Rated 2 out of 5 by petunia Crummy customer service
sink had huge crack extending across entire bowl
lamp without bulb
room at least five minute walk from check in and no assistance except for luggage, no warning that room is so far away
all notification cards left in room dirty
no liners in garbage pails
note left from manager asking for emails but no response.
room needs touch ups- little cracks in wallpaper, dirt on walls, pulls in carpet, not enough wall sockets - plug for coffee behind huge console so had to move coffee to desk where there are sockets
no explanation of how to get free internet if you are starwood member etc.
all in all mediocre experience
September 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by NancyG Excellent room at the Lodge section!
This hotel is all about service and comfort. Our room in the Lodge section of the hotel was large and quiet with woods and a lake view. I felt like I was in spa room at a resort. No, the furniture and bath weren't marble and gold, but this room was way more than I expected. The front desk made sure we had the best room available at our rate. Will definitely return if our travels take us this way. Only about 40 minutes from D.C.
September 14, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vernon67 Excellent place to stay.
The only complaint was it isn't easy to find.Went pass the turnoff the first time.
September 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by naftdr excellent couldn't have been more delighted
all personal were terrific especially beth and ellen
thank you for making our daughters wedding absolutely perfect
September 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JCoz Friendly Staff
My flight did not arrive until late and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful upon my arrival. They also secured a taxi to my destination with only 15 minutes notice! Very clean and inviting rooms. Best sleep I've had on the road!
September 10, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by AA333 Hot and Cold
The room was either sweltering hot or freezing cold depending on if the air was running or not. And when the air turned on every ten minutes it woke all four of us up with it's noise.
September 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dennis2012 Publisher
Excellent Hotel for the Baltimore Area, close to a major mall and excellent restaurants
September 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jugsy123 GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
The hotel room was very clean, csr service was amazing and very helpful with all needs, the restaurant food was great and overall the place to be in Columbia at any given time. Highly recommended.
September 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by daftu tthis hotel was great
Hotel was clean in good locationi
September 2, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by KG32 Great service
Great service and location.
September 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by EdandMary The staff is outstanding
The Greeting was outstanding - we love Starwood - it makes us feel at home. Mr McKnight at the desk was awesome and so was Ed in the Club Lounge. Kudos to the staff!!!!
August 31, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by TravelsTooMuch Lackluster
(1) The location was great.
(2) The staff was polite and helpful when contacted.
The Bad / Ugly:
(1) The value was poor.
(2) The bathroom was ridiculously small.
(3) There were multiple maintenance issues including: peeling wallpaper; closet doors that do not easily open and close; a toilet seat with chips and bubbles; and visible chipping/cracking at the bottom of the bathroom door. All of this was in a club level room.
(4) There is little to no SPG recognition.
August 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Traveler55 Great Stay!
I haven't stayed in a hotel where I'm not at top loyalty status in quite awhile, but I have to say that I really enjoyed my stay here. The hotel location is great and the staff was extremely efficient and accommodating. I will definitely stay there again!
August 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by LM47 Nearly perfect experience
The room was large, very comfortable and attractive.
Other than some loud guests and a barking dog at 4AM that barked on and off until 6AM the stay was very enjoyable.
The only thing that was wrong with the room was that the bathroom door fit so tightly that my, small in stature, wife would have been unable to close the door to the point of latching it and certainly could never have reopened it if she did get it closed.
August 23, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sister Great staff but facilities need improvement
No trash can or easy access outlets to charge phones. No vent in bathroom leaving room too steamy. The coffee in room was horrible..maybe stale? No elevator in our section, not good for elderly or people with physical disabilities. Food and service was excellent but food was a bit pricey
August 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mkcrawley2 Moore/Yuille Reunion 2012
We would like to sincerely thank you all for your Hospitality for our reunion. You all helped to make our reunion stay a very pleasent one,
August 15, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by kathemil Scary Hotel
I was sent down to Lodge #3 at 8:30 at night and was never so scared in my life! It was dark - no lighting, I was on the 2nd floor and had to drag my suitcase up the stairs due to no elevators. I had to go down a long dark hallway and was petrified. Couldn't sleep cause I did not feel safe.
August 12, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by BusinessTraveler2012July Papers please....
The hotel will kick you and your family to the gutter if you lose your drivers license while you travel. Even if you are a preferrred member, and have stayed at the hotel for business in the same month.
The front desk clerk first lied, saying that it was required to validate my credit card (which it is not, since I can pay on-line). Then I offered to pay cash, and the lie was exposed.
The second lie, offered by the manager was that government ID is required by law, which is definetly not true. I stayed at an other hotel in the area just fine w/o having a drivers licence.
With ethics like these who can trust the hotel if anything goes wrong?
