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American Inn of Bethesda
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

This hotel doesn't offer many thrills but is within a ten minute walk from Bethesda Row. I stayed here 4 nights and was quite thrilled that they offerred free overnight parking (when available) and free breakfast. They also have a small pool on site and the staff - from the breakfast room to the front desk to the parking attendent - were all quite nice. There is a restaurant attached to the hotel which was a great place to dine as well.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Hi, Well this is not a review since I just booked this hotel for August. I just have a quick question, the hotel looks perfect for us but can someone tell me how the pool is? While my youngest daughter will be attending the Youth Leader Conference, my oldest daughter and I will be sight seeing and relaxing, and we love to relax around a pool. I can't find any pictures of it, can someone give me a quick review of their pool? Thanks!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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xxx8310, General Manager at American Inn of Bethesda, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

Good Aftenoon,
Our hotel pool is open every day (depending on the weather) from Memorial Day Saturday to Labor day. The pool has a sun deck, plenty of chairs and a life guard on duty at all times. Photos of the pool will be on the website this summer. If you have any other questions or need additional information, please email me at americaninngm@baywoodhotels.com. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!!

Dan Appolonio, CHA
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

This was my fourth time staying at this hotel. My reasons for returning was that I received sufficient services at the best price in the area. I would feel confident staying here again, because my experience each time seems to match the previous. I know that I can anticipate a clean room that meets my needs. Plus, they offer the free internet and free breakfast.

This was the cheapest visit that I have ever paid for this hotel. I prepaid through Priceline and got an amazing deal. (Approximately $40-70/night less than they advertise on their website and at the front desk.) This made my visit an amazing bargain!!!

Being that I prepaid for the room this time, check in and out was extremely quick. In fact, the hotel did not even request a credit card for anything additional. The front desk was friendly and even willing to assist with a few questions and needs that I had.

While I found the front desk to always have good communication skills, I did have a conversation with a cleaning woman and honestly, I have no clue what she wanted. I had returned to my room mid-morning when they were doing their cleaning rounds and had only intended to stay a brief moment to grab something that I forgot. The cleaning woman stopped me in the hall to ask me a question. (I am guessing something with cleaning my room.) My answer was that yes, I would like someone to come in clean and I continued into my room. She then left the room that she was cleaning and entered my room behind me and asked something else. Again, I have no idea what exact information she was trying to obtain. But I told her that I would be gone in five minutes and she returned to finish the room that she was working on. When I returned, the bed was made and I assume that she did a wipe down of the room. I can only assume that I answered her questions correctly.

The TV situation was similar to the previous visit in that there were a variety of channels to choose from. The TV did occasionally make a buzzing noise, but it was not too bad. The internet was still free (which many of the hotels in the area do not offer.) I had trouble accessing it my first night, but during the remainder of my stay it seemed to work fine. The temperature control system remained the same (the hotel is either being all cooled or all heated.) The heat was on this time and it was not the fastest system, but it did get the room to a satisfying temperature. However, it was a bit more loud than I preferred. Worse was that the neighbor's system was even more annoying.

The extra blanket mentioned in my previous post was there and available and much appreciated. I found the bed to be quite comfortable and I actually slept quite well every night. The hot water was plentiful, but still very slow.

I once again avoided their free parking and used the public garage behind the hotel. I had no issues with this.

Breakfast was similar to my previous visits. They did add breakfast sandwiches, which was an excellent touch in that one could easily take this to go. While the staff did keep the area clean and stocked, they did not really interact with anyone.

If I need to return to the area, I will likely consider the American Inn again. Being that I tend to stay at budget hotels, this has always been the best bargain in the area.

Room Tip: If you are able to prepay, do look at Priceline to see if you can get a better deal!
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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xxx8310, General Manager at American Inn of Bethesda, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2012

Thank you again for being a return guest who enjoys their stay! I have shared your comments with the staff so they can see just how we are doing each day. We as a team always like to see feedback from our guests so we can continually improve our performance. If you have any additional comments or concerns please email me directly at americaninngm@baywoodhotels.com. We hope to see you again in the future!!

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Reviewed March 30, 2012

We found this hotel to be clean and reasonably convenient to downtown DC via Metro. It's advertised as only four blocks from the nearest station and that is true. However, they are four pretty long blocks. The lobby leaves a lot to be desired and I was assured by the manager that it's due for refurbishing. Fortunately, the rooms have already been redone. Our room was small but comfortable and quiet. Bed was good, TV worked fine, free WI-FI was fast, bathroom was new; plenty of hot water; desk staff friendly and helpful. So, all in all, for the very reasonable price I can only say we were quite satisfied.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

First the bad: The website said they had a gym on site, they do not. They don't even have one off-site. There is A gym nearby you can pay to go to, or use the public bike/jogging path about a 1/4 mile away.

Parking is also rough, there is limited space at the hotel and extra nearby, but can be a hassle.
it's a 1/2 mile walk from the Metro (subway). It's not bad during the day if it's warm, but can be a bit scary if you don't like walking alone at night

The towels were small and thin, but standard budget hotel. We also requested a queen size bed/room but only got a full (though we were not charged for the queen size).

Now the good: great value, clean rooms, actually nice and helpful staff. Free breakfast in the morning was fresh and tasty. Taxi service was quick when we needed it.

We arrived well before check-in, and our room was not ready yet. This was our fault, but they offered us a different room (2 beds instead of 1) if we wanted to take it now with no price increase. We deferred and they held onto our luggage for the day. The room has a mini fridge (not stocked with over priced candy) so we could put our own food there. They also gave us a welcome bag with free metro passes, water, candy, etc.

It was a bit of a hike to the metro but I would absolutely stay here again, though I'd bring my own towel.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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