Great value at the priceline rate! A review of Hyatt Dulles At Dulles International Airport
Room: space and décor
The room was quite large. The décor was pleasant, but not very current, I think its about 7 years out of date. The setup was a little odd - there was a bar that stuck out into the middle of the room, a TV was placed on it, and could be rotated towards any part of the room. It also functioned as a dresser. There was plenty of light from several lamps or the very large windows. Bathroom was small but had a separate vanity/sink area done in a nice black granite.
Room: Cleanliness and wear
The room was definitely in need of some refurbishment. The carpet was worn and had several bleached out spots on it. The door to the room did not fit the doorframe, and would rub against the marble piece on the floor causing a loud noise. The bedspread was a little worn out as well. The room was very clean and fresh. The maid service was good.
The TV was large, though the connections were loose and it didn't work until I tightened them up. Bottled water was provided for 3.50 per liter bottle - pretty steep for something that costs about 1 dollar at the store. There was an in-room coffee maker with 1 serving of coffee. There was a desk with an available wired Internet connection. The couch was comfortable couch and could be used as a sleeper, and there was a large comfortable chair provided as well.
Hotel: Décor and cleanliness
The lobby décor was pleasant and subdued. It was probably decorated within the last 3 years. I didn't notice any aspect that was dirty.
I ate in the restaurant, "Snapper's Grille." I had expected a slightly more casual menu, and I was a little disappointed to see that none of the entrees were below 20 dollars. I had already been seated when I saw that, so I decided to stay put. The waiter was very friendly and prompt. The food was enjoyable and high quality. Portions were generous enough. There is a bar on the premises. I didn't go there, but it looked pleasant enough, with TV's and a pool table. The pool is open until 10pm. It isn't too big, but big enough to swim around in. There is also a large hot tub. There appeared to be clean towels provided by the hotel. The sauna was out of order. The workout room is pretty well equipped with various sorts of nautilus type weight machines, 3 treadmills, as well as some stair climbers. I used 2 of the treadmills. The 3rd one didn't seem to work, but may have just needed resetting. There are towels provided, as well as cold water.
The location is fairly convenient. The only problem is that you may end up paying a lot of tolls to use 267 (Dulles Toll Road), which is the major freeway that the Hyatt is located near. You have to drive about 2 minutes to enter 267, or you can continue on Sunrise Valley to hook up with several major roads like 7100 (Fairfax County Parkway), West Ox or Reston Parkway. There is no toll from the airport to the hotel (exit 10 towards Chantilly). There is a large shopping center nearby with a grocery store (shoppers food warehouse), Starbucks, Baja Fresh, UPS store and many other small and useful stores. From 267 you can get anywhere in the DC metro area fairly directly - it feeds into the I-495 Capitol Beltway as well as I-66. There are a lot of secondary roads that will allow you to get to the hotel if traffic is bad.
Hotel: Staff - courtesy, attitude and promptness
The staff seemed friendly enough. Check-in was handled quickly, and they honored my request for a view of the airport. There was a problem with my credit card, and they were quite friendly about it.
I booked my room through Priceline, and paid $38.00 per night. For that rate, it was an excellent value. At the rack rate of 250 per night, it would be extremely overpriced. In my opinion, given all factors, the room would be worth 97 dollars.
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