We have family in Silver Spring and travel there regularly; we had stayed at a couple of different hotels and decided to give this one a try. The hotel is modern, clean, and convenient to everything. Easy walk to all shopping and restaurants. (Note that the parking garage is actually on Wayne Ave and sort of behind the hotel - we came in from the wrong direction and had to circle the block a couple of times before we figured it out- but after the first time it was easy.) Desk, housekeeping and service staff are uniformly friendly and cheerful. We could often hear noise from the ice machine when we were out in the hall, but our room seemed well-soundproofed and quiet. Accommodations and staff get an A.
Only downside was the food - breakfast, coffee, and snacks are all at the "Bistro" in the lobby - and mostly seem to consist of prepackaged food items that the staff heats in a microwave. There are some bagels and oatmeal in the breakfast selection, but the eggs etc seemed pretty unappetizing. My husband must keep a gluten-free diet, and there was little there that he could eat. Fortunately the Whole Foods is right across the street. And bonus points go to the staff at the Bistro who were at least informed enough to know that nothing was gluten free, instead of giving us that deer-in-the headlights look that we sometimes get when we ask.
In response to a previous traveler's comment - the complimentary coffee is available at the Bistro- you just have to know to ask for it specifically, because it comes out of a different pot from the coffee that they sell (presumably it is not as good coffee.) This seems like a cheap move, and also unnecessarily complicated.
So, on the balance- pretty decent place. Accommodations definitely better than other places we have stayed; food not so much. We would probably stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard hotel in Silver Spring, MD, is located in the middle of an exciting new mixed-use redevelopment project encompassing four city blocks in the heart of Downtown. This inside-the-beltway hotel offers everything you need to work and play, including free high-speed internet access, iPod docking stations, luxury bedding and an array of business services. Located just across the street from Discovery Communications' worldwide headquarters, this Silver Spring, Maryland, hotel is readily accessible by car and mass transit, and is recognized as a vibrant addition to the community. Guests will enjoy a bounty of retail, dining and entertainment opportunities- all within easy walking distance from our downtown Silver Spring hotel. Some of the major corporations and businesses nearby include the American Film Institute's Silver Theater, Round House Theatre, Discovery Communications, FDA, NOAA, Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and Walter Reed Hospital. We look forward to you welcoming you to our hotel suites in Silver Spring, Maryland ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Silver Spring Downtown Hotel Silver Spring
- Silver Spring Courtyard
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