We are Worldmark members (and a couple who have extensive family in the area) who were told that we could get a discount on this property. With a ten day stay and the exorbitant prices in DC, this was a welcome oasis. We were surprised there were any openings, actually, as we booked a mere month or so before coming!
Already pleased, when we walked into our spacious suite, our jaws dropped open! Bigger than our kid's apartment in Arlington and with all the amenities, we almost had to pinch ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming - which was entirely possible given the fact that we had flown all day from Seattle and were checking in after 1 am.
Check in was relatively easy even at such a late hour. Chris was very friendly and talked to us about his time in the Seattle area while checking us in. Best of all, the desk was open at this time in the morning! And the staff was welcoming.
We - and visiting family members - loved the jacuzzi. We loved that AND the fact that there was both a tub and a shower. And a bed inside the sofa (although a very typical sofa bed which really couldn't be used by most adults since it had such an incredibly thin mattress). And, when hubby decided to rent a car, the fact that there was free parking was astounding - and very much appreciated. (Almost unheard of in the DC area. Most hotels charge a minimum of $20 PER NIGHT and $40 is about average in downtown DC.)
We loved the fact that the metro was only a little over a block away and that the free trolley that ran up King Street to the waterfront was kitty corner across the street (and which let one off just a few steps from the resort entry). It didn't take me more than a bit over a forty minutes to get to my one conference in Dupont Circle up the hill. And near freeways, too, so super easy to get to DC, PG County, or elsewhere in Northern Virginia.
King Street in Old town itself was like a smaller version of Georgetown, having shopping and restaurants (and at least one good dry cleaner and, not too far away from it, a shoe repair shop that was prompt and very good).
As mentioned previously, the kitchen was full-sized with everything one needed to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Except small packets of spices, which Worldmark always includes. So if you want to cook, just know that there is a very small shaker of salt and pepper, but nothing else. There is also only one nonstick frying pan; the others are stainless steel. Service is for six, so you really can have a nice meal there. We were going to cook a farewell dinner for family and could have, but circumstances changed and we were unable to make use of the nice kitchen and dining area.
Someone complained about the train. We were facing the front courtyard, which was away from the train. We still heard it, but it wasn't a huge problem and neither of us were wakened by it. (On weekdays, stops running around 1 am and weekends, around 3 am.) We had more problem hearing anybody's conversation in the hallway than we did with the trains! (And we only heard those in the living room, not the bedroom.)
Unfortunately, can't comment on the activities held throughout the day as we were occupied with family, conferences, and work. But they appeared plentiful (it looked like 4 per day!). Additionally, we heard rumors that if the theater wasn't being used (it seemed movies were shown at 8 pm every night), we could rent a movie and watch it there.
Some teensy complaints: there is only a little, itty, bitty soap shelf in the ginormous shower. So shampoo, wash cloth / pouf, etc. have nowhere to go. Also, although I knew there was no daily maid service, I was surprised that the manager replied to one review that for longish stays, a maid would come every 4 days. We were there 10, and no maid came whatsoever. (I was at the point of almost washing sheets, but finally decided I didn't have enough time.) Lastly, while we LOVED the free wifi (WorldMark always makes one pay a per day fee), the signal could sometimes disintegrate - and even though settings were on auto connect, needed to sign on with the password every time I turned the computer off or it went to sleep. And my phone kept telling me the signal was unstable.
Bottom line: wish we could move in. It's in a great area and is huge. It's near all the amenities (including the metro, which I dearly miss). And the employees are efficient and friendly. At least we know where we will stay whenever we come to the DC area.