I was here on business and it appears this hotel is geared towards that end. I found the rooms sufficient and clean. There's not much around in walking distance. Tysons Corner Center and Galleria, the two main shopping malls, are about 3 or 4 miles away. I drove about 10 miles to the nearest Metro station and the train ride into Washington D.C. was about 30 minutes. The staff was helpful with driving directions and general questions about D.C.
Top notch hotel! Reputation is earned here. I have stayed at the Greenbrier and would say the Ritz customer service is far above the Greenbrier. The pool hours have children swim times so if you are traveling without kids this may benefit you. If, like me, you are traveling with an eight-year-old that wants to swim all the time then you are stuck explaining this rule. The pool is indoors and heated in addition to the large hot tub. We ate breakfast at the Steak House located in the hotel. It was a nice buffet breakfast that also had a large assortment of fruit, salmon, and made-to-order omlettes.
The Ritz is attached to Tyson's Gallery Mall. This makes it easy to walk and get dinner. Be prepared for a long wait if you go during normal dinner hours (7pm). If you are staying in Tyson's corner for the weekend the rates at the Ritz are very reasonable. Ours was $229 but this included breakfast for 2 and valet parking. During the week the rates are much higher.
This place was very convienient in that it is attached to Tysons Galleria and that makes everything so accessible. The service here is definately up to the famous Ritz-Carlton standards, you are waited on hand and foot. the food is delicious and the rooms are of ample size, the bedding comfortable and the style unimaginable.
Being attched to a nice three-tier mall is a very unique quality. There are some very good restaurants at this mall, so it was fun to be able to walk in and out, and anyone who lives near or in DC knows that not having to drive is an awesome luxury.
I've stayed at this hotel a couple of times. Like all Embassy Suites Hotels, it has free breakfast (including made-to-order omlettes) and free happy hour.
Also like all Embassy Suites (except those in states with indoor smoking laws), the smoke from the Atrium bar seeps into all the rooms, ever so slightly - even if you are in a non-smoking room.
The bed was exceptionally comfortable, and they provide free (I think) access to the Gold's Gym down the street. There is cardio equipment and a pool in the hotel, but if you want a full gym, go to Gold's.
Another peculiarity is the TV station line-up. They don't have a PBS or WB station, but they do have 3 cable news stations, a Chinese station, Univision (Spanish), and the Cartoon Network (yeah!) along with the usuals.
Broadband is Wi-Fi only, and not-so-handy to the business traveller as you charge it to your credit card, not to your room.
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