Hotel Name: Doubletree by Hilton (Update to review originally filed Dec. 15, 2008) Location: Bethesda, MD
The Room: The rooms at Doubletree by Hilton in Bethesda might be seen by some as slightly above average. While it appeared to be a standard Doubletree room, it seemed to have a little more space. There had been a recent remodel of the hotel that resulted in the benefit of 2 sinks (one just inside and one outside the bathroom) which could be great when sharing a room. Beds were very comfortable; configured the pillows, sunk right into them and was well rested for the drive home the next day. The room was equipped with a flat screen TV, single-cup coffee makers with *Wolfgang Pucks (*mentioned in video as Starbucks…oops!) coffee and a spacious area between the beds and the window to relax or work. More than adequate space and reasonably comfortable.
Service: Basic to Above Average. Love the warmed chocolate chip cookie you get at check-in, it’s a nice touch. The desk staff was quick getting me checked in with a smile, verified that my frequent guest points had been applied to my stay and directed me to the business center so that I could log-on and print out directions home (I drove from NYC). I also used room service for breakfast and the server was extremely cheery and set everything up nicely (I tipped nicely for a change).
Location: It may not be such a stretch to use this hotel as an alternative to the pricier inner-city hotels when visiting the Wasington DC area. While it’s a suburban hotel, the Downtown Bethesda Metro stop makes it easy to put yourself right in the heart of DC and it’s surrounding attractions. Bethesda itself has decent shopping and some nightlife (although if you’re willing and able, I’d recommend DC for both). If you’re in town for a wedding (as I was) or another event that’s actually IN Bethesda, the location is okay. Situated just on the outside edge of the downtown area, it’s a short hop to anywhere you’ll need to be.
Restaurant/Bar: The have a nice looking cafe but did all of my dining away from the hotel.
Lobby: With a 70’s grandeur-style (albeit updated) circular staircase as the centerpiece, the lobby serves more as a hallway out of the hotel than a place to relax or meet friends or relatives. The cafe is a nice place to sit and chat, but it’s design makes you feel a bit more like you’re just loitering if you’re waiting on someone. Otherwise a welcoming experience with no real complaints.
Overall: While just outside of the main downtown area of Bethesda, The Doubletree serves as a good mid-priced hotel for people attending events in the nearby area or want an alternative to the more expensive DC hotels without giving up the comfort. The feel of the hotel is more businesslike with an “express” style woven into the more traditional ballroom and buffet business model. My room was spacious, updated and comfortable and the service was above average. For the price, the Doubletree Bethesda delivered all that I needed…and a cookie.
Rating: 3 Hops (out of 5)
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