We stayed 5 nights in a spacious suite on the 7th floor of this friendly, well-appointed, CLEAN hotel which is located just outside the District of Columbia in Crystal City, Virginia. We booked our room directly on the hotel's web site, receiving three nights for $139 per night and two nights for $219 per night. Considering that our visit coincided with the heavily-attended Cherry Blossom festival, we felt that the rates were quite fair and competitive.
The property has a brand-new appearance. The best feature, though, is its close proximity to the Metro; we parked our car in the hotel's underground garage ($12 per day-- a reasonable price) and never took it out until the day we left. The Metro is an easy 2-block walk north up Eads Street from the hotel's rear entrance... then cross under the overpass to your right at 18th Street and there's the Crystal City Metro station on your left. We used the Metro or the bus to go everywhere we wanted. We could not imagine a visitor in an automobile trying to navigate the DC traffic and endlessly changing maze of circles and diagonal streets, not to mention the standstill rush-hours.
The complimentary breakfast is copious, served in a large comfortable room which reminded me of a university library reading room... high ceilings, nice upholstered chairs, solid tables. The hot breakfast items weren't my favorite (biscuits with sausage gravy, chorizo scrambled eggs), but there's a nice variety of fresh fruit, yogurts, bagels, muffins, breads, juices, and three grades of coffee, including a satisfying "robust.".
We never used the pool or the fitness room but noticed that many guests did. Just a two-block walk south on Eads Street takes you to 23rd Street, where there is a wide choice of ethnic dining places. We ate twice at Cafe Pizzaiolo, where the servers and the quality of the food were outstanding... but at a modest price. We never used the kitchen area of our suite, but it was spacious and modern, with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker... certainly would be handy for a family making in-room snacks or for people who would like to save a few dollars by preparing microwave meals in the room, stocking in their own wine and beverages, etc.
We would consider no other place to stay when we return to Washington.
An inside tip: when taking the Metro to the National Museum of American History, it's more convenient to use the Federal Triangle station than the Smithsonian station. The latter is always clogged with tourists, and on one Sunday, when the cherry blossom festival was in full swing, there was a line of probably 200 people on the Mall just WAITING to take the escalator down into the Smithsonian metro station. At the Federal Triangle station, which to us seemed much closer, there were no crowds at all.
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