The facility is extremely large with about 4 enormous seperate buildings containing guest rooms, lecture halls, and dining facilities. If I were to guess, I would estimate the building was built in the 1970s, with no apparent logical design layout. I was there for 5 days, and during that time got lost every day, including upon check-out. There is no direct route from one building to the next - perhaps the idea was to allow the guests to enjoy the scenery? Even within the buildings, it is anyone's guess as how to get from the front door to the dining room or your room.
As a plus - everyone working at The National Conference Center is very friendly and helpful. The food was good and had a lot of variety.
The down-side was definitely the rooms. They were very small - my suitcase had to be carried over the bed because it was too wide to roll past the bed and the bathroom wall. The airconditioner cycles very loudly every 7-10 minutes, waking you up. When I checked in I found a palmetto bug (looks like a 5 inch cockroach) dead in the middle of my bathroom floor. Room service was very helpful when I asked someone to clean it up and check under the bed for more :) I never found another one, but I met someone who said that he found the same type of bug three days in a row in his room. We were both on the 4th floor of the blue building - so maybe it's a problem isolated to that area? But to clinch the review - I found a bug bite here and there over the course of my time there, but on the last morning I found six very itchy bug bites on my legs and arms. I had checked the bed for bed bugs on my first morning and didn't see any, but whatever bit me was definitely in the bed.
I left my clothes and toiletries in the suitcase, never unpacked, and kept my suitcaze zippered closed at all times.
- Also Known As:
- The National Hotel Leesburg
- The National Hotel
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- The National Conference Center offers the ultimate learning environment for residential training and distraction-free meetings in a wooded, campus setting near Leesburg, Virginia. ... more less
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