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Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2850 South Potomac Ave, Arlington, VA 22207   |  
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“Quiet, Completely Clean, and Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Awesome! This was a beautiful place tucked in on Potamoc Ave. An Unbelievably clean and minimal traffic street.. You would think the concrete sidewalks and asphalt streets were just installed the day before you arrive!!!

About the hotel, SUPERB customer service all the time! My family had 3 complicated reservations for this hotel and yet everything was still executed exactly as we wished! We flew in town to visit family in Bowie, MD for Thanksgiving and although this hotel was a 40min drive from Thanksgiving dinner, it was perfect for the rest of the trip. (The National Mall is very close by!)

Breakfast was awesome: waffles, pancakes, toasts, eggs, sausage, bacon, bagels, muffins pastries, cereals, various juice options, Etc... Can't remember all...

The room was very nicely decorated and clean as well. I only wish the hotel offered connecting rooms so we wouldn't have to go in and out with a key to other family members. That was my only issue.

The lobby area was very modernly decorated and beautiful!!! The Christmas tree was stunning!
The garage was connected to the hotel so no need to go outside to get to/from your car.

All in all I would return again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Jerry C, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View for the holiday weekend. We strive to create a comfortable, friendly atmosphere for our guests and I am pleased that your expectations were met. Please consider our hotel for a future family stay. We'll be here to welcome you back.
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My family and I had an awesome time at The Residence Inn Arlington Capital View. We stayed for 1 night for the 2013 Inauguration for Obama. The staff was so helpful in accomodating our requests for 2 rooms. We had a small issue and they were so helpful in resolving it which was over and beyond what we expected. They have a very nice complimentary breakfast (waffles,bagels, eggs, hashbrowns, ham, yogurt, cereal). We were new to the area and Marriott has a free shuttle that takes you to the Crystal City Metro Station and the Crystal City Shops. We actually walked back from the Cyrstal City Metro Station and from the recommendation of the Marriott manager, ate at Good Stuff Eatery. The burgers were Great and the fries with the dipping sauce (Chipotle was the best) was very good. They also have nice upscale restaurants in the area as well (Ruth Chris, Morten's, McCormick and Schmick's , Legal Seafood but we weren't staying long enough to enjoy these (Hopefully the next time we visit). I'm a big fan of Marriott and will continue to stay at their hotels. I will note we looked into the Courtyard in Arlington but with a family and leaving out early (6:30am) we preferred the convenience of the complimentary breakfast and were surprised breakfast did not appear to be a service at the Courtyard. The hotel also supported the Inaugaration Event by starting breakfast at 4am and offering the shuttle at 4am. If there is a big event, I would recommend this hotel as they are very supportive of events in the area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Jerry C, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View for the Inauguration 2013 weekend. As you have already discovered, the Residence Inn is the perfect choice for families on the go. With free breakfast and free Wi-Fi and a complimentary shuttle to get you where you want to go, it's a great value. Plus, you can't beat the friendly staff and comfortable rooms. My only hope is that it won't be another 4 years before you come back to see us. There so much left in our great city for you to explore!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The room, staff, and food was great. I was attending a conference when Hurricane Sandy hit and my flight was delayed for two days. The staff helped ensure I had a room. I was initially on the 14th floor but with the Hurricane approaching I asked to be moved, and the staff ensured that I was moved to the 3rd floor. I felt at home and very safe. This is a great place for the business traveler, especially for a woman traveling alone.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the Potomac. The view from the top floor is amazing.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Jerry C, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for staying with us at the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View. We're glad we could be your safe haven during Hurricane Sandy and trust you have made it home safely. We appreciate your review and wish for you to visit us again in the near future whenever your travels bring you our way.
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Southport, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Came to DC for 4-days of site-see'ing and taking in the sights & sounds of Christmas. Could not have selected a better hotel! Hotel is super-clean; staff are outstanding; very convenient to metro (free shuttle service every 30 minutes, both drop-off and pick-up); complimentary dinners Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; only 1.5 years old so everything in hotel is nice, new & works!! The work-out facility rivals any gym and a wonderful outdoor pool area (although a little chilly in December to go swimming outside, but we WILL return in the summer). What more could you ask for in a hotel?

