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The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030   |  
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Ranked #5 of 23 hotels in Fairfax
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18 hotel reviews
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“Convenient and comfortable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

The hotel's location is very convenient to D.C.-area sightseeing. The free shuttle bus to the Vienna metro station makes District attractions accessible and the hotel is close enough to major highways to make it easy to drive to Va. sights like Manassas battlefield or the Air and Space Museum at Dulles. The hotel itself is beautifully appointed, clean and classy, and the staff were helpful and courteous. The restaurant and bar in the hotel lobby are very nice (had a nice meal at The Well bar), but one also may eat inexpensively at excellent campus dining facilities within walking distance, from Jazzman's coffee to Chick-Fil-A to the Ratskeller (nice sandwiches, beer, etc.). Free parking, hard to find at D.C. hotels, was a bonus. Our only complaint was too-hard pillows.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Virginia Beach, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

We came to spend our vacation in Washington DC and surrounding areas, and chose to stay in Fairfax area for lower hotel price. The hotel was less than 30 minutes away from Great Falls National Park. Our children enjoyed riding a commuter train.

Staff members were always pleasant. Also, maybe since this place is part of an academic entity, the guests we encountered in the lobby, the elevator, in the aisle were very well-mannered. Room was simple, but clean. Towels and sheets smelled so good!

Only a few cons, but nothing big for this price: The pillows were a bit too hard and high. The sink was a bit too small to wash face. The smoke detector’s faint flickering bothered me a little, but eventually I could fall asleep. There was no air vent switch in bathroom.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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flynn-sean, Director of Sales at The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2011
Thank you for the opportunity to host you and your family during your vacation to the Washington DC area. We appreciate and value your feedback and have shared them with all our departments as we strive to meet and exceed all our guests’ expectations. We look forward to your return the next time you travel into the area.
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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

Great eco-friendly hotel. Free parking and shuttle to Metro. Newer hotel, tastefully decorated.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Washington, DC Area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

Stayed at the Mason Inn for one night. My friend and I were lucky to find a good rate at the Mason Inn for $89/night. It was the only decent DC area hotel reasonably priced for that one evening. All the reviews about the Mason being nice, new and clean are true. We had a double corner room and it was furnished in a modern style and the toiletries were quite good. Unfortunately for us we arrived late night in dc on a rainy and had to take the metro to the end of the orange line (Vienna metro) and then rush to catch the last shuttle to the Inn. We decided to take a cab instead from the metro (around $17) instead of waiting for the shuttle which runs every half hour. Check out was smooth--we stopped for breakfast at the Hotel restaurant--ordering a la carte, we found their portion sizes to be on the large side (if that's your preference!). We took the free shuttle from the hotel at 730am and didn't get to downtown dc until almost 9am. So be warned: it is a bit far from the city--the shuttle had to make all campus stops and then navigate through some serious AM traffic. Also the vienna metro is the very end of the orange line, which is a 33 minute ride. I think the mason is perfect if you have to be in the Vienna/Fairfax area or on campus at GMU--but if you need to be in DC, be prepared to spend some extra time getting there.
Oh, and the fitness room in the hotel is really small (actually in a renovated corner hotel room)--i'd recommend checking out the rec center attached to the University--it is truly state of the art adn you have free access as a hotel guest. One good thing about the hotel gym is that there are free full-sized bottles of water.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island, New York
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26 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

This hotel is right on the George Mason University campus near the athletic facility. Parking is behind the hotel - garage. Although they spots reserved for hybrids, every other vehicle parks in those spots. Handicap parking is located right outside the main entrance of the hotel, not in the garage. This is a pet-friendly hotel. We paid an add'l $25/night for our yorkie to stay with us. There were no extras given like other hotels. No dog bed, no bowls, no bisquits - nothing. I'm glad I brought his things. I think because we had our dog, they put us next to the elevator, which to be honest, was noisy. I think our dog was alot quieter than the people in the hallways. Used ear plugs to be able to sleep. The room was clean as was the bathroom. Our stay included breakfast daily, which was a nice buffet of scrambled eggs, potatoes, french toast/pancakes, bacon/sausage, and oatmeal. There was plenty of fruit and an assortment of muffins, bagels, danishes. It included oj and coffee/tea. But be sure to say you want both oj and tea otherwise you only get one. Learned the hard way. The hotel served its purpose for the NCACS. Not sure I would stay there again unless I had business locally.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, NH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

This is a conference style hotel ( more trendy than homey)on the George Mason University Campus. They say it opened in July 2010- so everything is new and clean. I have a child that graduated from here a few years ago and this would have been a nice when visiting, for parents weekends and for graduation. Most likely when there is not a big GMU event rooms would be discounted. Beds are on platforms and not as comfortable for me- but I did have a good nights sleep. Using the in room internet system is a little complicated and seems like the kinks are being worked out. My big complaint is the gym, housed in a guest room. Not many places to walk to but there is a strip mall across the street and hotel shuttle ( which I didn't use). The higher floors have a better view of the campus.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

Spent 3 days here with my wife and 16 year old son, and enjoyed the stay. Very new and clean, with a great restaurant on the premises. The staff were friendly and efficient, rooms super clean and quiet, beds comfortable. The shuttle takes you to the subway/metro stop. It is a little bit far to visit Washington D.C. without a car by metro, but we did it. Next time we may rent a car as the savings on the room over the cost of a place in D. C. probably even out. It is a conference center located on the grounds of the George Mason University.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Also Known As:
The Mason Inn Hotel
The Mason Inn Hotel Fairfax
The Mason Inn Conference Center And Hotel
Address: 4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Location: United States > Virginia > Fairfax
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Fairfax
#3 Family Hotel in Fairfax
#7 Business Hotel in Fairfax
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
: Inspired by the patriot spirit of George Mason, The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel provides an exceptional environment for work, study and special occasions in the center of Northern Virginia. As the Official Hotel and Conference Center of George Mason University this pristine hotel is dedicated to excellence in service and sustainability, as well as creating an environment conducive to learning and relaxing. The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel is nestled among a natural wooded setting on the south side of the University’s Campus in Fairfax, Virginia. The Conference Center & Hotel is distinguished as LEED-certified Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is the only full-service, upscale hotel in Fairfax and near George Mason University.Conveniently located with direct access from Route 123, The Mason Inn is easily accessible from throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. The Conference Center & Hotel offers all of the amenities of the George Mason University Campus and The Patriot Center, including accessible complimentary scheduled shuttle service around George Mason Campus, and to and from the Vienna Metro stop based on the University's weekday and weekend schedules. ... more   less 
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