I did a two night stay at the Comfort Inn near Dulles Airport during November of 2009. If you're driving from the hotel, Google maps will print out two different routes to get to the hotel. The non-tollway route (if you want to save 25 - 50 cents or so :-) takes between 10 - 15 minutes from the rental car row at Dulles to arrive at the hotel. I would suspect this is also the amount of time it'll take for the Shuttle Bus to arrive at the Terminal, so call the hotel before picking up your luggage from the flight if you intend to get a pickup.
Anyways, the hotel exterior appears to be of the late 1960's/early 1970's variety. It's obvious that the owners have been doing some modernizing and refreshing in certain places, but other (probably not easily changed) elements of the hotel seem pretty worn out or tired (e.g. the stainless steel elevator doors are pretty well scratched up).
Like the rest of the hotel, my room on the third floor appeared to have had some renovations done. The bathroom especially seemed somewhat modernized with a nice deep sink and a bathtub/shower enclosure, and there was the Ethernet port on the wall as promised by the hotel a few reviews earlier here on TripAdvisor. The rest of the room, however, seemed very bare bones: regular CRT (tube) TV, an older fridge (which was noisy & rattling when it turned on and off, but that was an easy fix by just simply unplugging it). I'm guessing that some rooms have been completely modernized (e.g. the suites with the flat screen TV's) and others are still waiting for the finishing touches.
A word of advice regarding internet here: bring your own Ethernet cable and don't expect much. With the investment in new Ethernet ports, the hotel SHOULD provide small Ethernet cables (a.k.a. patch cables) in each room. I think the cables are available at the front desk, but I've been to other hotels where these cables were provided in a drawer or in a bag in the closet (with the caveat that if a guest checks out without leaving the cable behind, there'd be a $15 - $20 charge or so). Anyways, there is wireless internet but wow was it ever one of the most incredibly flakey and intermittent signals and services I've ever encountered at a hotel. If I could pick up a signal and connect to it, I'd frequently see the message "The Internet Connection at this location is currently down" on my browser window. Oh well, I guess one gets what they pay for when it comes to free included hotel Internet. Again, don't expect to be able to do much of anything too intensive or hardcore (i.e. VPN, download movies from Netflix's on-demand service, etc.). There is a computer and printer setup in the front lobby in case you didn't bring a computer and need to get online, or print out your boarding passes, and I thought that was a friendly & useful touch. Free daily newspapers are available in a rack across from the front desk as well. A sign near the front desk advertises discounts at local restuarants, and I ended up going to the nearby "Harvest of India" restaurant and had an incredibly good meal there. I think the discount they tacked on for showing my room key was somewhere between 10% & 20% (more like 10%, if anything), but it seemed like a very nice place for a date, if I had come with someone.
Breakfast was sugar-sweetened and very carbolicious. Waffles, cereal, bagels & danishes, yogurt and hard boiled eggs. Juice, coffee and milk from various dispensers. Runs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the week. There are two shuttle vans on site and one picks up and drops off at the airport on a regular schedule. The schedule board at the front desk says that the van will also take guests to other locations upon request (but airport drop-offs/pick-ups take priority), so that might've saved me $180 in my two day weekday car rental if I had been more aggressive about saving my employer's money.
There's a small exercise room on the 2nd floor. Not sure why the hours for it are limited up to 10 p.m. It's not like there's a guest room underneath it with guests who might be annoyed with exercise noise (one floor below is the hotel's front desk/back office).
On your final bill, you'll see an extra ~$1.50 per day surprise fee for the in-room safe (supposedly to cost the cover of an insurance policy the hotel has). Gee management, we're already paying 13% taxes for being a tourist, why not also tack on additional nickel & dime fees for electricity and heating/cooling as well?
The rate my company booked was about $127 per night, but I called in to the reservations line (to add in my frequent flyer number) and mentioned I had a AAA card and because of this my rate was knocked down to $110 per night. I'd say even this rate is debatable, when there are more modern hotels (Hyatt Place Dulles) for the same amount of money available not too far away. But I'm optimistic things could be freshened up somewhat more, so don't give up hope on the Comfort Inn Dulles and give it a try.
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Thank you for your comments. For the record, our property opened as a brand new Comfort Inn in 1985, and we renovated as recently as 2008.
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Our breakfast buffet is in line with Choice Hotels' standards for Comfort Inn's. While I recognize that some similar brands do include hot breakfast items, our selection meets and exceeds the choice standards.
Our posted hours for the excercise room are such because we've had complaints from nearby rooms regarding noise from the excercise equipment. As for the rates, we are constantly looking at our rate structure with regard to the other area hotels, and we have made changes accordingly. I am newly in charge of handling rates and revenue, so this is something to which I will be paying close attention moving forward. Thanks again for your imput.
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