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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814   |  
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St. George, Utah
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111 reviews 111 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Nice, but ...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Nice place, good location, clean, but just so-so for a Marriott. Staff as always was excellent. That seems consistent at Marriott properties. Pricey, especially for those like us who are not wealthy, and not on a company or corporate expense account. We generally love Marriott's, but seldom stay at one because they nickle and dime you to death. Parking $14.00 a day, Internet $12.95 a day, etc. It quickly drives an already expensive room out of the ball park for us. Dinning in the in house restaurants are expensive, as they are at most up scale properties. So we were forced to eat elsewhere. Again, it all comes out of our own pockets and we are on a budget. When again in this area we will do more checking around because of all the add-on costs.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Mahwah, New Jersey, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stay here very often to visit family. Most recent stay here was during Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend. The parking is a ripoff, and I don't see a need for a parking fee as this hotel is several miles from a Metro Station and therefore commuter parking would be near impossible. Very nice hotel, and LARGE suites. Concierge lounge is nice too. The food at this hotel really is excellent and much better than many restaurants in this area. The Breakfast buffet in the morning at Agio is AMAZING!!! Paulette at the omelet station in the buffet makes the best omelets ever, and has been at the hotel for many years. Very convenient to I-495 and I-270. Just watch out for red light and speed cameras as they are everywhere in the area and not always clearly marked, if marked at all.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bury St Edmunds
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Ideally located and provided everything one needs for a break.
Free shuttle service is available to downtown Bethesda, where you can get the metro to Washington DC so you don't really need car, and they have a great pool and gym too. Food was good too. Can't fault it.

  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Being first time visitors to DC we couldn't have picked a better hotel. The Metro station is incredibly convenient to the hotel. The hotel is easy to find. We had a nice quiet stay in a beautiful hotel. Nearby there are plenty of places to eat or get those forgotten items.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This hotel was more than what we expected it to be. The in room amenities were great and the hotel restaurant was fantastic. Would definitely book here again. Super helpful and happy staff. Hotel shuttle was prompt and always ready to go.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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
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129 reviews 129 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights on vacation. Pros: Nice class, rooms/bathrooms were clean, free shuttle to the medical center (metro station). Cons: No microwave or fridge, hotel employees weren't very helpful, room was too hot and the temperature could not be adjusted, lobby was crowded, internet wasn't free (i found out later it was free in the lobby, which the hotel front desk lady didn't mention,...) Overall, not at all a good Marriott.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bethesda Marriott

Address: 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Location: United States > Maryland > Bethesda
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Bethesda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bethesda Marriott 3.5*
Number of rooms: 407
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the comforts of the distinctive Bethesda Marriott, a premier Maryland hotel where spacious guest rooms, 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, White Flint 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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