Sheraton Dulles Airport Hotel: Unadvertised Renovations

a room with a wall and shelves

If you’re staying at the Sheraton Dulles Airport soon, be aware that they’re undergoing some extensive renovations that are not disclosed on the website. If you’re just looking for a nice room to sleep for the night you’ll have a good experience, if you’re looking for any of the usual Sheraton extras like a fitness center, business center, restaurant, bar, ice machine, or even a lobby, you’re going to be pretty disappointed.a glass door with a sign on it




a building with a parking lot and a parking lot

Especially since the renovations and missing amenities are not disclosed anywhere on the website or during the booking process! The home page still features pictures of the business center and restaurant. This is what I find unforgivable, since the experience they can offer is nothing like what they’re advertising.

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But whenever they’re done (and apparently it’s been close to a year, perhaps more) the renovations are going to be a huge improvement. I recently stayed in one of the renovated rooms and it looks great! The previous design was darker colors and plaid accents.

a hotel room with a bed and a desk
Sheraton Herndon Dulles Airport before the renovations

a bathroom with a sink and toilet

The new decor is light and bright. I absolutely loved the new bedspreads!

a room with two beds a chair and ottoman in a room a tv on a wall




a tv on a shelf
Desk light and power outlet

The desk now includes a slide out table on wheels which was great for an impromptu picnic and also good if you want to work and watch TV.a table next to a chair

They’ve also added a mini-fridge and microwave.

a microwave and a small refrigerator on a shelf

The bathroom has been simplified and updated, looks like the previous shower-only design has been changed to a shower/tub combo. Great showerhead and water pressure.a bathroom with a shower and a sink

The walls are still nice and thick, so noise is muted even through the connecting door. You could hear housekeeping staff yelling to each other in the morning though.a hallway with a carpeted floor

So that’s the good part about the renovations. The bad part is until the renovations are completed, and they’ve got a ways to go, the hotel really has nothing to offer other than the room and a hotel shuttle.

a plastic wrap covering a wall
Awaiting an ice machine
a glass door with a sign on it
Former lobby area
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Current lobby area
a coffee maker on a table
Morning coffee station
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Morning Breakfast Amenity

If you really want to use the gym, you can walk next door to the Hyatt Place who will let you use theirs. It does require a room key so you’ll need to stop by the Hyatt Place front desk to ask.

There aren’t many restaurants in walking distance, so your easiest options will be the small cooler with drinks and a basket of chips for purchase in the “lobby”, ordering delivery, or walking next door to the Hyatt Place to their cafe.


The hotel staff are really nice but there’s not much they can do to improve the situation, which probably explains why the Sheraton has taken a big hit in their reviews recently.

If you need more than a room for the night, I recommend calling them in advance to check on the status of the rennovations or booking another hotel in the area. Be aware the Hyatt Place seems to have a bigger draw with families, so if you don’t want to share the pool, lobby, and fitness center with frolicking children, you might enjoy the more spartan experience at the Sheraton.

One thing that hasn’t changed is their competitively priced Park & Fly packages which, depending on the length of your trip, are often the same price or less as parking in the economy lot at Dulles.



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  1. Uhm, that decor is off-brand for Sheraton, but very on-brand for Courtyard by Marriott, down to the light fixture and walls.

    Is this leaving Sheraton soon?

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