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Bolger Center
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, MD 20854   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Potomac
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Good for a conference”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I suspect that most who stay at the Bolger Center do so for a conference. For that purpose, the accommodations, conference rooms and dining room are well-suited and well-priced. The most unique aspect is the dining room, which serves food in a buffet/cafeteria style. The food choices are pretty wide, but not gourmet food. This makes meals pretty fast, so that there is more time for the meetings. The rooms in the Osgood Building were like an average hotel and there was Wi-Fi. The location in Potomac is a little isolated, but that makes it suitable for retreat type meetings.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BolgerTeam, Manager at Bolger Center, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at our hotel! We’re glad to hear that you found our rooms, meeting space and restaurant well-suited and well-priced. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next conference in this area.

Warm Regards,
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auburn, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Recently stayed 1 night at the Bolger Center for a business trip. We had a meeting at that location. I had a single room in Building A. Much smaller than a usual hotel room. It was okay since I wasn't there much, but it could have had more electrical outlets in more convenient spots. It was basic, nothing fancy, but very clean. The grounds are quite nice, but there isn't much else around there. Be sure to ask for the shuttle schedule to/from the Bethesda Metro Station. That definitely makes up for the location.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BolgerTeam, Manager at Bolger Center, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at our hotel. We hope you will come back when you travel to this area again.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I just brought a large group of people to the Bolger Center for a conference and couldn't have been more pleased with the choice.

The sleeping rooms were clean, updated and comfortable. The meeting facilities were well configured with a very nice large ballroom for group activities and breakout rooms located nearby. I also appreciated the free and easy wifi located throughout the campus. The campus itself has nice walking trails and lots of little places to sit outside for fresh air during breaks.

The food throughout the facility was fantastic-well prepared, with lots of choices for healthy and picky eaters alike. The break areas are convenient and well stocked with tons of great snack choices. There is also a nice bar for after hours activities (although it could be better staffed when the hotel is busy).

Best of all-the staff was great. We had a some hiccups with overbooking and a few of folks had to stay offsite. Other than that, they were good about meeting the needs of a very large, high maintenance group with late evening arrivals, heavy AV needs other special requests. We were very pleased with Bolger as the choice for our group.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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BolgerTeam, Manager at Bolger Center, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at our hotel! We’re delighted to read that you had an excellent experience at the Bolger Center. It is great that you liked our meeting space, ballrooms, guestrooms, trails and nourishment hubs and found our staff helpful. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next conference.

Warm Regards,
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Bolger Center during the 2013 inauguration. The price was great, and although we were concerned about the convenience of getting into DC -- they have a shuttle that runs on the hour that takes you right to the Metro station in Bethesda. There is nothing near the hotel, not so much as a convenience store -- so once you're there, you're locked in. We enjoyed The Pony Express Bar and Grill -- minus the parents who let their children use it like a jungle gym...and the hotel employees who did nothing about it. Also, there isn't food available during all hours of the day -- so when we arrived at 2p -- there was no food on the property available to us until 5p. Our room was okay. Tiny. The property seems really beautiful, if the weather is nice and you can enjoy it. We would consider staying there again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BolgerTeam, Manager at Bolger Center, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Bolger Center and sharing your experience with us. We’re glad you and your husband enjoyed our hotel and Pony Express Bar & Grill. We look forward to welcoming you back when you travel to this area again!
Warm regards,
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I teach an exclusive drawing workshop and have used The Bolger Center for many years for my workshop. Their conference rooms are wonderful plus the service area for food and coffee was outstanding. Situated on eighty three acres of lawns and gardens creates a beautiful backdrop to the conference building.
Usually I stay with friends but the last few I've stayed at the hotel at The Bolger Center. I have just returned home after having spent 7 days there and I have nothing but praise for the place. Their normal quest rooms are adequate but quite small and this year I requested an upgraded room which I received. It was on the far end of the "E" building and what a room it was! It had a sitting room with a flat screen tv plus another bedroom with a luxurious king size bed and another flat screen tv. If you're going to the DC area be sure to check out this place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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BolgerTeam, Manager at Bolger Center, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
It was a delight to once again welcome you back to the Bolger Center! Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at our hotel! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our services, rooms and beautiful landscape. We hope you will stay with us again for your next workshop.

Warm Regards,
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

The Bolger Center is a campus style, resort, perfect for trainings and meetings. All of the amenities on-site make the experience very comfortable and pleasant. The facade of the buildings appear a bit institutional or dorm-like, but the experience in-side is comfortable and accommodating. The campus landscaping is beautiful and well maintained. Conference center space is functional, could use some upgrades for built-in AV, but provide plenty of outside light (perfect for all-day meetings) and complete meeting package was perfectly planned. Great facility.

Room Tip: Osgood building offers the mid-level rooms, they are small, but functional.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BolgerTeam, Manager at Bolger Center, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at our hotel! It is great to hear that you had a pleasant and comfortable stay with us. We appreciate your feedbacks and hope you will come back and visit us for your next meeting.

Warm Regards,
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I stayed for 2 nights in January to attend a conference. It's a great venue for a conference, free WiFi throughout, good food and amazing snacks in the breakout area. The rooms are comfortable and functional, and at a conference you're unlikely to be spending much time in them. The property is some distance from the Metro, so if you're without your own transport you're going to rely on the shuttle bus (which runs in the evenings) or paying for taxis. I'm not sure I'd stay here as a leisure traveller, but it's a good venue for a conference.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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VG0RD0N, Manager at Bolger Center, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at our hotel. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the services and food at our hotel. Also, we’re glad you like the rooms. We hope you will come back and stay with us again when you attend conference here.
Warm Regards,
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Also Known As:
Bolger Hotel Potomac
Bolger Hotel
Bolger Center Potomac
Bolger Center Hotel Potomac
Address: 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
Location: United States > Maryland > Potomac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Potomac
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bolger Center 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fifteen miles from the White House, the hotel and conference center is close to Reagan National and Dulles International Airports, the exciting nightlife of Bethesda and upscale shopping.The Bolger Center's campus style setting creates an inviting retreat for both the business and leisure traveler. Our friendly staff will exceed your expectations for a peaceful and productive stay. The hotel features beautiful garden views, complimentary parking and complimentary WiFi. For your dining pleasure, the Bolger Center offers Osgood's, a buffet style restaurant and for nightly entertainment, the Pony Express Bar & Grill. ... more   less 
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