A Community Center, Not a Hotel for Business
04/04/2017 Temrob, Washington DC, District of Columbia
To begin with, I write this from a business traveler perspective. I am not from Pakistan, but I have stayed in hotels in over 25 cities around the world, and I am not overly critical. However, this ho... more
To begin with, I write this from a business traveler perspective. I am not from Pakistan, but I have stayed in hotels in over 25 cities around the world, and I am not overly critical. However, this hotel was really not good
• They lied. The Expedia description says: “Hotel Features: Along with an outdoor pool, this hotel has a bar/lounge and coffee/tea in a common area. A manager's reception is free.
• It does not have a pool.
• In 4 days, I never found a bar or the “manager’s reception”.
• The Internet barely exists. It is either off, or slow.
• My Pakistani colleague described it as a “Community Hotel.” That’s probably right, in that they have a lot of special events, business groups, and students running around—and my room seemed to be in the middle of a number of rooms used for non-sleeping purposes like meetings and interviews.
• Kids spent the night sleeping in the lounge, and it was common for them to be eating in the hall outside my room.
• The room was drab—just kind of worn out.
• My room smelled overwhelmingly of smelled of stale smoke. It was supposed to be a non-smoking room, but when they cleaned they sprayed a cheap air freshener for a second, then moved on. Pretty nasty.
• No one eats at the restaurant—I did twice and regretted it. The food is so greasy your cholesterol level will spike.
• There is major construction going on—it’s noisy, but the least annoying thing about the place.
• I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I was unable to work much, and not able to sleep much either—there were little kids running outside my door until 2:30.
All in all, it’s a lousy hotel…..but a good community center. less