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Jerry C, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
What better way to enjoy the holiday festivities going on right now in DC than to do so by staying with us at the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View? We're conveniently located and offer that welcomed feeling once you return from a day jam packed with fun. Kick off your shoes and enjoy lounging next to the fireplace with a cup of cocoa and discuss plans for the next days' adventure. We'll even suggest a few activities if you're looking for the inside scoop from some of us locals. Come back to see us the next time you're in town.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

Stunning panoramic sunrise -- if facing airport/ river side of building. Also, if on higher floors, can easily spot Capitol, while gazing upon capital. (Capitol building illuminated at night -- easier to spot; look in direction of airport tower.)


High-Floor Studio Facing Airport/ River
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Depending on your need for spaciousness, studio is comfortable for 1, cozy for 2, snug for 3. (If you're spoiled by RI's roomier 1-bedroom suites, smaller studio suites disappoint, but after weeping a bit, you adapt.)

• 40+ channels HD & analog TV stations; good reception & image quality on LCD TV, which swivels. Aim TV wherever you're located in room: sofa, bed, kitchenette.

• Kitchen table serves double duty as dining spot & desk to work from. (Convenient outlets for electronic gadgets.)

• Free Internet/ WiFi; login code/ password required daily.

• Can faintly hear cargo trains & planes -- not distracting.

• Quiet dishwasher, quiet room-door close (not typical loud, heavy slam as at many hotels).

• Fresh, crisp bed linens -- an under rated pleasure.

From your window, once you experience an evening of glistening city lights & a spectacular dawn sunrise, all petty whinings cease & you appreciate where you are, & how well you're being taken care of.


Additional RI Niceties
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• Cozy 3rd-floor patio/ lounging area -- outside exercise room -- a quiet, tucked away spot to work, meet-up, or dine. (RI door you enter patio from may lock behind you (that is, you may be unable to re-enter -- even with keycard -- through the same door; but, you can re-enter building through Renaissance-side door using your RI key card & weave your way back to gym.)

• Black & white photos of DC sites along hallways; challenging to identify which building the photo is taken of.

• Track Capital View's 2 Metro Shuttle Vans (live/ real time) routes & schedules through their website:
DCAMARRIOTTSHUTTLE.COM

(Check it out any time; pretty amazing.) If you've a mobile device & WiFi connection, you can monitor the van's progress -- as you wait (outside the hotel or at Crystal City Metro Station) for the van to arrive.

• 3 swift elevators; minimal waiting.

• $22 underground/ building self-parking. Convenient in/ out throughout the day, but can be *tight* parking if you've a larger vehicle. (Smaller vehicle also easier for maneuvering about town & parking in city, as well.)

• Miss the eco-friendly face cloths in gatehouse/ lobby bathrooms; paper towels solely remain.


Crystal City Niceties
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• 10-minute stroll over to South 23rd Street for variety of indoor/ outdoor/ takeout dining options: Sushi, Thai, Legal Seafood,... for evenings when RI isn't serving meals.

• Pick up the "Crystal City Shops Directory" to familiarize yourself with the abundance of shopping/ dining options. The directory also serves as an excellent *Overview Map* (details streets/ buildings) of the area; good for keeping in your pocket if you venture out on foot. (When checking in at lobby desk, turn around & brochure rack is directly behind you on wall; the directory is a tall black brochure with large white letters "directory.") If none are in rack, ask helpful desk staff. (Overview map is worth having.)

• Entry point to Mt. Vernon Trail (walking, jogging, biking) by the Crystal City Water Park (north on Crystal Dr., by 18th St.).

• The new Long Bridge Park (past Crystal City Water Park) is expansive (with well-designed sports fields in view of path) has a bit of a wide open desolate feel -- but an interesting area to stroll nonetheless. Planes fly over -- every 20(?) minutes -- taking off & landing at Washington National Airport. (At times, you feel you can jump up with outstretched arm & touch a plane's underbelly with your fingertips.) Occasionally, a freight train will chug by with a lengthy chain of cars. On one side of the path you can overlook a body of water: Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.

