Just a quick review of our one night stay at The Westin Washington Dulles Airport hotel. We loved it! It is just a little too far away from downtown Washington, D.C. for us, otherwise we would have stayed there our entire trip.
Our flight into Washington Dulles Airport was very early. We left Indianapolis at 5:30am. By the time we arrived, it was only 7:30am in the morning. I had called the hotel the night before to ask if a very early check-in would be possible. They were very nice and said that because of low occupancy that night that it would not be a problem. (Yes! Happy grandma over here!)
We called the hotel when we arrived and they told us that the shuttle made stops at 30 minutes past the hour. It arrived right on time. The hotel is about a 15 minute ride from the airport.
Upon arrival we were greeted with smiling faces and a very nice lobby that had beautiful Christmas decorations. Check-in was a breeze and they gave us a room overlooking a stone bridge and a pond. (I’m assuming it’s probably the best view in the house, because everything else in that area is just views of other hotels and office buildings.)
The room was nice and clean. It mirrored most of the Westin rooms we’ve stayed in. We literally dropped our suitcases and jumped in our beds. No more 5:00am flights for us again – ever. I had been up since 1:00am, sleeping only a couple hours, so I was completely exhausted.
We placed an order with room service for waffles, eggs and sausage. The order arrived within 15 minutes and the delivery girl was very sweet. I ate the eggs and my grandson devoured the waffle and sausage. He was a happy kid once again. Full belly, soft comfy “heavenly bed” and cartoons on the television.
I turned off the lights, closed the blinds, put on my pajamas, jumped in my bed and told him to wake me up in an hour. The last time I looked at the clock, it was around 10:00am. I’m not sure what happened but I woke up at 4:00pm to find him sound asleep. He told me that he watched one 30 minute episode of his television show and that the bed was so comfy that he just rolled over and fell asleep. Wow! I guess we both needed some good sleep and we got it.
We went into the city that night to see the National Christmas Tree (New Year’s Eve is the last night that it is lit up) and let’s just say it was rough getting there. You are so far out from the city that you have to take a shuttle back to the airport, then a bus to the metro station to catch a train into the city. It’s not a convenient location for those wishing to sightsee in the city – unless you have a car and don’t mind a 30 minute drive. That being said, it took us nearly an hour and a half to get to our destination. I could have called an Uber, but I was being cheap and didn’t want to spend $30 on the ride.
We only stayed one night, so we checked out the next morning. Check out was automatic, but I always stop by the desk to drop off key cards and get a printout of my receipt – just in case.
Next stop, The Westin Washington, DC City Center. Ugh, which means that same trek back into the city all over again.
This hotel had a pool (we did not get to use it), restaurant and a bar. It’s probably a good spot for business travelers or for those catching an early flight or arriving on a late one.
The wrap up: Great hotel, great staff, but not such a great location for us. Rates in the city that night were well over $200 and we got this one for $83. Add in the very early check-in… and we are very happy travelers.
Will you be back? Yes – but only if we have an early morning flight or if we arrive very late at night.