My wife and I stayed one night at this hotel, a Sunday night, recently after returning from a trip to the Caribbean. The flight into Reagan National arrived at 12:30AM. Rather than stay in town near the airport before driving several hours home the next day, we elected to find a hotel which was relatively close (so not too far to drive at 1AM in the morning) to downtown Washington DC, but outside the beltway and outside the heavy traffic zone, so we could continue our drive back home into Pennsylvania in the morning.
This hotel fit the bill perfectly. It was only about a 40 minute drive from Reagan National (assuming a time of day with no heavy traffic). The hotel is quite new. Consequently, it is very nice and clean. The price is very competitive for the greater DC area. It was close to I-270, but far enough off of it that we did not hear freeway traffic.
I have stayed in many Hampton Inns all over the country. They are generally quite predictable (in a good way) in my experience. The only times I have been disappointed is when the building itself is older. The carpets get dirty. The air smells musty. Unless hotel owner/operators are willing to spend capital to refurbish and replace carpet, etc., the wear and tear drags down the Hampton reputation. But, happy to report, this Hampton is really nice relative to other Hampton Inn locations where I have stayed. It benefits from being so fresh and new.
For someone looking for a place to stay in the greater DC area that was more modestly priced, but still close enough to have good access to downtown, this is a good choice.
One last pointer: leaving DC, and driving here on I-270, one needs to commit perhaps 5 to 10 miles before the actual exit to the right-hand, local access lanes of I-270. Fortunately for me, I was using a Garmin which somehow knew this and kept me in the two right-hand lanes for many miles (not sure how many) before the actual exit. If I had stayed to the left, in the main thru lanes of I-270, I would have come to the exit point and discovered I could not get off. You are committed in the thru lanes by concrete barriers that take you past the exit. I am not sure how far you would have to go north before it would let you off to backtrack south again (or technically southeast again). Anyway, bottom line, stay to the right on I-270 north until you get to the exit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampton Inn & Suites Washington, DC North - Gaithersburg MD is a brand new hotel that opened in July 2013. Hampton Inn & Suites in Gaithersburg is an environmentally friendly, LEED designed Maryland hotel which is conveniently located just off I-270. A free hotel shuttle is provided within a 5 mile radius and to the Metro station (schedule at front desk). The property is near multiple businesses including IBM and Lockheed Martin. It is also just a short train ride from DC. All guests receive complimentary WiFi, hot breakfast, plus we have added an electric car charging station for our guests. ... more less
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