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American Inn Of Bethesda

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Pleasant experience, staff were very friendly and allowed us to check in early which made the whole experience enjoyable

We arrive to find out that there are only twenty two or twenty four parking spaces and if they are full you have to park across the street behind the liquor store. No joke. The rooms are old and some of them have an exterior entrance. The breakfast was very small and ended at 9:30. The only thing I thought was great was the staff. They were very helpful and kind.

The best thing about the hotel is the staff, very friendly and accommodating. The room, however, needed some serious refurbishing. The heating system was old and noisy. The bathroom was dingy. The remote for the TV was temperamental. The parking situation was a mess. The hotel itself has very little parking space, supplemented by the use of a public parking lot nearby which the hotel will subsidize after 8 PM until sometime in the morning, after which it becomes the hotel guest's responsibility to feed the meter. This hotel will do in a pinch but not otherwise.

Breakfast was slim and very high sugar/fatty choices. Coffee was good though and I got a hard boiled egg and a banana. Other than that it was comfortable, clean, helpful staff and reasonably priced

I was attending a Christmas party on Elm St. in the evening and needed to be at NIH at 5am the next morning. Parking and check in took about 10 minutes. The hotel offers free shuttle within 1 mile and the driver is available till 11pm. This is not an upscale hotel but the room was comfortable and I was happy.

Nice stay...bed just a little to hard! Very clean!!

This hotel probably was charming 40 years ago. Pros-hotel staff is nice. Location. Cons: foul smell like a public restroom on the fifth floor, and in room No parking-the lot is very small. VERY small so 'free' parking is imaginary. One small elevator. HVAC didn't work normally. Dark. TV channels listed were inaccurate or didn't work. To get to the fitness center you had to go outside.

I wanted a place to stay the night, not to host a dinner party. The room was small but clean and entirely adequate, the staff was friendly and efficient.

To say that this hotel is tired is an understatement. They are doing the minimal amount of work to keep it average. There were pencil drawings on the back of my bathroom door and just general disrepair of walls, mouldings, etc., the mattresses squeak when you get in and out, and the bags of garbage that are left out in the hallways by the cleaning staff and next to garbage cans by the staff for hours at a time are really unbelievable. There are areas that are just gross. This is the second time I've stayed here. My last experience I rated as acceptable. It is a low-end hotel option, but this time it fell below. We were in a room that was well off the beaten track. We needed to climb two flights of stairs with out suitcases, then walk outside, and then up another flight of stairs to reach our room. When we needed to walk back to the lobby, we would need to squeeze by all the machines and supplies from the breakfast they provide (which is awful) which are literally left in the hallway. Not sure what is going on there, but I won't stay again. Oh and lastly, while the cleaning people are very nice, they talk very loud - yelling out to eachother from other rooms starting at 8:30 in the morning. This happened every day. And while I'm up at that time, my kids were not.

10 min walk to NIH, that was my favourite part! The hotel room and facility look old, but very clean. The parking was kinda bad. They had very limited parking spaces and if you didn't get one, they'll suggest you to park in the parking lot across from the street, which was free from 10pm-7am, but other time you'll have to pay. Very nice staff! For the convenience of the location and it's relatively cheaper price around that area, I'd recommend it.

Good choice for visiting family. Our room was quiet and comfortable. Parking and breakfast were included. Close to metro and shopping. Will choose again for next visit!

No parking, shower faucet did not work, old building with nothing to offer, old fashion equip,

Room was very small, staff was rude. Originally booked a hotel for three nights I checked out after the first. There's limited parking at the hotel so you have to find a meter to park. Only 2 hr meters in the area which means every two hours you have to reload the meter and this goes until 10pm.

I have special needs being Chemically Sensitive. I called a day ahead and day of to request a room cleaned without any chemicals - just dust, vacuum and hot water. When I arrived, I asked to leave my special foods in the room refrigerator. I went upstairs, opened door and saw a rag with a chemical cleaning product near the bathroom. I immediately went back down and EXPLAINED that this was the opposite of what I had asked for. Then I had to wait until after my all afternoon meeting to access the (new) room. However that one was set up to my specifications and worked out fine. Staff were very accommodating and friendly. Great location to visit some fine restaurants (around the corner) and a brief walk to the NIH Campus (they offer a free shuttle there and to the Metro).

