Here's what's wonderful about this hotel: the location. Here's what very nice: 1 - the bedding 2 - the breakfast bar. Here's what's awful: 1- the oppressively loud and difficult to adjust room air conditioner; 2 -the parking -- you park in an adjacent parking garage and walk across a short skybridge into the hotel. Not terrible, except that we were there for a wedding and had the usual ton of luggage. There was no one to help, or even help us find a cart. A woman coming in alone at night probably wouldn't love it.
I do want to put in a good word for the location. If you need to stay in suburban maryland for some reason, take advantage of the opportunity to stay in downtown Silver Spring. There is a new, beautiful civic center, lots of interesting shops in walking distance (across from the hotel is a Whole Foods), and a classic movie theatre. Best of all, the redevelopment of Silver Spring that has occurred over the last decade or so has taken its inspiration from some refurbished art deco architecture (notably the move theatre), so the whole downtown has a look of a disney movie lot, except the people are real, the buildings authentic and they sell things that don't have ears printed on them. And it has a metro stop very near by that goes to downtown DC on the Red Line. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative to do some sightseeing in DC this isn't bad.
Clearly, the worst thing was the air conditioning unit -- old and clunky and impossibly loud. And I have to admit that I can't figure out why a hotel that clearly needs a conference/business clientele to survive hasn't just done ahead and gone for free wifi.
Finally, I bit more on the garage arrangements. This is a downtown hotel in a tight, landlocked situation, so you need to be a bit forgiving. They are taking advantage of an adjacent city parking garage, and have connected it to the hotel lobby (which is on an upper floor) through a short sky bridge. The problems are that there is no hint of this issue when you book, and when you arrive at the hotel entrance the only sign directs you around the corner. Unless you know you are supposed to enter a city lot, rather than a hotel garage, it is a challenge to figure out exactly where to do. Second, if you need help with luggage -- even someone to make sure you have a cart -- good luck. We did arrive later in the evening, so perhaps there is more assistance available in the day.
Last comment: the bedding was actually quite nice, and I would have rated the sleep comfort a lot higher had it not been for the air conditioner, which was so loud that it was hard to get to sleep.
- 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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