I stayed here by the grace of my Aunt and Uncle who cashed in their time share points so we could spend a weekend in DC for my daughter's fourth birthday. National Harbor is a self-contained city made entirely for the tourist trade. It's all hotels, higher-end shops and amenities. I will say that the place is very clean, presentable and sterile in character. The hotel was similar - very clean and generic. Parking is additional, up to $13 a day and the other reviewers are correct about the tiny driveway. You can't really park and unload without a hassle. It may be that the Wyndham has heeded the advice given on this site, or maybe I got lucky, but was fairly un-harassed by offers of timeshare purchases. There was a suggestion made that we attend the presentation but upon my firm No, it was not brought up again. The concierge was actually fairly unhelpful and unknowledgeable in my opinion, in that every time I asked a question, he did not have the answer, not even to simple things, like "where is the laundry room located?" and "what time does the pool close". Housekeeping was very helpful when we first checked in. We were missing several items in the kitchen such as a cutting board and a colander. We also had a phone that did not work and a light bulb that was out. They came up and replaced/fixed them immediately. Our room was the smallest one they have, one king size bed, the sitting area, kitchen and bath. The sitting area was pretty uncomfortable - the couch was not the kind you can relax and watch a movie - it was more for perching to put on your shoes. I was also not a fan of the bath as the tub area does NOT have it's own door. You can close the bedroom door and then the toilet room door, but that essentially locks out anyone else from accessing those areas. I guess the room is designed with the idea that a couple would be sharing it and not mind seeing one another in the tub. Not so good if you're staying with an older teenager or friend though. The indoor pool was small, and a little murky as indoor pools tend to be and it was too early in the season for the outside pool to be open yet. There were barbeques, but no one seemed able to give us an answer as to whether we could use them or not.
The whole National Harbor area is not very convenient to getting into DC. We were literally told not to bother trying to drive in before 10 am, because we would not get anywhere. I thought that was an odd response for a Saturday? I took the advice of another reviewer and drove across the bridge to the Huntington subway station. It was about a ten minute drive, ample parking (free) on weekends and got us directly to the National Mall in about 20-30 minutes. Overall, if you have time share points to use, Wyndham National Harbor is nice enough. The area is limited in other things to do, and everything cost a TON of money.
We drove to another town to grocery shop and made all our meals in the room. There was nothing wrong with the property and but nothing fabulous either. If your idea is to enjoy DC's attractions, stay closer, even Alexandria would have been more convenient.
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