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Hotel: Arlington Court House or Ballston Location?

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Hotel: Arlington Court House or Ballston Location?

My husband and I will be in Arlington for a long weekend later this month (June). Can stay at either Residence Inn Court House or Residence Inn Ballston (new one on Quincy). have read reviews of both (RI Ballston is only a month old so only 2 reviews). Cost per night is very close. We now have a son living in the area and both hotels are a convenient location to visit him.

Would like information about dining options within walking distance of each - What restaurants do you like/recommend? Also, is one closer to metro stop than other?

Any input that would help us make a decision between the two would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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The Courthouse Residence Inn is about 3 blocks from Metro; the Ballston Residence Inn is about 5 blocks from Metro.

I seldom eat in either area, but I would say that there are more dining choices in Ballston. (We like Vapiano's.) We more often eat in Clarendon which has a wide variety of restaurants. Clarendon is just one Metro stop away from both Ballston and Courthouse.

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longhorn - thanks for info - Any particular restaurants in Clarendon that you recommend?

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A few off the top of my head are: Pete's Apizza, Hard Times Cafe, Liberty Tavern and Whitlows on Wilson. For chains, there's a Cheesecake Factory. Some popular places I haven't been are Lyon Hall and Eventide.

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I agree with Longhorn on all counts. One point I'll add: the Rosslyn Metro is served by both the Orange and Blue lines, while Ballston is just the Orange line. So if you stay in Rosslyn you have more train choices to get you back to your hotel. That can be VERY important on the weekends when Metro does track work; if they are single-tracking on the Orange Line for example, you might wait 20 or 30 minutes for a train at Ballston.

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longhorn74: Thanks for the list of restaurants!

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warthog: Appreciate the information about the metro lines and weekend orange line track work

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