I pulled into Washington DC after a long long day of flight cancellations and delays due to weather only to watch my connecting flight taxi away without me. Since lots of other people were in the same boat, rooms were scarce (and/or exorbitantly priced) With my phone down on juice and the hotel boards that used to line the baggage claim areas seemingly a thing of the past, I walked outside to the hotel shuttles pick-up area and approached the driver of a van branded with three or four of the Hilton Hotels brand properties. I'm a Hilton Honors member so I thought I might have some juice and low and behold, he made a quick phone call and I had a room at the Homewood Suites Dulles-North.
A quick shuttle ride later I checked in at the Embassy Suites next door and followed a pool-smelling corridor to the Homewood Suites. I've never stayed at one of these but it looked akin to various Hampton Inn, Best Western, Quality Suites, etc., with a lobby/breakfast area and a small pantry next to the check-in desk. The desk staff was very nice and everything was in good repair and I was soon up at my room.
I was also soon down at the front desk again where the gentleman tried a number of times to make me a new key. Finally another staff member mentioned that she'd cleaned the blanks he was trying with alcohol (which obviously killed them in some way) and so after finding new blanks I was able to get a key that worked and got into the room.
I don't particularly like suite hotels. The living room always seems uncomfortable and the bedroom overlooked but the enormous flat plate in the bedroom made me rethink that. The kitchen was very sparsely stocked - no salt, minimal makings for coffee in the morning, etc. but I wasn't too concerned about eating by that point. The water pressure in the shower was pitiful and half the holes were either clogged with hard water sediment or the shower head was broken in some way. The water was hot, though and I rinsed my hair in the sink to get all the soap out.
Two queen side beds meant I could choose the one that was the more comfortable and it took some going back and forth to figure out which set of lumps best suited my own curves. Oddly enough, housekeeping had chosen to put the mattress pad on top of the both the bottom and top sheets, so I first had to remake the bed but finally got settled.
The air conditioning blew cold, I slept fine and after sourcing coffee from the lobby in the morning I was all set. Another nice desk clerk gave me a late check out and with lunch from the pantry I'm now off to try to catch my flight (again) clean, rested, fed and ready. While Homewood Suites isn't a destination brand by any stretch it is a perfectly acceptable alternative in a pinch or on a budget and the personnel at this particular property go a long way towards making up for some of the hotels small shortcomings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our extended stay Dulles Airport hotel is designed to make you comfortable, whether you're traveling for a few nights or longer. Our accommodations near Dulles Airport feature spacious studio, one- and/or two-bedroom suites feature separate living and sleeping areas. Each has a fully-equipped kitchen with full-size refrigerator, microwave, 2-burner stove and dishwasher. You'll find enough space for work, study or entertaining - plus all the comforts of home including two remote control TVs, complimentary high speed internet access, and two phones with voice mail. Enjoy a complimentary Suite Start™ hot breakfast seven days a week and a Welcome Home® Reception featuring a complimentary light meal and beverages Monday through Thursday evenings (local laws apply). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homewood Suites Dulles - North / Loudoun, Va Hotel Ashburn
- Homewood Dulles
- Dulles Homewood Suites