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“Great find convenient to DC” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #25 of 48 Hotels in Arlington
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great find convenient to DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Did not realize that this property is now part of the Starwood Hotels and I was pleasantly surprised to get a great rate and upgraded room due to my status. Hotel is a short walk from the Roslyn metro station as well as to Georgetown over the Key Bridge.

Rooms are nicely appointed and spacious and it was a fraction of the cost compared to DC prices even for a weekend.

Staff was great to deal with and very accommodating as well as very customer-service oriented.

Room Tip: Higher floor rooms facing the river have nice views and are quieter.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

So, it was great to stay at this hotel, while attending a seminar in DC. The location is just over the Key Bridge from Georgetown and my room was much bigger that I thought. Which was a pleasant surprise! You are blocks away from the Metro and walking 10 minutes from GT. Service was good and food was very homey. It is a great place to stay and sometimes, by being just over the bride from DC, you might get good prices!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I met a friend for a drink in the Amuse (?) Lounge here one evening. It's up on the 4th floor so I got a bit confused at first. But we had a nice spot by the fireplace and the wait service was excellent and polite. I had a great martini and my friend had a great whisky, everything brought the way we wanted it. I also ordered the American Burger which was very tasty and came with fries and a salad. This place is on the pricey side but obviously we're paying for the trendy classy decor (paintings, sculptures and ornate surfaces everywhere). It is wheelchair accessible but a bit hard to find your way around in although all staff were helpful. Cabs pull into the entrance or can be called by the doorman, and that's always handy when you've had a drink or two or three.

Room Tip: I'd ask for a room on the upper floor looking over the river into Georgetown.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

It seems no matter what country you visit Le Meridien provides a refreshing experience. Admittedly, the parking garage is confusing, but for $10 a night (weekend) we can live with some confusion. The staff at the front desk was friendly and helpful. Our room was delightfully decorated, although a tad small by American standards. The room was clean, well appointed and the toiletries had the familiar appealing Le Meridien scent. The staff in the lounge and the restaurant (for breakfast buffet) was most accommodating. We were briefly concerned about having a room next to the elevator, but since we were on the top floor we never noticed any noise and slept peacefully. For a morning stroll we took a short walk to see the Iwo Jima Memorial, U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial, a must if you are in the area. Without doubt we will return to Le Meridien, Arlington.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Allan b, Manager at Le Meridien Arlington, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Dear Lyn1950,

Thank you so much for your feedback! Very happy to know that we exceeded all your expectations. Thank you for staying at the Le Meridien Arlington, please visit us again soon.


Thank you,

Allan
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

This was originally a Kempton property. Recently, it changed to a Le Meridien. Interestingy, absolutely nothing changed except for the signs. Room decor, the same. Front desk, the same, hotel staff, probably the same. The restaurant doesn't seem to have changed, though it is now a Jean Georges property. But the sait staff didn't even know what was on the breakfast menu. Ordered an item that was supposed to include mixed berries, muffin and orange juice. Got the mixed berries and they denied that anything came with it. Go figure. But it was two dollars less than the menu item...But, breakfast was included in the rate....

Room Tip: 5th floor is surrounded by a wall. Make sure and ask for a room above 7, and ask for a river view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Allan b, Manager at Le Meridien Arlington, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Dear Ohtobeinsandiego,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback! I'm happy that overall you enjoyed your stay at the Le Meridien Arlington. I'm sorry you had issue with the Amuse restaurant, I will definitely share your feedback with our F&B team.
Please contact me next time you book your reservation, we want to make it up to you.


Thank you,


Allan
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

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.

Room Tip: i stayed in room 915.
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Allan b, Manager at Le Meridien Arlington, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Dear andergtr,

I am glad that you enjoyed your visit at the Le Meridien Arlington! Glad to hear that you enjoued your weekend getaway with us.
Thank you so much for staying with us and for being loyal SPG Gold member. Please visit us again soon.


Thank you,

Allan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

What a refreshing experience to check into a new Starwood hotel in the DC area (especially after a horrible stay at The Fairfax on Embassy Row last visit - avoid that hotel, nothing goes well!).

From some pre arrival needs to making us feel like family during our visit, the entire staff went above and beyond.

A nice spot if you have business in Northern Virginia, or even DC, as it's just across from Key Bridge and Georgetown.

Our team will be back.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the river and Georgetown.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Allan b, Manager at Le Meridien Arlington, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Dear TFKinPS,

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm very happy to hear that you and your team enjoyed your visit at the Le Meridien Arlington. Thank you so much for your business and we look forward having you again very soon.


Thank you,


Allan
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Arlington

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
#18 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#24 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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