WHERE TO STAY IN WASHINGTON

Trueblood, Carol

Were to Stay in Washington While most think of ďthe HillĒ as the Capitol and congressional office buildings, thereís also a lot of government action nearby, at the Department of Labor, General...

...Free discounts...
...5 If youíve had a rough morning at the District Coup or need to break out of the maze at the Departmenít of Labor, call for reservations, and then walk the few blocks over to the Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW, and Jonahís Oyster Kitchen to choose from twodozen expensive but imaginative, well-prepared seafood dishes (e.g., Bouillabaisse salad, grilled speckled trout pecan...
...Yolandaís, 223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, is Italian only at dinner, when Yolanda herself does the cooking, but she hasnít lived up to the reputation she established at t h e r e s t a u r a n t s where she cooked previously...
...The House-side old-timer, Mike Palmís, 231 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, onde renowned and admired for its unpretentious decor and straightforward menu, has prostituted itself-gone California-style and downhill in quality...
...additional beds required...
...The Supreme Court cafeteria, open only when the Court is in session, is good...
...5 make it through the bizarre initiation-an parking charge...
...moderate prices...
...Wines are $8 a bottle...
...And if for nothing else, stop by Sherrillís Bakery, 233 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, for the best, gooiest, caramel pecan rolls and crisp elephant ears in town...
...Restaurants are more abundant on the House side, and are located primarily along Pennsylvania Ave., SE...
...Singles, $28...
...And there are only four hotels, so make your reservations early...
...escalator ripe through a jungle of aluminum mobiles, fountain, and greenery Quality Inn Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey topped by an eight-story-high glass-and- Ave., NW, 638-1616, is a happy steel skylight-youíll find yourself in a compromise price-wise...
...There are three expensive dinner are served in the Coach Parlor, and restaurants (see below), lounge, and with lunch and dinner in the Whistle Stop 850 rooms plus 19 meeting rooms itís a Lounge...
...The main attraction for dinner at Hugoís is not the expensive cuisine (minimum charge, $9.75 per person), but the eleventh-floor panorama of Washington at night, and a ride to and from in a glass, outdoor elevator...
...The current star in the expensive category is 2091/2, at, yes, 209s Pennsylvania Ave., SE, a small, e l e g a n t l y simple r e s t a u r a n t with continental cuisine...
...suite prices on request...
...The Dubliner restaurant in the meals...
...For moderate, excellent French cafe dishes, itís La Ruche, 239 Massachusetts Ave., NE...
...Stay downstairs...
...If your budget is tight and you arenít fussy about extras, try the Bellevue or the Commodore...
...NW, 737-1234 or (800) 228-9000 is the Government, corporate, and union place for those who can afford it...
...The Dubliner, 4 F St., NW, in the Commodore Hotel, has an Irish flavor and is popular with the congressional staff crowd at lunch and after work...
...The Refectory, on the ground floor on the Senate side, is open daily and serves some of the famous Senate specialties-bean soup (45 cents) and hot Southern pecan pie (75 cents...
...For a considerable step up in accommodations and, of course, price, go a few blocks away to the Hyatt or the Quality Inn, right across from each other on New Jersey Avenue...
...Free parking...
...The congressional cafeterias (except The Refectory) are open only to staff and guests during the noon rush hour...
...Otherwise, be prepared to stand in line, for while new restaurants are springing up at a fast clip, they are understandably having trouble keeping up with the constantly expanding congressional staff, who have to figure out some way to spend their constantly expanding salaries, and the constantly increasing number of lobbyists, who have to figure out how to use their expense accounts...
...Toscaniniís, 3 13 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, offers pizza downstairs and relatively expensive and not very good other Italian fare upstairs...
...the Senate cafeterias are not bad...
...But make reservations 1t possible...
...Of the Italian restaurants, Machiavelliís, 61 3 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, is very popular-good, moderately priced Southern Italian dishes...