Room was clean, comfortable bed , good breakfast. But no air conditioning.

Hotel smelled like sewage. I had my room switched twice because of this horrible smell. Finally the 3rd room in a different part of the hotel was a lot better. The staff was very helpful in revolving my issue.

It was pleasant and reasonablely price. Breakfast was excellent.

This hotel has no AC. It was 82 F, the first day when I was stayed. Front desk told me I can open the window or they would send a fan to me. This hotel has no heating. Temperature dropped to 40 during one night, the room was quite cold. Free parking is limited. Tiny parking lot, usually it is full. You have to pay parking meter! Very noise. Hotel staff is not helpful. Very old facility.

The elevator was broken. I stayed there 4 days on the 5th floor. Construction was going on during the middle of night. Parking was really tight and limited. It was difficult to sleep at night with all the loud noise.

The room was clean, if a bit small (one queen sized bed) - but since it was just me, that was ok. When I initially booked, I called the hotel to see how far it was from the Metro station, and was told it was a block and a half. Well, not quite. More like 4-5 blocks, however, there is a van shuttle at the hotel to take you to the Metro station (or other local spots I suppose, I only used it to get to the Metro.) I arrived a few hours before scheduled check in, but the hotel let me leave my suitcase in the office - I retrieved it when I checked in later. Also, when I arrived, the elevator was out of order, but the staff helped me by carrying my suitcase to the 3rd floor for me. Overall not a bad experience - the wifi worked fine and the free breakfast was fine. The staff was friendly and helpful.

8130 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda MD

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

American Inn Of Bethesda places you within a short walk of American University and within a mile (2 km) of Consumer Product Safety Commission. This 76-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Strathmore is also 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.


Dining

Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

All 76 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect 32-inch LCD TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Free local calls, laptop-compatible safes, and ironing boards are also available.


Property features

At American Inn Of Bethesda, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. There's onsite parking for a fee and a free area shuttle. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Guest reviews for American Inn Of Bethesda

Everyone (22) Business (8) Couples (12) Family (8) Other (8) Friends (2)
4

pleasant

Everyone

Pleasant experience, staff were very friendly and allowed us to check in early which made the whole experience enjoyable

By on Mar 5, 2018

Review comment responded on Mar 21, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. I'm so glad to hear that the staff was able to make your stay better. We hope to see you again.

2

only if you want cheap

Everyone

We arrive to find out that there are only twenty two or twenty four parking spaces and if they are full you have to park across the street behind the liquor store. No joke. The rooms are old and some of them have an exterior entrance. The breakfast was very small and ended at 9:30. The only thing I thought was great was the staff. They were very helpful and kind.

By , from NC on Jan 17, 2018

Review comment responded on Jan 19, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! I'm glad that that the staff took great care of you. We do offer complimentary parking but it is on a limited first come first serve basis. And we also offer complimentary hot breakfast from 6.30am-9.30am daily. I'm sorry to hear that the accommodations were not up to your expectations. We are constantly striving to improve and I hope you will consider us next time you are in Bethesda.

3

not worth the money

Everyone

The best thing about the hotel is the staff, very friendly and accommodating. The room, however, needed some serious refurbishing. The heating system was old and noisy. The bathroom was dingy. The remote for the TV was temperamental. The parking situation was a mess. The hotel itself has very little parking space, supplemented by the use of a public parking lot nearby which the hotel will subsidize after 8 PM until sometime in the morning, after which it becomes the hotel guest's responsibility to feed the meter. This hotel will do in a pinch but not otherwise.

By , from England on Jan 15, 2018

Review comment responded on Jan 17, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to give us your review. I'm glad that the location worked out for you and that the hotel team took good care of you.

