I've always enjoyed Méridien hotels around the world and was happy to stay in one in the Washington, DC area. The lobby gives the appearance of luxury and the room is actually fairly nice. BUT... the bathroom was really bad. Instead of a sink there was a little washstand that one usually finds in powder rooms. This is really unacceptable, particularly as there was room for a normal sink. And the faucet was loose and seemed ready to fall off. Washing and shaving meant water was splattered all over. Then, at night and in the morning the bathroom was freezing. The heat didn't reach into the bathroom and most of the bathroom wall was in fact a tremendous window which let in the very cold air from the outside. Very uncomfortable.
The maids, doormen, restaurant staff were all exceedingly polite, nice and went out of their way. However, the staff at the reception seemed indifferent.
Internet was excellent.
For some reason the hotel's website makes no mention of their gym so I assumed there was none and didn't bring gym clothes. However, there is a gym.
Rosslyn, where the hotel is situated, is a complete desert in terms of restaurants or even cafes. However, it's easy to cross the bridge into Georgetown (about a 15 minute walk from the hotel). The hotel is also close to the metro, which is very convenient.
- 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