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Residence Inn Fairfax Merrifield
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8125 Gatehouse Road, Merrifield, VA 22042   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Merrifield
San Jose, California
2 reviews
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“Great for 4 Adults”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

The suite we reserved was perfect for our needs. It had two bedrooms that each had their own bathrooms wtih a sitting room and a kitchen. The rooms were clean and each room had a flat screen tv. We ate breakfast in the self serve dining room which had a very nice selection. They offered free parking and free wi fi. The staff was extremely helpful and nice. It is quite a distance from DC, but it is fairly close to the metro station. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

We spent four nights at this hotel..The facility is not new....maybe a bit worn, but absolutely everyone we dealt with from the front desk to the restaurant servers were exceptionaly kind and accomodating.. They made the stay quite pleasant.. Our first floor room smelled a bit moldy..(this area has had more than average amount of rain for the past few months) so the staff moved us to the fourth floor and we were fine.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, NY
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

We traveled to see the new baby--my 90 year old Mother's first great grandchild. The handicapped room was perfect. The shower had no barriers.
We loved it

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

What were they thinking?

At first I though the room smelled of cigarette smoke, but maybe it was just the cleaning agent they used - possibly carbolic acid? Except for the TV the room was worn out. The refrigerator was old, dirty and the door shelf was broken (no way to stand up an open bottle of wine therein). The fireplace did not work. The bed was miserable. I didn't know they still made mattresses with the heavy cord around the edges; I last had one like that in the '70's. There were just 2 bathtowels and no bathmat. But that's the good part.

When the power went out around midnight they fired up a generator that ran all night. This was a problem as half the rooms face a fully enclosed courtyard with the pool in it, and the generator is in the courtyard too. What were they thinking? The noise reverberated around the courtyard all night long. And I don't know what they were using the power for as there was none in my room and there was not even any emergency lighting in the hallways.

The hot buffet breakfast turned out to be cold cereal, yogurt, and some unripe honeydew. I could have whipped up enough scrambled eggs and sausage for all of the guests on a campstove by myself; instead the half dozen or so kitchen workers just stood around in the breakfast room doing nothing. But that generator was still running! And even though it was 85+ in the breakfast room none of the idle employees was clever enough prop open a door and catch some of the fresh breeze that might have made the place a little more bearable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Lutz, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

We found this hotel after the reservation at another hotel fell through. They were very accomodating and able to get us a room last minute. We had a 2 bedroom suite. Each room had a queen bed and the beds were very comfortable. We never heard any other noise from outside or inside the hotel. There was also a sofa with a pull out bed which one of my kids slept on and said it was very comfortable, too. The rooms were very clean and when we didn't want the maid service one day, she made sure we had plenty of towels and toiletries. The closets in the rooms had plenty of room for all and I loved the shelves in the closets, too. Everyone was very nice and the buffet was nice in the morning to grab a quick bite on our way into D.C. The hotel is only about a mile from the metro and we would ride that into D.C. which took about 20 minutes or so. The only thing that keeps me from giving the hotel 5 stars was while the staff was very nice, a few times we asked simple questions of the clerk about where to find things in the area and they did not seem to know. Other than that, our stay was excellent.

Room Tip: 2 bedrooms suites are great when traveling with family. Gives everyone plent of room to spread out.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

My husband & I stayed in their studio for 4 nights. I requested an early check-in and to my happy surprise was able to check in at 9:45 am - check-in normally 3:00 pm. The room itself was superb. Everything you need in a home away from home. Full kitchen with 2 caf and 2 decaf coffee pods provided daily. Attached bar with 3 stools for eating. Living room with pull out full size bed (linens/blankets/pillow provided without requesting), coffee table, end table, and sitting chair. Writing desk w/ chair and phone provided for working. Free high speed internet. Large flat screen TV which site atop a 4 drawer chest. Coat closet with hangers which houses the iron/ironing board. Very comfortable queen size bed (extra blanket provided without requesting). Bathroom has shower/tub and toilet (2 large towel sets provided for each of us with extras in the closet) with locking door which separates the changing area which has a single sink and full cabinets for storing your items. Full size closet with plenty of hanging space (hangers provided) and built in shelving for your folding items. There is also a laundry room located on the premises, but I didn't use it. The free breakfast is quite substantial. Fruits, cereals, yogurts, scrambled eggs, breads, potato patties, make your own belgian waffles, Peets coffee, teas, milk, juices, muffins, etc. You can eat in their dining area and/or take a plate back to your suite. There is also a mini store next to the registration area where you can buy food/drink items 24/7. The staff is very helpful and friendly and the daily housekeeping service was excellent and appreciated. We especially liked the free underground parking.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

We have stayed at this property numerous times in the past 4 years. We have family in DC/Northern Virginia area and it is always difficult to find reasonably priced hotels. If you have a car, this is the place to stay. It's only a 15/20 minute drive into DC, the rooms are huge and breakfast is included. Plus the parking if free!

The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 star rating is the breakfast. Although tasty, it's usually chaotic. The food isn't refilled fast enough to accommodate the large weekend crowd. It just seems understaffed in the breakfast area. I've seen the same poor woman every time we're there trying to clear tables, refill food and coffee pots. She's doing her best, but one person on the weekend isn't enough!

But like I said the price is right, so this is really a minor problem!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8125 Gatehouse Road, Merrifield, VA 22042
Location: United States > Virginia > Fairfax County > Merrifield
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Merrifield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Fairfax Merrifield 3*
Number of rooms: 159
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Residence Inn hotel in Falls Church, Virginia is situated just one mile from the Dunn Loring DC metro rail station, adjacent to shopping, dining and entertainment options and is easily accessible from both I-495 & Route 50. This hotel in Merrifield, VA is convenient to Tysons Corner businesses, Washington DC, the Inova Fairfax Hospital and more. Guests feel at home in our spacious extended stay suites offering separate living, sleeping and dining areas. Each suite at our Falls Church extended stay hotel features fully-equipped kitchens, living rooms with pullout sofa beds, a 42" flat screen TV. Work easily while traveling for business in a large desk with convenient outlets, ergonomic desk chair and complimentary internet-access. In addition, this hotel serves complimentary breakfast daily, offers social hours on select evenings and provides 24-hour access to the hotel’s fitness center. This Falls Church, Virginia hotel also has a meeting room perfect for training sessions or small gatherings. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Residence Inn Fairfax Merrifield Hotel Falls Church
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