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“Comfortable and Friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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Governor House Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   6650 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22042 (Formerly Quality Inn Governor)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Falls Church
Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Comfortable and Friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed two nights at this hotel and found it to be quite comfortable even though it didn't have as many amenities as the newer hotels. The staff was very accommodating when we had special requests and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Don't let first impressions fool you! This is not one of those new roadside inns but the beds were comfortable, sheets were clean and the breakfast was very good. The rooms need a little updating but they get the job done... The rooms stayed dark with the curtain pulled long after the sun was up. Parking was no problem and the staff was extremely friendly. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dave C, Inn Keeper at Governor House Inn, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
David,
Thank you for staying with us, the kind comments and especially for taking the time to share your experience! Being a locally owned independent vs. a mega hotel corporation we have no wall street backed corporate headquarters selling us - just our friends and guests like you!

Everyone taking the time to share and mention us is so greatly appreciated -
and honestly we can never have to many "Dave"s around here.

Looking forward to meeting you next trip our way -
Regards,
Dave
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We stayed one night in this nice motel while touring colleges recently. GHI is not a high rise luxury hotel, but a very pleasant roadside motel. The grounds were very well kept. We didn't get to enjoy the pool because of the weather but I noted that it was very neat and clean and all the chairs looked to be in excellent condition. The AC was on in our room when we arrived so it was nice and cool. The room was basic in terms of hotel rooms: 2 beds, desk, bedside table, TV. What I really appreciated was how clean it was. Very, very clean! The bathroom was definitely what I'd call "vintage", but again it was so clean....even all the grout lines. I was very impressed. There was a nice breakfast in the banquet hall next to the hotel. Plenty of food and choices. The check-in was quick and efficient, and when I checked out, I really appreciated Astha at the front desk asking me how the stay was....that shows they care about their customers. The ride into DC during rush hour was only about 20 minutes so I would highly recommend GHI if you are going to DC. You won't find a better value. Thank-you GHI for a nice stay!

Room Tip: The front of GHI faces the pool if you'd like quick access there. Rooms around back would be qu...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dave C, Inn Keeper at Governor House Inn, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Joanne,
"GHI is not a high rise luxury hotel, but a very pleasant roadside motel." Thank you for such a spot on statement of our lil' Inn! As I state through out it's important to get that across - In a world of shiny new "Select" Serve fancy buildings that come with a high dollar tab we continue to provide "Real Service" and hopefully a family feel to our guests. In the end we treat her as our home and reviews like this make our day!

Thank you for staying with us and hopefully you found a college nearby so that we will be seeing your family more often?!

Regards and thank you again for sharing,
Dave & Team
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Staunton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Governor House is no luxury hotel, but it's an excellent value. The least expensive place I've stayed in the DC area, it's got free parking and free wifi, and that right there is a bargain. The bed was comfortable, everything in the room worked, and there was a quick bite to eat in the morning, too. (Don't count on much there, but it was something.) Friendly staff at check-in and check-out. Is it old and run-down? Yeah. But it's fine. And cheap.

Room Tip: Busy highway, but in the back I heard no noise from the street
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dave C, Inn Keeper at Governor House Inn, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to share.
I always appreciate the reviews that stress that we are an older Inn from the 50's. These definitely help the guest in making a decision. But Breakfast should have been better than described and I've spoken with them on that.

Thank you again for taking the time to share and for allowing us to host your trip.

Regards,
Dave C.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The room I had was quiet and on the back side of the hotel. However, the carpet covering the walkway outside the rooms was very worn and torn in many places. The room had no frig or safe that I read about in other reviews so if this is important to you double check if your room will have these. The AC controls were on the wall across the room from the AC and reminded me of those dials from the 1960s to turn on the heat. Had to call the front desk to find out how to start the AC--move the little knob on the outside of the dial. Some instructions next to the device would have saved confusion and frustration. Breakfast was ok but nothing special however the dining room was large so it was easy to get a table. After the first morning we decided to go to the Dunkin Donuts around the corner and up the street. Computer in office area was helpful for printing boarding passes and worked well. I had to get a new key card twice as it stopped working. I saw that this hotel has 3 stars on some websites and I was very surprised. This is a very plain, basic hotel. If you get a good price and don't need a fancy room, I guess this would be an ok place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dave C, Inn Keeper at Governor House Inn, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
kkalto,
At first glance the title of the review was disappointing to see - BUT your review strikes me as very very accurate! Thank you for the suggestions regarding the ac instructions and mentioning to guests to insure which room they are reserving. With three different buildings we do have many different room types some with refrigerators, some with microfridges and then some basic doubles with neither for those overnight guest looking to save in what even we think is an overpriced market.

The comment regarding us being a Two-Star Property is also dead-on, due to service and the value we provide I worry as guests often do rate us 4 and 5 stars on the reviews sites (WHICH WE GREATLY APPRECIATE) but folks do sometimes mistake guest rating us for what we are as maybe were some 3 or 4 star fancy standardized branded inn with "Select Service" for an arm and a leg in fees.........

Finally - yes the carpet is dead in that area- we have been restoring her fast as we can and new landing carpet has now been ordered, expecting to have that in by mid September.

Thank you for such a good review of the property.
It is the reviews that help our guest make their decisions in advance -
I hope to meet you next time your out our way!

Regards,
Dave
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Lowell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My family and I stayed here for 3 nights and loved it.......it's exactly as the hotel-provided overview reads.
We found it to be a clean, comfortable, well-ventilated room....and 3x the size of the previous night's stay at Motel 6. If you are looking for just that along with a great shower and breakfast included all so you can get out to see the D.C. sights, it's perfect!!!! The life guard-manned pool was a bonus.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Dave C, Inn Keeper at Governor House Inn, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Chuck, Dawn, Joey P -
PERFECT Review title and thank you for that suggestion for our other guests and for the very nice comments! As always the reviews are shared with the team and it makes our day to see these-

Thank you and make sure to ask for me personally next time your out our way!

Happy Travels,
Dave & Team
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This place is only good if you're just passing by to sleep. It's a little towns motel type. They leave the door open until you get in the room. It was July when we came and it was super HOT.
So, the AC was not ON when we get in our room. We had to turn it ON. The room smells. Definitely need some major renovations. Staff are friendly though.
Breakfast was not that great.

Room Tip: FREE WIFI but its very poor connection from the room.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dave C, Front Office Manager at Governor House Inn, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Ying,
With Mr. Dave out of town I'm responding to the reviews -my apologies for this as the door is actually supposed to be shut, if you could contact us with a little more info this would be helpful.
Thank you for the review and we hope to here from you soon.
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Additional Information about Governor House Inn

Address: 6650 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22042 (Formerly Quality Inn Governor)
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Location: United States > Virginia > Falls Church
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Falls Church
#3 Family Hotel in Falls Church
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Governor House Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Traditional Style 1959 American Inn located in the shadow of Our Nation’s Capital located just minutes from D.C. in Falls Church, Va. inside the Capital Beltway. Full Service Inn with three buildings and exterior corridors featuring Seasonal pool, Free Wi-Fi, Complimentary Breakfast, in addition to Bentley's Falls Church Diner - a 30 year old local tradition! Our property offers a great location and value with the service you can expect from a locally owned and independently operated business. We wish to stress, we aren't Fancy, justa simple little Inn where our amenities are Value, Location, Service and a smile.Shuttle Service to East Falls Church Metro now available - Mon-Fri 7am to 11am, Sat/Sun 8am to noon. Evenings 5pm to 9pm -we run by on the hour in the evenings but please call upon arrival, Mornings are first come first serve. We look forward to meeting you! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Governor House Hotel Falls Church
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