i was a guest in this hotel from saturday to monday, visiting from NYC for a redskins game. the game was great (RG3 threw four touchdowns, and we had 9th row seats), and the hotel experience helped to make it a great weekend.
the hotel is at an unassuming corner in arlington, across the street from a cosi and about kitty corner from a mcdonald's. it's a little more out of the way than some of the other hotels in the area, so my only niggle upfront would be that it's not as easy to catch a cab in off-peak hours, but that's something that can be addressed with a phone call from the hotel to the cab company.
check-in is on the fourth floor, so you have to go into the lobby and take one set of elevators up from street level to the fourth floor for check-in.
check-in was pretty simple, as the hotel was not very busy during the weekend. because i am starwood gold, i got an upgrade to a much nicer room, and this one actually had an elliptical machine in the room so i could have worked out in the room if i so desired--nice touch. there was a separate sofa and individual chair area for watching TV next to the bed, and a spacious bathroom.
i don't know what room i got upgraded to, so perhaps management can reply with what room 915 is considered to be.
everything was very clean and organized, and i have no complaints whatsoever. in a nice touch to be more green, the hotel did away with small individual bottles for shampoo, shower gel, and conditioner, instead mounting three large bottles in the shower, which dispensed the items when you pushed down on the handles. in concept it worked, but to be honest, it took a little more work to get the items out of the bottle. not sure i was a fan of that, but if that allows the hotel to save the environment...i can deal with that.
i didn't partake of the restaurant or room service, but i think the hotel has 24-hour room service. if you just want a sandwich, there is a cosi across the street, and there is mcdonald's nearby that is 24 hours on the weekends. the area is safe, if a little bit deserted on the weekends (most of the surrounding area is office buildings, so that is to be expected).
i had stayed here when it was the kimpton many years ago, and i would say that the transition was seamless. i would stay here again for a solid hotel that caters to both business and leisure travelers.
- 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