Located in Oxon Hill, Gaylord National Resort and Spa is near the airport and close to Fort Foote Park, Alexandria City Hall, and George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Nearby points of interest also include Oxon Cove and Oxon Hill Farm National Park and Old Presbyterian Meeting House.
Dining options at Gaylord National Resort and Spa include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. The property's full-service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and a technology helpdesk. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Oxon Hill property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. For a surcharge, shuttle services include an area shuttle which runs to destinations within 10 mi, an airport shuttle, and a shopping center shuttle. ;Business services, wedding services, limo/town car service, and translation services are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a marina, a poolside bar, and a coffee shop/café. This is a smoke-free property.
There are 2000 guestrooms at Gaylord National Resort and Spa. Beds come with premium bedding. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are offered. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, makeup/shaving mirrors, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries. In addition to CD players, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Televisions have pay movies. Air-conditioned rooms also include desks, blackout drapes/curtains, electronic check-out, and electronic/magnetic keys. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo-allergenic bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request. Guestrooms are all non-smoking.
"Very nice hotel"
This hotel is a little city within itself. The staff have no problem going the extra mile for guests. The food at the hotel was not that great. The property is beautiful. I would've liked to have had more time to shop at some of the stores. I would stay again.
"Massive hotel with Disney-esque ambiance"
If you haven't explored the National Harbor area, first be forewarned that the entire place is a manufactured "town" on the Potomac with boutique stores, restaurants, and hotels, and a ferris wheel. Because it was built as its own "resort," prices for everything, especially at the restaurants, are quite inflated. The Gaylord Hotel (actually a Marriott) is attached to a huge convention center, which provides a good deal of their traffic. The hotel is enormous, with a several-story glass atrium that's very impressive, and a Disney-esque ground floor area with stores and restaurants. To get from the lobby to my room took about ten minutes of walking. The room itself was very comfortable, quiet, and nicely appointed, with a large bathroom and high-end tiled shower, TV, mini-fridge, coffee maker (but no tea supplied), large closet, and comfortable king bed. Because I was participating in a meeting, I had free Internet (which tended to be slow) and two bottles of water daily. Service is pleasant and efficient. There's a variety of places to eat inside the hotel, including a Starbuck's. Sandwiches to go are about $10; everything else is more. The "town" has several additional restaurants, a drug store, and one high-end store for provisions (Potomac Gourmet Market), but again, prices are inflated (a bottle of wine that costs $5.95 in my local grocery store was twice as much, but there's a large variety of gourmet foods, wines, and beer. See my separate reviews for Rosa Mexicano restaurant and the Walrus Oyster & Ale House. If you want to be 8 miles from all the sights in downtown D.C. and if you like a kind of Vegas or Disney atmosphere, try it out. For the kind of hotel this is, you'll pay less here than in D.C., there are things for kids to do, and the views of the river are nice. Also, there's a Tanger outlet mall about 5 minutes drive from the hotel (not having a car, I walked there in about 30 minutes).
"It was just...Okay"
I stayed at this resort for four nights (Wed-Sun) during a conference I attended. It is a huge place! Room- I was expecting something a lot better for the rate we paid. It was average, and there are better hotels I have stayed at in better condition, for a whole lot less. One of the beds had blood stained sheets. I was so disgusted, I decided to use the other bed. I could never get through to the front desk, so I just ignored it the rest of my trip. I was there for a conference, not to complain about sheets. It did take a long time in the mornings to get hot water in my shower. Food- The coffee place was ALWAYS packed. I missed a session in the morning, because I waited in line for over 30 mins for coffee and a muffin. I needed something to eat and drink before I started my day, and it was my only option. They need to plan better when they have extremely large conferences in their building. The staff seemed tired, but tried to do their best with the situation that was handed to them. The sports bar had decent food. I ordered the grilled chicken twice, and they even kept the kitchen open for me one night when I got back from a performance late. I appreciated it! Internet service- I had no problems accessing the free wifi from my hotel room on the 8th floor. I was never able to get service from the main lobby. Confused why it worked in the rooms but never in the main lobby. I had an access code to get internet service during my convention in the ballrooms, and it worked well. Location- This resort is located a distance from the sites in DC. The first day I paid $20 for a round trip shuttle to the sites through the hotel. I was on my own when I was dropped off, but this way I could do what I wanted to do. The driver comes and goes every 90 minutes, and he was a great tour guide! I think his name is Marlin' He made the shuttle awesome, and we all told him he should be doing tours instead of just driving the shuttle back and forth. He is a wealth of information and extremely humorous! I did take the metro to DC at night when I needed to get to the Folger, and I won't be doing that again. It was very scary, and not safe. I wish the hotel would have advisories on this, as I heard from many, many people at my conference that they took the metro because the shuttle stops at a certain time each day. All of them said the same as I, that it seemed very unsafe. It's cheaper, but not safe!. The resort also offers guided tours from their location. A taxi will cost around $25-30 one way into DC. Location surrounding resort- I heard multiple times that it reminded people of a mini las vegas, minus the casinos, even though I heard a casino is going up very soon. HA! There are a ton of shopping places, fast food, casual dining, fancy dining, etc. They do a christmas tree light show on the harbor every night this time of year, and it was nice to walk around and see all the people. I ate at Baja Fresh, Crab Cake Cafe, and McCormick and Schmick. Everything is in walking distance from the resort. Overall, this is a HUGE resort. I believe it's starting to show it's wear, as it's almost 5(') years old. I am concerned the rate is too high for the quality of the rooms. They need to work out the food problems on resort, because many people were waiting in lines for 30+ minutes each morning. It's far away from DC, which can be a problem for some. It was nice, but not nice enough for the rate they charge.
No real 'cons' to list for this property, except for their standard wifi service. It was pretty bad (slow, annoying sign-in page, etc), likely with the intention of having people upgrade to the $7/day 'premium' wifi, which I didn't do. It works well enough, else you can leverage the good LTE coverage if your phone's data plan supports it. Speed/friendly check in/out, some good eating options on site with dozens more in the adjacent 'village', which is less than 5 minutes walk away. Most obvious feature of this hotel is the massive atrium, whose glass ceiling and walls extend up 19 stories. Since I was there in late Nov, they were doing a thrice-nightly music/lights show there, a tree lighting of sorts, along with water fountain show (it's no Bellagio, but it's nice), and included oddly realistic snow falling from the top of the atrium. Didn't take in the 'Ice' show that they had on sight, but they had a large gift store full of swag related to it. There was a small train ride for kids in the atrium as well, likely only suitable for kids under 3-4yrs. I stayed in a room with single King bed. Lots of space, tastefully decorated, responsive/accurate heating/cooling. Didn't sleep well, which I imagine is due to the pillows, so if you're driving, perhaps bring your own (I'm picky). I was there for a conference, which was in the attached convention centre, so very convenient. A+ from my perspective. Wish I'd had my family with me!
"Excellent Property & Well Kept"
The Gaylord is a great hotel & is humongous in size. Totally self contained with multiple restaurants. Next to a lot of eateries as well. Most conventions are held here and this place is popular but far away from DC. However, many travel options exist to travel to DC. Amazingly well kept property for its size & housekeeping is impeccable. Highly Recommend.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM