It was like two nights for the price of one: We arrived at Dulles on a redeye from the West Coast and the prompt Doubletree shuttle deposited us at the hotel just before 6 a.m. The gracious front desk staff permitted us to check in early, whence we slept five hours.
To get into DC, we took the hotel shuttle back to the airport, where we caught a bus that deposited us on the Mall an hour later. After a day of sightseeing, we caught the last bus back to Dulles. The hotel had told us to call for a shuttle pickup when we arrived at the airport, but by that time the shuttle driver had gone home for the night, so the manager on duty at the Doubletree told us he'd pick up the tab for our cab ride back to the airport. What great service THAT was!
The hotel is well constructed and well insulated, and we couldn't hear any outside noise that night. We slept very soundly, both thanks to the acoustics and to the awesome Simmons Beautyrest mattress. Hands down, it was the most restful sleep I've ever had at an airport hotel.
There's nothing fancy about the lobby and other common areas, but it's exceedingly clean. I have only one small gripe: we were unable to enjoy our breakfast outside on the patio because a handful of people were leisurely smoking from a hooka pipe, whose pungent fumes were drifting our way. There's really no designated nonsmoking area outside.
Other than that minor quibble, we had a great stay at an affordable rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sterling - Dulles Airport. Located 10 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), our hotel near Dulles airport offers a 24-hour, complimentary airport shuttle service. Enjoy a convenient location near Dulles Town Center shopping mall, Dulles Sportsplex and Dulles Golf Center. Set on the Dulles Technology Corridor, our hotel is within minutes of leading corporations including Orbital, Raytheon, Verizon, Rockwell Collins and Harris Corporation. Students will enjoy our proximity to the Virginia campus of George Washington University. Enjoy a warm welcome at this Sterling hotel with our freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Retreat to one of our 171 guest rooms boasting complimentary wired or wireless internet access. Our IAD hotel offers a relaxing base for exploring or working in Virginia. Unwind with drinks and dine on hearty cuisine at the restaurant and bar. Stay active at the fitness center and indoor pool or whirlpool spa. Connect with the office using our complimentary 24-hour business center. Take advantage of this hotel's location near the airport and 5, 000 sq. ft. of event space for business meetings, functions and weddings. Our hotel event space features an elegant ballroom, outdoor patio and the latest in A/V equipment. ... more less
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