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Americana Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1400 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202   |  
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“Best bang for the Buck!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I found this hotel online and booked right through their website. Traveling by car with a family of 5, we were looking for something nice and inexpensive. This hotel fit us perfectly. We were able to get a cot for our room for only $25 extra (one time fee-not daily). The whole week cost us under $600. We actually had an extra day for free that we sadly were unable to use.

One good tip from another reviewer was to bring a coffee maker. Although there is cold breakfast and coffee in the lobby every morning (easily saving us $50+ a day-even though it was cold breakfast), I like to drink coffee when I first wake.

The day time staff was friendlier than the evening staff, but they were not rude or anything.

We left our car in the parking lot (yes, the free parking lot) and took the Metro to DC every day. We bought the train pass ($10 with $8 credit loaded-saves $1 each trip by using). If you cut through the Marriott, it really reduces your walk time (and you pass Dunkin Donuts and Rite Aid).

Even though it is near the highway, because it is an old hotel, the noise was greatly reduced.

We stayed in room 408 and I have to say, the wifi connection there was spotty. We really were not in the room enough for it to matter. We were told that the balcony doors don't work (after we opened it and couldn't shut it-someone came and fixed it and we didn't touch it again). We were also very close to the laundry room (that's right, I didn't even have to take dirty clothes home with me).

There is a fridge in the room, which is fantastic. There is a Rite-Aid in the Metro (Crystal City) Mall that sells soda, beer and wine pretty cheap.

Breakfast includes, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea, instant oatmeal, 4 types of cereal, milk, orange juice, apple juice, donuts, muffins and fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas). We even took some fruit with for the trip into DC (they won't let you take it into the Capitol, but all other places were fine).

We also brought some filtered water bottles with.

I would definitely stay at this hotel again, if I was going to DC.

When booking, I realized that this hotel didn't have a pool. Checking hotels with pools, I found that for the price, we didn't need a pool. We were so busy all day and tired at night, we didn't even miss it.

They also have a free shuttle to/from the airport, metro stations and 23rd street (restaurant row), but we walked everywhere.



This hotel was almost my best decision of the vacation.

Room Tip: If you want wifi, I think a room closer to the lobby would be best. We stayed on the highway side a...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write such a nice review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our great rates, free breakfast, free parking, free shuttle, and comfortably furnished rooms, and we appreciate you pointing out all the ways we helped you save on your visit to Washington, D.C. Thank you also for pointing out some of the things we do not have and your decision making process on them; we're sure it will help other travelers decide whether or not we are the right place for them.

You mentioned the Wi-Fi in your room was a bit spotty and for that, we apologize. We've done our best to get the signal throughout the whole building, but retro-fitting an older property and having (as you noticed) thicker concrete walls has made it difficult. We're constantly working on it, however, so hopefully you'll have a better experience if you stay with us again. Regarding in-room coffee makers, again our older building works against us, and we unfortunately do not have enough electrical capacity to run them. Upgrading the system has thus far been exorbitantly expensive and wouldn't allow us to keep our affordable rates. We've tried to work around it by having coffee in the lobby at all times, but we do understand this isn't as convenient. Rest assured, however, we will continue to look into solutions for this problem and appreciate your understanding.

Thank you again for staying with us and having so many positive things to say about your visit. We hope to see you again soon!

All the best,
Your friends at Americana Hotel
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The appearance of the building might look a bit old, but rooms inside are newly furnished. The room is also very neat and clean. The staff was also very helpful. Location is great, it is only 5-minute walk to the subway. Couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for giving us a 5 star review! We appreciate your kind words about our clean rooms, helpful staff, great locations, and excellent price, and we will be sure to pass them along to the rest of our team. We hope to see you again soon and wish you the best in all future travels!

Warm regards,
Your friends at Americana Hotel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

From the outside, it looks pretty dodgy at best, but looks are deceiving. The hotel is fairly outdated but it doesn't matter. Main things that concern me for a place to stay, clean, fairly quiet and convenient were all met. I went with 2 of my 3 children for a visit to DC and this was this hotel no doubt provides the best value. Very close to the metro (about a 5 min walk, more or less) as well as several restaurants, etc. Definitely will stay there again if in DC. One thing to remember, Wi-Fi is not the best at the hotel.

Room Tip: Get close to the access points, however, I don't think they have very good bandwidth.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to let others know about your experience! We are happy to know you enjoyed our clean rooms, convenient location, and good value. Those are the main qualities we strive to provide to our guests, and we appreciate you letting us know we're succeeding.

