The Courtyard by Marriott Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, MD offers not only exceptionally clean, friendly and comfortable accommodations... it offers all this in the center of a quaint (yet modern) shopping district, along with a wonderful selection of restaurants and an 18 screen Lowes/AMC theater complex. Best of all... everything is within walking distance! Oh... and did I mention the lake with geese and seagulls sailing overhead and the real boardwalk that runs the length of the hotel's side of the man-made lake?... or the paved walking path that goes around the other side of the lake from the boardwalk?... or the children's playground area by the lake? Park your vehicle, and retrieve it when you check-out, because you won't need to use it while you are at the Courtyard by Marriott. An impressive array of rooms offer lake views, with some offering balconies over looking the boardwalk and lake. Even in the winter months (we visited 02/18 to 02/20) this area is alive with people and things to do. A great location for a romantic weekend, this hotel is also a nice place to bring the children, with it's indoor pool and available larger rooms. Plus, during spring and summer, early fall, there are paddle boats available for rent on the lake.
Upon entering this hotel, you are immediately struck by the cleanliness of this property. The outdoor grounds and main entranceway are free of litter, and the lobby area is bright, well appointed with seating and glossy shined floors throughout. The front desk staff is friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable about the area, and display a true sense that your stay at this hotel, is very important and deserves the care and attention fitting for that mindset. Oh... don't for get to request a map of all the attractions at the RIO, and also ask about discount cards for local restaurants when you check-in, or anytime during your stay... the hotel has a special arrangement with the Red Canyon Grill restaurant, just down the street from it... you will smell the wood fire wafting in the air, when you arrive at the hotel.
Cannot say enough about the staff, both the front desk staff and the room staff... everyone we came into contact with greeted us every time they saw us, and displayed outstanding customer service skills. These courteous, knowledgeable, accommodating people just add to the exceptional experience at this hotel. Of special note, are those staff members who operate the breakfast buffet each day. This buffet is not a free buffet, but the price is reasonable for the variety and quality of prepared foods offered, by some of the nicest people you could ever ask for. Check-out the Master Omelette Chef's skills with creating a unique omelette to suit almost any taste and desire... or... make your own hot waffle with the pre-measured batter and self-timing waffle maker. All the basic breakfast food are always accounted for, from fresh fruits and cereals... to scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and home fries... with bagels, biscuits, sausage gravy, juices, coffee, tea and milk. A great way to start a busy day of exploring the area, or shopping... or relaxing at the indoor pool and whirlpool, or (weather permitting) sitting on the veranda deck overlooking the boardwalk and lake.
So much to do and see here at the RIO... from large stores like Kohl's, Target, Lane Bryant, Dick's Sporting Goods, Pier 1, Barnes & Noble Book Store and Jos A Bank Clothier... to smaller unique stores, such a Charming Charlie, Lilly Magilly's Cupcakes, South Moon Under, The Loft, FineWine.com store, Bath and Body Works, Love Your Eyes Optical and Imagine , to name just a few. Places to garb a bite to eat, or a wonderful lunch or dinner include: Red Canyon Grill, Pot Belly's Sandwich Works, Romano's Macaroni Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Joe's Crab Shack, Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe, Maggiano's Corner Bakery, Cafe Deluxe, Guapo's Cantina & Grill and Starbucks... again to name just a few. With the Courtyard by Marriott being near everything in the RIO area.
Have never been disappointed by this hotel's appearance, nor by it's friendly, professional and accommodating staff.
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