We chose to stay at Sleep Inn after reading the reviews here. The reviews weren't quite as important as the fact that the Management took the time to address each concern on this forum in a reasonable and thoughtful way. This fact assured me that if we ran in to any problems they cared enough to correct it.
I booked on- line and wanted 2 queens, non smoking. We were going to stay 4 days. At the time I booked those accommodations were not available the first 2 days. After reading some complaints about noise I did what the manager had advised someone to do- to let them know they preferred a quieter area. So in the on-line requests I let them know I really wanted 2 queens, non- smoking in a quiet section. When we arrived I was rather surprised that our room was just that! We were on the 3rd (top) floor, away from the elevators and down at the end away from traffic. There was a youth soccer team staying there and we never heard doors, voices, or anything. Noise was never a problem. In fact I noticed signs posted reminding sport groups guests/chaperones of expected behaviors and rules , so they obviously make efforts to control the youth groups. The rooms were clean, comfortable. The over sized walk in shower was great with lots of hot water and great water pressure. There is a refrigerator and hair dryer. Each day we returned to a clean, fresh room. The staff were all pleasant and helpful.
The prices of hotels anywhere close to DC are very expensive. We were very pleased with our rate-$75.00 for weekend and $84.00 for week day (AAA discount). Checking in and out was easy and my bill was correct.
Now, the advantage of staying here to use it as a base to see DC. The Shady Grove metro station is close by (but not within walking distance) and is the only way to get around the city. We used the hotel shuttle to take us to the Metro station twice and we also drove and parked at the Metro twice. The shuttle was convenient, but when we thought we might be late we drove and left our car. The parking was free on the weekend and $4.75 during the week. We purchased all day passes at Metro and that was $9.00 each.
You can ride all day and transfer as much as you need. Shady Grove is the the last station north of DC. It took us about 20 mins to ride in to the city. I was a bit worried about using the metro after dark but the hotel staff assured me it was safe and I soon realized it was in fact very safe.
There is a decent, reasonably priced steakhouse close by- Bugaboo Steakhouse. You can get appetizers, wings, etc in a fun atmosphere. The decor is a Canadian hunting lodge with lots of moose heads,etc.
So to sum it up- if you are looking for an inexpensive, clean, comfortable,safe place to stay while seeing our Nations Capital............don't hesitate.