The staff here are supremely helpful and give the personalized service more common in European boutique hotels. I had called ahead with a special request, and not only did they grant it... they recognized my voice at check in from the phone call and remembered who I was. They greeted me by name on several other occasions. Staff were very helpful explaining to my sister how to walk to the very nearby but rather hidden back entrance to the Metro. And they give you free bottles of water whenever you ask.
I also liked that there is a 24 hour pharmacy and many interesting local restaurant choices nearby. I felt safe walking around the area - it is very brightly lit. And the metro is so close that you can truly be at the Smithsonian museums less than 30 minutes after you were sitting on your bed.
There is even a breakfast room and a lobby that people actually relax an talk to each other in.
The only thing that kept me from giving 5 starts is that the hotel appearance is pretty dated. It was comfortable and clean, but shows its age -- like your favorite grandma's house. e pictures on its website definitely show it on its very best light .. when you pull up you'll wonder at first if you saw the pix 20-30 years ago in style.
For the price and convenience, and the personal touch, though, we will definitely stay here again. If you want hip and stylish, you'all be happier paying for the W or Sofitel. This place is as good as them, it just doesn't look (or cost) the part.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Golden Tulip Bethesda
- Bethesda Golden Tulip