Townplace Suites Falls Church By Marriot
Who knew Falls Church in Virginia was so sensational – and no, I am not talking about the upscale communities and beautiful parks. I am talking about the TownePlace Suites Falls Church Hotel by the Marriott in Virginia.
It is hard to really impress anyone in a state filled with high-end hotels. Especially in the DMV area (D.C. Maryland and Virginia). You name it, it’s in the DMV area. You have the Four Seasons, Weichert Suites at the Newseum, Trump Hotel, The Ritz Carlton, and the St. Regis Hotel. Then there is the TownPlace Suites Falls Church Hotel by the Marriott – and when this Hotel decided to open their doors in 1999, they were just thinking about providing a homely experience.
Rightfully so, when I was looking for a place a little bit outside of the Downtown D.C area to relax, I intended to maintain a bit more levity-while maintaining my top-notch taste. So after doing my research, this hotel, nestled in the heart of Hillwood Avenue was my first choice. The Georgian architectural-inspired sanctuary is located just 10 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, so getting to the hotel was easy after my flight.
As I entered the premises, I saw workmen on the job, skillfully updating the west wing of the property with fresh new decor and modern furnishings. Later that day, I found out that the team has been hard at work bringing to life the very latest in TownPlace Suites design through much-needed renovations that should be completed by the end of summer. In fact, guests have already moved into some of the updated rooms.
Noteworthy, this property will be the first TownPlace Suites in the country to unveil the new “Generation 5” (Gen5) design package. What does this mean? The Gen5 concept will initiate the transformation of a more eclectic modern space that will bring forth a vibrant and contemporary design with a touch of high-end inspiration. The update will include the transition of the traditional buffet set up into an area that converts seamlessly from foodservice and prep to a space that could just as easily be used to work in or sit in and have a glass of wine.
The other big part of Gen5 design is an innovative new room concept, which is a clear commitment to sustainability. This room type blends the convenience of a hotel room with all the added elements mirroring the flexibility of private home rental. Just like the current room types, there will be a studio room as well as one and two-bedroom suites for the single person, family, or a small group of friends.
On another note, It felt so refreshing being on the property. I could hear the sound of birds singing and I realized that four-legged pets were treated like guests. Yes, this is a pet-friendly hotel, so let the dogs out! Check-in was easy, thanks to Kiki, and getting to my room wasn’t difficult.
Take your shoe off….
TownPlace Suites Falls Church boasts more spacious suites than most other luxury hotel rooms in the Downtown DC area. In comparison to the luxury hotels, the rooms at this property are understated and sophisticated with plush bedding and pillow-tops made out of a blend of cotton that is wrinkled resistant.
I stayed in one of the studio rooms that was yet to experience the Gen5 touch, but it was still pleasing to the eye. Now, I have stayed at several hotels and housekeeping sometimes can be underwhelming in preparing the rooms well. However, TownPlace Suites Falls Church housekeeping certainly had a magical touch. Special commendation must be given to Argelia and the rest of the housekeeping team who gave me service above self right throughout my stay. It was very evident that the room was cleverly designed for a comfortable stay. The bathroom had a shower/tub combination with the Marriott signature shower set, created by Paul Mitchell.
My favorite part about this room was the fully equipped kitchen that included a stovetop with an oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, dish cleaning supplies, silverware, pots, pans, dishes, and glasses, only to name a few. The room also has a sofa bed and a television set with most of my favorite cable channels and internet TV.
If you are traveling with your family or friends, the one or two-bedroom suites would be your best pick. The one-bedroom holds a maximum occupancy of three persons and the two-bedroom holds a maximum capacity of five persons. The suites consist of wifi at maximum speed, queen beds, and a sofa bed in the living room area. There is also a shower/tub combination and a hairdryer in the bathroom. The living room area is decked with a sofa bed, alarm clock, table with seating for 3, desk, writing/work, electrical outlet, iron, and ironing board. Don’t mind cooking? These suites also come with a fully equipped kitchen with the same appliances and cutleries that were in my room. What is more, up to two cribs are permitted in each suite. For your entertainment, there are up to three Television sets with cable/satellite and internet TV. To find out more about the rooms, click here. See images of a renovated studio room below.
Quiet and modest, TownPlace Suite Falls Church by Marriott is like a residential haven that is neatly placed in the heart of a sophisticated residential community with grand houses and apartment complexes – and with the multimillion-dollar Gen5 plan property renovation, It has already become the talk of the town thanks to the reviews on google. A spectacle if you ask me. No wonder General Manager Jeff Butler concurred that you will want to make this your place of visit if you are planning to travel to the DMV.
Eat and stay fit
During my stay, I was unable to fully experience the TownPlace Falls Church Dining experience and utilize the 24-hour fitness center due to the coronavirus and the renovations. However, The new plan will include an expansion of the breakfast area, creating an outdoor grilling space, fireplace, and a brand-new fitness facility.
Breakfast is usually complimentary from Monday – Sunday, and room service is available throughout lunch and dinner time. For those wishing to dine out during their stay, there are a variety of eateries located nearby. Nearby restaurants include Applebees, Hot n’ Juicy (my favorite), Argia’s Italian Restaurant, IHOP, Silver Diner, Popeyes, and much more. Below you will find images of the new dining area, which will be completed by the end of summer.
In awe of surrounding communities
While a safe neighborhood, it’s pretty sleepy at night and not particularly close to many top attractions, although there are several restaurants in the area as listed above.
A little known fact about the City – Falls Church is a city located in Falls Church County, Virginia. With a 2020 population of 16,186, it is the 33rd largest city in Virginia and the 2193rd largest city in the United States. According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Falls Church Va was: White: 80.16%, Asian: 10.10%, Black or African American: 4.76%, Two or more races: 3.24%, Other race: 1.57%, Native American: 0.16% and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%.
Walking and jogging were a part of my daily routine. From Hillwood to Franklin Forrest and Cherri Drive, I felt like I was strategically placed in the heart of peace, serenity, and grandeur architecture. The hotel was also close in proximity to four supermarkets such as ALDI, which is next door the hotel, Harris Teeter, New Grand Mart, and a Safeway. If you do not want to drive to Downtown D.C and want to experience some Falls Church fun, ensure to visit the Eden Center, The Falls Church, Audacious Aleworks, Falls Church Farmers Market, which is an important event in the area. There is also the Settle Down Easy Brewing Co, Cherry hill Farmhouse only to name a few.