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“Great stay at the Renaissance (Airport View)” 4 of 5 stars
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Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2800 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, VA 22207   |  
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“Great stay at the Renaissance (Airport View)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

The Renaissance “Capital View” is, in reality, at a distance of over five miles from the US Capitol. Any view of the capitol is limited to guests on an upper floor facing the Potomac. (Bring binoculars to see the capitol more clearly!) I suspect the chosen name has more panache than the “Renaissance Airport View.” Situated above Reagan National, for good or bad, that’s the real “view.” The hotel’s west side alternative has a view of adjacent hotels.

The Renaissance has a hip, trendy, flair, (if you enjoy this sort of vibe.) There’s upbeat music in the lobby area and the décor of common areas is quite modern, with festive green color tones throughout. While I requested a King room with an upper floor, “view” exposure, I was told by the front desk staff that they had no King on that side of the building. (Perhaps suspect, as I was staying at the property through a discounted Priceline rate). I was instead given a corner room on the non-view side of the building. The room itself was very nice, although quite small; almost like something you’d get in mid-town Manhattan. The biggest perks of the room were the great bed with superior quality sheets and excellent room darkening blinds, a weakness at most hotels. Also, as others have mentioned, the bathroom in the King room has a large walk-in glass enclosed shower and the shower head was simply fabulous, prompting long, lingering showers.

The Renaissance is located in the same building as the Residence Inn, and the two hotels share an exercise facility and pool. The latter is VERY small. Photos of the pool on the hotel website creatively capture a corner of the pool, as not to showcase the small size. Also, of interest is that the pool is open limited hours.

As we were traveling with a child, we requested a roll-away bed to use. Interestingly we were not charged for this at check-out, unless this was in error. It always seems that higher end hotels nickel and dime you to death with fees for everything. (Paying for parking was painful enough). Speaking of parking, there seems to be limited street parking on Potomac Avenue heading south from the entrance of the Residence Inn. If you’re on a budget, and don’t mind waking a block or so, you may be able to forgo the $24 parking fee charged for garage parking.

Hotel’s location at the south end of Crystal City is void of retail commerce close by. You can either walk north about six blocks to stores/restaurants, or drive about a mile south to a large strip center with a Target, movie theater, etc. Also, the Hyatt and Courtyard by Marriott are adjacent to the Renaissance. In pinch, you can be sneaky and hitch a ride on one of their shuttles back from the Metro if there’s a long delay getting the Marriott shuttle.

While I wouldn't pay the sticker price for this hotel, it's very nice and I will wholeheartedly recommend it.

Room Tip: Rooms facing Potomac side come with a trade-off, increased airport & train noise. Rooms on lower...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerry C, General Manager at Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you for such a detailed review of our hotel! While a view of the airport is much more visible to our guests than a close-up view of the Capitol, I often hear guests exclaim in delight when they can spot the Capitol building from our Club Level Lounge. It's fun to see how many DC sights one can pick out of the horizon. And please don't feel discriminated against when it comes to bed types and what company a reservation was made with. It's true, we do not have a king bedroom on any of the upper club level floors on the view side of the hotel, with the exception of a hospitality suite, which was probably not available at the time of your arrival. I hope there are no hard feelings about that because we would certainly want you to come back again sometime. It sounds like you were able to discover quite a bit of the hotel, but now that the weather is warming up, perhaps you can return to the hotel and take one of our bikes out for a spin and explore some more of the Crystal City area. Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We appreciate your feedback.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

This was a first time stay for my family. The hotel is still new and the price was well worth the stay. We had a view to see the airplanes coming and going, which was awesome for the kids. The room was clean and the mattress comfy. Michael at the counter was very polite and informative. The valet guys were very nice too. I'd visit again.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 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 Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
I am pleased that your experience met with your satisfaction and that you would gladly come back for another visit. We'll be waiting for you. Thank you for your review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here after leaving a dump of a hotel in Boston, so that may color my review, but this place is wonderful. Great rooms both in size and decision. beautiful lobby. good location. room service came quickly, was very nice, and the food was good. I highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 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 Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you for staying with us. I am sorry to hear that your hotel experience prior to the Renaissance Arlington Capital View was not up to par. Lucky for us that you gave us a chance to show you what we're all about! I hope you'll come back soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We've stayed at many hotels in the DC area and this is by far our favorite. We decided to stay at the Renaissance because of all the positive reviews and I'm happy to say the hotel does live up to it's hype. The next time we are in the DC area we will be staying here again.

Our family of 5 had 2 adjoining rooms (1 king and 2 doubles) with an amazing view of the airport, metro trains and many cargo trains. It was was actually cheaper to have 2 rooms with a AAA rate than it was to stay at an Embassy suites or Residence Inn.

The rooms are clean and well decorated. The king bedroom had a very nice walk in shower while the 2 doubles had a bathtub/shower combo. The breakfast room service was prompt. Check in was efficient and friendly. The kids loved the computers in the lobby.

