Thursday, November 27, 2014

A review of the Embassy Suites Dulles Airport

If you read my last post, you know that Bill and I just flew from Germany to Washington, DC via Paris.  We wisely decided to spend a night in the DC area before trying to drive to Goshen, VA where our B&B is located.  Goshen is actually about 30-35 miles from where our Thanksgiving festivities are being held, but we decided to stay there because Bill and I honeymooned at the B&B where we're staying.  But the B&B is located in a beautiful but rather remote area.  We wanted to be well rested before making the trip.

The first thing to know about Embassy Suites near Dulles Airport is that there are two of them.  One is in Chantilly and the other is in Herndon.  We stayed at the one in Herndon.  We arrived there at about 6:30pm after a long day traveling.  We were tired and ready for a good meal.  Fortunately, the Embassy Suites in Herndon has a restaurant as well as a nightly manager's reception.  As with all Embassy Suites, breakfast is included in the rate.  And we got a very good rate, too...  It was $107 through Expedia.com.

The receptionist very kindly welcomed us when we checked in and gave us room 506.  We dropped our bags and immediately went to the plaza area on the ground floor, where a few folks were enjoying free beer, wine, and well drinks as well as munchies.  Bill and I ordered from the menu-- Marty's Restaurant and Room Service, I think it was called.  It's not a restaurant per se.  You can sit at the bar or one of the tables and order food if you want.

I was really in need of a good meal, so I had a steak with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables.  Bill had grilled salmon.  We washed our meals down with free Sam Adams seasonal beers.  The bartender was very pleasant and free with the beverages.  All told, our dinners were about $50, which is quite a good deal in northern Virginia.  The only fault I can report is that my steak could have used a minute or two less on the fire.  But otherwise, it was very good eating.

Another feature of this particular Embassy Suites are two very special hosts in the waterfall area.  This hotel has two swans named George and Martha.  They seem to be very used to people and beg for food, which the hotel discourages guests from giving them.  They were very cute, even though they'd probably like to be in a pond outdoors somewhere.


George and Martha...

We enjoyed a very nice night's sleep at the Embassy Suites and a good breakfast.  The cook will make eggs, sausage, bacon, or omelettes to order.  They also have the usual breads, fruits, oatmeal, juices, and cereals.  The only bad moment was when the elevator got stuck on the fifth floor.  We ended up having to walk down five flights of stairs.

When all was said and done, we got a night's lodging, dinner, drinks, parking and breakfast for about $180.  Next time we come through Dulles, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at that particular Embassy Suites again.

 

  

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