In case you have the misfortune of going there, here are a few tips:
1) The rooms are small (because bathrooms used to be shared--one per floor, so when they added bathrooms into each unit, the units became "micro-hotel" style rooms) so do try and get out about, if the weather permits. If you're claustrophobic, it might be a problem.
2) There's about a three inch gap between the bottom of the door and floor, so you'll want to block it with towels in order to shut out excess light and get rest at night.
3) Heating/air conditioning units are quite loud. They bubble and clank constantly (I thought mine was malfunctioning, and had maintenance check it. Nope. They are supposed to be that loud). If you can stand to have the HVAC off at night, you might get rest.
4) The water made myself and many, many of my coworkers ill. I recommend buying bottled water in town when you arrive.
5) The food is very low quality, and not fresh. Several people in my group were nauseated by most of the dishes served, and were reduced to eating salads and picking through a few other items.
Side Note: The cafeteria is only open at certain times, including the beverage cages.
If you want to eat, or drink anything other than tap water, you have to get down to the cafeteria on time. Which means: NO sleeping in on weekends.
6) Cell phone reception is only good in the guestrooms, outdoors, and in the periphery of the buildings. The entire complex is cement, so you won't get reception in most of the meeting rooms or really anywhere inside the buildings. You need to be near a window or outside.
7) There are a few options for doing laundry at this facility. If you use their dry cleaning service, it's VERY expensive. If you want to use the coin laundry rooms, there is one in the north building with 3 washers and 3 driers, and the same thing in the south building. The complex has 2 buildings, housing a total possible capacity of 900 people. 6 washers total, 6 driers...for 900 people. You get where this is headed, right?
8) The free internet provided is plug-in only--no WIFI.
9) There were bugs in my room at times. Many others had the same complaint. Also, I highly recommend checking your mattress for bedbugs upon arrival.
10) Getting away from the facility is difficult and expensive, unless you have (or rent) your own vehicle. The place is isolated on a lot of acreage, and walking to anything becomes a huge task in bad weather. A simple ride to the Dulles Airport from the facility (12 miles) is $20 by NCC shuttle, and $30+ by cab.
In all honesty, the staff members are very friendly. But, if something breaks down, don't expect it to get fixed quickly. And if you want to do ANYTHING (drink a bottle of water provided by the facility, have them hook up a gaming consul in your room, buy toothpaste in the gift shop ), if it's run by/owned/connected to the facility, expect to pay through the nose.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The National Conference Center focuses on one thing: hosting meetings, conferences and training. So whether you need to engage and inspire 18 or 1800, count on The National to provide great learning facilities and a green operation, along with an experienced conference staff and event planners to create an exceptional experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The National Hotel Leesburg