We have stayed here in the past in January the night before we get on the Auto train. Last month we stayed one night after being in DC for a few nights. We went to the National Marine Corp museum for the day - which is close by. I did not smell any smoke when I walked in or out. We stayed on the 3rd floor. (The 3rd & 4th are the pet free floors :) The hotel was clean, the staff was friendly and the breakfast was good. The only bad thing was the pool was closed because of a pump issue - but we walked across the street and were able to use the sister hotel's pool - which was fine. We were lucky enough to be upgraded from a one bedroom to a two bedroom which always makes me happy. There was also a small basketball area which made my son happy. (Bring your own ball). We will definately stay here again in the future.