One piece of advice is to skip the metro and drive in if you're sight seeing in DC. The metro can add up in price, especially for a family of 5, and the wait for the shuttle (to and fro) can add at least half an hour onto your trip. You can find cheap parking in DC online. The drive in is only about 10 minutes, depending on time of day.

The small cons:
- cargo trains are a bit loud, but not enough to wake you up
- the view of the airport was a huge plus, not sure if i would give it 5 stars if i faced the other way
- pool can get very crowded with kids
- wait for metro shuttle

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
We appreciate all of the wonderful comments about our hotel. Thank you for choosing us for your family's stay. Our hotel's vision is to become the landmark hotel of Washington, DC. We know we can achieve this vision by creating a memorable experience for our guests and "wowing" them with guest service that exceeds expectations. We look forward to your repeat business with us. See you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

First visit to this hotel and I found everything to be in order...clean, quiet, and very helpful staff. The concierge lounge was well stocked (other than newspapers) and parking was easy. Mr room was very clean and comfortable with a great shower! I travel to the DC area often and i will definately stay here going forward.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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 Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
We appreciate the feedback from your stay. Thank you for choosing the Renaissance Arlington Capital View as your "go-to" place in Crystal City. We look forward to seeing you here again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My son and I just returned from a two-night trip to Washington, DC. We stayed at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. We found the hotel as a Priceline.com Express Deal. It was half the price of similar properties (and some similar hotels were way more than double the price of ours). The hotel was beautiful and our room, with two double beds, desk, two chairs, a refrig., coffee maker, etc., was very comfortable. We had a nice view of the Potomac River. Although the train and Reagan Airport were close, we did not notice much noise from our fifth floor room. A shuttle runs every 20 minutes from the hotel to the nearest Metro stop. A small drawback was that the shuttle was crowded and once we needed to wait for another shuttle since there was no room for us. We parked underground, which was convenient; and we had in-and-out privileges. Parking was an additional $24 per night, which seemed like a small fortune to us Ohioans, but we had done our research before booking and knew this was a typical rate - even for D.C.'s Virginia suburbs. We have stayed at other Renaissance hotels before (when we have gotten good deals) and appreciate the wonderful mattresses, very clean duvets, comfortable pillows, oversized shower heads and (at least in Arlington; Columbus, OH; and Boston) decent views. We did not eat at the restaurant or coffee shop (which we felt were a bit pricey for our budget), but they looked very nice. I did get a cafe Americano at the coffee shop and it was delicious. The limo driver and front desk staff were courteous, and there was another employee at the bellhop desk who gave us helpful advice about activities and taking the Metro. We were in D.C. looking at colleges, so we did not have time to sightsee; however, Arlington Cemetery is only a few Metro stops and then a short walk away, and many other D.C. sights are relatively easy to get to as well.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jerry C, General Manager at Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
We know you have a choice of hotels to choose from in Crystal City, so thank you for choosing the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel for your stay. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and only hope that you will come to stay with us again when visiting the area. Perhaps your plans will allow you to have more time to take in the sights. There's so much to see and do in the DC Metro area and we would be more than happy to provide you with a list of 'must see" activities. Thank you for your feedback.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I can't say enough about our experience at this hotel. From airport shuttle, which pulled up to the curb within 5 minutes to the check in desk to the friendly cleaning people, our entire four day stay was flawless. We asked for a room on an upper floor and had a great view. The bed was almost as comfortable as mine at home... There was a nice size walk in shower with a great shower head. We used the shuttle to the metro once but the rest of the time we walked. There are many great restaurants within walking distance of the hotel as well. We were attending a conference at the hotel and were served several meals by the hotel, all very good. What makes this place so different is the staff. They not only made us feel welcome and cared for but they all, and I mean ALL, acted like they loved their jobs and wanted to help us. Whatever the management does to motivate their employees is to be commended. Well done.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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 Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you so much for submitting your review on TripAdvisor. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay during the conference at the hotel. We are very proud to be a part of the community and our staff understands the importance of delivering an excellent guest experience to all of our guests. We hope you will consider us for a future stay and will recommend us to family and friends who are traveling to DC.
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Address: 2800 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, VA 22207
Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 48 Hotels in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renaissance Arlington Capital View's luminous design, sophisticated comfort and unparalleled service validate our position as not only one of the top rated hotels in the Washington, DC area, but across the continental U.S. Our Arlington, VA hotel is centrally located between downtown DC (3 miles) and Old Town Alexandria (3 miles). Courtesy shuttle services to National Airport and Crystal City Metro station provide possibilities to discover something new. Looking for an adventure? Our courtesy Trek Bicycles are the perfect mode of transportation when exploring the sights and hidden gems of our Nation's Capital! While visiting us, we hope you have the chance to enjoy one of the largest hotel fitness centers in the Arlington, VA area, a heated indoor pool, Espressamente Illy cafe, and modern Italian cuisine at SOCCi. We're proud to be a LEED(R) Gold certified hotel and our Navigators, the hotel's local area experts, are looking forward to helping you discover the best places to savor, sip, shop and see. ... more   less 
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