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Westin Tysons Corner in Virginia

It wasn’t a long stay but it was pleasant and worth it. That is how I will describe our stay in Westin Tysons Corner in Virginia last April 21 – 23, 2017.

I was initially adamant to book here because it is in Virginia and we are landing at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. However, the hotels in the city center of D.C. are very expensive and budget is a primary concern. So I asked my hubby to check areas near the Dulles International Airport, and this hotel came up. I am glad we stayed here, and here are the reasons why:

What I like

The nice and friendly staff.
The free infused and super refreshing water. We arrived past 1:00 p.m. so it was a bit hot and had to lug luggages from the side parking lot all the way to the central receiving area of the hotel. The infused water with berries was a welcome treat!

Fast check-in and check-out service
Fast and strong wifi connection
Quiet hotel in good location, just near the 495 Interstate
Starbucks inside the hotel’s premise
The hotel is easy to find. It’s right beside the Stratford University.
There are plenty of shopping complex around the vicinity if you need some retail therapy.
Many restaurants around too.
Few minutes drive to Washington D.C. tourist area


Room is big enough for 3 adults
Hi-tech coffee maker with really nice Starbucks coffee granules for guests in the room
Huge closet and you can put your several big luggages inside
Very comfortable bed
Spacious bathroom

Vending machines for snacks and drinks
Free gym and pool usage and gym is open 24/7!
Pets are allowed but you have to check with the hotel prior to bringing your pet
There’s an ATM inside the hotel
Clean hotel


What I don’t like

The paid parking even for guests. It was a turn off. I was thinking they provide free parking for guests who are staying in the hotel for several nights.
Starbucks does not operate 24 hrs. It would have been nice if it did.
Wifi is only free in the public areas but our booking rate already included the payment for the wifi usage
Our room didn’t have a good view


Nearby attractions (reference:

Most popular landmarks
Tomb of the Unknowns – 12.7 km
US Marine Corps War Memorial – 12.8 km
Air Force Memorial – 13.6 km
The Pentagon – 14.5 km
Walter Reed Reed National Military Medical Center – 14.5 km
Phillips Collection – 14.6 km
White House – 15.5 km
US Holocaust Memorial Museum – 15.9 km
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – 15.9 km
Jefferson Memorial – 15.9 km

Closest airports
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – 16.4 km
Washington Dulles International Airport – 20.6 km
Baltimore – Washington International Airport – 56 km

Closest landmarks
Tysons Corner Center – 1.5 km
The Galleria at Tysons Shopping Center – 2.1 km
West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metro Station – 2.3 km
McLean Shopping Center – 4.1 km
Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro Station – 5.8 km
Fairfax Circle Plaza Shopping Center – 6.8 km
Kimball Theatre – 7 km
Upton Hill Regional Park – 7.5 km
George Bush Center for Intelligence – 7.7 km
Oakton Shopping Center – 7.7 km


My recommendation:  5 out of 5

Despite of the few negative feedback I have about this hotel, all in all, it is still a very good one to stay at whether you are on a business or leisure trip. I like the fact that the hotel is clean and the room is spacious for 3 adults. The bed is so comfortable that you feel like sleeping in rather than going out. I like the location too because you can drive to the nearby Tysons Corner Center for food and retail or drive further to visit famous landmarks in the Washington D.C. metro area.

The price is also perfect because this is a high quality property from the Marriott Group of properties.

The Westin Tysons Corner
7801 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA 22043, USA

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Weekend at Ibis Hotel in Deira

We love spending overnights in different hotels in UAE. We do not this every single week as this costly habit will definitely burn holes in our pockets. Our family makes it a point to spend a weekend in the nearby areas when time and budget permits at least once every 2 months. We take that opportunity to bond as a family and explore different places and hotels around the UAE.

I chose Ibis Hotel in Deira, Dubai this time. The last time we checked in a hotel was last quarter of 2011 in Hilton Ras Al Khaimah. I decided to book in Ibis because our company gets special rates and I will earn in my A/Club Loyalty Program which is under the Accor Hotels. Ibis Hotel is one of that famous chain.

Ibis Hotel is a 2-star property. However, I feel it can pass as 3-4 stars because it is clean, has modern amenities like other 3-4 stars hotel. It has a basement parking lot for free for guests and clients, restaurants, access for the handicap, free wi-fi at the lobby, internet access in the rooms, vending machines on every floor, ice machine in the 1st floor and is connected to the Novotel Hotel so guests can access the pool with a minimal fee.

I booked a standard room with a queen size bed. The room is actually spacious with very basic amenities and no mini-bar. The cabinet has no door which I find very chic for easy access and there is no safe box unlike other big hotels. The private bathroom has a shower and the body gel and liquid soap are attached to the wall. There were no other free toiletries. However, there is an installed hair-dryer which is okay.

I like this hotel because it is clean, smells good and is walking distance to the nearest metro station. It is situated right in front of Deira City Centre. So, business travellers in Dubai can enjoy this small but very chic hotel for a budget price. I give it my thumbs up!

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