If you like your hotels new and sparkling, you'll be pleased. Check-in was fast and the desk agents were helpful. The room had sleek dark wood furniture - a wardrobe instead of closet, a full-length desk, a pull-out faux cabinet on wheels, and an armchair. The flat-screen TV was mounted on the wall instead of sitting on a cabinet, and underneath there was a bench.
But too modern can make things more complex than necessary. I could not figure out how to turn the desk lamp on. There wasn't a switch on the base or up near the bulbs. They forgot to put power outlets on the desk but there was a wall plate in the corner. Behind the night stand on the wall there was one plug free but was hard to reach.
The bed was a king-sized pillow-top with a soft, comfortable mattress. The 4 pillows were large but very soft - even stacking two pillows I didn't have good support.
The bathroom had two doors that swung inward - as the room was very small that cut down further on space. It took me about 3 times looking for the light switch for the bathroom before I remembered it was on the outside wall near the main door. Isn't it more logical and conventional to put a light switch inside a room rather than out? There was a shower stall with glass doors but no tub - no big deal unless you like to soak. Actually considering the small area of the bathroom the shower was quite large, almost crowding out the sink and toilet. Another annoyance - finishing the shower I realized the towels were stored on the opposite side of the room over the toilet. Can't hotel designers figure out how to place bath towels where you need them?!?
Wifi wasn't free in the room - you have to register and pay for 6 or 24 hours. I went to the lobby bar late in the evening where Wifi was supposedly free. I still couldn't get online so I went to the desk and they gave me a card with a code and password. I decided to get a beer so I sat at the bar and asked for something on tap. The bartender said he only had bottles and he gestured to a line of about 20 choices. I saw a Corona Light so I ordered that. Well, no, he didn't have any Corona Light (and no, he didn't offer to give me the "display model"). I then looked down instead of up and saw the actual bottles in the fridge - I asked for an Amstel Light (which wasn't part of the lineup!). Funny stuff.
The shuttle took me to Dulles the next morning - be aware it's a huge airport with long security lines. I left the hotel 80 minutes before the flight and by the time I got to the gate they were starting the boarding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only minutes from Dulles Airport, we offer the quality and service you expect from Sheraton. In addition to a great location, we have the perfect event space for meetings and banquets. ... more less
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