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Oakwood Crystal City
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   400 15th Street South, Arlington, VA 22202   |  
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Aiken, SC
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Hard to believe this place even exsited!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Oh MY! All those years staying at the Marriott and right next door was the Oakwood all this time. Last year my Marriott reservation was messed up (my fault) so I needed a week during a conference. I just happen to notice this place on google map that popped up with hotel search but it did not seem to be a hotel. It was in fact temporary apartments and I found that I could reserve an apartment for only 6 days at less than the Marriott was charging the conference goers. I ended up getting a TWO bedroom fully furnished apartment on the 17th floor overlooking Arlington and Pentagon City. OMG! I had two bedrooms, two full baths, a fully stocked kitchen. Only 4 blocks awy was a grocery store so I got food...never had to have continental breakfast, had sausage and eggs with english muffins all week long. I also had a living room with wide screen TV (and TV in each bedroom) with full cable. There was also a full dinning room set with service for 4. And a GREAT bacony...in fact I had two balconies!. My master bedroom was GREAT. Except I did not like the shower....so I went to the other bedroom and that shower was great! Nice to have choices. Shopping is very close by. Either in Crystal City or there is a HUGE mall only a few blocks away in Pentagon City. I lived like a VIP for that week. BEST conference ever!

  • Stayed May 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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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Oakwood properties tend to cater to long-term stays and provides furnished apartments. This location is EXCELLENT. It is connected via the Marriott hotel next door and several tunnels to the Crystal City metro, placing you right on the blue and yellow Metro lines. It's nice not to even have to leave a building when it's raining or snowing to reach the Metro. There are OODLES of services in the area -- you're a comfortable 3 block walk from the Pentagon City mall (or you may take the blue line one stop) and one stop on the Metro from the Regan airport. Grocery services like Pea Pod will deliver right to your apartment and the amazing staff at the building are willing to meet them on your behalf if you need to be in a meeting or can't wait to get to see the sites.

The apartments are clean, spacious and well furnished. All of them seem to have large windows with plenty of light and come with every amenity you might want -- cable TV, complimentary high-speed internet, comfortable beds, full kitchens, all the linens and utensils you might need. Units have washers and dryers, saving you from the torture of trying to do laundry at a non-existent laundromat in Washington, DC. As a super-duper bonus in the Washington, DC region, parking is INCLUDED and is underground. This is a huge perk and not something to be taken lightly in a city where parking is a premium.

The staff can't be beat -- anything you need, they help you out. They receive packages, deliveries and help you with everything. They go out of their way to make it a nice community, providing opportunities to interact with your neighbors if you like. They have dinners, movies nights, etc. They also distribute a flier that gives you ideas of things happening in the immediate neighborhood, which is a very nice touch.

I'm extremely pleased with this property. I travel a LOT for work and have often found myself at a hotel for weeks on end. It is such a nice change to have the luxury of an apartment with the service of a great hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

The building was built in the 80's and apparently nothing else was done to keep it up. The carpet has stains that are probably 20 years old and all the cabinets and doors need some oiling. All the kitchen appliances and utensils are of very poor quality, including the knives that really don't cut anything!
The beds are old and caved in the middle.
The gym has very little to offer and machines are also from the 80's (the ones that actually work). There are cables hanging everywhere making it a pretty depressing room.
I think the worst though is that it's located in front of the highway and the windows don't have double glass so it's really noisy plus, the shades are so old and out of shape that they don't really close properly and a lot of light comes in at night.
On the whole, if you are staying for a short period of time, it's a good place for the location but if you are staying for over a month, I would not pick this place.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2007

For an extended stay in the DC area, the Oakwood at Crystal City can't be beat. The location is excellent. The Crystal City Metro station can be accessed underground without even going outside the building. Additionally, there is plenty of secure parking on site, and it's easy to get in and out of the garage with a car.

As indicated by another reviewer, the bathrooms and kitchens are probably due for renovation soon, but the living room and bedroom areas are updated and fantastic. This was probably one of the most comfortable beds of anyplace I've stayed in years. I was on the 12th floor, and never heard any street noise or noise from other rooms. Oakwood staff are incredibly helpful and courteous.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Huntsville, AL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2007

This property is connected to the Crystal City Shops and Metro. You can get to the Metro station without having to go outside. It is very convenient to get to DC, the Pentagon, Reagan National Airport, etc. The Pentagon City Mall is within walking distance.

The rooms are due for upgrading, esp. the kitchen and bathroom. The living and bedroom areas had newer furnishings. The carpet looked fairly new. Rooms receive once a week cleaning service. There is a workout facility, free newspapers, coffee and doughnuts and cookies in the lobby, and garaged parking. Like everywhere else in a city, street noise can be heard in the rooms, but we never heard tv or other noise from other rooms.

Oakwood requires a minimum 30-night stay, but was very flexible after that and allowed us to shorten our stay with one day's notice.

One of the best things about this Oakwood was the friendliness of the staff. They seemed eager to make the stay pleasant and were very easy to work with.

As of March 1, 2007, the Oakwood now takes pets. Our dog was the first pet there. We were charged $5/day to keep her there. There are breed restrictions, but no size restriction which is a great plus in an area where many facilities restrict the size. There is a large park a couple of blocks away with ample space to walk dogs.

  • Liked — Extremely friendly and helpful staff
  • Disliked — Rooms need to be upgraded
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 400 15th Street South, Arlington, VA 22202
Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oakwood Crystal City 3.5*
Number of rooms: 162
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