We stayed here on a Friday night, with a senior room rate of $110 for a studio. This included the free buffet breakfast Saturday morning, which was okay, but nothing special. (Still, breakfast anywhere else would have been app. $25-30, so deducting that from the $110 yields an astonishing $80-85 for the night.)
Upon arrival, we each received a bottle of water and a bagged Otis Spunkmeyer cookie. I noticed a large bowl of apples for snacking in the lobby, and mused that I'd rarely seen such perks at far more expensive hotels. The young woman at the front desk was courteous and perky, and after dumping off our bags in our room I parked the car in the underground garage around the corner. The fee was supposed to be $14 for this, but it wasn't on my bill. (At checkout I mentioned this and I'm still not sure if I actually will be charged for it. Perhaps parking is free on weekends?)
When we returned to the room later we performed our semi-ritualistic "inspection." I noted that the room was really well thought-out. There were four chairs, a couch and two tables. Lots of lights and lamps. Plenty of space. A nice kitchenette with a large fridge. I could've lived there comfortably for weeks. The shower and toilet area had a door, separating it from the sink area. There was a blow dryer in a drawer, and an iron, two extra blankets, an extra pillow and an extra set of sheets in the closet. There was a mirror over the sink and a full-length one on the bathroom door. The shower head was high enough for a tall person. Electrical outlets near the bed were easily accessible. The TV was against a wall that wasn't adjacent to any other hotel rooms (so no noise from neighbors) and it was a nice-sized LCD with some extremely clear HD channels. A package of microwave popcorn was there for the popping. Of course there was a coffee maker. There were room-darkening curtains. The king-size bed was very comfortable. I heard no outside noise all night--not even the usual slamming doors (although this could have been due to not having any nearby neighbors). Everything was clean and seemed new--no wear or shabbiness anywhere.
I can't recall a hotel room where it was so obvious that the designer had such massive common sense and the ability to put himself in the guest's shoes. Because of this and the incredibly low price, the few minor quibbles we had are not worth mentioning.
Oh, there's a nearby train stop which takes you right into D.C., so if you're planning a trip there--short or long--forget about booking a place in the city. This hotel is the place to stay!
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