Well, if you haven't seen this yet, more proof that Marriott is the dominant hotel chain in its home market, the DC-metropolitan area, is here: - The Washington Post
A few highlights:
I had a fine experience at Metro Center, but it is just like any other Marriott in any other city. Well, maybe the service is better. I did have very good service there. But at one point I was across the street in the Macy's thinking I should go back to the Marriott, and I literally forgot what city I was in because it seems like every city has a Marriott across the street from a Macy's, and they all look the same! The Mayflower, on the other hand, is a truly unique experience and a DC icon. It's lovely and embodies everything a historical hotel should be. I have yet to try the JW or any of the others. Even though I'm a Marriott loyalist, in my estimate, the Willard defines DC luxury and sets the standard, and the Hay Adams is a close second. I do love the Mayflower, though, and yes, I was upgraded to a suite!
I love Washington DC and haven't had a bad experience at any of the Marriott properties in the area. I'm excited because I have reservations at the new Marriott Marquis this weekend and just read a great review, I can't wait.
I've stayed at the Marriott at Metro Center, the Renaissance downtown, the JW Marriott downtown, the Gaylord (a bit too big for my tastes but otherwise very nice), the Crystal City Marriott, the Crystal Gateway Marriott (my favorite in Crystal City), the Courtyard Dunn Loring, the Courtyard US Capitol, and the Courtyard Washington Convention Center on 9th and F which is actually one of my favorites even though not a full service Marriott. It is in an historic bank building which I think is very elegant, I always request a certain room on the top floor and the rooms on the top floors (probably other floors too) have been redecorated in bold reds and golds, the staff is great, the Bistro is nice for a quick breakfast, in the past they've had wine and snacks in the evening in the lobby but not sure if they still do this. My only complaint is the room rate which is usually quite a bit higher than some other properties like the Crystal City ones. I got stuck at this Courtyard during hurricane Sandy and normally I would've been delighted to be stuck in DC, unfortunately most things were closed, the museums, the Metro, etc. And probably the best thing about CY9F (my acronym for it) is the location, simply the best!!