Our first impression of this hotel was the cramped driveway off a very busy street. Traffic on Colesville is always crazy and you need to pull into a small circle drive...this is made difficult by visitor's cars and hotel shuttles parking on either side of the entrance drive...it's a bit like threading a needle! There are lots of staff to park your car and help you with your luggage but I choose Hampton Inns because I don't want others to do those things for me. I don't carry so much luggage that I need a bellman and I prefer to park my own car rather than pay valet. Neither of those is an option at this property. I knew parking was not included and would be an addtional $15 per day but I want to leave when I'm ready and don't like waiting or asking for my car 20 minutes before I want to leave. This was my first visit to a large east coast city so perhaps this is typical.
Breakfast was good and while crowded during the Cherry Blossom Festival and Spring Break period, there always seemed to be a seat. The food was kept hot and well stocked including the typical breakfast from Hampton: rotating egg dishes, waffles and breads, pastries, grits or oatmeal, waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc.
Staff was helpful and responsive when needed. Hallways were noisy when the student groups returned each night and it reminded me of the need for hotels to segregate these groups whenever possible. Our room was fairly quiet but our friends room had rattling water pipes and reduced pressure when showering.
There is a shopping and restaurant complex about 2 blocks away as well as many other storefronts within a 4 block radius. The hotel had a laundry room with 2 washers and dryers. The computer in the Executive Room had incredibly slow internet and the printer wasn't working our entire stay however the front desk offered to print what we needed.