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“Excellent Value, Pleasant Walk to University of Maryland” 4 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   8419 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in College Park
Newtown, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Excellent Value, Pleasant Walk to University of Maryland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I drove to town for a special day at UM and found this new-ish property (April 2013) on US 1, several hundred yards from the Northeast end of campus. I arrived the prior evening and found only a few cars in the parking lot. Check-in was fast and friendly. I found the room to be quite comfortable, well in line with my expectations for a new property. My room faced on toward the main road, and despite assurances about the sound-proofing from the front desk clerk, trucks and motorcycles passing by at all hours of the night were loud enough to wake me several times and keep me up afterwards. [Word to the wise: ask for a room facing the parking lot.]

The breakfast area was clean and attractive, and the food was OK. Tables were cleaned as soon as guests left. I opted to walk to campus to enjoy the morning sun, although I was told that a University shuttle that serviced nearby university housing stopped about a block away. [Note to first-time UM visitors: campus parking was surprisingly expensive at $3/hour (max $15/day); I received permission to leave my car at the hotel after check-out, picking it up at the end of the day.]

In-room broadband Ethernet connection was free, but far from high-speed. [I tested it at about 1.2 MBPS.] Slow enough, in fact, for many pages to time out before fully loading. [I had the same problem at another BW+ the next night.]

Despite the problems, I would definitely consider staying at this property again as long as I did not need to work online and I could get a room that faced away from the main road.

Room Tip: For quiet, ask for a room on a high floor facing parking lot.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I chose this location because it was recently remodeled, a short metro ride to the Smithsonian, and about half the price of BW in the downtown area. Comfortable bed, huge flat screen with tons of channels, and modern furnishings. We stayed in a room on the parking lot side, and it was very quiet.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

It seemed like everything in my room was brand new, the whole place was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel is within a 5-10 minute walk of the pubs/ restaurants that surround a major campus. This is one of the nices BW properties I stayed at in some time.

The hotel does face a busy street. turning left out of the parking lot was a challenge at rush hour.

In terms of closeness to campus, the lower the address on Baltimore Avenue, the better. There are lots of hotels with addresses above 10000. I would not try to walk to campus from any of them because of the neighborhood.

This hotel is about 5-6 minutes from the CP Metro station. If you want to save a hundred a night over a downtown DC hotel, you could do much worse than this as a lower cost alternative.

I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for an odd numbered room, these face away from the street.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Boca Raton, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Wonderful convenient place to stay to visit Granddaughter at U of Md. and Grandson working in Washington D.C. Also made 2 trips to Baltimore same weekend. The hotel was spotless, rooms were large , TV. was large and electronically friendly. More convenient outlets to plug in breathing machine, telephones, Kindle , etc. than any 4 or5 star hotel I have stayed in. The free buffet breakfast was very nice and the breakfast room was pleasant.

Room Tip: Ask for room in back of hotel, very quiet .
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

My friend and I stayed at BW College Park for 3 nights. We were visiting DC and chose to stay here because it was cheaper for us to stay in CP and take the Metro than to spend $200+/night at a DC hotel.

Positives:
- Spacious & clean bedroom and bathroom
- Nice desk/work area with plenty of electrical outlets
- High speed Internet
- 46" TV
- Microwave and refrigerator
- Never heard the other people staying on our floor
- Continental breakfast with a variety of choices
- Within walking distance of the University of Maryland

Negatives:
- Not within walking distance to the Metro (had to take a taxi or catch the bus, which got expensive)


Overall, this is a great hotel if you are spending time in College Park, but not if you're going into DC every day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

A big thank you to Kosa and Netta, the night desk clerks, who were every bit as helpful as a large hotel concierge. I am a single white woman in her late fifties and did NOT find the neighborhood sketchy. I was very comfortable and safe walking the 2-3 blocks in either direction from the hotel for a wide variety of eating opportunities at night....in the dark. This hotel's rooms are clean, large and every comfortable. I stayed in an odd-numbered room. These are not on Rt. 1 and are very quiet. Towels are thick and plentiful. Bed linens soft, and 4 regular sized pillows on my king-sized bed. The breakfast was real, not processed, scrambled eggs, apple pork breakfast sausage, and real home-style potatoes. Basic maybe, but I don't eat that way at home! An egg mcmuffin or croissanwich are a short walk away if you'd rather. There are many local restaurants that deliver, and their menus are all in the lobby. Mr. Patel, the owner, makes the guests feel as if they are inmhis own home. I will make this a regular stop when I'm in the college park area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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new york
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Very clean rooms, clean carpet, clean bathroom, comfortable bed with 4 pillows per bed, large tv, very nice continental breakfast!, small fridge, microwave, beautiful decor.
Cons: it was freezing as to adjust thermostat to warm couldn't seem to turn off, wifi was spotty initially but was then good thereafter.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8419 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
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Location: United States > Maryland > College Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in College Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS College Park Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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