Wednesday, May 7, 2008

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

The only interesting architectural feature of the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel:
this Pei-esque/pyramid-like-the-Louvre skylight.


Located near the top of L'Enfant Plaza is the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. The front of the building is an office for yet another ubiquitous federal agency. The hotel itself is on the back side of the building and features subterranean retail space. That space is capped by this Pei-esque/reminiscent-of-the-Louvre pyramid skylight. This is about all that's interesting in this space.

Subterranean space at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

As I was leaving the hotel's plaza, I noticed this stairway to the subterranean space and thought it made a nice composition. My understanding is, the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel has pretty reasonable rates and is far less expensive than hotels about a mile away in the Penn Quarter and Golden Triangle neighborhoods. The hotel is also very conveniently located to the National Mall and all of the Smithsonian Museums. Plus, it's just a short walk down a hill to the Southwest Waterfront and a fish market where you can get fresh crab, lobster, shrimp, and a wide variety of fresh fish. I'll feature photos from the fish market in a week or so.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 5/08

3 comments:

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Can't wait to see those fish market photos! The pyramid looks interesting (I like pyramids) and the hotel sounds like a pretty good deal. I think I'd wind up staying in a one bedroom suite with full kitchen (heck, with a good fish market steps away, who wants to eat at a restaurant!) :)

The Artful Eye said...

Ah.. you've managed to make what would normally be uninteresting, interesting. I remember checking prices for L'Enfant Plaza and it was still pricey but maybe in comparison to the other $400.per night rates.

D.C. Confidential said...

Fénix: Supposedly, the D.C. Fish Market is the largest fish market in the country, but I find that hard to believe. I'm checking into it. I liked the pyramid at L'Enfant Plaza, too. Other than that, it's a pretty austere place, which is really too bad. Perhaps it's revenge on L'Enfant for the manner in which he laid out the city!

Andrea: I try. This town seems to have equal parts interesting and uninteresting stuff. I just had an acquaintance stay at the hotel and they said it was $225/night, which is pretty cheap compared to Penn Quarter and other hot spots around the city. Still, aside from business travel, I don't think I've ever stayed in a hotel/motel that was more than $150/night.