solid pick for families visiting D.C. Clean, cool, and close to the action, it's a nice alternative to the tighter, older rooms that are standard fare closer to the city center.
Photos courtesy of Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf.