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“Good value apartment close to DC” 5 of 5 stars
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Virginian Suites Arlington
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1500 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209   |  
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Fareham, England
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“Good value apartment close to DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2010

We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite with twin queen beds. The living room was very comfortable and a good size. The kitchen was small, but was a seperate room which was nice. The bedroom was comforatble though a little cramped with 2 queen beds - access to the closet was awkward. Though parts of the apartment were a little dated, it was ideal family accomodation. The only problem was that the air-conditioning was quite loud which may disturb light sleepers, but we slept well after the first night.
The staff are extremely helpful - especially Neal. We asked for help and advise several times and every time the staff were excellent.
The hotel is a short, pleasant, walk to the nearest metro station and a 15 minute ride to DCs main sights. On weekdays the hotel runs a free shuttle to the Metro.
The hotel is very close to the Iwo Jima memorial.
There is a good supermarket just a few minutes drive away.
There is an ATM in the hotel. It says it charges for withdrawals made using a US card, but it made no charge for withdrawals using my UK card.
The rate was excellent for a hotel so close to DC - we paid $120 at the weekend and $160 during the week - excellent value.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for comfortable, good value family accommodation near to DC.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fom_vsa, Front Office Manager at Virginian Suites Arlington, responded to this review, September 1, 2010
Thank you for recommending us and stating how good of a value the Virginian Suites Arlington is!! It is amazing how much one can save staying in Arlington (which is one metro stop away from Washington DC) compared to hotel rates in the city, and we’re happy you took advantage of it. We love compliments and feedback, whether it be great or not so great, and will be sure to share both with our entire staff. We will also make sure to tell Neal and the rest of the front desk staff how great of a job they’re doing. It’s amazing how excellent service can mean so much. We will also be sure to address the AC units. It has been an extremely hot summer, and some of our units may need some TLC. Please come back to us the next time you visit our area.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

We had 6 in our party with 4 kids ages 4-14. We chose this hotel based on three things -- the space it offered in each room, the kitchenette and the price. We were not disappointed; in fact we had a marvelous time in DC and this room was the perfect place to relax after 5 full days of touring. We made dinner in the room 3 nights -- and having room and space were so handy for the younger kids. A family member was staying in a room on the next floor, and a kid or two slept in her room each night -- so sleeping accommodations were never an issue.

The front desk staff were all friendly and helpful EVERY TIME we needed something -- And one young man -- I believe his name was Neal -- was so helpful in setting up the hotel's Wii system for the kids one night. They so enjoyed that! The pool was fine (wrong times on the doors though . . . ) & the breakfast/parking combo was all good as well.

Don't be hesitant about this hotel by the slightly older appearance of the building from outside; the inside was nicely and comfortably renovated.

It would have been an absolutely perfect stay had the hotel's shuttle service to the metro offered more hours or weekend runs. After walking all day, the 12 minute walk back to the hotel up hills with the stroller was redundant. However, we did catch a cab a few times.

Great Trip to DC and vicinity-- and the Virginian Suites played a big role in our adventure.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fom_vsa, Front Office Manager at Virginian Suites Arlington, responded to this review, August 16, 2010
Our Nation’s Capital is truly the place to be during the summer season. It’s amazing how many people, from not only around the country but around the world, are here enjoying the beautiful monuments and memorials. We’ll be sure to let Neal, one of our outstanding guest service associates, know you greatly appreciate setting up the Wii system. The fact that we have a Nintendo Wii is a pleasant surprise for those who are traveling with young ones, and is a service we are more than happy to provide. Thank you for your feedback regarding our shuttle hours, and we will take your comments into consideration. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us, and that you found our staff so friendly and welcoming. We are even more happy you had a wonderful adventure, and we look forward to your next visit!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2010

This former apartment building converted to suite hotel is the perfect place for families visiting DC. The suite are roomy...we had 6 people staying in a 1 bedroom with 2 double beds, sofa bed and a roll-away and we could still walk around. Kitchen is small but efficient. We had sandwiches and snack for everyone but only cooked 1 night. Only enough dishes/glassware/silverware for 4 people but we bought paper plates/plastic cups and silverware. Worked out great!

