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Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Based on 358 traveler reviews
Perfectly fine for business meeting.
Mar 16, 2015 by: KingsMountaineer from Bay Area, California
Fine business hotel. The room was clean. Service was quite pleasant. My only negatives were that the lighting could be better and also, all the "extras" were expensive from the wifi to the in-room movies. Even the meeting lunch was quite expensive for what it was; a humdrum sandwich, an apple and a cookie was $16.
Annual Conference visit
Mar 10, 2015 by: Jeff W from Annapolis, Maryland
Surprised to see the negative reviews. For a big conference they can squeeze them in pretty good although it is a bit tight in the walking areas. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) is held here every March. They have close to 2900 people in the big meeting room for plenary sessions this year. Every year the free conference breakfast buffets have been some continental type and always very good with no quality problems. It is a tight fit for the conference breaks, but then again there are a bunch of displays blocking normal foot traffic. Clean restrooms. Did not stay in a hotel room so can't comment on that. Crowded for lunch inside but you can walk to several eating choices nearby.
Not suited for a Conference
Mar 08, 2015 by: GM8297 from Brooklyn, New York
First time here for a convention. No reservation, just there daily for the activities. To start off, the wi-fi reception was horrible. I didn't even use the hotel wi-fi but for some reason texts and emails were not going thru from my phone. And if you wanted to check something on the internet it was ridiculously slow. You would think with this being a Conference Center this wouldn't be an issue, but it was. And I was not the only person having this problem. Using your own phone should not be problem in any hotel. Secondly, it snowed on the Sunday we were there. Several people fell on the pavement outside the hotel property due to the fact that the areas were not shoveled. This includes the parking lot. The area for handicapped parking was not shoveled. How can a hotel run a business like this? How were your handicapped guests supposed to navigate on the snow and ice to enter the hotel? Unfortunately I have to return for another event next month, and yet another Marriott in Orlando this summer. This particular Marriott needs to do better if they're going to call themselves a Conference Center.
Super busy business hotel
Mar 04, 2015 by: Kelli M from Cinnaminson, New Jersey
This is a very large Marriott located on the North end of Bethesda closer to Rockville, right across the street from the White Flint Metro stop. The hotel is a conference center, with a pool, large fitness facility, conference facilities and on-site restaurant (Meritage) and is also within walking distance to tons of other restaurants and coffee spots (Dunkin donuts and Starbucks to name just two), and a Whole foods grocery a half mile away. The guest services department is outstanding, but when large groups are checking in they seemed a bit overwhelmed. The rooms are standard Marriott - efficient with a desk, seating area and a refrigerator and in room coffee. The wifi here will cost you at $12.95 per day UNLESS you are an platinum or gold elite member OR you book your room directly through Marriott or Marriott.com. If you need internet I would suggest booking through them. Parking is $15.95 per day and they will charge EVERY guest for parking even if you don't have a car and tell them that, you still get charged, so check your bill when you check out and they will make the adjustment at that point. This has happened both times at this property so I am thinking it is a standing policy, maybe hoping guests won't notice the charge on their bill. My only complaint about this property is that the tiles in the shower were not clean, room 631 had a nice black corner of the shower that has apparently not been introduced to Tilex or Scrubbing Bubbles. And the TV was jacked up - when turning it on with the remote there were not channels on the reception but turning on the TV directly on the unit then using the remote seemed to do the trick. I told the front desk and the girl responded that is just the way it is. Whatever, I had to have engineering come and show me how to make it work. Overall, I probably would not stay here again and would try the Hilton up the road next time so I can compare.
Great for Business or Pleasure.....Needs some tweaking to handle Conventions.
Mar 04, 2015 by: allthewrightstuff from Baltimore, Maryland
We stayed at the Bethesda North Marriott recently for a large dance competition/convention. I am not sure where the breakdown occurred, but from the start, things were flawed. The hotel "sold out" of the promo rate rooms way too fast. Half of our group had to stay at an "overflow" hotel. This was sad, because we love to stay together in the same hotel where the event is taking place. This has never happened to us while staying at a hotel for a dance convention. I must say however, that the rooms were clean, and every staff person I encountered was very friendly, professional and accommodating under the seemingly over-crowded and under-equipped situation. There were people everywhere, and lines everywhere (even for the treadmills in the gym!), which just created a less than relaxing situation. But again, the staff did an excellent job providing quality service to me under the circumstances. I especially appreciated the man on the housekeeping staff on the 4th floor (sorry, I forgot his name, but he was great!), and the doorman who referred me to Ize's Deli, which was a very short walk around the corner from the hotel, past the metro stop. I knew that deli was a great find, when it was flooded with locals all weekend. The sandwiches were awesome. You may not get a table, but just carryout your food then. LOVE that place for breakfast and lunch!!
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