My wife and I stayed about 4 weeks on business and travel with our 2 dogs.
Our room was on the second floor, facing the parking lot. The view was not great, and the floors are thin, so we could hear the guests overhead walking and running around. The front desk switched us to a new room as soon as one opened up on the 4th Floor, facing the trees to the back. Much better.
There is a 3/4 miles walking trail adjacent to the hotel, which was great for the dogs, and several restaurants and shops within walking distance as well. We liked that the California Tortilla, Panera, Five Below, and Starbucks are so close. Sears Auto, Best Buy, small-ish Macy's round out the big stores.
The fitness room is kinda sad with little natural lighting and OK equipment. It was a good thing the weather was good, so we could run and walk around the lake.
The channel line-up is mediocre, unless you like sports channels: there are 7 of them!
Wi-Fi is so-so. I travel with an Airport Express and make my own network. In theory this should be faster, but either way, Netflix shows have to buffer a couple times, and movies take forever to load.
The hallways always smell like what guests are cooking, and unfortunately, everyone likes to cook stinky food, like curry or boil crabs. Yuck. But the smells never got inside our room.
I would definitely second others' reviews about long-term guests congregating outside to smoke and talk. My wife and I like our peace & quiet and privacy, and it seemed some of the guests wanted to make friends.
Easy access to the highways, and you're about 45 minutes from the National Mall.
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