This is a standard Doubletree hotel but the service is a step up from most. The desk clerks were extremely helpful and pleasant and made my stay special. The rooms are clean and the linens are of good quality. There is a decent fitness center on the roof with three treadmills, some elliptical machines and stationary bikes. There is a second area sort of hidden around the corner that has some weights. The cardio machines are of good quality and have their own tvs. The fitness center opens at 5:00am which was nice as by shortly after 6:00am there were waits for some of the machines. (There are also some private gyms in the area including Equinox.)
The downside of the hotel is its location. It is about halfway between the NIH metro station and Bethesda so it is a bit of a walk if you have luggage (the hotel has a shuttle that runs intermittently). When I needed a cab at check out, it was a 15 minute wait. Do call ahead. That said, if you don’t mind walking a little bit, you do all the restaurants of Bethesda available. (If location is a priority, try the Hyatt above the Bethesda station or the Embassy Suites above the Friendship Heights. Of the three, the Embassy Suites is the best.) The food at the hotel is just ok, but again, the staff are very nice. And remember, Doubletree hotels give out warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in. It was a nice treat when I arrive at midnight following a weather delayed flight.
- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Bethesda
- Bethesda Doubletree
- 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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