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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in National Harbor
Reviewed 20 February 2012

My son was traveling to the Japanese Anime Convention at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at the Washington National Harbor outside of Washington DC. My husband and I had a free weekend, so we decided to go along and see what this was all about. This is not your typical convention crowd. These were young adults, in fantasy costumes, with horns, feathers, sparkles, wigs, weapons, talons, and things that are just too wierd to describe. We were blown away by the energy and the creativeness of the crowd.
I was so impressed at how the hotel handled the weekend. They were very accomodating to an UNconventional convention. The young people had the run of the hotel to display their talents and costumes. While there were planned meeting halls and theater areas set aside for convention activities, there was a constant parade of people in the lobbies, bars, restaurants, atrium and open areas of the hotel. Security was never an issue that we saw. Security was present and available if needed, but we never saw a problem. We saw many hotel employees keeping a watchful eye, but never hampering creativity or making the participants feel penned in at any time.
I am going to write a letter to management about how impressed I was that they were so welcoming and helpful to a group of people who are probably otherwise shunned away from any public displays of their "art".
The facilites themselves were very clean and neat, available, and it was easy to find everything we needed. The pool level was a bit out of the way on the bottom level, and it was easier to walk up a flight of stairs than to wait for an elevator to come all the way down to us, but the pool and jacuzzi and work out room made up for an inconvenience. (The work out room is available 24 hrs for those who like a run before dawn.)
I applaud the hotel for managing this crowd and tolerating the absurdity that IS Katsucon. This was my first visit to the Gaylord National and to Katsucon, but I assure you it won't be my last!

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We stayed at the Gaylord for two nights, February 17-18 2012, while attending the Katsucon anime fan convention. The hotel gave the con a warm welcome and maintained its top-notch reputation for treating a large fan crowd with courtesy and efficiency. Room maids were so friendly and nice even with outlandish requests! The National Pastime Bar and Grill and the wonderful Pienza Italian Market (love the breakfast buffet!) were both affordable and friendly places to eat with tasty food and excellent service. The convention center itself is just amazing, spacious and beautiful to look at with sweeping harbor views, yet lots of neat little nooks to sit and chat in; very walkable and never feels crowded even with 12000+ con-goers in it; can't beat it for photo opportunities! Even the elevators cooperated, with prompt service and no breakdowns even at checkout time. And don't miss the central fountain that gives a Vegas-style synchronized light and music performance in the evening. -- I hope Katsucon stays at this location for years to come, it's a real pleasure to visit.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Stayed at the Gaylord National with a convention this past weekend. The general public spaces in the hotel (the atrium, the lobby) are fantastic, and the meeting spaces are plentiful and useful for a wide variety of purposes.

The rooms are nice, but not spectacular for the price (convention rate was $189/night, and I've stayed in equally nice or nicer rooms for much less). That rate doesn't include a $15 daily resort fee for amenities you may well not use if you're there for meetings or a convention (the pool and gym) or may not get at all if the hotel is busy and/or housekeeping fails to service your room on one or more days (newspaper [that we never received], two bottles of water per day that we only had on check-in and the one day out of four they serviced the room).

The real surprise as far as expense went was how steep the hotel restaurants were, especially for the grade of food being served, and even more so in light of the many competing restaurants available a short walk away from the hotel.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We stayed in August and loved it. It is large and overlooks the river. I am not sure its right for people who are tourists - there is a large convention centre there so it makes it brilliant for that - no coaches, no travelling.
Our room looked over the atrium and the river. It was lovely. The bathroom was good too, with a double sink, always good!
We loved having a drink on the terrace and the dancing lights. We enjoyed the sunsets and teh thunderstorms on the glass roof. Staff were friendly as you would expect. It may be a bit inpersonal, but then its a convention centre. I thought the food was great and the service excellent. I like seeing their name tags and where they were from. We got to know some and they were consistently nice and friendly.
The centre is accessible from a water taxi which took you to the lovely little town.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

This was my second trip to the Gaylord and it did not disappoint! The service is impeccable and they take their customers seriously. If you want to get a taste of being pampered please stay at this hotel for a weekend. The beds are way beyond comfortable and the room service, and restaurants in the hotel are all delish! We ate at both the Old Hickory Steak House (make reservations before you check in) and the National Pastime Bar...both were very good. If I could stay once a month to reenergize I would!

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Additional Information about Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Address: 201 Waterfront Street, Prince George’s County, National Harbor, MD 20745-1135
Region: United States > Maryland > National Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in National Harbor
Price Range: RM990 - RM2,216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 4*
Number of rooms: 2000
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated along the banks of the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is a monumental addition to the national capital region. With 2,000 luxurious guest rooms, including 110 lavish suites, and 470,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, it’s the largest combined convention center and hotel in National Harbor and on the Eastern Seaboard. Here, guests will also enjoy four signature restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot spa, the area’s hottest ultra lounge, elegant retail shops and a magnificent waterfront promenade boasting a full-service marina and views of nearby Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is the cornerstone of the National Harbor project, a 300-acre waterfront destination offering world-class dining, retail and entertainment venues in Prince Georges County, Maryland. ... more   less 
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