I recently stayed at the Sheraton Premier at Tysons Corner, Virginia for my non-profit organization’s state convention. I checked reviews on the hotel from a couple of web sites before making my reservation. However, many of them did not contain useful information. Therefore, I will try to provide you with important, useful information you need to know. It is long so please bear with me.
I stayed at the Sheraton Premier on a Friday, Saturday, and checked out on Sunday. Overall, I had a pleasant experience. The front desk and housekeeping staff was very cordial and accommodating. My room was on the second floor which is actually the same level as the lobby. I had direct access to my room without the hassle of having to wait for elevators. It was located away from the ice machine, elevators, and the main thoroughfare from the lobby. There were restrooms conveniently located around the lobby and near the conference halls. The cost of the room for this area of Virginia I thought was very reasonable at $117.00 per night plus tax.
My room had two double beds and was very spacious. It looked and smelled fresh and clean. I believe the entire hotel is smoke-free. Ask to be sure. I loved the arm chairs with pull out foot rests. They were very comfortable. Most of the furnishings, i.e. tables, chairs, dresser, etc. appeared to be new. The room came with a large flat screen television (no channel guide).
There was ample closet space for clothes and luggage. The closet contained an iron, ironing board, a small safe, and a folding luggage rack. There was a coffee maker for coffee and tea with condiments but there was no bottled water. The room did not have a refrigerator or microwave. The ice machine was at the end of the hall. There was also a soft drink vending machine that accepted paper currency and credit cards. There was no price listed for the products. I did see some carpet stains in the hall carpet on the way to the ice machine. I did not however see any food trays left in the halls.
There were two electrical outlets built into the rear of the desk table which was very convenient for plugging in my computer and iPhone. There were other wall outlets around the room and one behind the night stand between the beds. I did not use the room Wi-Fi service so I cannot comment on that except that it was a separate charge if you wanted to use it in your room. There was free Wi-Fi service in the lobby.
Another nice feature was there were two telephones in the room. One was next to the bed and a second one on a table between the two arm chairs. If you plan to make telephone calls from your room please note that this service is very expensive. Local calls will cost you $1.50 per call plus $0.10 per minute. Toll free, credit card, and calling card calls will cost you$2.00 for the first 60 minutes and $0.10 per minute after that. Directory assistance is $2.50 per call. There was no telephone book in the room. Bring your cell phone!
The double bed was very comfortable with four pillows. The mattress was very firm. There was also a full length mirror on the wall adjacent to the bathroom. The room thermostat worked fine for both AC and heat. I did hear talking and noise from the hall but it was nothing that kept me awake later in the evening. I had a good night’s sleep each night.
While the subdued lighting and dark wood furnishings in the room gave it a nice ambience, the subdued lighting in the bathroom made it very difficult to shave. The bathroom did not have an exhaust fan but there was no sign of mold or mildew. There was soap, shampoo, etc. on the sink and in the shower. There were plenty of towels and wash cloths for my stay. There was also a hair dryer in the bathroom. The rain forest shower head was fantastic! The water pressure was great and there was no lack of hot water.
I when I registered I chose the “Make a Green Choice” option. This was an option to skip housekeeping in exchange for a voucher good for $5.00 off purchases in the restaurant. I did not receive the voucher. I did not pursue the matter with staff because I did not eat in the restaurant and housekeeping cleaned the room anyway.
As a volunteer, my organization does not reimburse me for any travel expenses. While I understand eating at restaurants in hotels is very expensive, I found the cost of meals at the hotel well outside my budget. In addition to the cost of a room service menu item, the hotel adds a 20% service charge, taxes, and a $3.00 delivery charge to the bill. So, an American breakfast at $21.00 ends up costing you $28.10 plus taxes. The hotel distributes the service charge among all employees. I am not recommending that you do not eat at the hotel; I am just advising you to be aware. I ate at local restaurants located in nearby shopping centers.
I also noted that there was no hotel services directory in the room other than a room service menu (that only contained breakfast items) and the telephone call information card. However, there was a Sheraton Welcome brochure in my convention packet that contained information about the hotel, local attractions, transportation, etc. There were Where Washington D.C. and Where Virginia bound colorful guest books containing information on cultural events and attractions, dining, etc. Please note also that there are very few places to eat within walking distance of the hotel. If you plan to eat out give yourself plenty of time Vehicle traffic in the area is often very heavy and congested. I found local drivers are impatient, drive very fast, and were often quite rude to other drivers.
Because of the convention, the parking lot around the hotel filled quickly. There was additional parking in the underground parking area. Please note. The underground parking area was poorly illuminated. There were dark, shadowy areas throughout the garage area even during the day. I felt very uncomfortable walking to the elevator from underground parking. Another interesting note was the parking garage elevator does not go to the lobby. It goes up to the ground level where you have to exit to the outside and then enter through the front entrance.
In spite of signs posted in the underground parking, there was not a daily $6.00 charge for parking. I confirmed this with the front desk. There was no mention of a parking charge on the hotel web site. I do not know if this was for that weekend or whether there the hotel no longer charges a fee for parking. If it is the latter, the hotel should remove the signs to avoid confusing guests.
It was a bit of a challenge initially finding the hotel due to road construction and a brand new Walmart in the same block. However, construction has been ongoing in this area for decades. I realize the hotel cannot control construction noise or congestion. Your best bet is to ask for a room on an upper floor or in the rear away from the major highway and construction.
The convention activity was an all-day and evening event both days so I did not have an opportunity to use the 24-hour fitness center, business center, or the pools. I did note that there is an indoor and outdoor pool.
My organization’s annual state convention will be here again next year and I look forward to returning. I would definitely recommend staying here to family and friends.
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