I was cranky whenever we got there. For those of you who aren't aware, the traffic and road construction in this part of Virginia is an unblinking nightmare. But, the front desk staff was so efficient and friendly, the crankiness drifted away. It drifted away even more as I got to what appeared to be the most perfect room in the complex: A room mere feet from the pool, ground floor, right near everything. As I approached to check out the room after a long drive, I was stopped by a young man who was painting the sidewalks in front of the rooms. I was livid. How could they give me a room, a perfect room, and not allow me into it?!?
I went to the front desk to tell them about it. They were reasonable. I was not. The guy at the front desk said it should be dry in about half an hour. I gave him a look. They gave me a different room. I handled the situation incorrectly and I regret that. The front desk staff was very kind, very polite, and very efficient.
However! After seeing the pool traffic later on in our stay, I'm happy that we changed room. It would be hard to rest with all of that activity going on outside of our room. We were given a room on the other side of the hotel, and it was delightful. Not that this place isn't without its flaws...it could be picked apart, but for the price we paid, this place was great!
The rooms offer plenty of space, the beds are comfortable, and the room was sparkling clean. No complaints at all about the room except the high definition t.v.s didn't seem to give the kind of definition to the images I'd have liked. It was a really weird reception. And that is truly the only negative thing I can say about the room. Maybe the bathroom was a little small, but it's a Best Western. If you want an actual throne in the bathroom, go to the Crowne Plaza...as for us...we work for a living. The Best Western was lovely.
The other two features of this hotel worth mentioning is the breakfast buffet and the swimming pool. Let's start with the breakfast buffet. First of all, we need to unite as a a community of travellers, vacationers, tourists...and refuse to visit a hotel that doesn't offer a free hot breakfast. If we unite, there will be free breakfast for all, and this Best Western could show the other hotels how to do it right. The selection is quite nice, with the potato dishes changing everyday (although 2 out of the 3 days the potatoes had onions in them and I'm allergic to onions...not their fault my body is stupid, though). The pancakes were a bit blech and the eggs lacked seasoning, but with salt, pepper, and two kinds of Tabasco on each table, I like that they left the seasoning up to me. Also, the biscuits and gravy...it is irresponsible for a hotel to offer biscuits and gravy that good! The coffee was great with three settings...1. Cracked coffee bean in a cup of water 2. The normal, do your best to wake up kind of coffee and 3. WHAT'D YOU SAY TO ME?!? I chose number 3 and I'm not sorry. It was a great way to start the day. Plus, my wife and son loved the BW on the waffles. Yes! There's a waffle maker and we love it!!!
And the star of the show: The Pool!!! This is the best pool I have ever used in hotel. It's a huge cloverleaf shape with the 8 foot section roped off. Not only is this pool taken care of immaculately, there was a lifeguard on duty every time we visited. The water was a perfect temperature as well. There was no better way to decompress after dealing with the heat and congestion of D.C. As we left the complex, we wished a tearful goodbye to the pool...the main reason we came to this particular hotel, and the main reason we adored our stay here.
There are a ton of options in Fairfax, but I would defy anyone to find a better rate at a comparable hotel. One thing I know for sure is that the front desk service, the breakfast, and the pool cannot be beat for the price we paid for this place. If I ever come back to Fairfax, you can bet this is going to be where I stay. less