Sheraton Silver Spring (March 2021)

Booking

I needed a last-minute room because of construction in the bathroom adjoining my office. I contacted the hotel at around 7:30 am, and they assured me they could accommodate me for the day, so I booked a single King for $109.61, inclusive of all taxes.

Checkin

The front desk agent was polite and checkin was easy. I was on the 14th floor in a standard king.

Room

Entry and closet
Coffee and bathroom
Bedroom and desk

Food and beverage

All food and beverage service in the hotel has been suspended. No club lounge, no bar, no room service.

Rating (out of five)

Two-and-one-half stars for the flexibility. Room is clean, but the hotel is not operating as a full-service property.

The Chaedrol Hotel Guide does not provide “balanced” reviews of stays, but rather our reviewers’ experiences at properties. Star ratings are based on price, so that a luxury or budget hotel may both receive either no or five stars, and factor in extenuating circumstances. Your actual experience may vary.

Sheraton Pentagon City (February 2021)

Booking

This is another standard King I booked on a Bonvoy prepay rate. Per usual, I booked through the Marriott website.

Property

If you’ve been near the Pentagon, you’re likely familiar with the concrete Sheraton festooned with wireless infrastructure west of the Air Force memorial. One side of the building faces the Potomac River and Washington, while the other looks at Arlington.

Checkin

At checkin, the front-desk agent “upgraded” the room to a Potomac-facing King and for the Platinum breakfast amenity hand-wrote four food-and-beverage comps worth $25 each. At a time when many properties are still suspending food and beverage propertywide, this was the best Bonvoy breakfast benefit I’ve received in a long time (and far better than points).

Room

The room was spacious for a King, with a sink, closet, and separate toilet and shower to the right of the entry and the main room ahead. The large windows provided spectacular views of Washington.

Incredible views from the Potomac-facing King.

The room itself featured, besides the bed, a sitting area, a large flatscreen, and a pretty nice work table with chairs, which had USB-C, USB-A, and American power ports, the first time I’ve seen type A.

A USB C power port in the Sheraton’s work table.

HVAC is via a PTAC, which is questionable for a full-service hotel in my mind. It was, predictably, loud.

You know when the packaged terminal AC starts up.

Overall, a comfortable Sheraton room with an excellent view.

Food and beverage

The hotel provided $100 in food and beverage comps for the Platinum breakfast benefit, and I grabbed dinner and breakfast from the restaurant, both of which were decent.

Service

The service at the property was excellent, with a text message after check-in, checking on the stay so far. I felt bad for the woman working the restaurant, as everyone seemed to be using a voucher and no one seemed to be tipping.

Rating (out of five)

Three-and-a-half stars.

For going above and beyond on the service side and honoring Marriott’s commitments to its Bonvoy members.

The Chaedrol Hotel Guide does not provide “balanced” reviews of stays, but rather our reviewers’ experiences at properties. Star ratings are based on price, so that a luxury or budget hotel may both receive either no or five stars, and factor in extenuating circumstances. Your actual experience may vary.