The Best Western in Lanham, Maryland is an excellent choice for those who want a clean, quality hotel without the Washington DC expense. The Best Western is located just off the beltway, which makes it easy to see and easy to navigate to (for those who are visiting and not that familiar with the ins-and-outs of beltway traffic). First impressions however, leave a bit to be desired. This is due to the location of the hotel, and there is not much that BW can do about it. To get to the hotel you get off Princess Garden Parkway and cut through a large -and mostly deserted - parking lot that was intended to service a now, for the most part, empty office building. The 'front' of the hotel actually faces the beltway; so in essence, you enter from the rear of the property.
The hotel is, as is often the case, starting to show its age. When I was there, the maintenance staff was constantly working on one or both elevators. The drink machine in the elevator foyer was out of service (which needs to be addressed, given that it is summer in Washington: heat wave!). The second floor drink machine was also out both days. The lobby is furnished with comfortable reading chairs and tables. It also houses a gift shop that is open a few hours per day. My room was very nice, aged, but spotless clean. It had a nice television but lacked, again – this being summer – a room size refrigerator! I have just become used to (Vegas aside) picking up some supplies for the room and using the fridge. The AC worked very well - almost too well - as I was used to a cool room and had to hit the baking streets. The view...well, again it is a question of what you want to spend. My room opened onto the roof area that housed a lot of heating and air conditioning equipment. It does not bother me, because I am not staying in Lanham, Maryland for the scenery, but for those who spend considerable time in the room, and for whom the view matters, this should be awareness.
BW has a complimentary breakfast, which was well apportioned with different breakfast items each day. The staff at the Lanham Best Western was exceptional. I asked for an early check in, having arrived around 10:30 in the morning, and I was in the room in less than ten minutes. They are always friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Another plus of the Lanham BW is that it runs a shuttle from 09:00 to 23:00 to the New Carrolton Metro station, so if you would rather navigate via the Metro, this is a huge benefit. However, be aware that the only food/store within walking distance is the “Goodies Chinese American Take Out” on the opposite side of the vast deserted parking lot (http://www.yelp.com/biz/goodies-restaurant-and-carryout-lanham). If you would prefer to dine in, there is a room service menu available which I assume is contracted out locally. I assume there's delivery around the area, but anything other than "Goodies", you're gonna need a car.
Overall, I gave it a four star rating based on overall interior appearance, quality staff efficiency, complimentary breakfast, shuttle to the Metro and strategic location (not in DC, but close enough). Again, if you are just in and out, the Best Western in Lanham, Maryland beats paying DC prices while still having access to all that's entertaining in the district.
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