August 11, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by msg24 Very nice hotel
very nice, would recommend to anyone staying near DC area
August 6, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by sajean rates
Durng my 3 night stay, the phones did not work (first two days), no wake up call, and no TV or internet on the second day, yet, I paid the same rate as if they were working? What should that be? My over charge for room service was corrected. Thank you!! The pool was closed at 6:00 pm, so could not be used.
August 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by DocMatter People great, but facilities not
First off, the staff was great! But...
The wireless service in my room never reached above 2 bars (fair, at best). It was slow, slow, slow. And they charge you $12.95/day if you're not a Starwood member. Also, the cable kept cutting out on me every 45 minutes or so. Engineering said it was the new TVs and that was about it. And the pool closed at 6 PM... never got a chance to use it since I was in meetings all day.
August 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Atpj SPG Gold - what's the point?
I have been an SPG Gold member for 15 years and this is the ONLY hotel that the only "benefit" is 24hours of free internet. At Starwood properties around the world I've received room upgrades, breakfast, at least a "thank you" for making it to Gold. And at this hotel? A big fat NOTHING. Oh, and as an aside, there WERE club level rooms available so it wasn't that. Other than that, it's in pretty decent shape for an older hotel, great view of the lake from the higher floors lakeside.
July 31, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kevin05 Good location and staff
The Columbia property sits on a lake and is within walking distance to restaurants and a public area where there was live music playing. The outdoor pool overlooks the lake and a wooded area. SPG members received complimentary internet. The staff was overall very helpful -- especially a bartender named Pinar.
I was disappointed in some of the Business Center resources. I needed to make a copy and was tersely informed that there is a $0.25 charge per page. That should be included in the Business Center. The printer was low on toner. On another occassion, the front desk faxed a document for me and was pleasant and helpful.
The property is a little 'dated' and was undergoing construction. If you are being charged non-construction rates, then you shouldn't have to contend with that distraction...otherwise, some sort of rate-adjustment should have been made.
July 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Junebug66 great experience
We had a wonderful visit at the Sheraton in Columbia MD. The only thing that was surprising was the cost of the Brunch. It was a little steep, but the food was wonderful!
Bathroom needs a towel rack also.
July 27, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Tom3 don't bother with this one
I arrived early before check-in time and was told that there were no rooms available but they would put a "rush" on one. Since I had to go back to work, I left my wife there to wait for the room. Two hours and forty minutes later (at 2:40 pm) the room was made available only after I placed a call to the front desk. If they cannot make-up a room in 2:40 minutes???? I travel weekly to this area, this is my first experience and also as aSPG member.
July 25, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Valerie88 Inconvenient...Management needs to get organized...
Stayed in hotel for nearly a month for business. Here were my low points:
- Fire alarm went off EVERY SINGLE DAY, usually in the middle of the night. Was told it was a "malfunction".
-Got "checked out" of my room by housekeeping and many of my items discarded on third day of my stay.
-Had to call and request housekeeping or they never showed up.
- When TV didn't get channels, was told the only solution was for me to change rooms. Move 2 buildings over, in 100+ degree heat index.
-The room I was to be moved to was not clean, still debris on the floor, etc.
-Sticking doors, rough patches in vestibules, dumpster near the entrance stank.
July 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewCanaanHector Yet again, our home away from home in the area
We came to Columbia, as we do ever so often along the year and this time the hotel was real busy with a "cheerleading" event. I thought that we would have problems with the noisy youngsters, but we were setup in the lodge and there was no noise at all. Room was well equipped with fridge and microwave and the ONLY criticism would be that Erina at the front desk did not tell us which entrance to use to get to our rooms. We had to walk the whole length of the Lodge, up and down and across several entry points to get to our rooms. It would have been perfect if she had told us to drive to entrance "X", park and then go up a flight of stairs.
Apart from that, everything went perfectly.
July 17, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by CTdead Plumbing needs upgrade
Hotel location was great (few blocks from merriweather). Room was nice and furniture was very comfortable. Plumbing in the room was not adequate. Tub did not drain and toilet would run after flushing. This was not what I expected from a sheraton facility.
July 12, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by aabb Very Unhappy
We have stayed here in the past and had a good experience however, this time we were put in "The Lodge". It was very dated and tired and needs alot of work. Also, staff was rude and lied to us. When confronted they finally admitted they knew we would not be able to return to the hotel until late that night due to a firework display. We asked about this that morning and were told it would be no problem. We could not get back in until 11 p.m. That was a problem! Told us we needed to take that up with the police not them. Very rude and felt they did not care about their guests.
July 11, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by weddingweekend Nice for a wedding but not the best service to gold members
The room was very nice but a few things were a bit disappointing: 1) I'm a Gold Member and I wasn't offered a gold reward when I checked in (was only given the option of free internet and I didn't have a laptop with me); 2) the drain was very slow in the shower and the toilet ran all night. All understandable but when I told the staff about it at check-out, they seemed uninterested and didn't offer any apologies, which is atypical for Starwood facilities in my experience.
July 11, 2012