5

reasonable rates

Everyone

Breakfast was slim and very high sugar/fatty choices. Coffee was good though and I got a hard boiled egg and a banana. Other than that it was comfortable, clean, helpful staff and reasonably priced

By on Dec 28, 2017

Review comment responded on Dec 28, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! We are glad that you enjoyed the hotel and staff. We offer a variety of breakfast choices- in addition to the typical eggs and meat we also offer yogurt, fruit and hard boiled eggs, for those wanting a healthier option.

3

convenient location

Everyone

I was attending a Christmas party on Elm St. in the evening and needed to be at NIH at 5am the next morning. Parking and check in took about 10 minutes. The hotel offers free shuttle within 1 mile and the driver is available till 11pm. This is not an upscale hotel but the room was comfortable and I was happy.

By , from maryland on Dec 9, 2017

Review comment responded on Dec 11, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. we are glad that you were satisfied and your stay was comfortable. We do not have bottled water in the rooms but we do have it available in the vending area as well as gift shop.

4
Everyone

Nice stay...bed just a little to hard! Very clean!!

By , from Pennsylvania on Oct 2, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 4, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us your comments! We look forward to your return.

1

this hotel stinks. literally.

Everyone

This hotel probably was charming 40 years ago. Pros-hotel staff is nice. Location. Cons: foul smell like a public restroom on the fifth floor, and in room No parking-the lot is very small. VERY small so 'free' parking is imaginary. One small elevator. HVAC didn't work normally. Dark. TV channels listed were inaccurate or didn't work. To get to the fitness center you had to go outside.

By , from miami, FL on Sep 5, 2017

Review comment responded on Sep 8, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am glad that the hotel staff was nice and the location was convenient. We do offer complimentary parking in the property, however it is limited on a first come/first serve basis. We also have the lot across the street to offer our in-house guests complimentary overnight parking. Due to the size of our property, we do only have one elevator, and we our AC is run with one pipe system, and we are in the process of upgrading . It is unfortunate that you experienced a bad smell, I will inform our maintenance staff to look into this . I hope you give us another chance next time in the city!

5

small, compact room, but nice

Everyone

I wanted a place to stay the night, not to host a dinner party. The room was small but clean and entirely adequate, the staff was friendly and efficient.

By , from Chicago on Aug 29, 2017

Review comment responded on Sep 8, 2017

Thank you for your feedback, I will forward the suggestions of Kosher breakfast items to management. I am glad you enjoyed your stay!

2

really run down

Everyone

To say that this hotel is tired is an understatement. They are doing the minimal amount of work to keep it average. There were pencil drawings on the back of my bathroom door and just general disrepair of walls, mouldings, etc., the mattresses squeak when you get in and out, and the bags of garbage that are left out in the hallways by the cleaning staff and next to garbage cans by the staff for hours at a time are really unbelievable. There are areas that are just gross. This is the second time I've stayed here. My last experience I rated as acceptable. It is a low-end hotel option, but this time it fell below. We were in a room that was well off the beaten track. We needed to climb two flights of stairs with out suitcases, then walk outside, and then up another flight of stairs to reach our room. When we needed to walk back to the lobby, we would need to squeeze by all the machines and supplies from the breakfast they provide (which is awful) which are literally left in the hallway. Not sure what is going on there, but I won't stay again. Oh and lastly, while the cleaning people are very nice, they talk very loud - yelling out to eachother from other rooms starting at 8:30 in the morning. This happened every day. And while I'm up at that time, my kids were not.

By on Jun 27, 2017

4

nice hotel for meeting stay to nih

Everyone

10 min walk to NIH, that was my favourite part! The hotel room and facility look old, but very clean. The parking was kinda bad. They had very limited parking spaces and if you didn't get one, they'll suggest you to park in the parking lot across from the street, which was free from 10pm-7am, but other time you'll have to pay. Very nice staff! For the convenience of the location and it's relatively cheaper price around that area, I'd recommend it.

By , from Piscataway, NJ on Apr 27, 2017

Review comment responded on May 1, 2017

We thank you for the feedback and hope to see you again.