The Courtyard is fine for the price but nothing special. The rooms are clean and relatively quiet, the staff tries to be friendly, there is a small gym and it is reasonable well located. Nothing stands out but if you get a good price it is fine.
As others have noted, the rooms are recent renovated and are clean. In my room the tv was oddly positioned so it was difficult to change channels from the bed. It was surprisingly quiet for the city, an advantage of the property being mid-block on a quiet street and not on a busy corner. The towels are not as nice as most hotels these days, nor are the toiletries—small bottles which are difficult to get the shampoo or conditioner out of.
The downside of being on a quiet street is that taxis are not as easy to come by. They also don’t queue up outside as they do at larger hotels in the city.
The health club is nice with four treadmills, each with their own tvs and a large tv on the wall. There were always fresh towels in the gym, but surprisingly the water was empty each of the three mornings I was there. The location is close to the mall and that is a nice place to run if the weather cooperates.
One of the items I found lacking was the treatment of Marriott rewards gold members. At most Marriott properties gold status comes with something extra—access to a concierge floor, free breakfast, or a worse, free snacks at check-in. When I made a reservation on the phone with a Marriott agent, I was told this property too offered free breakfast. At check-in I was told otherwise. It is not a big deal, but it is odd that the fancier hotels in the chair offer nice benefits and the Courtyard does nothing. (That has not been true at other Courtyards.)
There is a small café in the lobby. The food is ok but relatively expensive for what you get—you are better off going outside. There is a Starbucks right on the corner and a Subway next door that offers the same (fresher) breakfast sandwiches as the café.
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- Make the most of your business or leisure trip in the nation's capital when you choose Courtyard by Marriott Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, one of the most innovative Foggy Bottom hotels Washington, D.C. has to offer. The new state-of-the-art lobby provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests and a welcoming atmosphere unique among Foggy Bottom hotels near George Washington University. You'll also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout this DC Foggy Bottom hotel, and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Plus, our well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at Courtyard by Marriott Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than at other hotels in Foggy Bottom near Metro. ... more less
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