Had a delayed flight the other day, and the airline kindly put me up in a Hilton nearby (Dulles).
First impressions: 2nd floor guest room looked tired but was comfortable. Sink in the bathroom was older Corian style, discolored and cracked. Tub did not drain that well.
My Hilton elite status was not used or usable since the airline was paying my rate, and I guess that's fair.
A question posed to a different front desker got me access to their lounge and free breakfast with the admonition that "this was something I am not supposed to do but this one time I will,"
Lounge was excellent and mor well stocked than the average Concierge Lounge I have visited. Breakfast was very hearty and plenty of choice. Lattes were available and self-made. Bacon (all time favorite in the Stepping Stones family) was there for the picking. Attendant very attentive and helpful.
Internet was for a daily chargeof $9.95 (since I could not use my elite status to waive it) except in the Lobby where there were two PCs and two Macs for free use and printing.
So, all in all, more favorable than un, for me.
not sure, but I think the changes we are seeing in "New Lobby"s" is directed to younger folks. read - new customers. I have hardly heard a positive word on this site about the New Courtyard, yet, the company has gone full-bore nonetheless. Tells me that they know something we don"t. I believe what they know is that they are picking up a new generation of customer with these adjustments. Aloft came on board and grabbed much of the action, now Marriott wants a piece of the action.
Speaking of Dulles - and Marriott - I frequent our Reston VA office and have stayed at some Courtyards but saw a great rate at the Dulles Airport Marriott and decided to stay there. It was very close to our office. Parking is free, the hotel is very accessible. They upgraded me to a very large room. It was very comfortable and quiet. They have a nice lobby bar. Ended up sitting there for dinner. The concierge lounge had a nice spread at dinner time and served a great breakfast.
And, of course, internet is free based on your status. I will definitely stay there again when visiting Reston or that part of VA.
The Dulles Airport Marriott is one of the older Marriott hotels 9early 1970s), but has a great location and nice Lounge. It has a large outdoor pool as well, and is just a five minute shuttle ride from the terminal.
Every time I've stayed there I have been impressed with their service.