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Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Bethesda
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Taiyuan, China
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178 reviews
102 hotel reviews
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“Good deal near metro for DC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

Overall, I enjoyed a very good stay here and found it to be a very good value for a visit to DC, even without a complimentary breakfast and the $15 parking. Overall, it seems pretty representative of the Hilton Garden Inn chain, which generally are quite good and colorfully decorated. Of course it is a chain property, so doesn't have tons of character.

The rooms have sleep number beds. I was glad to try this. Some members of the party didn't find the firm setting to be very firm, and I couldn't really tell the difference between the firmness levels, but I thought the bed was comfortable and was glad to have a chance to finally try one of these.

The hotel is nicely designed, modern and clean. The rooms were decent-sized, and again very clean and nicely appointed. Access to the metro is the key point--it is about a ten minute walk to the station on the red-line. The trip into the city costs $2-3 per person and takes about 25 minutes. It's only one stop to NIH and pretty convenient, though it does cost about $2.

The front desk was always well-staffed, meaning there was never really a wait. There are free cookies at times, if you get there before they all get snatched up, and coffee is available in the lobby most of the time.

We had dinner in the restaurant--the dinners are a really great value, and the food was colorful and tasty and as good or better than chain restaurants. The service was pleasant and eager to please, though they seemed to miss a few things--leaving extra unused glasses on the table.

The main drawback is the parking, which is not cheap, is pretty tight and limited, but is in and-out if you want to drive during your visit. The hotel allowed me to stay in the parking for free for an extra half day, which was very helpful. I worried a bit that I might get to the gate to leave and the card wouldn't work, but had no problems.

There are tons of restaurants and a few grocers near the hotel. The room included a fridge and microwave, too.

Finally, a card is needed to go up in the elevators. I never had a problem, but this security measure seems to frustrate many of my fellow traveler's whose cards fail or who unnecessarily try to use it to go down as well as up.

Bottom line: this is a fine hotel and one of the best deals I could find on the metro for my visit to DC.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012 via mobile

Traveled from Va for wedding. My out of town family was staying here so we did too. My husband and I came with our newborn and toddler. We showed up right around check in (3pm) and we were told the room was not ready. Luckily my mom had already checked in the day before so we had a place to go and wait. The wedding was at 5 and at 4 I was told again the room was still not ready. I basically demanded a room telling the receptionist that I had to be at an event in an hour and I had two kids to get ready. She called her manager and he called around to housekeepers to see if a room was ready. They were able to get us in a room then, it was not next to my mom like I requested and I was super stressed getting us ready in such a rush. The rooms were nice very clean. The housekeeper on our floor was very helpful the next morning bringing us extra toiletries. We were going to have breakfast downstairs but the food looked and smelled gross so we left. On the plus side you had to have a room key to open and operate the elevator. Made me feel a little safer.

  • Stayed October 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

Terrific location just a couple blocks from the heart if Bethesda and the Metro station. Very nice rooms. Average bathrooms. Helpful and friendly staff. Unfortunately the pool is only open from 5-10pm on weekdays.
We really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Chanelle L, Director of Sales at Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your recent stay. Your feedback is very important to us and I'm glad you had the opportunity to experience our very attactive location to the metro and the many area restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda in the near future.

Thank you for your business.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for four nights for a business trip and had a good experience. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk (if that) to the Bethesda metro on the red line and is right in the center of a bunch of great restaurants and cafes. The room was relatively quiet except for rather noisy neighbors above us (try and get a room on the top floor to avoid this problem!) and was spacious. The only big negative was the bed- it was so uncomfortable! They tout having a "sleep number" like bed, but it was so hard even with it turned down to the softest setting. My shoulders and back ached when I woke up in the morning. The breakfast buffet was included in my rate and was okay. Be sure to arrive early in the morning otherwise you will be left with not a lot of selection. All in all, this was a good value hotel in a great location. If I ever needed to attend a conference in DC again I would definitely consider staying here again (despite the few negatives I pointed out.)

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Chanelle L, Director of Sales at Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Thank you very much for providing us feedback from your recent stay with us. I'm glad overall we was able to make you a satisfied guest beyond some of the items you mentioned. Our breakfast closes at 10am during the week and 11am on the weekends. If the food is being taken away prior to those closing times, than we will address that immediately. This feedback is very important to us as it allows us to make sure we are delivering excellent service consistently.Please feel free to contact me directly for any assistance with future reservations.

