I agree with other TA reviewers here who have had a mixed experience at this hotel. We stayed for free as the result of a Megabobus promo, but I would stay elsewhere in the Dulles corridor if I were paying for a room. Here's a rundown of pros and cons (latter would outweigh former in our view if we'd paid for the stay, even on a cheap weekend rate):
- proximity to IAD/Dulles airport
- large indoor and outdoor pools (could swim laps in either, though they put a lane marker *across* the pool essentially bisecting the space, presumably to create separate kids' vs adults' spaces. The lack of an outdoor pool lane is actually another con in my book.
- concierge lounge (they were kind enough to grant us an upgrade as Silver elites on request since we'd come in on a redeye from SFO just 2 days after a flight from Osaka, but it was made clear this was an unusual exception. Food in lounge was good but basic and limited choices. Cocktails, wine and beer for a fee.
- clean room, ok beds
-Overzealous and noisy housekeepers in the halls putside our rooms. They basically park their carts outside of guests' rooms and yak while waiting to clean them...several hours in advance of checkout, which is the usual 12pm. When I left to go get breakfast, I was pounced upon immediately and asked when we were checking out. I responded "at the regular time..12pm." They seemed annoyed.
-standard Marriott decor in rooms...which gets boring. Furniture style is outdated.
-Pool area is dirty and sorely neglected. Not a trash can in sight on the outdoor deck, which is probably why we found a discarded asthma inhaler on a table. Chairs clearly had not been wiped down, one had to hunt for towels, door to restroom stall in ladies' room won't lock. Basically the place looks as though it hadn't been renovated since the 60s.
-...which is why the glitzy, newly renovated, trying to look hip lobby and bar area annoyed me. Window dressong on an otherwise neglected hotel. We have stayed at multiple properties in this area...Marriott Dulles Suites, Residence Inn Herndon, Fairfield Inn (Sterling I think), Reston Westin, Dulles Westin, and Sheraton Dulles. ALL exceed this place and typically meet or beat its rates, at least on weekends. The Reston Westin wins hands down for appearance (throughout hotel), great restaurant/wine bar, free airport shuttle (though distance is tough for late night or early morning arrivals) and service. Serene atmosphere compared to the business/conference hubbub one encounters in the Dulles Marriott lobby.
In sum: if you can stay for free either through a promo or if you're attending a conference at the hotel, it's ok. If you have business off site or are on vacation, go elsewhere! Don't let the proximity to Dulles tip the balance toward staying here; we had to wait 10-15 minutes for a hotel that is a two minute ride away.
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