The Marriott Bethesda is in a convenient location to NIH and other Bethesda attractions. It's not far from downtown DC, but the reality of the traffic is such that a car ride could take forever - think 40 minutes or more - and so if you plan to go back and forth, I would stay closer in.
The hotel is pretty standard - nothing particularly fancy, neither new nor threadbare. I will give it one big thumbs up -- the desk. It's really two desk, on fits underneath the other, and so you pull the bottom one out and really give yourself plenty of room to work.
The thoughtfulness to your electronics needs on that desk is impressive. You'll find a console with four AC plugs, ethernet, RCA plugs to connect your audio output from your laptop to your TV, an HDMI plug that links to the TV, and others. In addition, the lamps have plugs and there's a powerstrip on the desk. All in all, I counted 11 AC plugs at the desk. Need to recharge your laptop, phone, ipad, and use the coffee machine? Not a problem - all in one place.
Room service was quick, the food neither outstanding nor poor, a pretty decent wine selection, and a generous pour.
The TV worked well - more HD channels than most hotels.
The pull chain on the toilet didn't work too well, but I can't say that that was a big deal for me.
All in all, for a night's stay before a meeting, this Marriott made it pretty easy to just relax, have a good meal, and get some work done. Enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bethesda Marriott is a reinvented Bethesda hotel near city attractions- with a newly redesigned lobby, restaurant, and guest rooms. You can experience the transformation of the Bethesda Marriott, a premier Maryland hotel where reinvented guest rooms and lobby, luxury amenities and attentive service set the pace for an exceptional stay. Conveniently situated in the thriving Capital Region northwest of Washington, D.C., the list of things to do is endless as guests find themselves surrounded by hundreds of restaurants, art galleries, museums and shopping. Located only two miles from downtown Bethesda, our hotel's fine services include complimentary shuttle service to the downtown district and other local destinations including the National Institute of Health, Montgomery Mall and the Metro's Red Line which provides continuous service to downtown Washington, D.C. Guests also enjoy direct access to I-270 and I-495 from our sophisticated Bethesda, MD hotel. Boasting 18,500 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art event space, our hotel is ideal for corporate meetings, professional gatherings and elegant wedding receptions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bethesda Marriott Hotel Bethesda
- Marriott Bethesda