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Largest Jewish community is in Silver Spring, which is a suburb of Washington. For tourists, best place to stay is in downtown Silver Spring, which has a metro stop and a nearby  shul in Woodside Park within walking distance.

The shul website also has alot of helpful tourist information

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #220 on: August 07, 2013, 10:17:40 AM »
Awesome place.

+1.
I cant spend more then a max of 1.5/2 hrs at a museum before getting antsy, and we spent appx 4-5 enjoyable hours at the Newseum.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #221 on: August 07, 2013, 10:20:44 AM »
+1.
I cant spend more then a max of 1.5/2 hrs at a museum before getting antsy, and we spent appx 4-5 enjoyable hours at the Newseum.

Agreed! I am not a big museum fan in general.  My wife and I went to the Newseum at approx 10 AM on a Friday.  Before we knew it, it was about 4 PM and had to run back to our hosts for shabbos! We barely saw 1/2 the museum.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #222 on: August 08, 2013, 12:07:11 AM »
I am looking to stay at a Starwoods property in Washington or Silver Springs, does anyone have experience at a specific place that was worthwhile, I prefer category 3 and up

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #223 on: August 08, 2013, 11:11:18 AM »
I am looking to stay at a Starwoods property in Washington or Silver Springs, does anyone have experience at a specific place that was worthwhile, I prefer category 3 and up

Westin Georgetown or St. Regis.
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #224 on: August 08, 2013, 11:38:15 AM »
Westin Georgetown or St. Regis.

did you stay at the Westin Georgetown, what would be my chance of getting upgraded there with SPG Gold status.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #225 on: August 08, 2013, 11:58:29 AM »
You won't have to worry about anything below a 3, unless you want to stay really far out. What are your priorities here? There are 6 SPG hotels in DC proper, ranging from levels 4-6, plus a level 4 in Silver Spring. Is location a priority? Do you want the best value, nicest overall, etc?

When I was in DC I stayed a bit farther out, in a Westin on the Virginia side of the area. If I was doing it again, I'd go for the Sheraton Silver Spring. It's really close to plenty of food and minyanim, plus free parking and a Metro station right there. It's also cheaper than the others (except for the Four Points, which seems like a silly idea once you're going to be in DC proper).

I think most people here seem to prefer to stay in the nicer hotels right in the thick of things. If you do too, I'd say +1 to the Westin Georgetown. It's walkable to the shul, 2 different Metro stations and to Eli's. Hard to beat that.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #226 on: August 08, 2013, 11:59:18 AM »
did you stay at the Westin Georgetown, what would be my chance of getting upgraded there with SPG Gold status.

I didn't stay there. Chances will be based on availability, but I would be shocked if you didn't get something.

I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #227 on: August 08, 2013, 12:52:17 PM »
You won't have to worry about anything below a 3, unless you want to stay really far out. What are your priorities here? There are 6 SPG hotels in DC proper, ranging from levels 4-6, plus a level 4 in Silver Spring. Is location a priority? Do you want the best value, nicest overall, etc?

When I was in DC I stayed a bit farther out, in a Westin on the Virginia side of the area. If I was doing it again, I'd go for the Sheraton Silver Spring. It's really close to plenty of food and minyanim, plus free parking and a Metro station right there. It's also cheaper than the others (except for the Four Points, which seems like a silly idea once you're going to be in DC proper).

I think most people here seem to prefer to stay in the nicer hotels right in the thick of things. If you do too, I'd say +1 to the Westin Georgetown. It's walkable to the shul, 2 different Metro stations and to Eli's. Hard to beat that.

Thanks for the heads up, I want a really nice place, I looked into Shereton Silver Spring it did not seem to be great value for the money/points, the Westin Georgetown costs more but seems to be a more high end property.  I was wondering about the Minyan in Georgetown, how far is it?

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #228 on: August 08, 2013, 01:02:09 PM »
This seems like really bad value on my points, is this way overpriced?

Westin Georgetown
Save 15 pecent - Prepaid Rate from USD 169
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or SPG Cash & Points for 6,000 Starpoints + USD 110

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #229 on: August 08, 2013, 01:13:13 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I want a really nice place, I looked into Shereton Silver Spring it did not seem to be great value for the money/points, the Westin Georgetown costs more but seems to be a more high end property.  I was wondering about the Minyan in Georgetown, how far is it?

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #230 on: August 08, 2013, 01:49:50 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I want a really nice place, I looked into Shereton Silver Spring it did not seem to be great value for the money/points, the Westin Georgetown costs more but seems to be a more high end property.  I was wondering about the Minyan in Georgetown, how far is it?

The Park Hyatt and the Fairmont are also very nice properties and within walking distance to the shul.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #231 on: August 08, 2013, 01:54:56 PM »
how are those priced, I was trying to book with starwoods points

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #232 on: August 08, 2013, 02:00:46 PM »
how are those priced, I was trying to book with starwoods points

There is a Westin right next to the Fairmont and Park Hyatt.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #233 on: August 08, 2013, 02:03:40 PM »
yea, I think that one has awful reviews

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« Reply #234 on: August 08, 2013, 02:40:15 PM »
The Westin that's near the Park Hyatt and Fairmont is the aforementioned Westin Georgetown (there's also a Ritz there). If you think you might not use points, it can't hurt to check cash prices at these places, you might get an affordable rate.

@rochel - Where did you see awful reviews on the Westin?

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« Reply #235 on: August 08, 2013, 02:41:37 PM »
yea, I think that one has awful reviews

Not according to tripadvisor. Its not as good as the other 2, but its definately not awful.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #236 on: August 08, 2013, 02:45:16 PM »
II think it is another Westin in the DC area  THE WESTIN WASHINGTON, D.C. CITY CENTER

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« Reply #237 on: August 08, 2013, 02:47:20 PM »
II think it is another Westin in the DC area  THE WESTIN WASHINGTON, D.C. CITY CENTER
Not according to tripadvisor. Its not as good as the other 2, but its definately not awful.

I read the reviews on the spg site

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« Reply #238 on: August 08, 2013, 03:07:36 PM »
II think it is another Westin in the DC area  THE WESTIN WASHINGTON, D.C. CITY CENTER

I'm pretty sure no one is suggesting that one. The Westin Georgetown is the one that's near the other hotels dhalpern mentioned. The Westin City Center is closer to many attractions, but the Westin Georgetown is in a much nicer area, as well as closer to food and the shul, etc.

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« Reply #239 on: August 08, 2013, 03:26:27 PM »
I'm pretty sure no one is suggesting that one. The Westin Georgetown is the one that's near the other hotels dhalpern mentioned. The Westin City Center is closer to many attractions, but the Westin Georgetown is in a much nicer area, as well as closer to food and the shul, etc.

Correct, these 3 Georgetown hotels are around a mile away from Kesher Israel. They are also a half miles from Eli's kosher deli.