Spent a weekend here post cruise. I'd stayed in the hotel a number of times in the past but I haven't been there in a couple years.
I arrived late morning/early afternoon and was able to check in to a room on the Concierge Floor upon arrival. After having had no sleep the week before while on the cruise (the ship's beds were too hard) I was delighted that the bed in this room was typical Marriott-Super comfy!
My room also had a chair and ottoman, desk, fridge and a view of the lake at the Washingtonian Center shopping/dining/entertainment complex.
Having sprained my ankle while on the cruise, I basically propped up my foot, added ice and watched TV and surfed the internet! The TV is a 42-inch flat screen, HDTV with an excellent selection of channels. As I arrived on a weeknight, I was able to take advantage of the concierge lounge. The evening I arrived, the offerings were roast pork loin and pierogies! Delicious! The following morning, there was the usual array of continental breakfast items and also scrambled eggs and breakfast meats.
One day I ventured out into the mall area for a sandwich and a decent cup of coffee. (The hotel serves Starbucks, but there is also an actual Starbucks in the shopping center.) I also popped into the gourmet cupcake bakery in the center. They were pretty good!
My only real complaint with the hotel was that I ordered sliders, no cheese and PLAIN! They got the no cheese part right, but there was all sorts of stuff on them-some sort of special sauce, lettuce, pickles, etc. This was from room service. I'd waited 30 minutes for them, they were overcooked. The first time, they came with fries. I asked if they came with fries or chips (the menu said house made potato chips..fine) but the operator suggested that they came with fries. No big deal, but when the second order came, they had chips. The burgers were plain, but again, WAY overcooked. The operator barely understood English-she told me she didn't know that I meant PLAIN as in nothing on them. HUH? What does PLAIN mean??
My issue is that she should have comped the meal since there was a total lack of communication, but I wound up paying $15 for mediocre bar food that was fouled up! Other than that, I had no issues with the hotel.
The room was VERY clean, comfortable and the AC worked well. (It was also very quiet-some hotel AC units are loud.) The room had a great view, but be advised...rooms on the water side do get hot, so you may wish to close the curtains.
All in all, I had a nice restful stay and I will probably return at some point in the future. The Washingtonian Center offers a large array of places to eat, a movie theatre and plenty of shopping. Great place for a weekend escape.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blending both style and elegance, the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center hotel is the ideal gathering place for families and business travelers alike. Conveniently located amidst the suburbs of Washington, D.C., This distinctive hotel's Gaithersburg, MD location puts guests near many popular businesses, including the Department of Energy, Lockheed Martin, NIST and the FDA, while surrounding them with the many historic sites and national monuments found in and around Washington, D.C. Overlooking a picturesque lake, the hotel's impressive accommodations in Gaithersburg feature rich bedding ensembles, Plug-In panels for easy connectivity, premium movie channels and Enhanced High-Speed Internet access. Boasting over 9,000 square feet of high-tech event space, our hotel is an ideal choice for corporate meetings and grand social events. Our Gaithersburg hotel's restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining and guests are within walking distance of the Rio Entertainment Complex. ... more less
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