We apologize for the trouble with the Wi-Fi and honestly appreciate your feedback. We have quite a lot of bandwidth, many access points, and good signal in most of the rooms, however our older building has very solid concrete walls that has made it difficult to get a good signal in all of the rooms. We're constantly working on the system, targeting dead spots and trying to balance the bandwidth available to each guest, so perhaps you will get a better result if you stay with us again. At the least, please let our front desk know that you'd like a room with the best chance for a good Wi-Fi signal, and we'll do our best to accommodate your request.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Americana Hotel
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Bayville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We booked online directly through the hotel's website for a 2 night stay. We paid about $160 total for a 2 night stay - and that included the tax! What a bargain for our family on our limited income. The hotel was very clean, the lobby, halls, room & bathroom were all spotless. When we arrived - I wasn't expecting much for the amount we were paying - but was pleasantly surprised that the hotel was so clean. The common areas were well air conditioned & comfortable. The staff was very accomodating. We needed a shuttle to the Pentagon, nearby, which was free & promptly provided with no wait. The free continental breakfast had good coffee, various cereals, milk, bagels, cream cheese, butter, various donuts, bananas, apples, oranges, OJ, apple juice, etc. Everything was fresh, the eating area was kept clean by staff. When something ran out, the staff brought out more. I believe breakfast was 6am to 10am? There are places to eat within walking distance. We ordered from a local Italian restaurant for delivery, takeout menus are in the lobby. The hotel was packed with travelers from all over the country & a few from out of the country. The room was clean, some people might like to complain about the older style scratched wood furniture or pink tile in the bathroom - but in my book who cares as long as it's clean & functional. The bathroom had good water pressure & there was no problem with hot water. The hotel was built about 1963 & it's what makes it unique!! If you want to pay an extra $50 a night for new furniture & tan bathroom at another hotel, that's up to you. If you're sightseeing, you're hardly in the room anyway.The TV, mini-refrig, hairdryer, free wi-fi worked fine. The bed was very comfortable & the bedding was very clean - this is the most important point to us. The wall AC unit could be loud if on the highest setting, but on low setting it was fine & most of the time we didn't need it. The sliding glass doors are more just for windows now & there's a bar in the sliders to keep them secure. I think this is more for a safety thing and we did feel safe there. The hotel parking lot was well lit. We will definitely stay at this hotel again to visit Washington, DC or VA. Americana also have a laundry room & a dry cleaner is next door - according to their website but we didn't need these services. A full size ironing board & iron were provided in the room. We had a desk, 2 dressers, 2 chairs, table, bed, makeup counter area with mirror, queen size bed - everything we needed to be comfortable. The staff, everyone who tended to the front desk around the clock was wonderful. The maids work very hard here & it was always a pleasure to deal with them, we were always greeted with a smile by everyone on the staff.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write such a lovely, detailed review! We appreciate all the compliments and suggestions, and we know it will help other travelers decide whether or not we are the right hotel for their Washington, D.C. visit. Thank you for mentioning the great rates available on our website and how much of a bargain you found us to be. As one of the only budget properties in the area, we do our best to provide clean, comfortable, conveniently located, friendly, and affordable accommodations to our guests, and it makes us happy to hear that we did this for you. We'll pass along your compliments to our entire team and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thank you so much,
Your friends at Americana Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If I would have driven past this hotel without a reservation, I probably would have kept on driving, but I am glad i did not. This hotel was very nice inside and roomy. It was inexpensive, within walking distance to the Crystal City Metro. Parking is FREE, we were also allowed to park for free for the day after we checked out in the morning. There was a little free breakfast in the morning. Friendly staff. Best of all, they had made a mistake with our room and already had fixed it before we arrived, now that is service.

You can read more about our stay in Washington DC on our travel blog.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write such a nice review! We're glad to hear we won you over once you were inside and that you found us to be inexpensive, conveniently located, friendly, service oriented, and a good value through our free breakfast and free parking. We also enjoyed reading about your trip on your blog and wanted to thank you for mentioning us! Guests like you have kept us in business for over 50 years through their repeat business and recommendations to their friends and family, and we sincerely appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon and wish you the best in all future travels!

Warmest regards,
Your friends at Americana Hotel
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I still can't believe that this hotel is so affordable, that and so many pros as well. Perfect location, a block from the metro, free parking, free internet, easy to find, super clean and quiet rooms, free (albeit simple) breakfast. Couldn't ask for anything more. We will definitely stay here whenever we find ourselves in D.C. again!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Thank you for being our guest and taking the time to write such a great review! We appreciate your kind words about our affordability, perfect location, free parking, free Internet, free breakfast, and clean and quiet rooms, and we'll be sure to pass them along to the rest of our team. We look forward to hosting you again the next time you're in Washington, D.C. and hope it will be soon!

Cheers,
Your friends at Americana Hotel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I stayed here for two nights before leaving DC. The hotel is clean. Rooms are a little small but okay. The hotel could use some renovation but not that bad. Pros: free parking, simple breakfast (free), free shuttle to/from DCA. Cons: I only hated the fact that the AC units for some rooms were venting out into the hallways which made it like a walk in sauna. The staff are very friendly and do their best to assist. If you are on a tight budget, this is your best place to stay in.

Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write a review. We're glad to hear you appreciated our clean hotel, friendly staff, free parking, free breakfast, free shuttle, and affordable rates, and we'll pass along your compliments to our entire team. We are saddened, however, to hear that you just found us to be an "average" limited-service budget hotel in a very expensive area, and since we are always trying to improve, we'd love to hear how we could improve to "very good" or "excellent." If you have the time and inclination, please e-mail info@americanahotel.com with your suggestions.

Thanks again for staying with us, and we hope to see you again!
Americana Hotel
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Address: 1400 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
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Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Arlington
#17 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#19 Business Hotel in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Americana Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 100
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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