On our recent quick trip to Washington, DC, we were planning to stay outside the city at Fredericksburg; however, once we got there we realized that would be a little too far to be able to go into DC comfortably. Falls Church, Virginia, is pretty close but the hotels are expensive --- but we just happened into a special rate at the Fairview Marriott. Usually a standard room there is over $300, but they were having a special weekend AAA rate of $79 ! Yay!
Here is a pic of the sign posted inside our door:
As I passed down the hallway on the way to and from getting ice, I noticed one of the doors said "Madison Presidential Suite" --- I would have loved to have caught a glimpse of what was inside, but no one ever came out of that room while I was passing. I wonder what a hotel room would be like that would cost $1,500 per night to stay there???? (I guess I will never know.... ha ha)
Here are some pics of the hotel:
The front lobby:
Here is our room:
The bad news was the only room they could give us was on the FIFTEENTH FLOOR. Gulp. And I don't like heights.....
This is the view from our room, which I looked at as little as possible -- ha ha
And here are a few of the flowers growing in the well-manicured beds at the front of the hotel:
The Marriott also had a complimentary shuttle which took us to and from the Metro station. The Washington, DC, subway system is called "The Metro". I had never ridden on a subway before --- it was very interesting. Buying the farecard and figuring out how to use it the first time was challenging; also figuring out where to get out, etc. the first time; but after the first day we were seasoned subway-travellers. (well, maybe not quite :)
Here are some pics of the Metro station:
Here is a pic of the Metro farecard:
And a pic of the Metro map ---- we got on at the Dunn Loring station and got off at the Smithsonian station every day.
Click here to see a short video of the Metro.
I've got lots more pix from our trip, especially of the beautiful art in the National Gallery ---- did I mention I took over 600 pic's? Stay tuned for more about DC and the Smoky Mts in later posts....