This is my third stay at the Americana, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else (1996, 2006, 2013). It's quaint, small, retro, and I love it. You can walk less than 2 blocks to the metro. They have pickup/drop off at the Reagan airport. Their staff members have been there for YEARS and know the area, know the hotel, and know guests.
It's a no-frills hotel other than the breakfast (bagels, pastries, cereals, juice, coffee) and service. Rooms are pretty basic, but clean.
You don't need a car because of its location near the metro and van service, but if you have one, they do have parking beneath the hotel.
I don't remember the previous visits' rates, but I'm sure they were reasonable because my mother and I are both frugal travelers -- we do NOT travel for the hotel, but the experiences at the location. The Americana is a real treat for us.
This year, in celebration of my turning 50 -- oops! -- THEIR turning 50, their rates were adjusted to the year they opened: '63 ... or $63.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that this hotel is a throwback to an earlier era, surrounded by the modern highrises that better "utilize" real estate but lack the character of this hotel. I've learned that the original owners have died, and can only hope their absence will not precipitate the end of this long-enduring hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Americana Hotel is ideally situated in a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia called Crystal City across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Since 1963, our family-owned-and-operated hotel near Washington D.C. has never wavered from its commitment to complete guest satisfaction with every stay. Business and leisure travelers alike are sure to appreciate our comfortable Arlington hotel accommodations and well-appointed Crystal City hotel amenities that include free shuttle service and a complimentary continental breakfast. We are only 1 mile from the Nation’s capital and within walking distance of two Metro stops. Please call us today and let us help you plan your next trip to Washington, DC! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Americana Hotel Arlington
- Americana Arlington