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Lodging in College Park, MD

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Lodging in College Park, MD

Traveling alone to the University for a mid week event. Usually would opt for a B+B or a hostel. Any on campus facilities for guests? Cost, proximity are issues. Thanks for your help

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Marriott has an inn and conference center on campus. It is called the UMUC Inn and Conference Center by Marriott (www.umucmarriott.com). It is actually a nice hotel that has two distinct hotel buildings. Try to ask for a room in the newer wing. These rooms are large and what you would typically find at a Marriott. There is nothing wrong with the other building (it is clean and remodeled), but used to be a dorm, so the rooms are much smaller (each has a private bathroom).

Otherwise, there is not a lot else in College Park that is of quality. There is a Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn as well a Marriott in Greenbelt and a Fairfield Inn in Laurel. I would personally stay away from other hotels in College Park. UMUC is by far the easiest for being on campus.

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Given that cost is an issue for you, I doubt that the Marriott on campus will work out. If you are looking for something cheaper, check out the Follin Guest House in College Park. I don't think they have a web site, but if you google this exact phrase-- "Follin Guest House" --you will find various University of Maryland web pages that provide information on cheap local hotel and guest house options and contact information for Follin's. I do not know much about this place, but I talked with a foreign professor who was staying there about a year ago, and she said it was a reasonable place to stay--but, of course, people's expectations vary. It has shared baths, so if that's a problem for you it won't work. The neighborhood is fine, but given its proximity to the campus attracts its fair share of criminals so I wouldn't recommend walking to Metrorail after dark or early in the morning.

The cheap motels in Route 1 in College Park are complete dives and you should avoid them.

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The hampton inn in college park is lovely. No problems with any of my visits there. It's clean, and modern.

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The Clarion Inn was a confortable place to stay. If you are a single and safety an issue ask for a interrior room. The staff was very friendly and helpful they also have a free shuttle to the university.

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