Thanks again for your wonderful comments and we look forward to your return.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

Made reservations here based on tripadvisor reviews. Big, clean room. Great location - walking distance to the Metro, restaurants, shopping, one quick Metro stop to Friendship Heights where there are more restaurants and shopping, and only 15 minute Metro ride to DC.Had an issue with the refrigerator and within 5 minutes of telling the front desk, someone was at our door. (The frig was fine.) The parking garage is next door, with an entrance into the hotel. And my favorite - no valet parking! At the last Bethesda hotel we stayed at we waited forever for our car, and it was damaged by the parkers. And the mattress had two firmness controls for each side, nice! Will stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chanelle L, Director of Sales at Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Thank you for providing us feedback in regards to your recent stay. I am glad to hear that your experience was a great one. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to DC in the near future. Please feel free to contact me directly with any assistance for future reservations.

Thank you for your business and we look forward to your return.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012 via mobile

Yes, it is cheap. It is clean(ish, more on that later). But really, that's about it.
We had no expectations and yet it managed to underwhelm us - this being my 21st hotel night in 2012 it had some competition.

1. Check in: I was not able to check us in while my husband was parking because we don't have the same last name. This is how we usually check in and it has never been a problem before that the name on my credit card is not the same.

2. It took my husband well over half an hour to park because of maintenance of the parking structure. He had to drive around and find the other entrance which was less than clearly marked.

3.Turns out the whole parking adventure was $15 plus tax. That info was not readily available when we booked.
Had we known that we would have chosen the deal for $10 more that includes breakfast and parking. But we didn't want the breakfast and thought the parking could hardly be more than $10 as we got there at 10pm on a Saturday night and were leaving at 9 am the following Sunday morning. We were wrong.

4. Though my husband eventually made it to the lobby, we still couldn't check in because the gentleman who had started our procedure had disappeared to look for an empty room for us. There were murmured explanations of a systems problem.

5. Close to 15 minutes went by. All in all check in lasted 45 minutes. We were offered water for our troubles.

6. Our room turned out to be part of a suite. The door between the rooms was less than sound proof and one could quite clearly hear what was going on in the other room.

7. The front desk neglected to inform us that our room was a wheelchair accessible room. Had we been informed we would have preferred another type of room.

8. The toilet had not been thouroughly cleaned (ok, ew).

9. The elevators seem to run less than smoothly, one of them didn't run at all in the morning.

10. To top it all off, we couldn't exit the parking structure because there was no record of our having paid for parking. Once again, we had to wait while this issue was straightened out.

So not really our best hotel experience.

Stayed April 2012
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Chanelle L, Director of Sales at Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Thank you for taking time to comment on your recent stay with us. I would like to sincerely apologize to you and your family for the poor experience you had with us. The day you checked into the hotel, which from what it sounds like was on a Saturday, was a quite challenging day for the hotel. Our computer systems crashed which was why it took longer than usual to check in to the hotel. Additionally, the management company for our parking garage was doing some preventive maintenance work on the pavements to ensure guest safety. With all these happenings taking place, we clearly failed to be proactive to make sure that you still enjoyed your stay with us. Beyond the technical issues we were having at the hotel, the most imporatant thing to us is to ensure guest satisfacton.

Please contact me directly to assist with any future reservations if you should return to the Bethesda/DC area. I would personally like to welcome you back to the hotel and ensure you are well taken care of.

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

This was a clean, friendly hotel in a good Bethesda location. It is an easy walk to the Bethesda metro station and many good restaurants. The sleep number beds were great. I appreciated the self-park but the garage is tight.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Chanelle L, Director of Sales at Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Thank you for taking time to share your comments with us. I'm glad to hear you had a great experience overall. Please feel free to contact me directly to assist with any future reservations.

Thank you for your business and we look forward to your return.
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Property: Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda
Address: 7301 Waverly Street, Bethesda, MD 20814
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Location: United States > Maryland > Bethesda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bethesda
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bethesda
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bethesda
#3 Business Hotel in Bethesda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC / Bethesda 3*
Number of rooms: 216
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A chic, sexy, and entirely new downtown Bethesda hotel near the Metro. The Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda. Only one block from the Bethesda Metrorail station and two miles outside Washington DC. Step inside and soak up an ambiance equally abuzz with urban energy. Adorned in glass, with artful lighting and sleek lines, the airy two-story lobby offers an inspiring alternative to the typical Bethesda hotels near the Metro. ... more   less 
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