I stayed for one night on business. Hotels in DC are exorbitant so I looked for a reasonable rate within walking distance to the Metro knowing I would only be in the room to sleep. I didn't use a lot of the facilities but still enough to make an impression. The hotel is comprised of two sections--a two story motel-style building with rooms that open into the parking lot connected to a regular building with rooms. The hotel is in a quasi-residential area next to tall apartment buildings, one street away from a busy highway. There isn't a lot of character to the neighborhood but it seemed safe enough.
Check-in was fast, courteous and friendly. I asked for a quiet room and was given one on the second floor in sort of a hallway that connects the two buildings. My room was basic as you would expect from a budget hotel but spacious and clean. The furnishings showed their age but were serviceable and most importantly the bed was firm and comfortable. The room has been updated so there are plenty electric sockets and an LCD TV on the wall. The bathroom was clean and the shower and water pressure were fine. There was a microwave, fridge and coffee maker in the room, plus free coffee in the lobby. In my experience the older hotels always have creaky floors and this one was no exception; in fact, not only was my floor creaky, I could hear the creaks of my neighbor's floors too. That, and the sound of the shower running next door, told me the walls are not the thickest though I didn't hear anything else. The neighborhood is in the flight path of Reagan airport but the airplanes are pretty high so the noise is noticeable but not overbearing (and I'm sensitive to noise).
When I arrived at 10 pm I wanted to buy a bottle of water and my choices were the on-site restaurant (which was closed) or a couple of vending machines a few doors down. There isn't much in the way of stores near the hotel so get what you need before you arrive, especially if you get there at night. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the Rosslyn Metro station (5 minutes if you're a fast walker). The sidewalks are good and the walk is fine but you wouldn't want to do it in foul weather. There are no taxis waiting but I saw a couple pull up to the hotel for guests who had called for them.
Yes, in many other cities I would have paid half what I paid for this hotel. But in DC where all hotels seem to be double the normal rate, this was a reasonable alternative. This is no substitute for a business hotel but if you need a place to lay over for a night it's a fine basic hotel.
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