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.
Spoke at a conference here, and this hotel was the one that was offered to me. There are other properties around National Harbor, but this large and imposing hotel is where the conferences are. So here I stayed. It is phenomenally huge. So big that you have to be careful to get on the correct elevator to go to your particular room, because every elevator won't get you to every room on every floor. So big that even with dozens of elevators, the wait can be very long. So big that the restaurants and snack bars have long lines and long waits. So big that if you're unlucky enough to need a taxi at a time that others also need a taxi, you may end up waiting in a long line. So big that when you call the "help" line from the room, you don't get a person right away, you get a recording that says "your call will be answered by the next available agent..." Just as a hotel -- not bad really: The rooms are comfortable, well appointed and with good amenities; room service came exactly when requested; the wifi works well and is quite robust. The fact that you may have to walk 100 or 200 meters or more to your room is surprising, and does lead to a lot of conversations in the corridors -- which are heard by people in each room because of the gap under the room doors. The staff must be huge; those I met -- at the front desk and around the hotel -- were helpful and friendly. One odd moment -- the alarm clock in my room showed the wrong time, and could not be set. The front desk offered to send up another one. I wondered why the housekeeping staff hadn't noticed this anomaly. Oh well. Not the worst place to stay if you're attending a convention that happens to be at this hotel, but it is far from Washington, far from the sights.
"World's worst Marriott "
Where to start. Came here for a convention and even by convention hotel standards this place is unbearable. Very few food options so there's a long wait for everything from your morning coffee to dinner. Every meal was so greasy and over processed it literally made me nauseous. But the worst part is the promised $35 econo shuttles are NEVER available (they even "lost" my advanced reservation to get back from DC so you end up having to spend anywhere from $45 to $69 each way to get back and forth from the city. I got so fed up I actually left a night early on a prepaid room. I see the 5 star reviews mixed in with the real ones--clearly they are posting fake reviews on here to sucker people into staying.
"Mammoth hotel and convention center"
This hotel is an excellent site for planning a large convention as they offer anything that a convention could need. It is VERY big, so get ready for lots of walking. When I first arrived it took me some time to understand the layout, but once I "got it" it was easy to maneuver. I found the staff to be very helpful and friendly. It's also nice that there are so many restaurants and even a CVS in quick walking distance. It's not a good hotel for touring in DC, as it's too far away and without easy access (other than taxis) but if you are looking for a quiet escape, it could be a good choice. My room was very clean and had everything that I could possibly need.
"Not bad if you don't mind being trapped"
I was here for a recent convention and for the price, this is simply not worth it and poorly thought out to boot. The rooms are adequate and certainly, if you stayed downtown, they'd be much more expensive, but you also wouldn't be trapped--and you *are* trapped here. Although there are other venues for things like food and coffee outside the resort, they don't open until much later in the morning. So you're stuck. This may seem silly, but when you have to stand for over a half hour in a line just for coffee, someone hasn't thought this through. If this is a CONVENTION CENTER, then you need more than ONE venue, for heaven's sake. In addition, the prices in-house are astronomical because they know they have you. If you're between sessions, for example, there's no easy way to dash out for something. So you're in their clutches--and we're not talking just in terms of coffee, food, services. There is no easy access to downtown D.C. either unless you want to deal with several buses (you are nowhere close to a Metro stop), so you can forget doing any sightseeing at all--which, frankly, would make me think twice about bringing the family along. They'd go stir-crazy. Also something I noticed: I don't know if it's the sheer number of people trying to use the service, but internet connectivity completely sucks after about 7 a.m. when people start waking up. Incredibly slow, and I know several people who complained about draining their phones just trying to check simple things like email. Further, if you want anything to stream well, you'll have to pay for that--and even then, it's extremely slow. Getting in and out of here is kind of a headache, too. Transportation to and from DCA can be nightmarish if your plane happens to leave or arrive anytime close to rush hour, which here pretty much means you've got a small window of opportunity (between the hours of about 9:30-2) when the ride won't take forever. The Beltway becomes a parking lot pretty quickly and in both directions--and let's not get started on the nearly $40 in cabfare. I'm all for rehabilitating defunct properties, and having lived in the general area in the past, I can tell you that Oxon Hill was someplace you did NOT want to go. It's wonderful that the convention center draws folks and revenue, and the people here are very nice and try to be accommodating. But this is one place I wouldn't choose as an escape. Me...I was looking for the exit from the get-go.
"Good for Conventions, Bad for Sightseeing"
I stayed here for a convention and the rooms and facilities are very nice. Great place to hold a convention. The area is just hotels and a few restaurants that cater to tourists, you will definitely not get an authentic or local experience walking around the few blocks around the hotel. Which is a major negative in my opinion. I was hoping however, to do a little sightseeing too, but getting into DC is a long, expensive endeavor. Public transportation into DC doesn't really exist, unless you want to take 3-4 buses to get there. I went to the lobby bar and service was non-existent and the food was mediocre at best. Public House across the street seems to be the best bet for food.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM