My husband and I stayed at this property over the summer after wearing out our stand-by whenever we come back to this area (my hometown). We picked this property as we've had a lot of success with the newer Homewood properties as they are always clean, comfortable and spacious.
I am very picky when it comes to where my hotel room is located. I stay in hotels 60-75 nights a year and always try and stay away from an elevator on a high floor away from the highway. They did a great job here. The good news with this property is that a lot of the rooms face the parking lot or the back and commercial office buildings. If you do face the road, it would most likely be Shady Grove Rd., not a highway, but can get a bit noisy. I think the adjoining hotel probably has more rooms facing that side. Although my parents live a bit closer to Falls Rd., we always stay on this side of Rockville since it's generally very safe and there is a lot to do right near the hotel. Literally 2 blocks away you have a great little shopping center with a Safeway (grocery store), restaurants (Jerry's Pizza, Moby Dicks, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Chipotle, etc.), Starbucks, bank, etc. There is a hospital right across the street and a huge entertainment complex (The Rio) 2 miles or so away that has a movie theater, a ton of restaurants, a nice lake to walk around, Kohl's, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc. It is very easy to get to I-270 which will connect you to the various highways around DC/MD/VA. The Rockville or Shady Grove metro stations are within 10 minutes.
Compared to where we used to stay, these rooms are beautiful. As someone in an earlier review mentioned, this is a green hotel, so you need to make sure your keycard is inserted into a special slot on the wall for the HVAC and some of the lights to work. I think this is a great system, as it prevents someone leaving lights on all day and wasting electricity. The room would be very comfortable for anyone having an extended stay as there are regular sized appliances in the room. They even give you paper towels and dish soap! There is a nice sofa and flat screen in the living room, and we had beautiful long windows to look out at the woods.
The beds were very comfortable and enjoyed having another TV in the bedroom. This is a "real" suites hotel, as there is a door between the bedroom and living room. The lines were very clean and they had different types of pillows available. Alarm clock worked fine and the iron and ironing board were clean. I enjoyed the vanity type bathroom, as it enables two people to get ready at the same time if you've got someone in the shower. Bathroom was clean and towels were fine.
My only complaint is the Wi-Fi. It was absolutely dreadful. It worked once, but the signal was incredibly low. We had a tablet with us, which we know has worked before and again, did work once or twice, but was really bad reception and kept dropping off. This would be my one area of improvement as they really need to ensure that folks on the higher floors have a better signal and can stay connected.
This is our new choice when visiting the area and excited to give it another go for Thanksgiving. The free breakfast and evening reception is a great touch and the rooms are an ample size for a two person crew. Room was comfortable and enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Homewood Suites by Hilton Rockville-Gaithersburg offers all the amenities of home, with the service that will make you want to return. Featuring 87 well-appointed guest suites, offering studio king, one bedroom king, 2 bedroom king, and 1 bedroom 2 queen bed suites, your sure to enjoy your time with us. Each stay includes our famous "Suite Start" breakfast offering a vast array of hot and cold nutritious options to start your day. We also offer complimentary shuttle service within a 3 mile radius (7am-9pm), free high speed wireless internet access, room service, indoor heated pool and whirlpool, and 24 hour fitness center. ... more less
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