Hotel Review: Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington DC

When I took my daughter to Washington DC for her college orientation at American University, we were so glad there was an Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion (DC Metro) less than 2 miles from campus.  It made for such a comfortable stay after the hectic week of high school graduation coupled with the long drive to DC.  We always know we’ll have a #PrettyGreat room at Embassy Suites, and their DC Metro location was no exception.  Continue reading for more details, photos, and review of our stay at the Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion.

Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion

Location and Lobby

The Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion sits on the Washington DC/Maryland border approximately 8 miles northwest of the National Mall, 6 miles from the White House, and 3 miles from the National Zoo.  In addition to the Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel, Chevy Chase Pavilion houses a shopping mall currently occupied by Old Navy, H&M, and J. Crew alongside restaurants including Range by Bryan Voltaggio and The Cheesecake Factory.

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Across the street from Chevy Chase Pavilion are the Shops at Wisconsin Place and the Mazza Gallerie featuring an AMC multi-screen movie theater.  Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion is a #PrettyGreat location for families looking to explore Washington DC attractions, but also get out of the city in the evening and have plenty of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment.  In fact, I saw a number of vacationing families milling about the hotel.

The small lobby is located on the second floor (above street level), and has an upscale contemporary and modern feel.  There are plenty of comfortable sitting and conversation areas, a lovely fireplace, and conference room for meetings.

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Keep in mind that (like most city hotels, especially those in DC) parking is not included in your room rate.  Parking (inside the adjacent garage) costs $26/night, and an elevator in the garage takes you right inside the hotel.

Accommodations

Of course the Embassy Suites brand is known for their two-room suites, and it’s one of the reasons we think the hotel is perfect for family travel.  Their two-room suites allow parents and kids to each have their own separate spaces.  The bedroom (pictured below) had a plush, comfortable king-size bed, a 37-inch flat screen HD television, MP3 player clock radio, and plenty of storage space in the wardrobe and dresser.

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The bathroom was plenty large enough for my 18 year old daughter and myself, and featured a granite topped vanity with Giovanni cosmetic products.

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In the living room there was a queen-sized sleeper sofa that my daughter slept on and reported as quite comfortable.  There was also an armchair.  I mention this because it was one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve sat in, and my daughter wanted to take it home with her.  There was also a 42-inch flat screen HD television set up next to a desk and workspace.

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Separating the living room from the bedroom and making a teeny-tiny hallway/alcove across from the bathroom was a cleverly-designed nook with granite-topped wet bar with Keurig coffee maker, mini-fridge, and microwave.

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The added space of the Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion’s accommodations allowed plenty of room for both my 18 year old daughter and her old dad to spread out and feel comfortable.

Restaurants and Dining

Another hallmark of all Embassy Suites’ hotels is the complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and DC Metro was no exception.  I love that you can fuel up with healthy, protein-filled, choices – just what my daughter and I needed before heading off to the full day of college orientation.

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Of course the other Embassy Suites differentiator is their complimentary evening reception.  As American University kept us occupied until the evening with activities, we didn’t make it back in time for the reception.  However, they use the re-designed Willie’s Bar for this daily event.  Named in memory of Embassy Suites sous chef Wilfredo Benavides who lost his battle with ALS in 2013, Willie’s Bar donates 1% of their revenue to the local chapter of the ALS Association.

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Amenities, Pool, and Spa

There’s an impressive workout and pool facility on the Penthouse level of the Chevy Chase Pavilion.  The Pavilion Health and Swim Club has an indoor pool, whirlpool spa, cardiovascular and weight training equipment.

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As a health club, personal trainers and massages were also available.  During our visit, the club was testing out 30 and 60 minute sessions of individual and small group Yoga as well.

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The Pavilion Health and Swim Club facilities looked outstanding.  However, as a runner based in the northeast, I like to get outside whenever I can, and stretched my legs along Military Road towards Rock Creek Park.

The Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion makes a #PrettyGreat home base for a family looking to explore Washington DC, but get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.  Less than three miles from the Smithsonian National Zoo, the Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion is particularly well-situated for animal loving families.  Fuel up in the morning at the complementary breakfast for your day of exploring our nation’s capital.  After a long day of touring the Washington DC monuments, the family will appreciate snacks at the evening reception before settling into your comfortable, over-sized suite or heading right outside for dinner at dozens of places including Range by Bryan Voltaggio, The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Capital Grille and more.

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post written by me in support of a paid campaign for Embassy Suites’ #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks campaign.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.