Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
As with many midlevel chain hotels, one of the key variables is when the property was last renovated. This Marriott is still feeling pretty fresh thanks to a top-to-bottom renovation in 2007. The lobby is colorful, bright, and open with a massive skylight and a lot of people tapping away on their laptops, making use of the free Wi-Fi. (There is a fee for in-room Wi-Fi.)
Likewise, the large (420-square-foot on average) rooms are well appointed with deep carpeting; granite-topped hardwood dressers; a big swivel-top desk; a cool connectivity board for plugging your computer into the 32-inch flat-screen; plush and bouncy beds with 300-thread-count linens, featherbeds, down comforters, and good pillows. The bathrooms also have quality goods: granite counters, Kohler faucets, soft combed-cotton towels, a pair of plush terry-cotton robes, and Paul Mitchell bath products.
The amenities are ample, if not extraordinary for the area. The heated indoor pool is a substantial 30 feet by 15 feet and is adjoined by a small Jacuzzi and a dry sauna. The adjacent fitness center has plenty of up-to-date equipment, including five Life Fitness treadmills, three stepmasters, two bikes, and a bunch of strength machines. And the 2nd-floor mezzanine houses a fairly serious business center that's staffed throughout the day and has nominal charges associated with most services. There are two casual dining options on-site, the Atrium and the Court Lounge.
The rooms are bigger at the comparably priced Embassy Suites. In fact, were it not for the rowdy, kid-filled lobby there, I'd say it's the better option of the two for anyone. As it is, families traveling with kids should choose the Embassy Suites. If you're hoping for a mellower environment, or to get a little work done in the lobby, you'll prefer the Marriott.
The Washington Marriott is located on a quiet strip of 22nd Street between M and N Streets, in a convenient spot on the edge of the West End. It's decidedly sleepier than Georgetown, its wealthier, more historic neighbor (a 10- to 15-minute walk west). The downside to the vicinity is that there aren't many restaurants, cafes, or nightlife -- for those you'll need to head to Dupont Circle, a 15- to 20-minute walk (or quick taxi), or to nearby Georgetown.
This lively and colorfully decorated Marriott has an inviting lobby, large airy rooms, ample amentities, and a convenient location between Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle. The service is a bit spotty, but otherwise a fine mid-range choice.