Being Marriott members, and now that the Gaylord is part of the Marriott chain of hotels, we decided to give it a try despite its being overpriced. We attended a sporting event at their Convention Center which started very early so we decided to sleep at the adjoining hotel. The place itself is massive yet elegant with a sweeping view of Alexandria across the Potomac River. Our bedroom, overlooking the atrium & the evening display of colorful dancing fountain, is 5-star all the way. All rooms have a balcony & is equipped with a tiny fridge, flat screen tv, marble tile bath flooring with double sink. It was clean, crisp, and comfortable. The pool & spa area looks great but we didn't use it. The staff I've encountered were utmost friendly & professional from the parking attendants to the front desk staff. Pricewise, it is very expensive! In addition, they charge a resort fee of $15.00, parking for $22.00, and an upgrade fee for wi-fi (if you choose to have it), plus the hotel/occupancy tax. There is no free breakfast here. Likewise, the restaurants by the atrium are pricey (i.e. $16.00 breakfast, $15.00 hamburgers). There is a sundry/gift & snack shop downstairs and a separate coffee/muffin and donut shop. By the way, every hotel in National Harbor charges a parking fee. It is a 15 to 20 minute hike to the self-parking lot/separate mutiple story bldg (that's from our room near the top floor). Consider that when lugging your suitcase. There is valet parking at front for approx $35. There are cheaper food places and a multitude of restaurants walking distance right outside the hotel. There is an expensive but excellent Thai restaurant 3 blocks away and also a cheap but equally good and healthy burrito place across the street, Subway is 5 blocks down, also a CVS pharmacy 2 blocks away. Overall, we enjoyed our stay/splurge here. But if this sounds too gaudy to your liking and you are looking for an alternative to staying near this area, consider saving money by staying across the bridge in Alexandria which is only less than 10 minutes away; practically next exit. There is a row of 3 to 4 star hotels that offers free breakfast & free parking along U.S. 1 (a.k.a. Richmond Highway). That way, you will also be within 15 minutes to Ronald Reagan airport.
- Also Known As:
- Gaylord National Hotel Oxon Hill
- Gaylord National Resort And Convention Center
- Gaylord National Hotel
- Gaylord National Oxon Hill
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly opened along the banks of the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is the newest monumental addition to the national capital region. With 2,000 luxurious guest rooms, including 110 lavish suites, and 470,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, it’s the largest combined hotel and convention center on the Eastern Seaboard. Here, guests will also enjoy four signature restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot spa, the area’s hottest ultra lounge, elegant retail shops and a magnificent waterfront promenade boasting a full-service marina and views of nearby Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Gaylord National will be the cornerstone of the highly anticipated National Harbor project, a 300-acre waterfront destination offering world-class dining, retail and entertainment venues in Prince Georges County, MD. ... more less
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