by Whitney Rife
Washington Marriott spreads across 16-acres of lush gardens in the downtown area. The huge hotel houses more than 1,430 rooms and suites. Units are elegant with posh bedding, flat-screen televisions and granite bathroom countertops. Suites present semi-private bedrooms, expansive living rooms with stylish furnishings and dining areas. High-speed Internet access is available for a surcharge. A heated outdoor pool will win the kids over in a flash. Stone’s Throw Restaurant & Bar is a fashionable steakhouse that specializes in pork chops and seafood delicacies. Woodley Market offers lighter fare, such as take-out sandwiches or breakfast items. A couple bars and a coffeehouse are also at the hotel. Washington Marriott is near the National Zoo — a family hotspot. Also, the National Cathedral is within walking distance. Adams Morgan neighborhood offers many eclectic boutiques and restaurants.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor pool
- Stone's Throw Restaurant & Bar
- Near the National Zoo
I am currently staying at Marriott Wardman Park for a conference. The front desk person was efficient and courteous to accommodate my late evening arrival. Although the room is small, it fits my needs. The bed is so relaxing. The bathroom is large with a welcomed walk-in shower. Housekeeping is exceptional and friendly. I could not adjust the temperature, and those folks were there to help. The internet connection is quick which is a large plus. The grounds are maintained well.
I did not eat in the restaurants because of the choices but reservations do deliver. I would stay here again.
The hotel is aimed as a conference venue, which is fine - if only it felt like a Marriott and not like the threadbare, cheaply managed hotel it shows up as.
I have status with Marriott and had a room on the concierge floor. The lounge has limited opening hours and breakfast finishes at 9am - at 8:45 they were informing us that it would be cleared away from 9am. When I arrived in the evening the lounge was already closed.
The gym has cardio machines that are not clean, with layered sweat and grime around the base - some of them with rust coming through the peeling paint work. This is far below the standards of Marriott and is quite disgusting and unhygienic.
There is no bottled water in the room, even though I was staying in a suite. I had to call down and after 30 mins I got a few small bottles.
It just has a feeling of a hotel, where regular customers are not a core focus and instead has a conference traffic feeling - skimping on standards and amenities to save money.
I wish Bill Marriott would drop by and remind them what a Marriott standard means.