by Amanda Geronikos
The Bethesda Marriott offers upscale accommodations in Bethesda, Maryland, close to restaurants and shopping. The hotel is also convenient to all the attractions in Washington, D.C., about a half-hour away.
Opt for a guestroom with one king or two queen beds, or spring for a suite with a king bed and living area with a sofa bed. Guests of suites, Club level guestrooms and Executive King rooms enjoy access to the M Lounge, where complimentary breakfast, snacks and drinks are served. Most rooms have shower/tub combos. All rooms are equipped with mini-fridges.
The hotel also features a fitness center and an outdoor, seasonal swimming pool. There’s an onsite restaurant, as well, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highchairs are offered.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor pool
- Onsite restaurant
- Club lounge
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Stephanie F
I have to preface this review with a few things: 1) I'm a Marriott Rewards member so I get a few more perks than the average guest (Access to the M Lounge, room upgrades, and late check-out. This makes all the difference). For most of the summer and early Fall I was traveling between my home base (Washington, DC) and the rest of the U.S. I wanted to stay in the Bethesda area to gain access to my house and other familiar features. This hotel is only a few mins. away from NIH, Downtown Bethesda, and Pike & Rose. Further, DC is only a few train stops away. The hotel staff is AMAZING and has never disappointed. They are always extra friendly, super accommodating, and never hesitated to find ways to make my stay better. For example, on a few occasions I came 'home" for a doctor's appointment and even oral surgery! The kitchen staff kindly obliged my request for cereal after hours and even brought it to my room in light of my condition (painkillers and a swollen face). Speaking of the kitchen staff, the Cooper's Mill and Fresh Bites menu is amazing! I dream of their salmon with risotto dish and their cheddar beef burger. I usually order from DoorDash but when I'm at this property I don't hesitate to grab the menu and order from FreshBite or Cooper's Mill. I've NEVER been disappointed. Speaking of good food, the morning breakfast buffet with Miss Paulette- who makes the best omlettes and waffles- is worth getting up and trekking downstairs. Breakfast on the weekends runs until noon which allows me to sleep in. If you aren't a Marriott rewards member definitely pay the extra $10 a day for access to the M Lounge. The snacks have saved me! Further, during the week they serve a nice little meal for members around dinner time and, of course, breakfast in the morning which doesn't disappoint it's so generous! Further, they serve dessert in the M lounge in the evening (until 9:30 pm). Regarding my room, it has always been clean, fresh, and comfortable. I esp. love all the entertainment options from HBO Go, Showtime, and even Netflix or YouTube. There's also a shuttle to pick you up from the nearby metro stations. The gentleman in the afternoon (George) is super friendly and will even drop you off at your destination in Bethesda and gives great nightlife recommendations! Although I've never been in the exercise room, it is made for champions and in the summer the pool is gorgeous. Coming "home" to the Marriott Bethesda ensures that I will sleep well and eat good while getting ready for my next travel destination/ assignment. I can't say enough good things about the property! Parking is about $15 a day which is pricey but if you can snag a deal on the Marriott website sometimes you can get it for $1 or get it comped for the weekend or holidays.
This is a pretty decent Marriott with regard to product and amenities, but the service left me underwhelmed. While working out over the course of a two day period, there was no water available in the fitness center as the cooler was clearly broke. Then when looking for some cool water the lobby, the 24hr water fruit infused pitchers were left empty for most of the day as well. Brought it to the attention of the FD agent, who said he would let someone know. Was not any better the next day.