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“Great Value for Long Weekend in DC” 4 of 5 stars
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Bethesda Court Hotel
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Bethesda
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Miami, Florida
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50 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Great Value for Long Weekend in DC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We've stayed at the Bethesda Court twice, both times for several days. It's a great location, just a block from the Bethesda Metro if you cut through the back parking lot instead of walking all the way up to Wisconsin Ave. (in which case it's an extra block). There are numerous restaurants within easy walking distance, a few within a block of the hotel. Rooms are well laid out and have a fridge and microwave.

The hotel's extended weekend rates (which we have taken advantage of both times) are a superb value. We've followed the advice of other Trip Advisor reviewers and have requested a third floor king-bedded room with a shower/bath when making our reservation. We have never had a problem with the cleanliness of the room. The king size beds are very comfortable. The management and front desk staff have always been friendly, dispensing bottles of water and chocolates upon our arrival and whenever else we have asked for them. The housekeeping staff doesn't seem to speak English and I have never been able to communicate with them beyond putting the "please make up the room" sign.

The self-serve breakfast (there's no actual restaurant) is best suited to people on the go--toast your own bagels and breads, cold cereals, yogurt, juice, a wide variety of tea for tea-drinkers. When we want a more varied a hot breakfast we go out for it. The Bethesda Court is reasonable enough even without the on site breakfast. The complimentary limo is catch-as-catch-can. They were very nice about picking us up upon our arrival at the Bethesda Metro Station but the limo is not always available when you need it, even when you have reserved it in advance. Have a "Plan B" just in case. When

The only reason I am giving it a 4 instead of a 5 have to do with very minor things that have nothing to do with the room. The elevator is small and sometimes slow, but that's not a huge problem since there are only 3 floors to the hotel and if you are able bodied, in a hurry and have no luggage with you, you can easily use the stairs even if you are on the top floor. The hallways of the upper floors (especially the third floor, since heat rises) can be a bit warm in summer, but once you are in the room the air-conditioning works great. Shower caps are not provided among the bathroom amenities, and if you bring your own disposable shower cap, as I did, don't leave it hanging in the bathroom or it may be thrown out by the maid, as mine was.

All in all, we really like the Bethesda Court and consider it our "home away from home" in the Washington DC area. It's going to torn down sometime in the next year or two and rebuilt along with the neighboring buildings, but until then, I would highly recommend it, and hope we get back to it while it is still in its current incarnation.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We paid almost $400 to say 4 hours in a "suite" that had a dirty toilet that hadn't been cleaned. The shower rod was broken and dangerous. The room also smelled like vomit in the entryway. The staff is very rude. When we called to discuss the dirty room and wanted to show him the photo evidence, he was abrupt and told us he was unwilling to make any concessions and we should let our credit card company handle the dispute. DO NOT STAY HERE unless you want to pay lots of money for a disgusting room!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

My girlfriend and I spent two weekend nights at the Bethesda Court while visiting the D.C. area. We chose this hotel through a Groupon offer that included the $15 parking fee, as it was so close to the Bethesda Metro Station, and we have friends who live in Bethesda.

I was a little apprehensive since I had never used Groupon for a hotel offer. So we were pleasantly surprised with our stay. The hotel while small in comparison to nearby hotels, had a comfortable and cozy lobby that was nicely appointed, and had a reading room feel to it. Our room was also cozy. It was clean and nicely furnished with a European aire to it. The bathroom was small, but very clean and also nicely appointed. The room had a flat screen TV, mini-fridge, microwave, iron and ironing board, and a room safe. A paticulary nice extra is the coffee maker in the room, which is a Keurig K-Cup. And there was a selection of K-cups from which to choose.

A continental breakfast is included with your stay. It is served in a small room off the lobby, which gets crowded quickly. But there is a beautiul courtyard outside the lobby where you can take your food to eat. The selection was typical for a continental breakfast: Coffee (Starbucks brand) and juice (orange and cranberry), an assortment of bagels with butter and cream cheese, hard-boiled eggs, some pastries, milk, yogurt, and an assortment of cereals.

Unlike a previous reviewer that found the staff unfriendly and no written information on places to eat in the area. We found the desk staff to be friendly and helpful. And there was all kinds of information on places to eat and things to do in Bethesda. All in all, we had a delightful stay and would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Troon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Spent a couple of nights here whilst golfing and sight-seeing in the D.C. area.

Comfortable clean room and the hotel is well placed for shops and restaurants.

The Metro station is a couple of blocks away and within 20 minutes or so you are in downtown D.C.

Only slight annoyance was being charged $15 a night for parking but I suppose it is considered a city hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

The Court Hotel was a nice surprise and the area had access to everything we needed. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newport, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I stayed here for three days with my girlfriend in August and had a great time. Luckily I had a couple friends in the area from college to point me to the good places to go because the hotel gives you basically no entertainment directory. There is a very nice shopping/dining area a couple blocks from the hotel that is not mentioned in their booklet that we found on the second day. P.S Go to the Mussel Bar! It is also conveniently located within walking distance of the Metro to DC. The service, however, is terrible. They have almost no accomodations and the showers for a 6'2" 195 lb man are pretttty tiny. Bring your own wine opener and glasses if you plan on popping a bottle open with your lady late-night because they certainly don't have any.

Also, on last day we went out for breakfast and specifically told the front desk we were NOT checking out. We got back well before the check out time and found our room keys to not work....they checked us out. We got new room key and discovered that they had cleaned the whole room...including the fridge with our Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Mussel Bar leftovers. Certainly not a good note to end on.

I went on a Groupon so it was a good value for the price. Would I stay there again? Probably not unless they had another groupon deal. There's plenty of better hotels in the area.

Also, no pool. Super crappy gym. The theater across the street they advertise about isn't even open and very limited parking space in their lot.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I stay there on a regular basis--very friendly and competent staff--clean-great location to walk most all ,of Bethesda--lots of restaurants and bars and stores and shops-in house breakfast-quiet garden terrace area courtyard

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Bethesda Court Hotel
Address: 7740 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-3522
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Location: United States > Maryland > Bethesda
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Bethesda
#6 Business Hotel in Bethesda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bethesda Court Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in a charming neighborhood outside of Washington DC, the Bethesda Court Hotel provides elegant European hospitality in an intimate, gracious environment. Enjoy the first-class amenities and accommodations of this stunning hotel, combined with the warmth and comfort of a traditional bed and breakfast. Few other Washington DC area hotels offer such an inviting experience. Consider our English boutique-style property as your private retreat - providing a quiet, comfortable haven just 8 miles from downtown Washington DC. Our premier Bethesda, MD hotel is ideally located just two miles from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and National Institutes of Health.Or set out and explore the exclusive shops and restaurants within blocks of our front door. Conveniently two short blocks away from the Red Line's Bethesda Metro Station, nine miles away from Union Station train station, & 11 miles away from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Truly a gem among DC area hotels, the Bethesda Court offers the timeless elegance of another era in an exquisite setting. ... more   less 
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