Rockville, MD - Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Ctr
Address: 1750 Rockville Pike Phone: 301-468-1100
Location/ Directions: I-495 West toward Silver Spring. Take Exit 34 Route 355 North (Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike). Proceed approximately 3.4 miles on Rockville Pike and the Hilton Rockville will be on your right after the Rollins Avenue/Twinbrook Parkway Intersection.
Average Price (Checked Feb 2016): $150.00 AAA Rated: YES Stars: (***3***)
About Hotel: 7-Floors, 315-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Fitness Center, Restaurant On-Site, Cribs, High chairs, Elevators, Local Area Transportation, Lounge, Room Service, Sight Seeing Tours, Air Conditioning, Arm Chair with Ottoman, Black-Out Curtains, Alarm Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Connecting Rooms, Ergonomic Desk Chair, Non-Smoking Hotel, 27-40 Inch Flat Panel Cable HDTV, Thermostat (adjustable), Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, 24 Hour Housekeeping, Coffee Maker, Convenient Electrical Outlets, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet Access, Iron/Ironing Board, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Rollaways, Self Laundry Available, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Speaker phone with Voicemail, Self Parking (fee), No Pets Allowed.
Railroad View: Clear but only a fair to poor view of the railroad. Get a room on the north side, overlooking the Metro station. The tracks are across the commuter parking lot. The Metro tracks are closer to the hotel with a train station which blocks most of the CSX / Amtrak view due to the station canopies. You will be able to see the CSX / Amtrak trains and even capture locomotive numbers with binoculars or a video camera, but photography of trains from the room is very poor. A retaining wall along the elevated Metro tracks eliminates a nice view of the Metro trains; only the upper 2/3rd's of the train can be seen. There is almost no noise from the railroad heard from the hotel. Windows do not open. In a quiet room you may hear the soft rumble of the locomotives. At night you can also see the trains, but its not enough light to video.
Railroads past Hotel: CSX Transportation / Amtrak (trains # 29 & # 30) / MARC (Commuter rail) / Washington Metro (electric transit). During my short stay of 12 hours on Labor Day (10pm to 10:30am), I only saw 3 freights, however because it was a holiday and the fact its hard to hear the passing trains, I'm sure I missed many.
Railroad Radio Frequencies: 160.320 / 160.230 - CSX BC Dispatcher Baltimore
Notes: The hotel is located next to the Washington Metro transit's Twinbrook Station located on the Red Line. This makes this hotel easy access to Washington DC and Union Station.
Photo Comment: Looking north out the window of room # 409 the white canopy of the Twinbrook station can be seen. There are 2 tracks for the Washington Metro trains, behind that are 2 tracks for CSX / MARC / Amtrak. This trains are hard to view with the Metro Station in the way. Bottom photo shows a eastbound Metro train in the station, although you only see about half of the rail cars, this is the best view you will achieve of what would be a clear view of the railroad.
Floor Plan: Ask for a high floor, odd numbered rooms that end with 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11, 15, 17, 19, 20 should work as well. My room # 409 was in the center of the building, which was fine.
Within Walking Distance from Washington Metro's Twinbrook Station (Red Line)
RailfanMotels.com - Reviewed September 2015 / Posted 2/15/2016.