First of all we loved the hotel! The location was great, just across the river from DC and right around the corner from a subway stop. There are a lot of stores around the hotel so getting anywhere is easy. The hotel has just been completely redone and the lobby and rooms were like a new hotel and beautiful. Wifi was great. There were a few unmetered parking spaces close to the hotel, but you have to look for them. All others have been changed to metered parking. When we had to use the metered parking we just went down in the morning and added more coins.
The windows open which I appreciate as we like to have some fresh air. Others could care less, but we appreciate the option. We were at the front of the hotel and the one negative was the plane traffic which you could clearly hear in the evening and first thing in the morning. When your windows are closed the noise was much less. The planes follow the river landing at DCA.
We paid for a two bedroom room for two couples and it worked out great as two of our party had a tough time sleeping, not the fault of the mattress. The beds were very comfortable.
We were there what was supposed to be the peak weekend for the Cherry Festival and came up for the display but with the cold weather there were few Cherry Trees in bloom. As as result the breakfast buffet was mobbed. However there were three employees were working their tails off to keep food coming and generally did a great job under much pressure. The crowd was generally very polite as well, so breakfast was enjoyable. We took our food back to our room. There were containers to help do that as well as trays. The front desk had put out a warning that the buffet would be crowded at certain hours when we checked in.
The following night we spent one night using points the Marriott Residence Foggy Bottom. We were not nearly as impressed with this hotel and wished were had stayed the extra night at this Marriott. The Foggy Bottom seems a bit dated in spite of a recent lobby renovation. The halls are dark and depressing and the rooms were not as nice as this Marriott. The one thing they had going for them is unmetered parking right in front of the hotel.
All in all, the hotel is a great place to stay if you are visiting DC and I would stay here in a heartbeat.
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