We were traveling to D.C. with my 81-year-old father-in-law who has limited mobility. Crystal City Marriott is a great location if you don't want to stay in the city, but are planning to take the Metro (subway) to see all the sights. The Marriott has a free shuttle from Ronald Reagan National Airport, which is less than a 5-minute drive from the Crystal City Marriott. The rooms were extremely large and very typical Marriott rooms, clean and comfortable. The ideal part of this location is that from the hotel's elevator you select "Ground" and this takes you to the Crystal City underground mall area, which gives you direct access to some shops & restaurants, and most importantly the Crystal City Metro stop. There is also another Marriott in Crystal City (the Crystal City Gateway Marriott), which has the same underground access to the Crystal City Metro. We walked to the other Marriott through the underground to be picked up by the Old Towne Trolley's shuttle bus one morning. It is approximately the same distance from the Metro as the airport Marriott, just a little more expensive. The Gateway Marriott seemed like it might be a little newer, but both were typical Marriotts with great locations. One note about the Crystal City underground mall area, this area seemed to be generally for office workers and commuters, some of the restaurants had pretty limited evening hours, closing at 5 or 6 pm.
The Marriott was nice enough to reserve a wheelchair for our stay, but on our first outing to Arlington National Cemetery we realized that the hotel's chair was too heavy. The hotel helped us find a medical supply company in Arlington on our first night and we purchased a foldable "transport" type wheelchair which worked much better for us. My father-in-law can walk, just not for long distances. If you were truly wheelchair-bound, this may not be the hotel for you because there were quite a few sections in the Crystal City Underground mall that have short flights of stairs. My father-in-law was able to stand and walk those sections, then we would push him in the wheelchair. We also pushed him in the wheelchair up to the escalators that go into the Metro, then he would take the escalator down into the Metro while we would just fold up his transport chair and carry it on the escalator. There were elevators from the Crystal City underground down into the subway. The hotel was just 3 Metro stops from Arlington National Cemetery on the Metro Blue line and only about a 15-20 minute trip on the Metro to any of the downtown D.C. Mall area stops. It was only 1 stop from a great mall at Pentagon City, where the entrance to the mall was also directly out of the Metro. Everyone at the Crystal City Marriott was extremely helpful and this is a great location for staying outside D.C. but still having quick access to the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Arlington and the surrounding area while enjoying the comforts of the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport. Conveniently situated just a mile from the airport, our Arlington, VA hotel is just steps away from popular restaurants, iconic theaters and Pentagon City shopping. Also located within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro Station, guests of our premier hotel in Arlington, VA can easily access Washington, D.C. Sights and destinations while enjoying luxurious guest rooms, gracious on-site services and high-tech business amenities. Featuring a wide range of vacation packages, our hotel's location in Arlington, Virginia makes it an ideal choice for family vacations, romantic escapes or successful business adventures. Additionally, our hotel's elegant ballrooms and meeting spaces, professional event managers and on-site catering allow business and social planners to create and host inspirational business conferences, impressive corporate meetings and elegant receptions. ... more less
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- Crystal City Marriott At Reagan National Airport Hotel Arlington
- Marriott Arlington
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