We just returned from a short weekend (2 nights) in Springfield for a family event. We have stayed in a couple different Hampton Inn Hotels around the country and are always satisfied with the service and the facilities. This was no exception. We had a King room on the 5th floor. The rooms have a microwave, refrigerator and flatscreen tv. HBO and about 100 cable and local channels were included. Complimentary wired and wireless internet in the room and lobby. It was fast and easy to access. There was a small sofabed in the room, coffee table, plenty of drawer spaces and a spacious wardrobe to hang your clothes, if desired. The King bed was very firm and comfortable, but the pillows were soft. For some reason the blackout curtains were only half length, so while they did darken the room, it was not as efficient as it could have been. Maybe 75% effective. The AC is the wall unit type that cooled the room quite nicely. We declined housekeeping for the two nights so I can't comment directly, but the room was spotless when we arrived.
There were two design quirks to the bathroom. The granite countertop on the sink extends over the toilet to increase counter space. Well it is very deep so it extends a couple inches forward over the tank. It forces the lid to lean forward away from 90 degrees towards closing. While the lid remained in that position with no problem, the toilet seat would not, which meant it had to be held open when necessary. The second design flaw was in the shower. The built in soap dishes are in the center of the wall and they are not deep enough and they slope down. They do this because they protrude too far into the tub. So anythng you attempt to place on them falls off very quickly. Why these were not placed in the corners, totally out of the way is beyond me. The room, carpet, bathroom and furniture were all very clean, as were the common areas. We heard no noise in our room from other rooms or outside. The parking lot was well lit and safe.
The hotel was fully booked when we were there but we experienced only a single issue, that the seating for the complimentary breakfast was inadequate but it did not affect our satisfaction in the least. We simply ate in our room. Breakfast was darn good. Available were: blueberry muffins, yogurt, light yogurt, apples, bananas, mixed fruit (grapes, melons, strawberries), real oatmeal, make it yourself waffles, scrambled eggs, bagels, fried potatoes, omelettes. Plenty of everything.
The front desk was helpful and informative. They gave us directions to the Franco Springfield Metro station. It was literally 5 min away, super easy to get there and the parking garage was free on Saturday evening. The hotel runs a free shuttle to the station but it stops at 10pm, way too early for a Saturday in DC. The trip to the White House was about 35 min. The Blue Line also stops at Arlington and the Pentagon. There were a lot of homeless around the McPherson Square station; no one approached us, but my wife said if she was alone, she might have been uncomfortable. This was approximately 9:30pm.
There are many food options around, but most close by 10pm, so if you are looking for Asian or Italian food, be aware. We ordered from an Pizza place we found in the guide provided by the hotel and the food was terrible. Their idea of Spaghetti w/meat sauce was to slice up some meatballs and mix it in. The portions were also skimpy. There is a mall under construction across the highway, Target, JC Penney and Macy's were open, we also passed a Barnes and Noble, Staples and Home Depot on the way to the train station.
This is a very nice hotel at a great price point.
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