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“Not what I expected” 2 of 5 stars
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American Inn of Bethesda
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   8130 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814   |  
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Ranked #6 of 11 hotels in Bethesda
New Cumberland WV
1 review
“Not what I expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I stayed here for two nights while visiting my nephew at Walter Reed. First the positives: room was clean & continental breakfast was decent. Now the negatives: The parking is free but if you don't find a spot in their tiny parking lot you have to park in a parking lot down the street (but they do cover the cost up to 10:00 am); the shuttle service (which was the main reason i chose the hotel) only runs from 7am to 3pm. Considering my nephew was in intensive care, I planned to stay past 3pm and therefore had to drive.

The room was in a section of the hotel not connected to the main building. I had to walk outside (in cold weather) each morning to get to breakfast. Also, my room was apparently right above the mexican restaurant which played loud music until 1 am.

I was not impressed with the staff at the front desk. One wasn't very helpful because her English was limited and the other wasn't overly friendly.

Overall, i was disappointed in this hotel considering the price i paid was quite high.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

I returned to this hotel with my wife. She was bothered by the lack of cleanliness of the rooms. Being a man, I never notice before. The hotel has a breakfast buffet included, but be warned when something runs out they will not replace it unless you ask and in some cases it will not be restocked. Breakfast ends at 9:30 AM, but by 9:00 AM many items are gone, so I guess the early bird gets the egg sandwich. I do like that they have a waffle iron and you can make your own waffles. Parking is free, but in the garage, the spaces are tight and there is a huge curb so if you pull up to close you can damage the front of your car on the chipped up curb surface. I guess many others have done this too. The hotel is conveniently located with respect to the metro (4 large blocks), NIH (4 large blocks), and the many good restaurants in Bethesda.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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xxx8310, General Manager at American Inn of Bethesda, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking time to let everyone know about your stay. It is always nice to hear from guests. The entire staff and management appreciate all guest comments, espcially when they can help us improve on our product and service delivery. Should you have any additional comments or concerns please email me directly at americaninngm@baywoodhotels.com. Thank you again!!

Dan Appolonio,
General Manager
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Barrington, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

The manager, Dan, and his front desk staff always go above and beyond to make my stays comfortable. It's not home, but the staff do their best to provide the comforts of home, from the bottles of water to the feather pillows. And the waffles at breakfast are always a treat. Great location for getting to NIH. I've stayed here many times in the past and will continue to do so.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is the best alternative accommodation for a tourist. Me and my wife visited DC and decided to go out the city a little further and discover the town Bethesda and we stayed in this lovely hotel. The staff are really friendly ( room service and front desk ) . Both Arianne and Zain are very helpful and warm. I was a bit confused with the locality and they just hit the information I needed, in a professional manner. Bethesda is a nice community and I'm glad we decided to stay in this hotel. it's not as pricy and congested.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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xxx8310, General Manager at American Inn of Bethesda, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking time to let everyone know about your stay. It is always good to hear from our guests, and when we exceed their expectations everyone on staff sees that we are making our guests happy. Thank you again for mentioning specific staff members, it is a great way to instill pride in the staff. Should you have any additional comments or concerns please email me directly at americaninngm@baywoodhotels.com. Thank you again!!

Dan Appolonio,
General Manager
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Small, but clean and comfortable, this hotel is in a walkable neighborhood with some great little shops and restaurants, and was centrally located to my two destinations on the trip.I appreciated the little refrigerator and bottles of water, nice extras for people who are away from home. If you just need a place to sleep, get clean and have coffee and a bite to eat before starting your day, this will do the trick. Pocket the money you save and treat yourself to dinner!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This visit to American Inn was for one night, we usually stay longer about 3-5 days. The rooms are comfortable and clean. Perfect location for our visits to NIH, easily walkable. Easy access to Metro in Bethesda or Medical Center for a leisurely visit into D.C. Front Desk staff friendly and knowledgeable. If you drive and space is available parking is free...other area hotels charge for parking. In the morning they offer a continental breakfast and some in our party look forward to the waffles.We enjoy coming back to the hotel in the afternoon and in the lobby they have coffee, tea, and cookies. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. The rooms have refridgerators, coffee makers, and now, bottles of water. Seems management is always thinking of the guests and how to make their stay more comfortable and relaxing. There is a Mexican restaurant attached to the property so no need to go out to eat. We recommend American Inn to those who ask about a hotel or those going to visit the area. It is a bit pricely but then again everything/place in that area is, you do get the most out of your money staying at the American Inn of Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I stayed at American inn bethesda looking for an apartment to move in so i had a lot of questions about the area and i asked Beth at the front desk and she was very patients with me and friendly, I felt like i knew her for a long time so i just want to say thank you for your help.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8130 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
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Location: United States > Maryland > Bethesda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Bethesda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — American Inn of Bethesda 2.5*
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