...The atmosphere is spacious, attractive room with a lot of less overwhelming than the Hyatt, and extras, some nice, some unnecessary but with an outdoor pool and snack bar in harmless: carpeted bath, digital clock season and closed-circuit movies available radio, cable (as well as network) TV, more on the room TVs, itís a good family hotel...
...Children meeting schedules for the day-in addition under 16 free...
...A good, inexpensive Greek restaurant is Taverna the Greek Islands, 307 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, where thereís live Greek music every night except Monday...
...Lunch is routine Californiastyle pub-food prepared by Jenkins Hill, the restaurant downstairs...
...plants, free shampoo, bath oil beads, and Moderately priced breakfast, lunch, and shower cap...
...the Supreme Court and Library of Congress to the east...
...To catch the full flavor of Capitol Hill, donít miss lunch...
...Children under 12 free...
...They serve moderately priced English pub-type food and English beer to go with it...
...doubles, $50closed-circuit TV channel gives you the $58...
...Singles, $24-$35...
...suites, $40...
...Youll get only the basics-bed, bath, window air conditioner, TV, and no room service-but at very reasonable rates, and both are within five minutesí walking distance of Union Station and the Metro-rail stop...
...At lunch the fixedprice menu ($8-$9) is limited to usually five entrees, and at dinner ($18) three or four...
...doubles, suites $60-$75...
...but unless youíre d e s p e r a t e , a v o i d t h e House side, particularly the Longworth Buildingís, whose atmosphere still resembles the garage it once was...
...pxcept for breakfast and the Sunday bruních, when you get all the champagne and brunch food you can eat for $7.95, avoid The Park Promenade, a noisy cafe right in the lobby with an overpriced, undistinguished menu...
...doubles, %75-$105...
...District Court, and the SEC to the northwest...
...Itís on a side street and has NW, 628-2300, was taken over five years both a restaurant and lounge (see Tiber ago by its present owner, who has done an Creek Pub, below), for a moderately admirable job of attempting to disguise priced lunch and dinner, as well as an with some style what had clearly been a inexpensive cafeteria, serving all three flea-bag...
...doubles, $31-$42...
...Children under 12 free if no $35...
...one-bedroom suites, Free indoor parking...
...The Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave., $130-$230, two-bedroom $180-$300...
...Nine meeting rooms, 340 good convention/meeting place (your bedrooms...
...Discounts for government to the weather forecast...
...The Man in the Green Hat, 3rd St...
...If you discounts...
...Singles, $55-$85...
...employees, groups, and AARP members...
...So if you prefer to concentrate more on the menu than the company, plan for dinner-and make it seven or later, when the after-work singles crowd has dispersed...
...Children under 14 free...
...On the Senate and Supreme Court side, The Monocle, 107 D St., NE, has been catering to senators and aides for nearly 20 years, and you11 still see some of the oldtimers there...
...and Massachusetts Ave., NE, is brand new and getting some attention for its homebaked Irish soda bread and an imaginative, moderately-priced menu...
...Itís worth the walk to be able to eat in a place where you are far enough from your neighbors so as not to hear every word of their conversation-and vice versa...
...and Health, Education, and Welfare to the southwest...
...But if it turns out thereís no way you can get away from the Capitol at lunchtime, donít despair...
...One meeting Group and government employee room that accommodates up to 100...
...The Bellevue, 15 E St., NW, 638-0900 has a The Commodore, 520 No...
...Were to Stay in Washington While most think of ďthe HillĒ as the Capitol and congressional office buildings, thereís also a lot of government action nearby, at the Department of Labor, General Accounting Office, Government Printing Office, U.S...
...The 205 rooms are small, neat, and lobby (see below) serves three meals at clean...
...parking...
...Singles $40-$48...
...The food isnít great, the prices fairly high...
...A few blocks further is the Tiber Creek Pub, in the Bellevue Hotel, 15 E St., NW...
...Carol Trueblood...
...Capitol St., slight edge...
...At The Candy Dancer, 200 E St., NE, you can have your wind-down drink at the end of the day on a comfortable sofa in the upstairs lounge before enjoying a good, reasonably priced meal in the restaurant...

Vol. 10 • October 1978 • No. 7


 
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