Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Review

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201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor MD
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Editor’s Review of Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Editor’s Rating 4/5 There's no doubt about it, a visit to the Washington, D.C. area offers an experience that's truly monumental. For a family escape close to Washington, D.C., the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, located in National Harbor, Maryland, is a full-service hotel that is also the only waterfront resort in the Washington, D.C. area. I recently visited Gaylord National with my family and thoroughly enjoyed the property's family amenities, which were within a short distance to the history and sites of Washington, D.C, Mount Vernon and Alexandria Virginia.

As the focal point of National Harbor, Gaylord National Resort is a popular destination in the Mid-Atlantic market. Family-friendly dining, entertainment, a
... more junior-Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool, shopping, outdoor fun along the riverfront and spectacular family special events are just part of the reason to plan a visit. And, within minutes, the museums, monuments and other exciting attractions -- many of which are free -- are also part of the fun. The setting on the Potomac River seems a world away from the urban hustle and bustle, but area attractions are within a short distance: 10 minutes to Old Town Alexandria, Va.; 15 minutes to the National Mall, U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian; 15 minutes Mount Vernon; and 20 minutes to Georgetown.

The resort takes advantage of its waterfront location by offering water taxi service to popular nearby destinations (Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown) as well as scenic cruise tours of the Potomac River -- all from the resort's private pier.

An added convenience is the Resort's connection to the attractions in the region with shuttle services running continuously to Old Town Alexandria (King Street Metro station), Washington, D.C, (Old Post Office and Union Station) and the area's three major airports. less

Our Editors Love
  • Potomac River setting
  • Summer and winter festivals
  • Indoor play area with splash fun
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  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The onsite fitness center is equally impressive. It is a 24-hour fitness center with sophisticated fitness equipment available, ... Get more Planning and Tips

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Gaylord National Resort has 2,000 guest rooms with both standard guest rooms and suites, which make great choices for a family stay. Rooms feature classical design influences inspired by the National Capital region, with views of the Maryland hillside, Potomac Riverfront and the resort's dramatic atrium. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs, high-speed, wireless Internet access, iPod docking stations, mini refrigerators stocked daily with two bottles of water, and sitting areas with coffee tables and an oversized sofa or chair. Standard rooms provide king or queen beds in 400 square feet of space, while 110 suites provide 800 to 2,800 square feet of space. Our junior suite, outfitted with nautical touches, included a sofa bed, so we had ... more plenty of room, as well as sleeping space for everyone.

For a little more bang for the buck, select one of the eight concept suites, expertly designed to feature their own signature color palette and custom furnishings; one of five hospitality suites, featuring classical designs with nautical touches; or one of six presidential suites featuring residential-inspired opulence. less
Family Reviews
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My husband had a conference at the Gaylord National resort. Reading online it looks like a great place for a family to go. While the atrium was beautiful which my girls loved, there was MUCH that did not go well for us. First off ... more
We have visted the Gaylord National for the past few years to stay and enjoy their holiday activities - especially the ICE! show. The kids love it. We always get a balcony room so we can watch the light show and the fountains ... more


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