My husband and I live in DC, and went up to Frederick for a concert at the Cafe Nola (downtown Frederick). Though it's a little more than an hour's drive back to the city, we decided to get a cheap room for the night so we could enjoy the music with a few beers.
The location is not quite what one would expect, the surrounding neighborhood is largely residential. When we were driving there, I though my GPS was taking a roundabout route, but no. The plus side to this is that it's very quiet and relaxed, i.e. no drunk people making a ruckus outside your window. The main drag of Frederick IS walkable from there in nice weather (just about a mile), but since it was raining, we took a cab wherever we went.
When we checked in, the clerk was very friendly and welcoming. We had a small issue and needed to change the credit card on file, and they were happy to accommodate us. The lobby was clean and nicely furnished, with two "squishy chairs" in front of a flat screen (we put these to good use while waiting for our cab into town), this opened into the breakfast area complete with cereal dispensers.
Our room was comfortable. The bathroom had a shower and toilet tucked close together (it may have been about 12 sq. ft., with the shower taking up about half) and the sink was in the room, right across from the bathroom door. Kind of a weird set up, but not inconvenient. The living space of the room was much larger. In addition to the very cozy king-sized bed, there was a desk (with chair), another "squishy chair" (with squishy ottoman, yay!), mini fridge, coffee maker and the other accoutrement one expects from your basic hotel room. All in all, fairly pleasant.
In the morning, we went down for the Complimentary Continental Breakfast. Compared to most places, this was brilliant. They had bagels, pastries, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee and hard-boiled eggs (chilled). Sure, it's not a tree-egg omelet with toast and bacon, but it was plenty to get us moving, and it was far better than expected for an inexpensive hotel chain. There was an employee of the hotel refilling things as needed and cleaning tables as they cleared; again, this is far better than most continental breakfasts I have experienced.
When we checked out, we got a pleasant surprise. When we booked the room online, we were told the rate was $80 for the night. Our bill said $60. YAY! Needless to say, we gladly paid this amount. As a bonus, our trip back to DC only took 45 minutes, instead of an hour.
All in all, our stay at the Best Western Historic Frederick was quite nice. The only drawbacks were the odd set up of the bathroom/sink and the residential location. However, for $60 it was a great value, and we would gladly stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our charming Frederick, MD hotel is conveniently located off of 4 major highways and is just minutes from the downtown Frederick area. With room types for all your traveling needs including amenities such as, Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Complimentary High Speed Internet access and Complimentary Parking make a stay at our hotel both convenient and comfortable. ... more less
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