When the hotel lottery opens for the NAR Legislative meetings, a scramble ensues for reservations at the Marriott and Omni Hotels since most of the meeting events are held there. Although I’ve stayed at the Marriott in the past, I no longer enter the lottery. Despite the shuttle bus ride to meetings and the expo, I still prefer the Washington Hilton, which also happens to be home base for CRS.
The Washington Hilton is a well known landmark in the city and hosts a number of events including the Annual White House Correspondence Dinner. The hotel was the site of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981 which I’m sure the hotel doesn’t brag about in their marketing efforts. One of several reasons I like this hotel so much is that it is very convenient to many restaurants in the Dupont Circle area and you can actually get seated rather easily. I can’t say the same for the few restaurants near the Marriott which are always overflowing. While it isn’t as convenient to the major meetings, I have walked between the Hilton and the Marriott when the weather is perfect and I have comfortable shoes.
This year I’m going to be spending even more time at the Hilton. I will be there Wednesday Evening for the CRS Member Welcome Reception. CRS meetings and education sessions will follow the next day so the very pleasant lobby and bar will be filled with my CRS friends from around the country. My national committee meeting (State and Local Issues Policy Committee) has been moved to the Hilton this year, much to my delight.
While the week will be busy with meetings, planned evening events, and the Expo, at the end of a long day I will enjoy returning to my favorite hotel.