The Comfort Inn in Springfield VA is ideally situated for a visit to Washington without the need to pay the confiscatory District of Columbia lodging prices and taxes. It comes down to a combination of the nearby presence of the Metro rail system and a free hotel shuttle van to make the one-mile trip to the train station and back again. When combined with the 7-Day "Short" Trip Metro rail pass at a flat $35 for non-rush hour travel, it's no wonder that the Springfield hotels host a significant number of sightseers who wish to spend up to a week in the nation's capital city. At the Comfort Inn, the daily "all in" price works out to a bit less than a hundred bucks a night with free hot breakfasts if your stay includes a weekend at the lower price point than the
The facility itself was in good condition with comfortable beds although most of the pillows were too flat. But with four from which to choose per bed, the problem was not insurmountable. The shower had an excellent head with superior water pressure and plenty of hot water. The shower curtain was on a "bow" rail which permitted plenty of room to turn around without the curtain making skin contact and metallic tabs held the lower edges in place. Housekeeping did an outstanding job of replenishing towels on a daily basis and fully stocked the linens for four patrons even when there were only two in the room. Touches included ruffled facial tissues and wash cloths as well as freshly made beds throughout the stay along with fresh soap and shampoo.
The free Comfort Inn hot breakfast menu included a warm egg dish such as omelet or scrambled eggs with sausage or another equivalent side dish as well as yogurt, cereal, toast, raisin bread, pastries, fresh fruit, fruit juices and the ubiquitous coffee containers. I'd rate the spread as average by comparison with other Comfort Inn locations since the prepared eggs showed a bit of their age in the warming bin by 8:30AM. The plates and utensils were of the disposable type and several of the tables required wads of napkins under the feet to keep them from tipping and spilling drinks.
Front desk staff members were very attentive and friendly and clearly took their customer relations responsibilities seriously. On two out of six nights, freshly baked cookies made their appearance around 7PM on the counter. Coffee was always available in the lobby and plates, utensils and napkins were present in the breakfast area during non-serving hours to make it more convenient to consume takeout food in the room. This was further enabled by the
presence of a small refrigerator and microwave in the room.
On the subject of external food, a delicatessen across the street provided reasonably priced fare on a takeout or eat-in basis with very friendly owners. There was a restaurant across the street for more substantial fare. The saving grace was a Target with a full supermarket on the lower level, about the distance of three city blocks away.
Back in the room, the television set was a bit of an anachronism, featuring a vintage Zenith 27-inch cathode ray picture tube in the old 4:3 format but at least it was in color. Obviously, the set did not have an HDMI input for use in connection with a laptop computer to create an instant "big screen" DVD player.
As noted earlier, the key reason for staying in Springfield was due to the presence of the nearby Metro rail station and the available free hotel shuttle service. While three of the shuttle drivers did an excellent job of arriving in timely fashion for pickups at both the hotel and Metro station locations, the fourth driver was "missing in action" on several occasions. This required repeat phone calls to the front desk for service to the point where senior hotel management became involved to eventually resolve the issue.
The other area of concern involved the hotel fire alarm system. On a Saturday night at 11:15PM, a youthful hotel guest reportedly pulled the public alarm lever in the hallway which resulted in 15-minutes of wailing bells and computerized voice announcements to evacuate the hotel. This continued until the fire department truck arrived to turn off the alarm. The very next morning at 6:45AM, the same thing happened again! This time, the front desk said it was the result of excess smoke during the preparation of breakfast. Then, it was announced via flyers that the fire department was going to test the fire alarm klaxons on Tuesday morning, making it the most "alarming" stay we had experienced at any lodging facility. However, the formal test was cancelled.
It should be noted that the fire alarm incident of Saturday evening was not caused by a student on a Washington DC field trip. During our stay, there were numerous student groups staying at this Comfort Inn and they were well behaved. However, the place was not as quiet as a church, and the judicious use of foam earplugs was necessary to make hallways noise vanish. The earplugs also came in very handy on the Metro rail system, which had its shares of high-pitched whining sounds along the route, most notably in the subway sections.
Finally, Internet connectivity at the Comfort Inn was reasonably speedy although the login procedure was a bit laborious but not unreasonable. The public area in the lobby had two computers with a shared printer for airline boarding pass printing. One of the desktops worked. The other one was inoperable but the evening maintenance person was on the scene within minutes to work on getting it back into operation again.
Conclusion? This was a decent Comfort Inn and on the basis of location alone presented a satisfactory solution for a Washington DC stay for the purpose of sightseeing. In addition, the 12 Noon checkout time made it convenient for an afternoon departure from Washington National Airport, only a half-hour ride up the Metro Rail "Blue Line" from the Springfield VA terminus.
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- Comfort Inn Springfield
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