The Embassy Suites was conveniently located in the vicinity of a conference site in the Industrial Park all around. Not that there's much industry, just stores, Government Contractors and homes.
The lobby was quite impressive. A pond with two live swans is the centerpiece, decorated with live bamboo trees. The rooms are set up in courtyard fashion, the center of the hotel acting as courtyard and the rooms arranged in a square around it. Check in was quick and easy, despite the fact I had no registration, and I was given the same rate as the group to which I was assigned.
As indicated, each room is a suite with a separate living, bath and bed area, a kitchenette in between, and a large flat screen TV in each room. The rooms, despite showing their age just a little, were nicely and functionally decorated, with a couch, chairs, a chest of drawers, tables (coffee and breakfast) in the living room; and a bed, chest of drawers and closet in the bedroom. Nothing truly extravagant, but everything looked nice and clean. The bath, sandwiched between the living areas wasn't particularly large, but everything necessary was there, including an extra magnifying mirror and hair dryer. The bath/shower worked very well and was also very pleasant. The one place the suite showed a little age, was here. The sink, a heavy granite construction, was unfortunately sinking slowly and the attempt to seal the edges simply showed the widening gap more clearly.
The bed was comfortable and, bless them, there were plenty of fluffy pillows that actually supported my head. Kudos, just for that. As is the trend, the windows are there, but you can't open them - there aren't even any handles. And the only available daylight is from the one bedroom window. This makes the living area, which has a window toward the courtyard, a bit dingy. And there weren't any overhead lights, just the usual desktop lamps and a floor lamp in the living area.
The key to this place though, is the service. Breakfast is included and is very well laid out. Bread, bagels, cereals, eggs cooked to order, including omelets, coffee, tea, etc. Commendable. And even nicer is the managers happy hour every evening. You show your room card and from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, you get to drink for free and can snack from the little buffet, with a different serving each day. You can't beat that with a stick. A few of my colleagues never left the place, surviving on just the booze and the snacks.
The hotel also offers free pick-up and drop-off at the airport, some small amenities in case you forgot something, and other such little service niceties that make the place and the stay a solid experience.
I might not have stayed here while traveling on my own since the prices are definitely upscale, still it is worth the money, if you have it.
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Herndon
- Herndon Embassy Suites