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Extended Stay America - Washington, D.C. - Falls Church - Merrifield
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8281 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 (Formerly Homestead Studio Suites)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Fairfax
VA
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74 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Serves it's purporse”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a stay of 75+ days the place was a good balance of quality, value, and relative cost.

Pros: a pretty decent balance of having a close-in to DC location for an extended stay and keeping a relatively workable rate; great more upscale dining down the street at Mosaic District; for standard but good fare try the chinese and dominion deli places right down the way at Yorktown Center; front desk staff were friendly and helpful when needed, maids too

Cons: double park your car so you don't get dings - the lot fills up with contractor trucks and vehicles and these guys aren't to concerned about their doors hitting your car; the contractors - people up and rambling around at 5 or 6 AM yup; getting back from jobs at midnight and calling their wives while walking the corridors yup; not a complete showstopper as the noise between rooms is actually pretty soundproofed - it's just the stuff outside the door/window that comes right in; we stayed here because we thought it would be great to have a place to cook meals - the two burners worked but had to constantly be rigged to do so and counter space to work with is pretty much zero = if you plan on cooking much much more than mac and cheese you have too high expectations

Again - the place serves it's purpose, but leisure and luxury it sure is not.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_11525, General Manager at Extended Stay America - Washington, D.C. - Falls Church - Merrifield, responded to this review, 6 days ago
I want to thank you for taking the time to post a review of your stay. I'm glad that you found our hotel to be comfortable and that it met your needs for a pleasant stay. Still, I regret that the parking presented a problem for you. I will meet with our contractors to ensure that we are being mindful of the cars in the parking lot so that your experience is not repeated. The staff and I appreciate your comments, as it will only help us to improve. Thank you for choosing Extended Stay America. We hope to see you again soon.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I gave the place a 3 out of 5 overall only because it was a clean place but......I've NEVER stayed at a motel where ice was NOT made available to the client. Asked and was told NO ICE MACHINE!!! Also there was no facial tissue and the desk told me that they were out but would have some the NEXT WEEK!! Had it been my place, I would have sent a runner to Sam's or Walmart to pick up enough to oblige the clients but not this place. My first and last stay at Falls Church-Merrifield Extended Stay. Not a great way to get repeat customers. Shame on the management
for allowing this to happen!!

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_11525, General Manager at Extended Stay America - Washington, D.C. - Falls Church - Merrifield, responded to this review, October 23, 2014
I received a copy of your review, and wanted to take a moment to personally respond. The situation you described regarding the lack of supplies for your room is truly regrettable. We are very sorry for your experience. Your comments were reviewed by our staff, and we will address this issue to make sure your experience is not repeated. I am grateful for the feedback you provided so we are able to continually improve our hotel. I would be happy to speak with you further. If you would like, please contact me directly, at mrd@extendedstay.com. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to provide you with a better stay the next time you're in the area.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I stayed at this hotel for 6 weeks between June and July and thoroughly enjoyed my time.

The whole hotel is being renovated and the old pictures and reviews don't do it justice. The room itself was pretty stock standard and a bit smaller than the pictures but it was comfortable, neat and tidy. The hotel is about a 20-30min walk (or 5min bus ride on bus 1c) to the Dun Loring-Merrifield metro station. From there you can reach all of DC very conveniently. There is also a bus right outside the hotel to the Ballston metro station (bus 1z). The hotel is 5min walking distance to fast food restaurants and a CVS.

The highlight of my time at this hotel was the customer service I received from Gilbert. Gilbert was the afternoon and evening reception person and his customer service was excellent. Not only did he provide me with the highest level of service and sincere kindness, but being there for 6 weeks I saw how he interacted professionally and with a high standard of care for other customers in difficult situations. I would commend Gilbert to the Extended Stay management as a model of the exact person a customer wants to interact with when staying at a hotel. I am of the opinion that hotels become pretty stock standard but the service is what one remembers the most. This was an instance where Gilbert's representation of Extended Stay America customer service makes me want to stay there again in future.

Room Tip: All the rooms are pretty stock standard
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Falls Church
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Hello,

I'm a guest at your located at 8281 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr. I am absolutely livid at the conditions that I have endured over the past 24 hours. I checked in yesterday, and noticed that the window screen was not in the window, but hanging in the closet. This is not very safe considering I'm on the first floor; and that the window was open upon our arrival. We then noticed two different species of bugs crawling on the floor in the front area and the bathroom. I then called the front desk to inform them of the situation. I was told to put towels under the door and that maintenance would be by to spray for bugs and fix the screen in the morning. I was not happy with that, so I went and purchased spray, and then prepared my family for a very restless night with bugs and a room without a window screen. I work nights, so my partner and oldest son went to get coffee and breakfast this morning. While there, my partner mentioned the situation to Suzanne, who happens to be the manager at this location. She brushed off her concerns with a "maintenance will stop by later and oh, they're just water beetles"; and my son was a witness to this entire exchange. My partner then requested (as I work nights) for maintenance to stop by later today (it was 8:30 am and I just hit the bed at 7:45). Imagine our surprise when we here a pounding at the door around 8:45! I awoke to the banging and answered, but he was already walking away. I then returned to bed, upset but determined to sleep because I'm exhausted. Unfortunately, that was not possible because 5 mins later, he returned with another man. They proceeded to pound on the door (I'm assuming because I didn't answer fast enough the first time. My partner then informed them that the door banging had awakened myself and my other son; and that they weren't supposed to come by until this afternoon. This extremely rude man told her in front of all of us "that's not my problem, my boss sent me...not once but four times. I then called the front desk and was told " oh, I didn't hear you say have maintenance come this aftenoon". I'm absolutely disgusted with the manner in which we have been treated. Please note the time on this email, as I'm sending it almost a hour after this happened(which means that I still have NOT been able to go back to sleep). Extended Stay has been my families preferred hotel for many years now. As a consumer, I find it extremely upsetting that this sort of thing could (and did) happen. I plan on forwarding this to Priceline (method of booking) ;because we are booked for 10 day stay and this entire situation is completely unacceptable.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Traveling across country this was our first stop for 3 nights. Room had everything we needed. I would have liked more in the kitchen but it had the necessities like silverware dishes, cups, plastic glasses, pot and pan (singular). Has a toaster too. Nicely remodeled. Not luxurious but very clean and comfortable. We used the gas grill outside by some picnic tables. Location about a mile to metro station so we were in DC in 30 min or less. Also enjoyed the Target, Gold's Gym and shops in Merrifield.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Late check ins beware. Night staff is not very cooperative.
No vending machines could be found even though the night clerk mumbled something it's location. AC did not turn immediately. When I called 2nd time to enquire about vending machine the phone was not picked up.
Breakfast is a muffin and some coffee. But since I used priceline I got a deal. I would never pay the listed price.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Parkville, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We got the deal on Express Deals on Priceline, so we didn't know what we were getting at first. The room was a nice size, and the air conditioner worked very well. The check in and out clerks were professional. The room was in the back and the exterior there could use a little paint in some places. It was nothing fancy, and I would stay there again. Great location, close to Walmart, great restaurants. and right off the highway.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8281 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 (Formerly Homestead Studio Suites)
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Location: United States > Virginia > Fairfax
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Fairfax
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Hotel Class:2 star — Extended Stay America - Washington, D.C. - Falls Church - Merrifield 2*
Number of rooms: 128
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