The National Conference Center is simultaneously a beautiful facility and a rather stark location. The site is located in Northern Virginia, close to Tyson's Corners and Dulles airport. It is beautifully located in a park like setting and the buildings a lovely. The center is made up of two main buildings plus a center registration area. The building has sleeping rooms around the parameter and meeting rooms in the core. There is also a large dining room and a cocktail lounge.
The sleeping rooms are small with a double bed, large desk area, chest of drawers and flat screen tv. The bathroom is normal hotel room sized with a shower. The room is not fancy but extremely clean. The air-conditioning worked marvelously (it was in the high 90's the whole time I was there). The rooms are built in pods with shared sitting areas for every ten or so rooms. Almost everyone from our small group was in the same location so the sitting area became our common "living room." The only complaint was that there is a limited range of TV channels to watch but all the basics, CNN, etc. are provided.
The meeting rooms are outstanding. Very comfortable chairs, well designed and fully equipped. There is a break area for each group of meeting rooms with coffee and soda plus some snacks.
The dinning room is gigantic and is served from two cafeteria lines. There is a full breakfast, a nice lunch with a choice of entrees, hamburgers, salad bar, etc. Dinner is similar to lunch. The food was basic but well prepared. Nothing to rave about, but also nothing to complain about. The Black Olive cocktail lounge is a sports bar with TVs , pool table and darts. The bartender, Wanda, actually seemed to remember what everyone drank after the second night and the drink prices were well below "hotel prices."
Everything is poured concrete so it seems a bit cold and it takes two days to find your way around through the maze of hallways. (the key is to walk outside if the weather is good--it ends up being much shorter). Overall it felt like being in a very well maintained college dorm. But it serves the purpose of providing an excellent conference facility at very reasonably prices. I was there for five days and would book another conference there without question. Every staff person I met was outstanding and the front desk people could not have been more helpful.
Be sure your room is in the same building as your meeting rooms. Otherwise it could be a very long...
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Thank you for such an extensive review of our property. You offered great advice for planners and business travelers which we appreciate it. We are thrilled to hear your group utilized the area outside the guest rooms as a "common living room," as that's the intentions of the space. Thank you for appreciating our proper meeting room equipment; it's an worth-while conference center investment for your meeting success. I look forward to sharing your feedback about Wanda and the front desk. We hope to see you again soon.
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