Got this hotel for an excellent $95 on Priceline in early August, though the additional costs I'll incur by the end of my stay will make it a bit less of a value.
First of all, yes, $45 + tax for valet parking. Seeing no reasonable alternatives in the area, I took it. So, now I'm in a $150 room. The valet was very friendly, but a bit of a bull in a chinashop, almost dumping some of my belongings while pulling my bag out. Like many hotels, the outdoor and indoor staff are separate, which is fine, except that the outdoor guy just left my bags on the cart in the middle of the lobby, 20 yards from registration - rather than making sure he gave it to the bell captain inside to watch over while I checked in. Very easy for someone passing through the huge atrium entry to grab my computer and be on their way. I went and pulled my bags off the cart and took them to registration with me.
The registration desk was circular rather than linear, which looked cool but made it difficult to figure out which person to go to. I imagine when the hotel is busy the registration could get quite chaotic. The woman who checked me in came from behind the desk to get my attention and was great. Very welcoming, and gave me the double-double room I wanted rather than the king with no problem.
The hotel is brand new so the rooms are nice and reasonably spacious for a conference hotel. Comfortable beds, flat screen TV, club chair with ottoman, nice desk space, coffee maker. No complaints with any of that.
Outside the room the hotel has nice bars and restaurants in the hotel, but $19 for 2 eggs, meat and potato in the lobby restaurant - obviously a hotel designed for people not paying their own expenses. It is by the convention center after all. Fortunately, you're just a couple of blocks from (the modest by NY/SF standards) "Chinatown" where you can find places to eat and the coolest Walgreen I've ever been in.
Free wi-fi in lobby, $13/night in room.
If I could just find a way to avoid the $50+ valet charge, this would have been a 4 star stay for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the city in style from our CityCenterDC hotel. Conveniently located near Penn Quarter, CityCenterDC, and the Verizon Center, our hotel makes it easy to explore the city's best attractions. Guests enjoy direct access to the Convention Center via an underground concourse connection. With more than 105,000 square feet of event space offering 54 breakout rooms, a grand lobby with an atrium skylight, and five retail and restaurant outlets on the ground floor, our Washington, DC convention center hotel is poised to be the city's next great social hub. Be among the first to experience the vibrant Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, a distinctive addition to the Nation's Capital. ... more less
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