Usually you can tell a bad hotel when you check in: the lighting is poor, the staff are unhelpful, the bar staff look grumpy, the carpets are worn. This isn't the case with the Hildon Garden Inn in Rockville, a town about 35 minutes north west by metro from Washington. The person at check-in couldn't have been more friendly: the bar staff were chatty and made good recommendations, the place was super clean and very well lit. The hotel staff we met couldn't have been nicer. So much for first impressions.
Sleeping was almost impossible. For a start, the air conditioning system is extremely noisy and when in desperation I hit the "Off" button and it fell silent, the thunderous fan started up again 2 minutes later. The walls are very thin. The first night a bunch of young people decided to have a party in the room opposite and on several occasions sat in the corridor, talking, eating and drinking, taking little notice of my requests they shut up. Someone near the room of a colleague of mine started to smoke pot and then, to hide the smell, sprayed perfume everywhere, producing a terrible stench. The second night the man in the room next to mine snored so loudly that I had to sleep on the floor by the front door to escape the noise. The hotel staff, while pleasant, seem pretty oblivious to what's going on at night. So if you stay in a hotel to get some sleep, I have to recommend you stay somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Garden Inn Rockville-Gaithersburg is the premier business and leisure hotel in the Rockville-Gaithersburg area. Offering full service accommodations including daily shuttle service, room service, corporate and social meeting space, full service restaurant offering mid-scale dining with breakfast and dinner selections, complimentary high speed wireless and LAN internet service, indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and 24 hour fitness center, with a designated children's room offering games and activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn Rockville-Gaithersburg Hotel Rockville