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River Inn Riverside Washington DC ” A Cozy Place To stay”

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November 4, 2019

River Inn Riverside, Washington, DC, is a perfect place to stay when you are visiting this big city. It looks small from the front, but it’s a decent size on the inside. The ambiance is excellent and boasts a welcoming and helpful staff.

My daughter’s music school booked an event at the Kennedy Center. My daughter’s performance at that event is how we ended up staying at the River Inn. I am grateful that the promoters chose to stay here as the kind and friendly person at the front desk was able to save my ass for not paying attention to the instruction that we needed to stay here two nights. Because of that, I had to change the itinerary of our trip.

I asked them if they would allow us to stay the night we missed on the next weekday on our way back from Virginia to Pennsylvania. I am fortunate the River Inn personnel allowed that.

Our First Night

We arrived on the day of my daughter’s event, and we only had one hour to rest and prepare before we needed to head to Kennedy Center. I was glad that River Inn is within walking distance to the venue.

The area is an older and safe neighborhood and it’s nearby to everything. We had to hold our son’s hand to make sure he didn’t run into the highway. The event took so long to finish that we were walking back to the Inn at almost 11:00 pm. Because of this experience, I can attest that the area is safe for you to walk at night if you happen to attend some party or will be late in going back to your hotel.

Our Room

We had a regular room with one king bed. Our two kids slept with us, and my mother slept on the queen-size pull-out couch. The bed was comfortable.

The room is a decent size. You can move around freely. I didn’t feel like we were in a tight cubicle. The bathroom is somewhat small, but it has everything you need. I loved the bathroom mirror — it is slick and modern. If you need a hair dryer, the hotel has one available. It is hanging right at the bathroom door.

We had a kitchen and a table and chair that we used as a work station. It can also be used as a place for you to eat inside if you need to. The kitchen is equipped with all the utensils that you need for cooking basic things: a refrigerator, coffee maker, burner, pots, and pans.

Our Second Time Here

We arrived at around 7:20 pm and were greeted by the friendly and kind staff. On our check-in, the front desk proceeded to tell us that they were able to upgrade our room to a double room suite room without an extra charge.

We were delighted. Our smiles are up to our ears. I don’t know what made them upgrade our stay since it was our mistake for not arriving on the first night but we’re grateful that they did it.

Our sole reason for staying here this time was to fulfill our obligation to spend two nights at the River Inn. We were all tired after a long day having fun in Virginia Beach plus our four-hour drive to DC.

Our Double Suite Room

The room is similar to the regular room, except way roomier. We got two double beds instead of one queen bed. The living area is larger and still equipped with a pull-out queen bed sofa.

The Suite Room is equipped with a dining table with four chairs plus a separate working table space as is in the regular room.

If your reason for staying at the River Inn Riverside is to attend an event at the Kennedy Center or somewhere else nearby, I wanted to let you know the room is equipped with an ironing board and iron. I find a bonus because most hotels don’t provide this unless if you are staying in a suite room in a five-star hotel.

 

Check-Out

Checking-out in this hotel is a breeze — give the card back to them.

Parking

Both times we were in D. C. we arrived later in the afternoon or in the night time, and we were able to park nearby the hotel without charge. During the weekend, there is no problem with parking as it is free, but on weekdays it can be tricky. We moved our car before the three-hour limit, so as not to pay anything. That worked for us as we were inside our hotel room and didn’t go anywhere.

The hotel can park your car for you for $25 for a day. That way, you don’t need to be bothered by your car getting towed or have to get back to the place where you parked your vehicle by a particular time.

There is ample parking near the attractions, but you have to put $2 in the meter for an hour and the maximum parking time is 3 hours.

 

Note:

  • I brought my mother, who is a senior citizen with us, and the River Inn didn’t charge me for an extra person.
  • The Inn provides two water bottles daily.
  • The room has chamomile and other teas and coffee if you want to have some.
  • The hotel is within walking distance to a lot of major attractions in Washington, DC.
  • For the best money value, River Inn Riverside is the right place to stay. You can save your left-over food and put it in the refrigerator and heat it the next day. Bam! It saves you $$.
  • Both regular rooms and suite rooms have an ironing board and iron provided.

Summary:

  The River Inn Riverside is an excellent place for a budget traveler to stay while visiting Washington, D. C., especially if you’re traveling as a family. If you want to read more about our trip this summer, click the following link below.

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18 Comments
  1. Reply

    Josy A

    November 4, 2019

    How awesome that they upgraded your room! It looks incredibly comfortable, and perfect for relaxing before your daughter’s concert. It sounds like the staff were super helpful when you had to change plans too. Phew!!

    • Reply

      April

      November 5, 2019

      Yes, it’s like, I won a jackpot on this trip! Haha

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    Rudy @ Backpack & Snorkel

    November 4, 2019

    I have read several of your posts, but this is the 1st photo that I see you with blonde hair. I typically stay as far outside DC as possible (near the Shady Grove subway station) as I hate the traffic in the city.

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      April

      November 5, 2019

      Haha, it is my mother Rudy it’s not me. I really love this area it’s in the center but it feels like outside the city. You might like this if you love peace and quiet area.

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    Anna Intrepid Scout

    November 5, 2019

    Great review! I’m definitely saving this place and checking it out on my next visit to Washington DC! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply

      April

      November 5, 2019

      I’m glad you’re thinking of trying it out hope you’ll like it there the way we like it.

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    Carol Colborn

    November 5, 2019

    Wow, all five of you fit? It looks like a good place for a small family visiting Washington DC!

    • Reply

      April

      November 6, 2019

      Yes, I think it can fit one more as the pull-out couch is a queen-size. It’s comfortable to sleep with.

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    addcams

    November 6, 2019

    Looks like a good place for family! 🙂

    • Reply

      April

      November 6, 2019

      It is a great place for the family.

  6. Reply

    Paige

    November 6, 2019

    Great review! Looks like a nice place to stay 🙂

    • Reply

      April

      November 6, 2019

      Yes 🙂

  7. Reply

    Denise Gardiner

    November 10, 2019

    Another wonderful post and adventure April! Great rooms and it was so nice they gave you the upgrade. If we ever get to Washington DC, we will have to check out the River Inn Riverside! You are so good at finding all the deals. I always love hearing about your trips. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply

      April

      November 10, 2019

      Thank you, Mrs. Denise, and appreciate your kindness. I’m sure you’ll like it there.

  8. Reply

    Jillian

    November 13, 2019

    Thank you for this review. Will keep it in mind for places to stay if I need to visit that area.

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      April

      November 14, 2019

      You’re welcome. This place is a must for a family who is in a budget.

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    Ashley

    November 13, 2019

    Hmm, we’ll have to check it out next time we do a weekend or over night trip to DC. We live in southern VA but sometimes you just don’t feel like driving back 4 hours after a long day of walking around DC. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      April

      November 14, 2019

      True, I agree with you. Try to check this out the customer service alone is a lotto.

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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