We booked this hotel through a "last minute deal" program that included the flight and room. This made no difference to the staff. We were treated like royalty from check-in to when we left. I had called in advance and told the person it was our anniversary and everyone on the front desk wished us a happy anniversary -- and did other things to make our anniversary special.
This is a large hotel and, like all in the DC area, has a diverse population of guests. I was standing behind a manager doing a new employee orientation and I heard him tell the new employees that he expected them to respect the different cultures -- and it seemed to me that they did.
Our room was on the 16th floor overlooking the Pentagon. Even though it overlooked the interstate there was little if any outside noise. The Metro station was only a short walk from the hotel -- and if you didn't feel like walking they furnished a free shuttle to and from it (and to anything else within a mile or so from the hotel). It was comfortable and very clean. The kitchen had a full refrigerator with icemaker. The staff even ran the dishwasher if needed. We forgot to take the "later' sign off the door one day so the room wasn't cleaned. The staff brought fresh towels up within 15 minutes of when we returned from sight seeing.
Breakfast was very nice. Some things are the same every day: oatmeal, waffles, bagles, and eggs. Other items changed every day (sausage, bacon, gravy, etc.). During the week they have light meals on two evenings and a desert tray on Thursday. The staff will provide "to go" containers to take upstairs upon request.
The shuttle ride to the airport is shared with two other Marriot hotels in the area and runs every 30 minutes. When a regular schedule is not needed it is available on demand. We didn't have to wait long when we arrived and, since we arrived hours before check-in time, they kept our bags securely locked up while we went into DC for sightseeing. We got back to the Metro station after midnight one evening (shuttle stops at 11:00) and we walking to the hotel rather than take a cab -- and felt safe doing so. Maybe because the walk took us by the DEA office building and its high security.
One nice thing about this hotel is the central location. The metro station is at the front of a large shopping center, and both the "blue" and "yellow" line go there. This gives access to downtown DC and to old town Arlington where the extremely nice resturants are. Because of this we didn't need a car.
I'm glad we stayed there and would love to go back.
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