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Need Advice Nearby hotels

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by hbaum44, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. hbaum44

    hbaum44 New Member

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    I'd like some nearby hotel recommendations. Any opinions on the Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites or Embassy Suites? Are there hotels closer to Broadlands than these?

    Thanks!
     
  2. JLC

    JLC Member

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    I like the Embassy Suites - the price, which is only around $100 on weekends, includes happy hour and a pretty nice breakfast.
     
  3. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    When my parents come up to visit, they always stay at the Embassy Suites on Waxpool. Clean, cheap, and Happy Hour and free breakfast...
     
  4. beahmer

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    What about the ALOFT and the other hotel off LC Parkway - might be a little closer
     
  5. loudgrowler

    loudgrowler New Member

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    Hi. No experience with the other places mentioned above, but we'd recommend the Marriott Residence Inn Dulles 28 in the Wegmans shopping plaza. Had a block of 9 rooms for out-of-towners coming to a party we had here and everyone said great things about the hotel, including the free breakfast, evening receptions, cleanliness, friendly staff, free/easy airport shuttle, convenient location and good selection of nearby stores & restaurants, etc...
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re...28_Centre-Dulles_Loudoun_County_Virginia.html
     
  6. Twinmama

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    My husband and I stayed at the Garden Inn when we were house hunting and it was very nice. Clean, reasonably priced and accommodating staff. My in-laws stayed at the Embassy Suites over Christmas and had no complaints (which, for them, is a raving review!) So I think you'd be good to go at either one.
     
  7. signifer

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    I travel a fair amount and have tried most of these hotels in other cities, so my comments are based on that, not the ones here.

    Generally they are trying to appeal to different groups, so that may influence the decision. Whether your guests have a car may matter too.

    The Residence Inn is owned by Marriott and aims at people who are staying for extended periods. The rooms are large and have a small kitchen with refrigerator and stove plus a counter or table to eat at. They also provide a hot and cold breakfast buffet and a Happy hour in the evening (usually wine and beer and some snacks) for no additional cost. They don't have restaurants. These tend to be quiet.

    Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn are owned by Hilton. Embassy Suites aims at business people. The rooms are generally 1 bedroom suites with a microwave and refrigerator. They also provide breakfast and a happy hour (manager's reception). Their breakfast has a hot/cold buffet as well as cooked to order (omelets, pancakes, eggs, etc). The happy hour is wine, beer, sometimes other choices, and snacks. They have a bar and restaurant. These tend to be quiet.

    I haven't stayed in a Homewood Suites.

    I'm not sure what group Hilton Garden Inn is after. The one I stayed in had rugby teams staying there. At the time, breakfast wasn't included. It was noisy. It didn't have a restaurant. I haven't tried them since, but probably will next month; people I (mostly) trust like them.

    Aloft is part of Starwood (Sheraton, etc). They are aiming at the young(er) crowd. The rooms are small but laid out in an open way and feel like European hotels. There is a bar downstairs that serves bar food and a place to buy prepackaged food. Surprisingly, I have found that while the bar area is noisy, the rooms tend to be quiet. (I like them ok, but prefer their sister chain, elements. Their goal is to have a relaxing atmosphere and I think they succeed. They are similar but a little larger, have a kitchenette area, and include breakfast and evening snacks. Sadly, there aren't any around here.)

    Having said all of that and given what I look for (mostly space with reasonable comfort and quiet) I would go for the Embassy Suites with the Residence Inn as second choice.

    Good luck.
     
  8. T8ergirl

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    Ridiculous story, but true....I put my mom (65) and her sister (73) at the Aloft last Thanksgiving. We're Starwood members and I wanted the points and it was $80 or something crazy cheap like that. We had to check them out and move them to the Hilton four hours later. They were just in total meltdown over the decor at the Aloft. They said it was like being in StarTrek. They could not get over it. The concrete floors. The platform beds. The large, walk in shower. The sliding doors. It literally had them so flustered they could not settle down. It was as if I'd sent them to the moon.

    The folks at the Aloft were great about it. They waved the cancellation penalty. I think they were glad to be rid of the two crazy old ladies who complained about everything!!
     
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    That's the cutest story!
     
  10. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    I am just happy they did not end up here!
     
  11. hbaum44

    hbaum44 New Member

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    T8ergirl - thanks for a great laugh!

    Thank you all for your opinions! It's a huge help :)
     
  12. pamD

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    FWIW, my sister really liked staying at the Homewood Suites with her kids.
     

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