Hotel Review: Washington Dulles Marriott Suites

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.

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Dulles Marriott Suites living room

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Dulles Marriott Suites view to bedroom

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Dulles Marriott Suites entry and wet bar

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.

Dulles Marriott Suites wet bar

Dulles Marriott Suites wet bar

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.

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Dulles Marriott Suites bathroom entry

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Dulles Marriott Suites bathroom sink

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.

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Dulles Marriott Suites king bed

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Dulles Marriott Suites bedroom TV

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.

Courtesy: Worldgate Centre

Courtesy: Worldgate Centre

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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Comments

    • @Jane: Well, yes… the non-suites “Washington Dulles Airport Marriott” is closer (basically on airport property). There’s always some confusion by passengers awaiting the shuttles at Dulles as both read “Marriott,” so I understand. The Suites property in this post is a bit further away, though very close to Dulles and has the complimentary transportation to/from the airport leaving from the same pick-up location at IAD.

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