Where to start...
First take this review with a grain of salt because this place isn't really a hotel, it is a conference center that caters to large groups of military folk and happens to have sleeping quarters. If you are visiting the area for pleasure I would avoid this place like the plague. For a company looking to book an inexpensive conference center you can probably get a lot of bang for your buck here.
1) National: F
For a place that calls itself the NATIONAL Conference Center and caters so heavily to US Military folk I was HIGHLY disturbed that nearly everything in my hotel room was made in a foreign country (mostly China).
2) Rooms: D
The room I stayed in was more similar to jail cells I've seen on prison tours than a hotel room. Cramped, small window, and not comforting. The bed in the room I stayed in faced the door which had a 1/4 inch gap around it that seemed to flood my room with light. With all the room lights turned off it made the door look like something out of a horror movie with an eerie white light all around it.
3) Common areas: F
The furniture throughout the facility was identical to the junk they had in lounges at the college I went to - it looked like it dated back to the 1950's. All the charm of a nuclear fallout facility or a bunker for the apocalypse.
4) Dining: F
To get from certain sleeping areas to the cafeteria (yes, the all you can eat type where you use trays) you have to wander through the unadorned white walled underground labyrinth. In it's defense the halls are very well lit and clean...The food is what you'd expect from a school cafeteria.
5) Grounds/Location: A
The place is on a great piece of land and they haven't messed it up. About 3 miles away (15$ taxi) is an Outlet Store area. About 1 mile away are a few shops and a great little cafe called "Not Your Average Joe's". The hotel has an airport shuttle which runs $20 PER PERSON. A taxi to the airport is only $30 so if you are going with colleagues take the taxi.
6) Conference Center: C
There were 2 conferences going on when I was staying here and they.competed with each other for signage real estate. Not a lot of thought seems to have gone into the governance of where conference signage should be posted, and what is appropriate. One hallway leading to the 2 conferences was littered with signage from both conferences and seemed disorganized and cluttered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The National Conference Center focuses on one thing: hosting meetings, conferences and training. So whether you need to engage and inspire 18 or 1800, count on The National to provide great learning facilities and a green operation, along with an experienced conference staff and event planners to create an exceptional experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The National Hotel Leesburg