We stayed here for a week while visiting the sites in Washington, DC. We chose this hotel because it was the only hotel in our price range that was close to the Metro, had free parking, had a free breakfast, free wi-fi and an indoor pool. We were traveling with my husband's parents. There were 8 of us total and we booked two separate double bed rooms. We thought we might have two of our children sleep in with the grandparents, but for a family vacation we didn't like the idea of them in a separate room. So, we brought along two camping cots and while it was tight when they were set up at bed time, it worked for us. As advertised, the room had a microwave and a fridge which was nice.
I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the hotel. I am always on the look out for peeling wall paper, mold, and dirt/grime and found none in either room or in the halls or lobby. The towels were super white and very absorbent and the sheets and bedding were also super white and clean. We were on the fourth floor and the elevators were fairly efficient. They posted an updated weather forecast in the elevators daily.
The breakfast was good and saved us a ton of money. Every morning they had a regular, decaf, and bold roasted coffee. They also had hot cocoa and a variety of teas. They had orange juice, cranberry juice, 2 % or skim milk and pitchers of ice water. They always had some fruit salad, oranges, apples, and bananas. They had a variety of small boxed cereals, yogurts, and oatmeal to choose from. There was always something hot. One day was kielbasa, home fries and a breakfast pizza bagel, another day was sausages and home fries, another day was cheese omelets and home fries, one morning was french toast sticks, home fries and sausages. They had small assorted danish, muffins, bagels and breads. My only recommendation would be that they have a microwave here to warm up the muffins and danish and maybe invest in one more toaster to speed things along. Unlike some places that discourage you from taking food out of the eating area, this hotel had bagged breakfasts to grab if you were in a hurry or you could make something to go and eat in your room. The ladies at the breakfast area were constantly replenishing and cleaning. I was impressed with their work ethic and friendliness.
The pool was open from 10 am - 10 pm on the weekends. During the week it was open from 5 pm - 10 pm. It is staffed with a lifeguard. The first day we went (daytime on a Saturday), there was a very large group (20 +/-) of youngsters in the pool. It was very crowded and loud. My children didn't want to go back. We talked them into going back in the early evening the next day and it was much quieter with just a couple of other families there. We went back at this time every night after that and found it to be just as quiet or more quiet. I don't care to swim much, but I did swim on several evenings. The water was nice and warm. The pool isn't huge, but it was still very relaxing and enjoyable.
We found the staff at this hotel to be among some of the best we have encountered in a hotel. I already mentioned the hard working ladies in the breakfast area. We shared an elevator ride with two cleaning staff and they were very friendly. We needed to have maintenance come to our room for a toilet issue and he was excellent and friendly too. The front desk staff remembered my in-laws by name and would ask them about their day.
My in-laws had some Chinese food from the plaza across the street and enjoyed it. There was a pizza hut, Subway, Burger King and McDonalds on the same strip as the hotel. We shopped at the grocery store a couple of times and they had what we needed. There was Dunkin Donuts across the street and an IHOP in the same complex. One evening we went to IHOP for dinner and the service and food were good.
The Greenbelt Metro was one exit away from the hotel. The lot was never full or even close to full the three times we used it. It took about 30 minutes to get to DC, but we knew that it would take us that much time when we booked the hotel and we were okay with that. It was worth our time to save $50+ on our hotel room. We drove into the city three times as well. It took between 30-50 minutes each time - Again it was worth our time since we saved money on the accommodations.
Overall, if we found ourselves heading to this area again, we wouldn't think twice about staying here.
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