I stayed here recently for a grant review along with the previous reviewers and discovered a new low in American hospitality.
The conference center is 15-20 miles from Dulles Airport so not convenient. They offer a shuttle for $20 but pay close attention to the time they've scheduled your pick up because there's a good chance they will plan to pick you up over an hour after you have arrived…it's about their convenience, not yours. After driving for a long time, you will come to a sign for the NCC. It is a long distance between between that sign and the facility itself. It has the feel of a minimum security prison although I'm told it is a former Xerox training facility. There is nothing close by and it is a long walk to nothing.
The layout of the conference center is extremely confusing. The center consists of a series of identical buildings labeled "north", "west" etc that are attached underground by tunnels named
for different states, e.g. "Virginia" "Michigan." Everything looks the same and as others have described, you'll find it hard to find your room. I use the word "room" loosely as it is more like a cell. It's spartan, very small and so is everything in it. There's a small bed, a small desk, a small night table, a small closet and a small window. You'll debate removing your clothes to get in to the bed.
The cafeteria is cavernous in a concrete and 70s wood paneling way. Food comes along with the room so it's an "all you can eat" arrangement but you won't want to eat anything. At lunch they served a soup that looked like the previous night's leftover frozen vegetables. This is a grab your tray, cafeteria-style operation where you can wait on line for hot food, cold food, cold cuts, etc. None of it is appetizing although you will eat it because it is so far away from any other source of food, you will starve if you don't. The lighting is appropriately dim.
I wasted a lot of time trying to find my way around the facility and felt very demoralized. Accessing the internet was a chore. I'd never willingly stay at this place and am surprised to read that others have booked rooms here voluntarily. I truly hope that this funding agency reconsiders this facility for future grant reviews. It isn't worth it, whatever the price.
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