from Boston, Massachusetts
Submitted on 03-07-2016
I stayed at this hotel for a wedding, and it fit the bill perfectly. When I arrived at the hotel, I pulled into the entryway, but there was no one to greet me or tell me where to park. I eventually pulled into the pickup and drop-off area and got out. There was an employee who spotted my puzzled look and said that if I was checking in, it was fine to park where I was until I got a room key. I think they could benefit from bigger signs in regards to parking, but it was not a hassle, just somethin...
I stayed at this hotel for a wedding, and it fit the bill perfectly. When I arrived at the hotel, I pulled into the entryway, but there was no one to greet me or tell me where to park. I eventually pulled into the pickup and drop-off area and got out. There was an employee who spotted my puzzled look and said that if I was checking in, it was fine to park where I was until I got a room key. I think they could benefit from bigger signs in regards to parking, but it was not a hassle, just something good to know ahead of time. If you are hotel guest, the room key gets you in and out of the parking lots. Because I was staying for a wedding, parking was free, but normally it is about $16 per day, which is not outrageous, but they really could include it with your stay.
Check in was simple and easy. The woman at the front desk was extremely friendly. She asked me what kind of room I wanted (king or two double beds), where I wanted it (low floor/high floor) and location (close or far from the elevator). I was quite impressed by this, I have stayed in much more expensive hotels that do not provide this type of service. I was able to chose a king room on a high floor, far from the elevator (which was nice and quiet).
The hotel has recently undergone a renovation so the whole place has a classy modern feel. Strait lines and soft white lighting abounds, but there was enough accented wood to give it an inviting feel.
My room was lovely. Completely modern, and every inch of space was planned with care to maximize the living space in an average sized room. It was a bit hard to find some of the light switches at first because everything was so intuitive. If you are used to fumbling around looking for the switch to the lamp, hidden under the desk, or in some strange place, just pause and think, where would I want it to be, and there is is.
Right on entry into the room there is an open storage area with a long clothes rack with lots of hangers. It was a nice touch that they were all suit ready wooden hangers, and not those weird ones that are designed to prevent people from stealing them. It is nice to enter a hotel room and see that they trust you.
One tip, if you are looking for the iron, it's to the left of the closet area in a sleek wooden cupboard. It took me a few minutes to find it because the entire room is designed to maximize space. A look at the cupboard might have you thinking, as it did me, that the cupboard must be decorative, it's too small for an iron and ironing board. It was not. The iron and board were easy to take out, set up, and put away.
The bathroom is decently sized. It is not palatial, but has a tub-size stand up shower. The water pressure was amazing and the temperature was not super-sensitive so it was easy to make an adjustment without freezing or burning yourself. It was a nice change from so many other hotels where one millimeter to one side or the other and its either ice cold or scalding hot.
There is a coffee maker in the room, with decent coffee in single use pouches. It's about as easy to use as a Keurig, and there is a little instruction card in front so it should be mostly idiot-proof. There is also a mini-fridge, should you feel the need to store some leftovers.
The bed was extremely comfortable with soft, high thread count sheets and medium firmness pillows. There was a single outlet on each side of the bed. I bring a travel power strip as I have at least two devices I like to charge on the nightstand, but for most people the one should do fine. The room is equipped with a large flat screen TV and a small desk where you could sit and get some work done. They could have gone with an office-style chair if they really wanted to make it work friendly, but the chair provided was comfortable. There was not much of a view out the window, but there were full blackout curtains, and being a light sleeper, I appreciated this feature.
The best feature in the room was the chaise lounge next to the wall beside the bed. It faced the TV and had a sturdy movable TV tray over it so I was able to sit in the lounge, eat some room service while watching TV. It was also a nice place to sit with my laptop on the tray and get some work done.
Wifi was not included, it was about $15/day for high speed, $12 for low speed. I think that internet really ought to be included, but most hotels do not include it, so this was standard. A nice perk was that the high speed wifi was actually high speed. I have stayed a so many places where I paid for high speed, but I could not watch Netflix or another streaming service without it stopping every few minutes to buffer. No issues here, there was always enough bandwidth to stream HD content, which was a nice plus.
The hotel has one restaurant open all day, serving American style food from 7am-12pm. You can also get room service. You can call in for take out from the restaurant or they will bring it to your room. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was good, nothing special, but above average for hotel restaurants. I would give it 4/5 stars. It had enough choices that I did not feel I had to go somewhere else if I wanted a decent meal.
There is a large fitness center with many different machines, I did not get a chance to use it, but everything looked new and well maintained. Same for the pool, it looked nice and people reported to me that it was nice, but I did not personally check it out.
In all, it was a great hotel and would definitely be my first choice the next time I am in Bethesda.