I pulled into the Courtyard by Marriot, Springfield, VA, parking lot. I parked my car, and entered the hotel. I walked into the lobby.
The vending machine room and two receptionist desks stood to the left. A coffee and sandwich bar stood to the right of me. The dining room sat adjacent to the coffee and sandwich bar. A breakfast bar, with electric sockets, stood in the back of the dining room.
The entertainment area sat at the far side. This was like an airport style lounge, with a flat screen TV, and electric sockets for laptop and phone extension chords.
I walked to the receptionist, and asked if they had any availability. The receptionist replied that there was, and asked me for what I was looking for. I asked for a non smoking room for one night.
The receptionist told me what I was looking at, price wise, for the night. I asked him if they had a military or government rate. He advised me to go for their special rate, as the business, government and military rate were higher for that day. They had a conference going on. I accepted their special rate.
I handed him my credit card and driver's license. The receptionist signed me in. He asked me if I wanted two queen sized beds, or one king sized bed. I asked for one king sized bed. He asked me which floor I wanted. I asked for the second floor. He completed the transaction, then had me sign a printout. After I signed the printout, he asked me if I wanted one or two key cards. I asked for two key cards.
After scanning them in, and handing them to me, he told me where the stairs and elevator were at. He also told me what the Courtyard by Marriott dining hours were. I took the cards and went up to the room. The room smelt like cigarettes. I came back downstairs and let them know that the room smelt like cigarette smoke.
He apologized, then reassigned me to another room. The original room had a balcony, where smoking was allowed. It appeared that previous guests smoked inside the room in addition to on the balcony.
The receptionist handed me a complimentary bottle of water while I waited for the second room. I had my key cards within a couple of minutes of receiving the bottle of water.
As soon as I got into the second room, I walked to the air conditioner. I turned it on and set it to 69F. I went downstairs, to my car, and grabbed the bags that I was going to need for the night.
I went back upstairs and entered the room.
The switches were within reach by the door. The bathroom was to my immediate right. A dresser with a flat screen TV and a business desk stood by the wall on my left. A bucket with a couple of cups sat on top of the dresser, along with a book containing area information. The coffee station also sat on the table.
The bathroom area had a mini room to itself on my right. Beyond that was the main sleeping area. The bed stood to the right on the other side of the bathroom. A three seat cushion sofa sat in the far right corner, right next to a coffee table.
I looked out the window, and saw my car sitting in the parking lot.
I pulled my laptop out, plugged it in, and set it up. As soon as it was ready, I accessed the wire free internet. I clicked on their network, and surfed the different news sites. Going from one website to another was like being on cable internet. I accessed my emails and got caught up to my correspondence.
After I completed my internet business, I went downstairs to grab something to eat.
I walked up to their kiosk, and read the options on the menu. I selected hamburger with fries. I placed my order with the kiosk operator. After he entered my order, and I made my payment, he handed me a waiting number. It came on a mini stand. He told me to put it on a table of my choice, and the cooks will get it out to me.
I placed it on a table, then walked around the rest of "The Bistro." I walked to the other side to check the lounge out. They had a conference going in one of the ball rooms. I kept an eye on the Bistro area while looking around.
At that point, the staff tested their fire alarm systems. Another hotel patron came up to the kiosk and asked if that was real. The man running the kiosk said, "Yes, everybody must go outside." I walked outside.
I stood by the door. Five minutes later, the man running the kiosk came out and let me know that my food was ready. I entered the building. They were finishing up with the fire drill. I walked to the table and saw an order that was larger than what I imagined. The hamburger was thick, and ¾ of the plate overflowed with golden fries.
I took my time eating, just so that I could enjoy the taste. The man running the kiosk came up to me and asked me if everything was going alright. I said yes. After I ate the meal, I ran the empty plate back to the kitchen. The chef grew a big smile and thanked me.
I went back upstairs for the remainder of the night. It didn't take me long to fall asleep. I got up the next day, and used the bathroom. I easily set the shower up to give me the right pressure and temperature combination. After a good shower, I dried up, got into clean clothing, then went downstairs for breakfast.
The ordering procedure was the same as the previous night, except I selected a breakfast item. After eating breakfast, I went back upstairs and gathered my belongings back into my bags. I took them to the car, then went back upstairs to double check for stray personal items.
I came back downstairs to check out. I handed my room key cards to the Courtyard by Marriott receptionist. After checking my account, she cleared me.
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