I have loved my stays at the Gaylord Resorts in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. When we decided to go on a family vacation to the Washington DC area, I knew that I wanted to take my kids to the Gaylord National. Located in the relatively new National Harbor area, the Gaylord National is the newest resort in the collection. I booked the hotel directly via the Marriott website.
We pulled up to the valet area around noon on our check-in date, and was greeted immediately by a friendly employee. Despite the fact that we were checking in early, our room was ready. We headed up to drop off our bags, and immediately went to lunch at the on-site National Pastime Sports Bar and Grill. This kid-friendly restaurant offers plenty of food and drink options. After lunch, we set out to explore National Harbor.
The National Harbor area was developed in 2008, and includes several hotels along with many restaurants and shops. It was very busy on this beautiful Saturday afternoon, and we enjoyed exploring the area. We also went on a ride on the new Capital Wheel, which offers a nice vantage point of the National Harbor area.
Our room at the Gaylord National was comfortable and perfect for our family. It included two queen beds, a mini fridge, a balcony overlooking the atrium, a coffee maker, and a work desk. A resort fee of $18 per day includes complimentary WiFi, two bottles of water per day, and access to the pool/fitness center. Although we never had the time to swim, we did check out the pool area. The Olympic-sized pool area is great for families. Since this resort does seem to cater to business conference travelers mid-week, the pool area was pretty quiet.
The Gaylord National also offers several additional restaurants – the Old Hickory Steakhouse (a restaurant that is common among the Gaylord properties), Pienza (open for breakfast and lunch), the Cocoa Bean (coffee and snacks), as well as Belvedere Lobby Bar and Pose Rooftop Lounge. Room service is also available, and there are many restaurants within walking distance in National Harbor.
In addition to the pool and fitness center, the Gaylord National offers a full-service spa, game room, and lots of banquet/conference facilities. We found all of the employees we encountered to be very friendly and helpful, and will definitely return to the Gaylord National when we go on vacation to Washington DC.
To learn more, visit the Gaylord National website.