The hotel doesn't live up to the hype on its website. "Savor the stunning blend of contemporary style and Zen allure in the heart of trendy, downtown Bethesda." The hotel is three-quarters of a mile from the heart of downtown. In fact, it's in a rather drab area. I don't mind walking, but if you have limitations, keep the location in mind. I'm not sure what the Zen allure is. I found the decor in the rooms and halls to be rather brown, drab, and outdated. The wine lounge was out of half of what is listed on the menu. The bartender apologized and gave me one complimentary drink.
The staff was difficult to find. One day I went to the front desk at 10 AM, no one was around. I waited and waved at the camera, but no one ever came out. Other times, the staff was there, but much more interested in talking with each other than taking care of guests.
The hotel has a "environmental" policy that lets you forego maid service to "save" the environment. The result is the rooms aren't getting the cleaning they need, and the maids aren't getting work. There was a ring of something dark and slimy growing around the bathtub drain, the baseboards were dusty, and the sinks slow running.
The Metro is half a mile from the hotel, which does make getting to Washington, D.C. convenient. If you can't manage a walk of that distance, the hotel will take you, but only every hour on the hour.
- 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:
- Doubletree Bethesda
- Bethesda Doubletree