This hotel is clean and the staff is helpful and friendly. They offer substantial AAA discounts which make the price very attractive for the area. The room air conditioning is noisy and the ventilation in the bathroom was poor. There was no exhaust vent/fan and the distance from the room air conditioner made it very warm and steamy inthe hot August weather.
There is an hourly shuttle to the NIH (ask for schedule at front desk) but it is a safe and easy walk if you are reasonably fit and the weather is nice. Parking at both the hotel and NIH for visitors is expensive. Together, they will run close to 30 dollars per day so walking or using the shuttle to NIH will save you a lot. As I said, the walk can be pleasant and safe. For trips to the Capitol and other sites, the nearest metro station is Medical Center, which is on the RED LINE and located at the visitors entrance to NIH. However, there are bus stops just a few steps from the hotel. On weekends and evenings, the Metro from DCA Reagan National Airport is only 3 dollars each way (in contrast to about $50 taxi fare each way). You take any train at the airport that is headed downtown and depending on which one you take, transfer to the Red Line at either Metro Center or Gallery Place. Take the Red Line train heading towards Shady Grove and get off at Medical Center. Taxis are available at the Medical Center Metro stop if you feel you have too much luggage for the walk to the hotel. The hotel restaurant is good but there are several other good options nearby, including a pizza takeout, Chinese takeout, Sushi Restaurant, and a very Thai place (Sala Thai). The rooftop pool is nice and there seems to be a lifeguard on duty most of the time (in August). They have a great pool party on Sundays during July. I would definitely consider staying here again on future trips to the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated Doubletree Hotel Bethesda is located in the heart of trendy downtown Bethesda, MD, just 30-45 minutes from all 3 Washington D.C. area airports. Doubletree Bethesda is the closest full service hotel to the NIH and Bethesda Naval Medical Center, convenient to the Capital Beltway, I-270 Technology Corridor, and Washington D.C. attractions. The hotel offers guests complimentary Internet and a complimentary shuttle to the Redline Bethesda and Medical Center Metro Stations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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