Gaylord National

$199 for a One-Night Stay at the Gaylord National in Greater Washington, DC (Up to $600 Value)

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AAA Four Diamond High-Rise Hotel with Several Restaurants

About 10 miles downriver from the Lincoln Memorial on the banks of the Potomac, a glass atrium towers 18 stories above the Gaylord National. No other building in the capital contains as many floors. Beneath the massive glass dome, street lamps, sculpted shrubbery, and lighted fountains populate a courtyard that feels more like a town square in scope and activity.

The Gaylord's seven eateries and watering holes present dining options for pretty much any occasion, from date night to Dan Quayle's birthday. At the signature restaurant, Old Hickory Steakhouse, chefs prepare porterhouse and rib eyes sourced from a free-range cattle ranch. An extensive wine collection complements an even more impressive selection of artisan cheese, overseen by the resident maitre d'fromage. On Sundays, the Pienza Italian Market puts on a brunch buffet with fresh pastries, seafood salads, baked pasta, slow-cooked meats, and made-to-order waffles and omelets.

Aestheticians at Relâche Spa perform hair, nail, skincare, and massage services within the 20,000-square-foot spa, which also contains an indoor pool, fitness center, and saunas. After a day of pampering, guests can flaunt new hairstyles and relaxed deltoid muscles at Pose Ultralounge, the hotel's rooftop nightclub, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound terrace that overlook the marina.

Oxon Hill, Maryland: Potomac Riverside Town Minutes from DC

Gaylord National sits on the banks of the Potomac River, which flows south from DC to the Atlantic Ocean. Outside the resort, a water taxi ferries passengers across the Potomac to the port town of Alexandria, Virginia, a former tobacco trading post and George Washington's hometown, founded in 1749. Visitors can shop along the cobblestone streets, step into a historical museum, or try on replicas of Washington's wooden teeth.

A famous pair of giant pandas reside at the National Zoo in the tree-lined Woodley Park neighborhood of DC, about 15 miles from the resort. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, two of the United States' few captive pandas, amble about and munch on bamboo in their 12,000-square-foot enclosure, which features streams, a water-cooled grotto, and an indoor habitat. The National Zoo houses about 2,000 animals from around the world, including elephants, cheetahs, and gorillas.

Located just north of the National Mall in downtown DC, the Newseum chronicles the modern history of journalism, with artifacts that run the gamut from the Unabomber's cabin to an exhibit of eight 12-foot-high concrete slabs of the Berlin Wall. One gallery is dedicated solely to Pulitzer Prize–winning photographs, and another to the media coverage of 9/11.

What You Get

  • $199 for a one-night stay in an executive suite

Amenities

  • Seven onsite restaurants and bars, including rooftop nightclub
  • Indoor pool
  • Family arcade
  • Onsite spa and salon
  • Fitness center with saunas and steam room

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 3/1/12
  • Must complete travel by 3/31/12
  • Not valid 2/8-2/9, 2/21, 2/26-2/29, 3/13, 3/15, 3/18-3/19, or 3/21-3/29
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Subject to availability
  • Cancellation notice required by 6PM on day of scheduled arrival or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • 16% tax not included.

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How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Gaylord National or visit website by 3/1/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 3/31/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: free
  • 850–1,000 square feet
  • Dining area that seats six

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: high-speed Internet access in each guest room; wireless Internet access in atriums; local phone calls up to 20 minutes ($0.10/minute thereafter); toll-free and credit-card calls up to 20 minutes ($0.10/minute thereafter); bottled water (two/room each day); daily newspaper; access to the fitness center
  • Parking: $21 per night for self-parking; $30 for valet
  • Rollaways: $25 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

  • $199 for a one-night stay in an executive suite (up to $600 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: about 8 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA); about 40 miles from Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • By cab: about $30 from DCA
  • By car: about 12 miles south of Washington, DC
  • By shuttle: $19 per passenger, one-way from DCA; $43 per passenger, one-way from IAD

Traveler's Tips

  • The hotel's shuttle to DCA runs every 20 minutes; reservations are recommended.
  • To avoid large tour groups and crowds, visitors can tour the monuments on the National Mall at night; most are lit up.

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