We stayed here for the North East Qualifier volleyball weekend. Massive hotel and property. Beautiful views of the water. Love the Atrium with the trees and flowers. The lobby is quite large with plenty of comfortable seating - grab a book & drink and just relax....
The room was a normal size hotel room with comfortable beds which aided a good nights rest. Our room had 2 queen beds that looked out on a raised lawn area. The room had the usual mini-fridge, microwave and coffeepot. Bathroom had the sink & vanity mirror in the first half of the bathroom with the toilet and shower behind the door for the second half. Spacious closet. Rooms were beautifully decorated.
The conference center is within the property just a short ride down the elevator or escalator. Free wifi was accessible in the hotel and the conference center although it didn't seem very fast (Facebook wouldn't update).
After the morning volleyball game ended, the dads rushed over to the sports bar & restaurant in the atrium to catch the second half of the NCAA Women's basketball game (University of Delaware vs U of Kentucky). Go Blue Hens!! This place is big and easily held the large UD fans. Comfortable chairs (even the high tops) lent themselves to a cheering good time although UD lost by only 7 points. I had a $8 beer but it was big and so cold... it hit the spot!
Unfortunately, we didn't get an opportunity to hit the pool, spa, or fitness room. However, we did take a walk around the local area. Keep in mind, the National Harbor area is a business community all on its own. There are a few other hotels, PLENTY of parking garages, restaurants, piano bar, and shopping all within just a few "city" walking distance blocks.
We caught the water taxi over to Alexandria for $16 round trip. Old Town Alexandria is a great place to walk around. They even had a free bus that goes up and down King Street. The Gaylord and surrounding area looks wonderful, almost magical, when the lights are on and viewed from the water. There are other water cruises from the same dock to view the various DC monuments.
This is a bit pricey but a nice adventure. Enjoy the summer weather and sit outside while you dine. The Gaylord National is a destination all in itself.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gaylord National Hotel Oxon Hill
- Gaylord National Resort And Convention Center
- Gaylord National Oxon Hill