I was staying there for like 4 nights and I won't anymore. Facilities and everythign are quite run down. Its a shame, because it looks it can be solid place.
There have been at least 4 or 5 managers in less than a year. The office staff are the most ghetto people you will ever find. Don't rent in this building if you want a luxury experience. I have smoke in my apartment from I don't know where and all of my clothes smell like smoke. I complained to the manager and Kelly told me I could get on a list to move to another apartment and basically I could open the window. Phoebe is a psycho and does nasty things to people who don't do what she says and is extremely unprofessional to the point where you have to wonder why Latrobe is willing to lose money and its reputation by employing her. I reget renting here and can't wait to live in a better building with a real professional staff.
My roommate and I lived here for two years in one the two bedroom apartments. We don't know why we lived there for two years. Probably because my roommate and I were dumb college grads at the time and didn't know any better. The top floor has no insulation so basically, it's hot in the summer (so hot in fact that my goldfish actually boiled to death in it's water bowel one day) and so cold in the winter that my roommate and I resorted to taking hot showers every few hours and drinking vodka to stay warm. Our electric bill one month was over $400! All of the two bedroom apartments flooded at one point in the course of our final year there and staff were not helpful. There is a revolving door of managers at the LaTrobe as AIMCO rotated them in and out. The apartments are cheaply constructed; everything is surface deep and the craftsmanship is something to be desired. The rent would be reasonable if one were looking at half of what the Latrobe charges. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place at all costs. On the plus side, the view on the roof the building is amazing and one of the best in DC. My neighbors were always very nice and friendly. And it is centrally located so walking to things is not a problem including the Whole Foods around the corner. But these benefits are outweighed by their costs. The building needs not a fashion makeover as they've tried to do over the past few years, it needs real renovations and a manager that won't do things on the cheap.
Sadly, this building is not constructed well enough to provide AC, Heat, or Water consistently. Accompanied by a good for nothing maintenance and management staff, we have a building with no reliable utilities and no service for any issues. 14 apartments have flooded recently, and no assurance that more won't. AC and water have had tons of outages which essentially kick you out of your home. No items have been fixed when broken in a timely or competent manner. As the cherry on top of the Crap Sundae, when we called Amco to voice our complaints in a reasonable way, they were absurdly rude and completely nonreceptive. I don't imagine after reading this that renting here will be in your future. and with good reason.
All smoke and mirrors. My boyfriend and I moved to DC within the last year and unfortunately chose to live in the Latrobe without knowing about its terrible reputation that is well deserved. Believe me, anything that appears luxury in this building is only that way on the surface. The truth is that the building is structurally unsound in many ways that affect daily life and contribute to large inconveniences. Summary of issues: 1. No heat for 2 days in winter. 2. No A/C for almost 24 hours on 100+ degree day - happened twice this summer. 3. Numerous issues with pipes leaking. This has caused 14 apartments to suffer water damage and require the water to be shut off to the entire building. In the last week the water has been shut off 4 separate times. The scariest part of this problem is that there is no assurance that more apartments won't flood in the future and no way to be sure that renter's insurance and/or AMCO will cover the full amount if personal property is damaged. 4. Low amount of hot water in unit that was never adequately addressed. What makes these issues all the more infuriating is the utterly poor and useless management. There have been 5 building managers in the last 7 months alone. Jason, the last one, was the worst of them all. He was a liar and took absolutely no action on any issue. Buddy, the previous maintenance manager was very rude numerous times and even called me on my cell phone one day to yell at me for complaining about the hot water again. There is a new building manager now, Kelly, who seems to be a bit better, but we'll see how long she lasts. There is also a new maintenance manager, Rodney, who is better than Buddy, but that's saying very little. The company that owns the Latrobe, AMCO, is also a HIGHLY DYSFUNCTIONAL organization. They have been nothing but rude and non-responsive to any issues we have brought to their attention. It is incredibly frustrating to not have an effective means of voicing complaints or receiving appropriate responses. Bottom line: You definitely pay for a luxury building but the every day living experience is very far from luxurious.