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.
August 31, 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 29, 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 22, 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 30, 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 18, 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Caroline54 Power Outage
We had been without power 5 days when we decided to escape to the Sheraton which would accept our 74 lb Golden Retriever. Love the hotel and lake, will make this our go to hotel when we lose power. Beautiful setting, hotel pool and the nicest staff ever. Breakfast wonderful and waitress so friendly. Room wonderful with microwave and fridge, spacious and the best bed in any hotel. Keep up the good work. Great setting for a wedding or conferenc
July 9, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by DissapointedAgain Disappointed in Amenities
The rooms were fine, as expected but there was no refrigerator or microwave. They wanted to charge me $25 for a regrigerator. And I am a Starwood "Preferred" Guest. HaHa. In addition to that, the biggest disappointment is that they wanted to charge me $25 for internet! In this day and age, I'm sorry, but internet should be free!! Adding insult, I borrowed the billards equipment and they purposely decided not to give me the triangle to set the balls up "in case I didnt know enough about billiards". Unbelievable! The guy who made that decision should have a talking to.
July 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by JBGA Welcome relief from power outage
Very friendly reservation clerk who helped secure room for pet during recent power outage. Lots of folks at hotel with pets and this was a wonderful accomodation with no extra fees and lots of lawn for taking care of business. Looked like folks were also picking up after pets as we didn't see any leavings in back or in front. Rooms were spacious and clean; comfortable beds and bedding. Only problem we had was frequent loss of signal on digital TV but overall very happy to have the availability during the area power outages.
July 4, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by ENTJ not the typical Sheraton quality
The room was quite dated, with uncomfortable beds. I was unnecessarily placed in a room perfectly fitted for wheelchair users. No SPG recognition.
On the plus side, the breakfast was quite good, in an area with a great view of the river.
June 17, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Julie2012 Older property
My room felt dirty and old. The bed was not very comfortable and the remote didn't always work. Not worth $109 a night.
June 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by elkaybie Disappointed
We stayed at this hotel for a wedding, and were really surprised by the staff's attitude upon check in. The block had been reserved for months as was our reservation. You would think that staff would take utmost care in making sure guests of a large event, which is bringing the hotel lots of money, were happy and taken care of. In talking with other guests of the wedding, we found our opinion was not alone. Step it up next time, or you may find large parties become a thing of the past.
June 6, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by mommaxine SOME OK SOME NOT
The location of this hotel is excellent! Within walking distance to an amazing mall with food and entertainment. It is in a wooded area that is beautiful. Our room was in the lodge section, which is set in the woods further. The parking was free which is an added benefit. The unfortunate problem was that there wasn't a ramp, an incline to pull your luggage up or for handicap assistance that we could find. And your rooms are either downstairs or upstairs, ours' was downstairs and there isn't an elevator in the lodge (I checked with the front desk) and it is very inconvenient to lug your luggage up and down steps!! Our room was enormous and near the laundry, a big plus! It was beautiful with an huge desk and full size sleeper sofa, beautifully furnished. Yet another problem was that in our bathroom (room 166) there was only hot, very hot water in the tub/shower. I complained to the front desk and they said they would send an engineer down to fix it while we were gone for the day. We had 3 nights total stay (May 25th-27th and 27th-28th, 2 different bookings using cash and points but all in the same room), the engineer never showed up during our stay. And due to no elevator and ramp, it was difficult to change rooms. At checkout, after several tries to get all my receipts, I was almost offered a free breakfast, I was asked if I ate, but I was on my way to my flight and had no time, I think the front desk was going to offer me a meal but I'll never know. As beautiful as it was, and as close of a location to family as it was, it had it's draw backs.
May 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trixie3 A beautiful hotel and great staff
Thank you to Derrick, the manager on duty last weekend, and his wonderful, friendly staff. My daughter and I had a beautiful king sized bedroom overlooking the lake. It was spacious, clean and had an air purifier which was highly effective. We had a very nice breakfast in the club lounge with excellent service. There was no extra charge for allowing our shih tzu to stay with us. I definitely look forward to staying again.
May 30, 2012