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“Ideal location to stay and visit Washington DC” 4 of 5 stars
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Highlander Motel
3336 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201   |  
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Ranked #23 of 47 hotels in Arlington
Pataskala, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Ideal location to stay and visit Washington DC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Motel may be older but the rooms were updated with nice furniture and carpet and very clean with a walk shower. The matresss in both rooms were full size and a little dated. The continental breakfast was nice with three or four choices of fresh fruit, donuts, begels and yogurt. Coffee was a little strong for my liking. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our rooms were on the second floor in the rear of the building where it was very quite in the evenings. Large free parking area was a plus! The neighborhood felt save and there were restaurants within walking distance.We drove into DC (5 mi.) and visited George Washingtons Mt.Vernon estate (15 mi.) without a problem. We really enjoyed our stay and we are planning to go back again next year!
Thank You Highlander owners and staff for a great stay!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

We are traveling around the states in a RV. Wanted to see Washington. Found this motel and booked in for two days. It was much cheaper to do this that park in the closest RV park and use public transport to travel to and from. It is in a great location has plenty of good restaurant around. Just next to the subway. The staff are so friendly. In nice and clean. I would highly recommend this to every one.

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Parsons, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

The exterior of this facility belies its true nature. The outside looks much the same as any motel/motor lodge, but the inside is very nice. It is very clean, the rooms are large, the amenities are very sufficient, and the beds are comfortable. There are eateries nearby (recommend the Silver Diner which is a short walk away.) Also, the metro station is a short walk away. I would definitely recommend this establishment.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Our family of 4 stayed 5 nights at Highlander in mid-May. We had a rental car which we picked up from Dulles Airport, and the free parking in Highlander together with its close proximity to two metro stations and downtown DC suited our needs since we rode the metro often to visit DC. For those aspects alone, the price was hard to beat. Throw in a free (though simple) breakfast, a clean room to rest after a long day sightseeing, and a safe, convenient neighbourhood, and you have a motel that spells fantastic value for the money!

Our room was located on the top floor of a 3-storey block facing the rear parking lot, which was quiet. However, the absence of an elevator meant hauling our luggage up and down 2 flights of stairs. Our room was basic and clean, equipped with cable TV, a fridge and two double beds (the motel does not have queen-sized beds). Beds were not the most comfortable and the carpet looked a little old and worn but to be expected for a motel at this price point. A simple breakfast comprising juice/coffee/tea, bagels, donuts, bread, some fruit and yogurt was available next to the reception each morning for guests to bring back to their rooms as there wasn't a dedicated breakfast area available.

The GMU-Virginia metro is just 5 minutes walk away but was closed for repairs when we were there. We had to use Clarendon metro, which is slightly further, about 8-10 minutes walk, but passes through more interesting shops in Clarendon town centre - including Trader Joes and Whole Foods Market (with a healthy hot/cold food bar) slightly further up Clarendon Blvd, AT&T and T-Mobile for tourists wishing to pick up local prepaid SIM cards, and a number of eateries. 12 minutes walk in the opposite direction is Ballston Mall with Macy's, a small food court and other shops. Located next to the motel are burger and chicken joints. Washington Mall is just 15 minutes by metro. The whole area felt safe, even at night.

While service could be improved (we were short of towels on 2 different days, while other room keys were accidentally left in our room on another occasion), it's not a deal breaker. If you want to save some money while visiting the museums and sights in DC, stay here (especially you have a car as parking elsewhere in and around DC is expensive). It's by far the best value for money accommodation in a safe, convenient location.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lapeer, Michigan
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We have been to the Highlander many times(our kids moved to the DC area). This is a great value Motel, not a luxury Hotel. I have traveled with my parents three of those times(my dad is 81); we get adjoining rooms and they love it. (Our room requests were met each time, but were reminded that requests are not a guarantee.) The neighborhood is walkable, close to the metro and close to great restaurants! The price and value of the Highlander allows us to visit our kids more frequently! Can't wait to get back to DC!! Did I mention my kids are there? :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Troutdale, Oregon
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The Highlander is not for those looking for luxury. Please go elsewhere if that's your thing.

However, if you are like the rest of us and prefer to spend your hard earned cash actually enjoying the sights & sounds of your vacation destination - stay here! It is a 4 minute walk from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro (Orange Line) Station and a 10 minute stroll into Clarendon - which is a nice place to venture into for great food, night time activities or CVS needs. Okay, back to The Highlander - 3 of us (2 adults & teenage boy) stayed 4 nights (Sat-Wed) check in/check out was a breeze, beds were comfy, room & bathroom were clean. Extra pillows & towels were given upon request at the front desk. Had in room mini-fridge- which was nice to store water, soda & snacks from the 7-eleven just down the street. We were on 2nd floor, at the end on back side - hardly any street noise. The continental breakfast was well stocked with bagels, croissants, donuts, fruit, yogurt along with plenty of coffee, oj, tea & hot chocolate. It was a nice way to get our day going before hopping on Metro and exploring our nation's Capitol - which is only 15 minutes or so away. Thanks for a really nice & inexpensive stay Highlander; when we get back to D.C., we'll be staying here again!!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gary, Indiana, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I've stayed here a couple of times now and not been disappointed. The building as a whole is older and looks out of place against the glossy office buildings along Fairfax & Wilson. But inside it's clean, remodeled, comfortable, with decent beds, tile in the bathroom & fridge/counter area (easier to keep clean), and with decent furniture. Not the dingy pit you'd expect from a hotel of this vintage. The continental breakfast is nothing special (mini bagels, box donuts, fruit), and there's no iron or hair dryer. But the cost is so much less compared to anything decent nearby, you could buy better-than-hotel appliances at the mall down the street anyway.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Highlander Motel

Address: 3336 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
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Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Arlington
#18 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#23 Family Hotel in Arlington
#29 Business Hotel in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Highlander Motel is an affordable motel in Arlington VA close to the FDIC, NSF, and George Mason University. We offer free parking, free wireless internet access and HD television. We are located 2 blocks from the Virginia Square Metro station ... more   less 
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