My reasoning for choosing to stay at the Marriott at the Dulles Airport (IAD) was easy. I had just arrived in Virginia on a 6-day road trip from the west coast, and I had a flight back to California the next morning. This was the nearest hotel to the airport.
I was so tired that I didn’t even care how bland airport Marriott hotels can be. The Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Marriott that I stayed at a year prior wasn’t all that impressive, and it was that experience that made me vow to never stay at an airport Marriott ever again if I didn’t have to. But here we are.
A full review of my 1 night stay at the Marriott / Dulles Airport Hotel
I walked to this Marriott from the main terminal at Dulles International Airport in less than 10 minutes, choosing to forgo the free shuttle service. After being cooped up in a car on a long cross-country road trip all week, it was a pleasant walk indeed.
This Marriott is a huge property, though it doesn’t look that big from the outside. My room was on the second floor in the back section of the building (which was quite a long walk I might add), but I lucked out with a room that had a really nice view of a grassy area next to a huge pond. The bonus was the steady stream of aircraft landing in the distance.
The view (was really nice)
I’d go as far as to classify this as a plane good spotting hotel if you get one of these outside southern-facing rooms. Nice pics of airplanes could be had with a really long lens of about 400mm or so.
This was arguably the best hotel I stayed at all week, and it was the one I was actually looking forward to the most even before I started this journey. But I was completely exhausted by the time I reached Washington DC, and the full week of driving and living out of hotels had definitely caught up to me.
Quite frankly, I was burned out and I had enough of trying to document every single part of the trip – especially these mundane hotel stays. Even before walking through the front door I had told myself that I wasn’t going to take pics of the room and write a review, but somehow I mustered the strength to snap off some pics before settling in.
I’d definitely stay here again if I needed a quick overnight in close proximity to IAD – even if it is a bit on the pricey side.
ScottScott is the founder and author of SleepAndReview.com, and has been a frequent traveler since 2014. He never had any aspirations of being a hotel reviewer, but one thing let to another, and...well...here we are.
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