The distinctive Eero Saarinen-designed terminal at Dulles International Airport is open 24 hours a day, serving more than 20 million travelers a year. Hotels in the area, dominated by the major chains, are mid-priced and above. It’s unwise to choose a Dulles hotel if you’re in Washington for sightseeing. The airport is 25 miles from downtown, and public transportation involves multiple bus and train changes.
Washington Dulles Airport Marriott
Guest rooms and suites at the Dulles Marriott feature Marriott Revive Bedding and Internet access, at an additional fee. Concierge level guests receive access to the hotel’s lounge, where hot buffet breakfast, drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served. The Dulles Marriott participates in the Nickelodeon Your Way program for kids. Visiting children receive an activity book, placemat and admission to a secret website. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to the airport and local stores.
Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
The Hilton chain awarded the Dulles Hilton its "Performance Excellence Award” and the Landscape Contractor’s Association “Excellence in Landscape” award in 2008. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools and a 15,000 square-foot fitness center with Precor equipment. Old Ox Grille, open for breakfast and lunch, serves bistro-style food and guests enjoy billiards in the Cardinal Lounge. The hotel provides shuttle service within three miles of the property and its complimentary airport shuttle runs from 5:00 a.m. until 12:45 a.m.
Hyatt, located at the entrance to the airport, is less than five miles from the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy museum, where artifacts too large for the Mall museum are on display. Rooms have 42-inch HDTVs, cordless phones and complimentary Internet access. Both chain and privately owned restaurants are within a mile of the hotel and an onsite bakery serves Starbucks coffee. The Guest Kitchen prepares light meals and snacks 24 hours a day. Hyatt Place offers a complimentary airport shuttle.
Rooms and suites at the Hotel Sierra, decorated with contemporary colors and fabrics, range in size from 350 to 529 square feet. Larger suites, suitable for extended stays, have full kitchens and separate living rooms. An onsite market sells the basics, and an outdoor fire pit and patio provide entertainment space. Free full breakfast includes made-to-order omelets and Starbucks coffee. The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle service and corporate service within three miles of the hotel.
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