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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, Prince George’s County, Oxon Hill, MD 20745   |  
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Ranked #4 of 8 hotels in Oxon Hill
Fairfax, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

There was a great deal of activity in the loby, but our check in was very fast. The room had a great view of the Potomac river and was spotless. The huge atrium is most impressive and fun. The surrounding area had many restaurants and bars, wish we had more time to wonder around and explore.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This was a fairly typical convention hotel, with one very strong plus and one minus. The plus is that every single person on the staff was pleasant, friendly and where they could very helpful. This includes the banquet servers, who are usually not the warmest group around. The one downside of the place is that it is huge, and it took a long time to get from the elevators to my room. Enough so that I determined to only make the trip when I really needed to.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Super quick check-in. Great lobby area. Water show in the evening which the kids loved. National Harbor itself was very nice but we still felt restaurants were a bit lacking. You have to take a cab ride info the city (about $35 one way) or purchase a ride on their shuttle for a little more. We found we prefer staying in the city where the Metro is accessible and we don't feel as isolated. Room was very nice and comfortable. Quiet, comfy beds. Was offered an upgrade upon arriving to a room with a balcony that overlooked the atrium.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

It is a huge hotel and conference center. I stayed two nights for a conference while three other were happening simultaneously. Despite that I had no delays at any time, including reception, restaurant, bar, bell service or transportation. The hotel is very beautiful and located in a outstanding location, a little bit far from typical point of interests in Washington but only 8 miles far from Reagan airport and a couple of minutes from old town of Alexandria. The room was very good as any other hotels at same level and pool and fitness center is very good and well equipped. Finally they provide free Internet with good quality for emails and web access.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calabasas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had a room that overlooked the atrium (a huge open space in the middle of the hotel that has trees and flowers and retaurants). It is very impressive and beautiful. Also a view of the river. The room was spacious and all appointments were recent and spotless. Everyone that we had contact with was friendly and helpful. The room was spotless each day. Any questions we had were answered or taken care of quickly. The 'village' outside the hotel was fun to walk thru and had a few very good restaurants. Old town Alexandria was a short water taxi or cab ride. Fun to walk thru and great restaurants! The convention center was extremely convenient - accessible on three floors from the hotel. A great experience and one that I would be happy to repeat.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The hotel grounds and resort are very nice, with an indoor pool and large indoor public areas with river views that give an outdoor feeling.

As a hotel, it has some disadvantages. The room had an old feel to it, with a shower that squeaked while the water flows (and water pressure was not great).
Also, the hotel is so huge that getting from the elevator to the room can be a marathon if you're in one of the farther rooms (which mine was).

The location is also medium - there is a nice touristic area around, with several restaurants and a few attractions, that has a small time in the wilderness feel to it. The river view is nice.
On the other hand, moving around is very hard unless you have a car. Metro is pretty far, and traffic to DC can be very bad.

So not bad, but not great, specially considering the high price.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I attended a conference at the Gaylord Conference Center in National Harbor for the first time.

I was impressed with the size and ambience of the hotel and the area near the hotel. But unless you are attending a conference here, there are more reasonable options that are much closer to the sights of Washington DC and Alexandria. If you want to stay in National Harbor, The Marriot Residence Inn, is just across the street and a better value.

I did get plenty of exercise walking from the elevator to my room.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Address: 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, Prince George’s County, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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Location: United States > Maryland > Oxon Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 hotels in Oxon Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 4*
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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