No complaints from my teenagers and friend about the beds. Event he sofa sleeper and roll-away were comfortable. Bathroom was again small but efficient. A bit retro in design, but that is "in" nowadays, isn't it?

Great staff too! Each request we had (more towels, extra room key, restaurant suggestions, etc) were answered with a friendly smile and knowledgable response. Laundry facilities were great to have..do you know how many times teenage girls change clothes in1 day? Shuttle to/from Rosslyn Metro station was great...althought we usually missed it at night as we stayed out too late. Safe to walk to/from station, even in a small group; it was a bit far after walking all day in DC. The teens loved the pool the 1 time they got to use it. Pool closes a bit early in my opinion (I think 8pm if I remember correctly but don't quote me), would be nice to have ti to relax in after a long day in DC.

Car parked at the hotel most of the time for $7.00/day (a steal in DC!) . Lighted and safe.

***************TIPS************************
Harris Teeter Neighborhood Market at Glebe Road and Randolph St...about 1 1/2 - 2 miles west of hotel. Good selection and prices.

Convenience store within walking distance.

Walk to Iwo Jima Memorial (1 block) and Arlington National Cemetery

Most restaurants around Rosslyn Metro station were closed by 9pm in June. Not much to choose from otherwise.

Twilight Tatoo at Fort McNair (Metro Waterfront-SEU stop), summer months (already concluded for 2010). Fantastic free show with several military units performing, meet and greet after the preformance, ask questions, take pictures and see the vehicles/ordinance.

Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport - THE place to go if you are interested in vintage aircraft. Great accompaniment to the Air and Space Museum on the Mall.

Smithsonian Museums only open until 5:30 pm so get there early to see everything.

Wonderful sculpture garden across from the National Archives. Take a break near the fountain on a hot, humid DC day!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fom_vsa, Front Office Manager at Virginian Suites Arlington, responded to this review, August 12, 2010
These are great tips, and we could not have said it any better!! As far as utensils and other kitchen needs, the next time you visit us do not hesitate to ask if you need additional items. We have plenty of extra utensils for our guests to use. Thank you for positive feedback about our staff. We will be sure to tell all of our staff members how much of a great job they are doing when it comes to taking care of our guests. A 10 to 15 minute walk can feel like a marathon after walking all day around DC in the humidity, especially on days that surpass the 100 degree mark. That’s where our pool comes in handy! Our pool hours are from 10am to 9pm, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Parking is actually $9.00/day, which is still a steal in DC where parking fees range from the high $20’s to mid $30’s. Visit us again the next time you are in the DC region!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

Just ended a two day stay at the Virginian. We had a great stay. The staff was very helpful and the location is excellent. We parked our car for free (with AAA) and never moved it. It is a 10 minute walk to the Metro with a fairly short ride into DC. The kitchen came in very handy. We walked to a nearby convenience store to get food for breakfast and had food delivered in for supper both nights. The kitchen was stocked with every thing we needed to cook breakfast and heat up leftovers. Only thing missing was soap for the dishwasher. We walked to Arlington Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial. We felt totally safe walking and all the people in the neighborhood were friendly and helpful when we needed directions. The business center was helpful as we changed travel plans and I was able to print out a new AAA Trip Tik for no charge. The pool area was a little small but fine for what little time we spent there. We had a studio with a queen bed and a sofa bed, The only thing that wasn't great was the sofa bed. The kids had a little trouble getting comfortable on it due to the hardware but they slept fine once they fell asleep. It was really nice to have the separate bedroom so we could spread out when we were relaxing in the room. I would definitely stay at the Virginian again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fom_vsa, Front Office Manager at Virginian Suites Arlington, responded to this review, August 12, 2010
Your comment regarding how you would “definitely stay at the Virginian again” brings a smile from ear to ear to all of us here. We are overjoyed we were able to make your trip to the DC area easy and enjoyable. We are located in a very safe area, and we are fortunate to have neighbors that are both friendly and helpful. We agree having two complimentary computers to use is extremely helpful and convenient, since almost everything is done online nowadays. Don’t forget that our front desk staff is always ready to answer questions regarding anything from directions to assisting in travel changes. We can’t wait to for your next visit!! On behalf of the Virginian Suites Arlington, thank you for the excellent feedback!
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

