Went here for a large convention. Of course, it's expensive because you're "close" to DC. But really, it gets a bit silly.
The ripoffs start at the check-in. "Oh, you have an expensive room already. How about paying for an upgrade to one with a balcony and view?" If you don't chip in an extra $25/day, you are stuck on the 2nd floor with no balcony and no view. Thanks. We chose the upgrade, but were only moved to the fifth floor. Little view. Not so great. Then, you see the $18/day "resort fee." I don't even think you can refuse this one. They say it covers going to the pool, the workout room, internet access, etc. Thanks for not already including that in the $250 room already. Oh, and then when you connect to the internet in your room, you realize it's painfully slow. The message tells you that for ANOTHER $7.99/day, you can connect with a faster speed. No thanks. Yes, my company is paying for all this, but sheesh, the ripoffs have got to stop somewhere.
Conference food was terrible. If you're low-carb, forget it. Almost nothing to choose, especially at breakfast. And the staff is as inattentive as can be. We were at one lunch and the only choices for drinks were water and iced tea. No soft drinks. After lunch, when walking out, I saw that another table had soft drinks. When asked where they got them, I was told you had to ask a server for them. None were put out to choose from. Sheesh. Burgers at the sports bar were good. Coffee at the Java place was good, too.
Not much to do at this "resort." Yes, you're on the river and can walk down to the other restaurants (also very expensive), but not much there either. No comfortable places to hang out on the water. No beach, really. VERY short walking area along the water. Really a waste of a space, I think. At the so-called Gaylord "resort," the word "resort" is taken to a absurdity. There is no beach, no tennis, no golf - not much of anything other than the pool, which is nice. There is a spa so you can get a massage, etc., but most of don't use those.
One other issue: you are FAR away from the mall in DC. You have to take an expensive taxi to get down there, or you can get on a shuttle ($20 r/t, which is not bad). But there is no subway or bus service to get down to the museums, etc. There is a nice water taxi ride that takes you to Alexandria with shopping and restaurants. That's quite nice. Buy your tickets online and save $2.
Overall, I'd say don't stay here unless you have to. And if you do, you better have a thick wallet and be ready for them to squeeze every dollar out of you they can.
- 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:
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