• Harris Teeter Grocery (at 3600 S. Glebe Rd.) is temporarily closed, but walk further down (toward Alexandria) for a Food World grocery (by Best Buy, Target). (Bit of a long walk down & back -- especially carrying groceries; you may be better off driving if your not a up for a trek.)


Food, Glorious Food
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Bring Guest Services Card to complimentary breakfast & evening social hour (dinner).

• Breakfast (6am-9am on Mon.-Fri.; 7am-9:30am on Sat. & Sun.)

-- Best *real* whole grain bread. (Wish every RI would serve this real bread as their standard fare.) (Excellent toasted & eaten with walnuts; tasty flavour combination.)

-- Prefer plain, *unsweetened* yoghurt in parfait; the already sweet granola & blueberries, have the right amount of sweetness already. (Plain Greek yoghurt would be ideal.)

-- Excellent rotation & variety of standard RI fare -- much appreciated by long-stay and/ or repeat guests; relieves the tedium of sameness if you've a steady diet of hotel food.

-- Thankful for plain, boiled eggs.


• Dinner (6pm-7:30pm on Mon, Tue, Wed.)

-- Fresh salad & hearty soups (chicken noodle, minestrone,...) with each meal.

-- Excellent tuna salad/ chicken salad (alongside fresh tossed salad vegetables).

-- Tasty "sloppy joe" seasoned meat as alternative (or in addition to) hot-dog main course. Chicken meal another night.

-- Fresh (not canned) green string beans & other veg.

What can you say. If you like *real* food; this is as real as it gets at any RI. Enjoy it while you can.


(For additional RI Capital View specifics -- breakfasts, dinners, 1-bedrooms, drive/ walk times to sites, guest laundry, exercise room -- see review posted Aug. 2012 about earlier stays -- Sept 2011.)

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jerry C, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thank you for staying at the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View Hotel. I am glad you were able to experience the wonderful views from our hotel. The sunrises are quite majestic aren't they?
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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This review is a bit early because I am staying here, but so far I have been extremely impressed with this hotel. It is clean. The staff are friendly. Marriot is on top of it when it comes to knowing what business customers want and need. From hot breakfast to dinner served daily (complimentary) to running to the grocery store to fill my fridge (also included), this hotel has gone above and beyond. It's Residence Inn for m from now on!

Room Tip: Did not use room service. My only tip is related to the metro. If you have to use it, the free app m...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Jerry C, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let others know how you feel about the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View Hotel. It is our goal to have our guests come stay with us and deliver the kind of friendly service they won't be able to find anywhere else in DC. We appreciate your business. Let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We're here for you!
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We were very pleased with this hotel, from soup to nuts! Then again, we only paid $89 a night because there was a special deal, so I don't know that skews our perspective or not (I checked "excellent" value, but I don't know if I'd check that if I paid the full rate of $599 for the same room)... but either way, it definately was a nice hotel & we sould stay again. The reception was pleasant, the shuttle bus to the Metro was very convenient (although I prefer to be within walking distance of the metro), the breakfast was awesome! Eggs, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, waffles, bages, fruit, yogurt, muffins, cereal... and we liked that on the weekends it was open until 10am so we could sleep in. Also, check out at noon was a plus for us! The only complaint I would have is that the pool didn't have a hot tub, and also it was hard to find- there was no sign that told you it was all the way in the back of the work out area. Other than that, it was definately a positive experience.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerry C, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Thank you for staying with us. I have to agree with you, we do serve an awesome breakfast at the Residence Inn! Surely your review will inspire others to give us a try when they are looking for a place to stay in Crystal City and your comments are appreciated very much.
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Address: 2850 South Potomac Ave, Arlington, VA 22207
Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Arlington
#1 Green Hotel in Arlington
#2 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#5 Family Hotel in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Arlington Capital View 3*
Number of rooms: 325
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