You may be in the same situation I was. Planning a family trip to D.C. and finding hotel prices pretty darn high, especially for a room for a small family.
My searches produced the Homewood Suites in Silver Spring as a relatively affordable option compared to downtown hotels that could sleep 3, other suite-hotel options, and even VRBO. I know the DC area – Silver Spring was fine for us because the Metro ride isn’t long and it’s a pleasant neighborhood.
The upside was considerable. For a comparably good rate we reserved a Premium suite with a separated (though open) king size bedroom, a tight living area with a pull-out bed and a small kitchen with working stove, microwave and full refrigerator. The ability to make some meals, along with the full breakfast a Homewood Suites offers, made it appealing.
And it was generally a good stay – the front desk staff were superb. Friendly, eager to respond to questions or needs. The location is downtown Silver Spring with many casual dining options nearby, including a classic 24-hour diner three blocks away. The Metro is a ten-minute walk and the hotel offers a shuttle. The breakfast and evening reception room is spacious and clean.
What you need to know, and this helps explain the price difference, is that there’s a building being built immediately next door. Also, the hotel itself is aging with worn room furniture, elevators in poor repair, and on our last day, our room window leaked in the rain. The hotel, along with the Hampton Inn that shares the building, attracts tour groups, including high schoolers while we were there. So, it can get noisy and crowded. Wi-fi was fine with a Hilton Honors membership.
Again, the hotel staff made a huge difference in what could have been disappointment with the construction and the poor condition of the rooms. They didn’t try to make light of the hotel’s limitations. They were quick to try to provide solutions including earplugs for the construction noise. The noise wasn’t too bad the week we were there. In fact, it was fun to watch the work. The work starts around 7 am and is done by around 6, so it may not even be a factor while you’re in your room.
I hope this was helpful to you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Homewood Suites by Hilton(R) Silver Spring hotel provides suites with fully equipped kitchens and complimentary internet access, complimentary breakfast and dining options, and a fitness room and heated indoor pool and whirlpool. Whether you're staying for a few days, weeks or months, our hotel will make you feel at home. Located in pedestrian-friendly downtown Silver Spring, this extended stay hotel is only three blocks to the Silver Spring Metro station and just steps from restaurants, shops, theaters and nightlife venues. Ride our local shuttle to nearby businesses such as Discovery Communications, the American Film Institute, United Therapeutics and the Food and Drug Administration. The hotel is also close to the Washington DC metro region's Filmore Club/Live Nation, National Mall and Smithsonian Institution Museums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homewood Suites Silver Spring Hotel Silver Spring