We stayed here from Thursday 8/22/2013 to Sunday 8/25/2013, for a weekend family trip to Washington DC. The main reasons for picking this hotel were location, price and Tripadvisor reviews. We were about a 20 minute car ride to downtown Washington DC, and that was fine with us for this stay.
The check in staff was friendly and courteous, as was all of the desk staff we encountered during our stay. We had a 2 queen bed room that also had a queen pullout sofa on the third floor. This worked well for my family of four, however my son did complain that the bar in the center of the pull out bed was uncomfortable and did leave him sore. There was a desk as well as a nice size TV that could be viewed from the sofa or bed area. The window in our room was cracked and taped up. If I had younger children I would have been concerned for their safety, as any pressure against the glass could easily have caused someone to fall three floors down. Our room was cleaned nicely during our stay, but we were only provided 3 towels daily, to be fair we never requested anymore. The sink is separate from the toilet and shower which is nice, the addition of a curtain would be a nice, as it could then be used as a changing area while the shower is in use. There also was a sink, fridge, microwave and coffeemaker out by the couch area, that we found to be useful, clean and in great condition. In the closet there was an iron, ironing board and hair dryer. There is no safe in the room which I found very odd and troublesome. However, the worst part of the room was the lack of storage. If you are staying here with more than one person then you will need to live out of your suitcases. Although there is a nice closet with hangers, the drawer space is extremely limited. There is one medium sized drawer under the TV, and a very small 2 drawer unit in the closet, that is all there is as far as drawer space.
The hotel has a small indoor pool and hot tub which has a lifeguard on duty and has limited hours. Although it is clearly stated that children under 16 are not to use the hot tub, this was not enforced. Even though we did not allow my 10 year old daughter to go in, there were other much younger children in the hot tub. On our third day there was even a sign posted on the door to the pool stating the age limit, but it still was not enforced. The hotel also includes breakfast, served 6:30 to 9:30 on weekdays and 7:00 to 10:00 on weekends. This did get crowded on the weekends and you may want to get there earlier rather then later because they can run out of items and seating, for example on Sunday they had run out of several items over an hour before breakfast had ended. Also people tended to hoard and waste food so it can be hard to get what you want. On Sunday it was next to impossible to get milk as people would bring several of them back to their rooms. If needed, just several miles south of the hotel is all of the stores and chain restaurants you could need.
Overall I can easily recommend staying here as none of the shortcomings I mentioned negatively affected our stay. The broken window and hot tub issue can easily be corrected and if a safe and dresser were added to the rooms then they would be almost perfect.
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