I’m beginning to alter my hotel selections since I’m no longer gunning to earn elite status in any one particular chain (sorry, Hilton). And earlier this year I spent two nights at the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites.
It’s a property I hadn’t been back to in a decade, and with a $50 off discount code from a United Hotels promotion, my two nights cost a total of $128. Well, that is before I spent $12.95 on Internet access for a 24-hour period.
According to the very friendly front-desk agent when I checked-in, the rooms had recently been renovated and she quickly handed me a key for my 1-bedroom/king suite.
Unlike some other all-suite properties whose rooms are rectangular with the bedroom in back, this room was effectively a giant square. The furnishings in the living room definitely showed their youthfulness, though I found that olive colored chair pictured above a bit stiff for my liking. The sofa was a touch softer.
A closer look at the wet bar revealed a mini-fridge in the cabinet, along with coffee, tea and an ultra expensive bottled water that I didn’t touch up top.
Heading into the T-shaped bathroom, I found a standard tub/shower and toilet, along with a decent sized sink area. A dual-door closet is directly behind the sink as shown in the mirror’s reflection below.
The bedroom seemed awfully cramped with a (very comfy) king bed, so I can’t imagine how much space exists for the rooms with two doubles.
It’s a solid property and to be brutally honest, the main reason I like it is for the attached Worldgate Centre, complete with a Starbucks, Subway and T.G.I. Friday’s as mainstream food outlets, along with more interesting Thai, Indian and other dining options. Plus, the 9-screen AMC movie theater and health club are perfect to dwindle away any boredom being “stuck” at a near-airport hotel.
Shuttle service to/from Dulles runs from 5:00 a.m. to midnight. The Washington Dulles Marriott Suites is a category 5 property in the Marriott Rewards program, requiring 25,000 points per night (or 20,000 points if you can book a PointSavers reward).
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