The Gaylord National Harbor opened 10 years ago and was the first major structure completed as part of the overall development at the National Harbor. This hotel, one of the largest on the east coast, has 2,000 rooms and an absolutely cavernous convention and function area on the lower level. Multiple large conference can be held simultaneously with no trouble at all. The National Harbor area now has 6 hotels (including other Marriott properties) including the nearby MGM hotel and Casino. There is also a "town center" with numerous stores and restaurants. There is a very nice walking and bike path along the waterfront that connects the various attractions including the giant ferris wheel known as the Capital Wheel that is built out into the harbor. Across the harbor is Alexandria, Virginia that is accessible by water taxi at the foot of the Gaylord or by the nearby bridge. The Gaylord is a 15 minute drive to the center of DC.
Like other Gaylords, this hotel has a huge enclosed atrium. The hotel is three-sided and the other end is an 18 story tall wall of glass that looks out over the beautiful National Harbor. Inside the atrium is a large lobby including a bar and lounge area, a large Starbucks, multiple stores and restaurants and open space. During the holiday season they go all out with lighting, decorations, ice sculptures and slides. One of the restaurants is a steakhouse which I would recommend. On the top floor of the hotel is a huge bar and lounge that is glass enclosed, and also has an outdoor seating area, that gives you a fantastic view of the entire National Harbor area and nearby Alexandria and DC. This lounge is strictly for registered guests of the hotel only.
We were definitely spoiled with the room we had. We stayed here using a Category 1-5 free night certificate and received a three room suite, complete with a 600 square foot balcony, overlooking the atrium and looking straight out to National Harbor. It was fantastic! We had a living room, dining area, wet bar, bedroom, and large bathroom. The rooms were very nicely furnished and appointed.
We look forward to returning to this hotel when we can stay a bit longer and more fully explore the National Harbor area and nearby Alexandria and DC.
Dining area and living room.
Walkin shower. This shower had an overhead "rain" style shower head and 6 adjustable wall nozzles (3 are pictured here, and there were 3 on the opposite wall). Now I know what my car feels like when I drive through a car wash!
View of the atrium and National Harbor from our balcony.
Our 600 square foot balcony with marble floor.
View of National Harbor from the lawn of the hotel looking at the Capital Wheel and the bridge to Alexandria in the background.
The front of the hotel which look out to National Harbor.
The indoor atrium.