I stayed at this hotel with the purpose to vist the DC area. Although the DC area does not have a public transit system as elaborate as, let's say NYC, it is sufficient to get to all the major areas. Case in point, this hotel is only about a block and a half away from a subway stop, which gives it access to all major areas in DC. It is also walking distance to pretty much all the major historic places in Arlington (I walked to/through the cemetery up to the pentago without much trouble...although the cemetery is huge and it does take a while to get through, it is definitely walking distance.
The location of the hotel has a few little convenient shops (cosi, starbucks, chipotle, even a froyo place and a convenience store) very nearby. The staff was courteous and efficient. The rooms were average sized and clean and up to 4* standards (which included some room amenities). Very clean hotel. The area/neighbourhood is very business/commercial oriented so although it is pretty much dead on the weekend or evenings, it's a very safe and secure place. th eblue line metro is literally a block and a half away.
The price might throw a few people off if you pay too much for it. I got it off hotwire and I would not pay more than $160-$170 for it. You can get it a lot cheaper (I believe I paid $115 plus tax) which makes it much more reasonable. The only other thing I don't like is the convenience inside the hotel. It's awkward to enter and you have to take two elevators (in the main entry) to get to the rooms..one elevator to get to the lobby, then another to the rooms. That knocks it down half a point for me and the other half point is the price point, which is negated if you get a good deal. So although I'm sometimes hesitant for hotels with 4 point ratings, I think this hotel is still very much a good choice.
- 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