I've stayed here twice for conferences, most recently in late July 2013. It's a nice place. It lacks the character of other Gaylord properties (as other reviewers have said, if you come here expecting the Gaylord Opryland you'll be disappointed), but I found the overall level of service and quality to be strong -- better, indeed, than on my last visit a couple of years ago, so perhaps the transition to Marriott ownership is beginning to bear fruit.
There's no doubt that this is an expensive place to stay. If you'd like to save yourself some money, make the two-block hike to CVS at your earliest convenience and stock up on in-room snacks and beverages.
A $20 gratuity at check-in scored me an upgrade to an atrium-view room on one of the upper floors. Although I was literally right next to the elevators (allowing me to go from room to conference sessions in two minutes), there was no equipment noise, and I was high enough up that the ambient noise from the lobby area was minimal. The room was well appointed -- plenty of outlets, nice fixtures, relatively new TV with unrestricted access to AV inputs (although they don't go out of their way to highlight this feature -- you have to use the button on the front of the TV, as there's nothing on the remote), very clean, etc. The mattress deserves a particular shout-out -- despite the thick pillow-top it was firm and supportive, and I slept well every night.
Restaurant-wise... the Old Hickory Steakhouse was predictably expensive, but worth it. This location, predictably, lacks the ambiance of the Opryland one, but food and service were still very good. If you're prepared to drop $100+ per person, it's worth it. Pienza, the nominally Italian breakfast/brunch restaurant on the Atrium level, is OK -- pretty standard buffet fare with attentive service and decent atmosphere, but nothing you're likely to remember weeks later. And it's expensive. Unless you're a competitive eater or prepared to linger at your table for three hours and multiple omelets, you won't get your money's worth.
The Belvedere lobby bar is a pleasant enough place to while away an evening (and a paycheck); I just wish they offered food options other than sushi. I also got to see Pose Ultra-Lounge, the rooftop bar, while it was full of people, which I'm told is pretty unusual on a weeknight. I can honestly say that it's the best hotel-based-nightclub-in-a-Washington-D.C.-suburb that I've ever attended, for what that's worth. It was a welcome opportunity to escape the hotel's otherwise-pervasive business/conference vibe: an interesting atmosphere, loud music, great view, and an opportunity to pay even more for drinks than you'd pay at the lobby bar.
Did I mention that mobile phone signals were virtually nonexistent on the hotel's habitation levels? Yeah, I had to go down to the lobby to make phone calls. I can't call this a wholly bad thing, though, as it meant my office had a hard time bothering me during the trip. Perhaps that's why it felt more like a vacation.
- 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 Resort And Convention Center
- Gaylord National Hotel Oxon Hill
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