We booked a pre-paid, no-refund 3-night stay via Hotels.com for an inaugural weekend getaway. This wound up being a great value! The hotel is very conveniently located across from the Rosslyn Metro station, assuring easy access to everything we wanted to see/do in the DC Metropolitan area. We were greeted warmly and check-in was very smooth. The hotel is beautiful with sleek modern decor and music that adds a slight "hipster" vibe. Our room had no view, which initially disappointed but found that this actually made our room incredibly quiet and dark enough in the early morning to sleep in. The bathroom was spacious, the shampoo/soap products good quality. The king bed was very comfortable and we slept great.
I'd have given this hotel 5 stars if not for issues with the downstairs doormen. Again, we visited during inaugural weekend and knew that this could be a "gouge the tourists" opportunity but we were very put off by the pressure of a particular staff member to hire a town car. While trying to hail a cab (something a different doorman had done for us!) he kept telling me we would never get a cab, no one would stop, etc. I called a local cab service and then told the doorman that we'd have a cab in 10-15 minutes. He then regaled me with how notoriously unreliable this cab service was and "they are probably going to jack up their rates." Given that he offered me a "deal" on a town car at the rate of $85.00 an hour with a 3-hour minimum, I found that beyond laughable. We wound up paying about $20.00 for our cab ride.
I would and probably will stay here again. But beware of looking like a tourist and do a little research. Part of what makes a truly good hotel is feeling that the staff truly want you to have a great stay... feeling preyed upon does not promote that!
- 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