A Super Stay at Sonder Del Ray
I travel a fair amount for work. For a while earlier this year, I was out of town at least one full week each month.
In February, I was asked to go to Washington, DC on an assignment. When I went to book a hotel, one of the options was something called Sonder.
The rooms were larger than a hotel room and were essentially apartments — complete with full kitchens. Some Sonders also have washer/dryer units.
To my surprise, the rate was actually cheaper than a comparable business-class hotel.
So, I would get more room for less money.
Sonder, though, has no on-site staff. The entire check-in and stay process is managed through an app.
I gave it a try and loved it.
The building was located in a cozy neighborhood right next to a local pizza shop and across the street from a great burger place. It was just minutes from my office destination.
I took walks, ate at local restaurants, and felt like I was living in the Del Ray community of Alexandria (located just outside of DC).
I came back two more times and stayed in the same building.
The rooms are essentially pretty large studio apartments.
However, on my most recent visit, the apartment actually had a separate bedroom. This was, by far, my favorite Sonder.
I’ve not encountered any real difficulties during a stay. I did have some trouble accessing the internet once, but used the chat feature on the app to get the help I needed.
The apartments are clean, convenient, and make me feel at home.
My DC experience with Sonder (4 stays now) has made me a believer. On any other trip, I’ll now be looking for Sonders.
I would imagine, too, that these units would be great for longer/extended stays.
I’m curious — have you been Sondering? If so, what was your experience like?