I stayed at the hotel starting in November for more than a week. At first, the vintage appearance of the hotel is its most prominent feature. However, after you have stayed in the hotel, you realize that you get an exceptional value for what you pay. The shuttle service is very accommodating, there is always a water cooler available for hot and cold water, there is a continental breakfast every morning (although sometimes their vendor doesn't give the freshest of bagels, doughnuts and the hotel should demand better of their supplier), the front desk is available 24 hours, and the staff really does try to meet every request (package receipt, luggage assistance, etc.).
The main improvements I would suggest are: (1) an upgrade in the snack machine (to include food options) although they do try to offer an assortment of chips at the front desk; (2) a mini business center with printers or an all-in-one printer machine (not even computers because everyone seems to have one) so those of us who need to scan, print, or fax documents could do so (in the amount we actually need) without encumbering the front desk and limiting the amount. These additions would be very helpful and could be a fee-based revenue generator also; (3) larger/newer refrigerators and microwaves for the rooms - although I understand why they probably don't have that now in terms of safety, cleanliness, and rodent control which, by the way have all been very good.
Just my two cents. The Americana is a very good option for short and longer term stays. You cannot beat this hotel for price, location, and free services included with the rate.
- 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
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