my husband and i traveled with a group to the DC area for a wedding the weekend of the 4th of july. one of the things i have always wanted to do was see arlington national cemetery. it's a 15 minute walk. the other monuments are easily within walking distance as well, and most no more than a 10 minute walk! we stayed for 5 days, so we made good use of the kitchen. there was no soap to do dishes, so we were going to grab some on our next trip to the store. we went out for the day and when we came back, the housekeeping staff had loaded and run the dishwasher for us! the one issue i had was that everything was glass...plates, bowls, cups, etc. while wonderful for adults, not good for my 3 year old that was with us. but if that's the worst thing, i'm over it! the bed was not the most comfortable, but most hotel beds aren't! we didn't make use of the pool, though i'm sure it would have felt incredibly good seeing as we were there at the beginning of that nasty heatwave! we went into DC several times, and the metro station is about a 10 minute walk. I love the whole area and how eco-minded it seems to be. when you ask for directions at the front desk, they don't tell you how to drive there...it's how to walk there. LOVE IT! but then again, with everything within walking distance, there's no need to drive!

this was a great hotel, in a great location, with great amenities...can you tell i thoroughly enjoyed my long weekend/vacation? we were even able to watch the DC fireworks from outside the cemetery...what a feeling!

there is a chance i will be in DC again next july, and i plan to stay again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fom_vsa, Front Office Manager at Virginian Suites Arlington, responded to this review, July 30, 2010
Thank you so much for your high praises!! We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and most importantly, your visit to our Nation’s Capital!! Experiencing the 4th of July fireworks in DC is a beautiful and breathtaking experience. Having five days to explore our area and DC must have been fantastic! Next time you visit the Virginian Suites Arlington, please let us know where you would like to go, we’ll tell you how to WALK there! =)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

We recently returned from a stay in Washington DC at The Virginian Suites.

I highly recommend this hotel. The staff was very friendly and when we arrived early they offered to hold our luggage in their secure back room prior to check in. The Breakfast was well worth the slight extra fee. The Metro is about a 10 min walk and they also have a shuttle bus which runs approx every 15 min if you don't wish to walk to the Metro.

Again thank you to the staff of the Virginia Suites for helping to make our vacation an enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fom_vsa, Front Office Manager at Virginian Suites Arlington, responded to this review, July 30, 2010
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We will be sure to thank all of our staff for a job well done. Thank you for your high recommendation, and we look forward to your next visit!
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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

This hotel is an excellent place to stay while visiting the area. It provides free bus service to and from the metro. Rooms are well appointed, beds are relaxing. The rooms come with a kitchen so you can cook in your room to save more money. A very good breakfast is provided at an extra cost which is well worth it. Bathroom is outdated but still very good. Outdoor is a great place to spend some time relaxing in between site seeing. Every staff member I encountered went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. You can walk to Arlington Cematary, Iwo Jima, and even Georgetown if you want.

Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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fom_vsa, Front Office Manager at Virginian Suites Arlington, responded to this review, July 30, 2010
We believe in providing exceptional customer service, and strive to make that the rule and not the exception. At the Virginian Suites Arlington, when you stay with us you’re not only a guest of the hotel but also a guest in our home. It is wonderful to hear we were able to meet your needs during your stay! Thank you again for your positive feedback!
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Address: 1500 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
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Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#11 Family Hotel in Arlington
#14 Business Hotel in Arlington
#25 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
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Hotel Class:3 star — Virginian Suites Arlington 3*
Number of rooms: 261
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