I stayed here on a business trip.
Lets start with the bathroom. Which is so small you can not use the toilet unless the door is shut. Whats odd is that in the room there is a weird inset of about 3 feet on the wall on the other side of the shower(see pics) that they could have used to expand the bathroom, make it much larger and resolve the space issue. Also there is no fan in the bathroom which makes not only the bathroom but also your room fill with steam.
The rest of the room is ok. It had a king size bed, desk and chair and another chair and ottoman.
Now is when it gets really weird. I booked a room on the executive floor which gives you access to the executive lounge which in my experience has always been on the executive floor. Now usually this floor requires that you use your keycard to get to that floor so only executive floor people have access to the lounge. And while this hotel requires the use of a key card to get to the 7th floor and only the 7th floor the executive lounge isn't on the 7th floor or the 8th floor or even on the 6th floor.
It is in the back of the restaurant thats kind of but not really in the hotel. And when I say in the back I mean in the back. You have to walk all the way through this restaurant while people are eating to get to the "lounge" where you can then use your keycard to enter.
The breakfast was not very good. The fruit they had out had a lot of rotten bananas and when they did have chocolate chip cookies which are usually great they were rock solid. It was definitely not worth the extra money and was super tiny compared to other Hiltons I've been to.
Now back to the keycard issue since the executive lounge is on the second floor carrying anything back to your room can be a hassle because if your hands are full good luck getting your card out so you can use it in the elevator.
Also you hear everything in this hotel. People talking in the halls, people talking in their rooms, cars outside, everything there seems to be very little noise insulation in this place.
They do not have a shop where you can buy anything like toiletries you may have forgotten. They refer you to this little news stand thats in an atrium next to the hotel. The people in there can't figure out how to use a credit card machine and in the 50 feet there and back you'll be harassed 20 times by people begging you for money as the homeless seem to gather there.
The "gym" if you can call it that is also very lacking. It is located behind the front desk on the 1st floor. Has two treadmills two elliptical machines a bike and some dumb bells.
The one thing it does have going for it is location. The Balston Metro station is right next to the hotel so you can shoot into dc or anywhere else you need to go very easily. It is connected to a mall via a skywalk however the mall is very lacking in appealing stores.
Also the staff was good. They were always very friendly and courteous and its not their fault the hotel has some quirks.
However the next time I'm here, even though this hotel is connected to the office I'm working at I'll be looking for another hotel.
Almost forgot, the wifi is terrible it just stops working randomly and when it does work it is slow. I believe if you do not have hilton gold or higher you have to pay for it thankfully I did not have to.
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