I stayed at the AC Hotel National Harbor for 2 nights and did a video review of the hotel grounds and a king bed room.
If you'd like to see what the what the hotel and room looks like then check out the video here:
The AC Hotel National Harbor is located in the National Harbor complex, in Maryland, right across the Potomac River from Alexandria, VA. The hotel is approximately 10 miles to Washington DC.
Valet parking directly in front of the hotel is $35/day, or self-parking is available in any of the National Harbor parking garages for $18/day. I did the self parking, because I don’t mind walking a block… but the annoying thing about the self parking is that since the parking is not paid for through the hotel, you have to pay every time you go in or out of the parking garage.
The hotel definitely has a European feel to it – not the feel of a typical Marriott. When you walk in the front door of the hotel, there’s a small bell-boy podium, two elevators, and a staircase. That’s it on the first floor. Guests need to take the elevator or the stairs up to the second floor to the “lounge bar” where the check-in desk is.
Upon check-in I was recognized as a Platinum member, and offered 400 points, plus any single food or drink item from the marketplace (except alcohol). I asked about breakfast, the price is $15 for a continental breakfast, no free breakfast for golds or platinum members here. I couldn’t tell you how the breakfast is, I had McDonald’s just down the street for breakfast instead.
In addition to the lounge bar, and breakfast, the second floor also has some meeting rooms, and a small but nicely put together gym.
Now on to the room -- When you walk in, the first thing you see is a rather odd exposed closest. It looks like something maybe purchased from IKEA. To the left of the closest is the bathroom sink, and beyond a sliding glass mirrored door, the toilet and a shower. So you basically walk in to the room and you are “in” the closest and bathroom. Just a bit weird.
Beyond the closest/bathroom is the “bed” part of the room. The bed part of the room was nicely put together. The bed was comfortable. The desk had a neat view out the window. There was a small refrigerator under the desk. The front-desk staff told me there would be two complimentary bottles of water in the room… well not in mine. The floors were hard-wood… not really my favorite. I like carpet – easier on the feet.
Some oddities in the room: No clocks, no tissue/Kleenex box.
The walls seem really thin… I could hear almost every door close from the hallway. Light sleepers beware!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new hotel which recently opened in April 2015! Feel the urban vibe at the AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor. Experience this design-led hotel that effortlessly blends contemporary style with cosmopolitan sophistication. Unwind in the distinctive waterfront setting of National Harbor. Relax in one of 192 sleek guest rooms. Indulge in our innovative beverage and food offerings served in the center of the hotel experience - the AC Lounge. Enjoy a fresh European-influenced breakfast in the morning and a hip bar serving great cocktails and globally inspired small plates in the evening. Keep fit in our 24/7 fitness room or stock up on unique local items from the AC Store. Meeting spaces provide 3,700 square feet of space, integrated technologies, collaborative layouts and ergonomic seating. Plus, we offer unique outdoor event venues, some overlooking the Potomac River. The AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor is situated on the Potomac River, just minutes from Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Washington National Harbor Hotel Oxon Hill
- Aloft Oxon Hill