We received tickets to the inauguration about three weeks before the date. This did not leave a lot of time to plan. Our go-to property in DC, the Capital Hilton, was booked and most other hotels were either full or outrageously priced. The Hilton Garden Inn in Bethesda was offering an inaugural weekend rate of $375 per night. This included room two one-day Metro passes, breakfast for all three of us for two mornings and a souvenir tote bag. The hotel is neat and well-maintained and everyone at reception was quite friendly and helpful. The lobby area is not huge, but was well-designed with a table full of inaugural info and weekend activities, another table with complimentary coffee, cocoa and iced tea and a sitting area. On the other side was a bar area with television. You need your key to access the elevator. Our room was very clean and everything was in good order. There was a refrigerator and a coffee maker. Closet space was ample and there was an ironing board. There was a good sized desk as well. The two double beds were appropriately comfortable and firm with white duvets which were entirely white and spotless. All of the furniture looked relatively new. The bathroom was pretty standard and also very clean. There were Neutrogena toiletries on the sink. Our only quibbles were the toilet which was functional but loud, the pillows which were very mushy and offered little support and the towels and sheets which were not top quality. The property is a business hotel, not a luxury resort, so these are not significant problems. The breakfast buffet is very generous. It included coffee, juice, eggs, biscuits, waffles, omelets, fresh fruits, sausage and gravy, bacon, muffins and pastries. We thought everything was pretty tasty and the service was excellent. Although we spent the bulk of our time in DC, Bethesda offers a wide variety of restaurants and is a fun town. We would definitely consider returning, especially when the normal weekend rate is on. Parking is additional $15 per day. The hotel is about a block and a half walk to the nearest Metro station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A chic, sexy, and entirely new downtown Bethesda hotel near the Metro. The Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda. Only one block from the Bethesda Metrorail station and two miles outside Washington DC. Step inside and soak up an ambiance equally abuzz with urban energy. Adorned in glass, with artful lighting and sleek lines, the airy two-story lobby offers an inspiring alternative to the typical Bethesda hotels near the Metro. ... more less
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