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Le Meridien Arlington
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1121 N 19th Street, North Arlington, Arlington, VA 22209 (Formerly Palomar Arlington, a Kimpton Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 48 Hotels in Arlington
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Oakland, CA
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“Very good stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

Spent one night in this property, a couple of weeks ago, and came away with positive impressions. As a Starwood Platinum, got an upgrade to a nice suite. The lay-out is a bit odd, in that it's too fairly small rooms divided by a closet/hallway are. But still, overall a nice room/upgrade.

While the immediate area is kind of dead (though safe), it's a 10-minute walk over a bridge to Georgetown and right near a Metro stop.

Good, friendly service throughout, including at the front desk. Room service was prompt and pleasantly jovial. The squash (I think??) soup and the salmon dish I ordered were not particularly tasty, but ok.

One glitch with the tv was that it worked only intermittently, with frequent messages about no satellite signal available, in both the evening and the morning I was there. I emailed the hotel about it afterward, and received a prompt response with a promise of 2,000 Starwood points to be deposited in my account. This seemed reasonable.

Bottom line: I'd go back.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

I stayed for three nights two of them on the weekend which in hindsight was a huge,huge mistake but having stayed in Le Meridiens in Europe and in Asia i was anticipating service equivalent to these other properties which also was a hugh mistake because this hotel has none of the charm,service,ambience that LeMeridien is known for all around the world,especially on the weekend they should just change the name to Le Motel Six and i stayed during the winter when it was still cold out i can just imagine what will happen in the summer when the nights are really warm and the loud drunks that like coming to this hotel to party and make all kinds of noise in the lobby and on the guests floors want to hang out even longer than 4a.m. the lobby like they did when i was there.
I was supposed to be on the quietest floor in the hotel,the SPG floor but it turned out to be the loudest of the whole hotel because the Presidential suite was on my floor and it is in the middle of the hallway so on this winter day two weeks ago a wedding was planned for Saturday all fine because hotels have events but any hotel whose management knows what they are doing separate the events from the guests floors and make sure the two do not interfere with each other and also make sure that paying guests who chose that hotel to stay at are not unwilling participants of the events.
Well the wedding party and guests acted like they rented out the whole hotel their was noise everywhere from the restaurant to the lobby areas to the guest rooms and the parting and noise continued on my floor until almost 3AM when security after phone calls to the front desk had to finally go to the Presidential Suite at 2:30AM to kick about 25 loud drunk people out and tell them to go downstairs to the lobby where they continued to party for another hour or so,so instead of telling them to leave the hotel the sorry security guard if that 's what you can call him who doesn't even work for the hotel let them stay and be loud and obnoxious in the lobby until after 4AM. He told me he was going to let them stay in the lobby for another hour and this was after 3AM making it impossible for anyone else who was staying in the hotel to use the lobby even if was 3AM.
The sorry part of all of this is that this is a hotel with less than 200 rooms in a very quiet part of the metro D.C. area that's why i picked it .There are hotels in the D.C area with 600 and more rooms right in the middle of the nightlife scene surrounded by 50 bars and restaurants that don;t have this problem on the weekends and of course they will have events too maybe two or three going on at the same time,and yet the guests don't have to have security come to their floors two or three times.It's called MANAGEMENT and this hotel doesn't have it
Remodel,change the young very inexperienced management,get real security that actually works for the hotel,and better quality than the Four Points which at this point is better.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Allan b, Manager at Le Meridien Arlington, responded to this review, April 5, 2012
Dear worldsurder2,

I am very sorry to hear about your recent experienced. I would like to address your issue personally, please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback, I look forward hearing from you.


Thank you,

Allan
Le Meridien Management
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012 via mobile

The hotel just changed ownership but from my view it did not skip a beat. My husband loved the bed, slept great. Room was clean, spacious, staff was helpful.

Stayed March 2012
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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012 via mobile

So I got the chance to stay here because all DC proper hotels wanted $300 or higher. I knew this was the old Hotel Palomar since I had counterparts stay here before. It doesn't have a typical entrance so when you arrive, just enter the double doors and take the elevator to the front desk. I found the staff to be extremely pleasant and the recognized my SPG Platnium status. They gave me an upgrade to a really nice 2 room suite with a whirlpool tub you could have a party in. Hotel overall was very quiet. Gym has a decent number of machines to work on. This is very accessible to DC and close to the metro as well. I would say the two drawbacks are a limited room service menu and sometimes it is really hard to get a cab. I was happy to see a doorman in the morning, even though I had called the front desk for a cab. I really appreciated the staff recognizing me even on check out. If you work near Foggy Bottom in DC, this hotel is perfect.

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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

I stayed here a few (3-4) times on business. Last time was Mar 14-16, 2012. The hotel just
changed its name from Palomar Kimpton to Le Meridien (part of Starwood).
Other than the name, not much changed. The service has always been pretty good: efficient and
pleasant reception personnel and accommodating as far as late check-out.

The rooms are nice; spacious and well-appointed. Wireless internet works fine now and is free.
(I recall that there were issues in the past).

Other facilities include a serviceable restaurant (more below) and a gym. The gym has a
pretty good selection of machines and weights. The only problem is that their TVs are
kind of shoddy. (At least 3 didn't function when I tried). It's an annoyance, albeit a minor one.

Now, as far as the restaurant: its kitchen closes early! I checked it at 9pm and tried
to get something to eat at about 9:35pm. Almost didn't make it! My savior was a
young lady in charge, by the name of (I think) Liz. She made it happen and I was
happy to dine on a reasonably tasty sandwich/soup combo. They also have a small bar
that gets quite full at happy hour.

All in all, if I had to pay out of pocket, I don't know if I'd stay here. But, as long as someone
else foots the bill, this place is pretty decent. It's also a stone's throw from Key Bridge,
Georgetown, etc. And, a couple of nice running trails are nearby.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Stayed here for a weekend and the location was perfect. It's located max of 2 blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station, making it easy to get back and forth into DC and is a 5-10 min walk across the Key Bridge into Georgetown. It is a newly acquired Starwood Property but you couldn't tell with the professionalism of the staff. Parking ran 15.00 for the weekend for me. The only downside to this property was trying to find it at night. It took a couple times around the block to find it.

Room Tip: Rooms facing Georgetown have a great view.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Really enjoyed stay here. Quiet area, very modern and Georgetown shops / restaurants are just a walk away over a bridge-very safe area. Hotel is pet freindly and the staff are pleasant, but some have little knowledge regarding simple questions. Building not clearly marked as a hotel, as it is also a permanant residence-apartments.Rooms were very nice, spacious and clean. In all, a very good place to stay, although you do have to walk into town to have a meal out. Starbucks nearby and also v convenient for the metrolink, especially if you are travelling to Union station.Restaurant is also very nice in hotel too, although a little pricey. Go to Uno's in town instead

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1121 N 19th Street, North Arlington, Arlington, VA 22209 (Formerly Palomar Arlington, a Kimpton Hotel)
Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Arlington
#8 Green Hotel in Arlington
#19 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#25 Business Hotel in Arlington
#26 Family Hotel in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Meridien Arlington 4*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located among top destinations in the Washington, D.C. region, Le Méridien Arlington is a stylish boutique hotel close to numerous restaurants and shopping options for our guests. We are excited to announce our new, contemporary chic style restaurant and lounge coming this March! Between the dates of January 13th to March 14th we will have our formal restaurant and lounge closed to carry out some beautiful refinements in the name of Méridien! We do not anticipate any disruption to services as the hotel has taken alternative measures to provide you a great experience. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Palomar Arlington Kimpton

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