So the family and I decided to do a quick trip to Washington DC between Christmas and New Years. We picked this hotel based on price, being a Hilton brand, suite versus hotel room and proximity to the Metro and Airport. The hotel has a shuttle to pick you up at Ronald Reagan airport with a quick call to the front desk and we were instructed where to pick up the shuttle. Remember it was Christmas night at 7:30p when we arrived, we didn't wait long and it was great the Airport had a Dunkin Donuts near the gates to keep the kids happy.
Once we arrived at the Embassy Suite, the front desk staff was very helpful and checked us in quickly, there were luggage carts but no bell staff. I believe because I was HiltonHhonors Diamond they upgraded us to the "Presidential Suite" Room 1113. This is the top floor, the suite had two bedrooms, one with double beds the other with a King, each with their own bathroom. The suite also had a living/dining room with a small frig, microwave, and bar sink. Depending on the time of the day some road noise can be heard from below but we all slept through it.
As we were arriving on Christmas Day I had contacted Kevin Feldman a few weeks prior about the accommodations and a place to grab dinner when we arrived. Kevin was extremely helpful and pointed us to the Crystal City Sports Pub for Dinner (I enjoyed my Crab Cakes) as they were open late on Christmas. In addition, as it was Christmas they let the shuttle staff leave while we were checking in, when I called down the front desk said they would get us a cab, which they did and there was no cost to us.
The next morning was quiet but the breakfast buffet was in full swing, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, pancakes and French toast, as well as cooked to order eggs, juices and pastries, enough to go around and enough variety for the week's stay. The young lady making the cooked to order eggs made me a fantastic egg white omelet on more than one occasion. I will warn you of one thing on the holidays/weekends it does get busy, there is a sign in the elevators that gives a good suggestion of when to go down and eat (between 7-8am was slowest) because it can be a mad house after 9:30a
For our first day we used the shuttle to the Pentagon City Metro Station leaving every half hour.
Upon return we usually walked back or went to the Crystal City Station and walked from there. (Use the tunnel in the Marriott to access the Crystal City Shops and Metro Station)
By the way even with the Metro we averaged 10 miles a day of walking.
The room was quite large and very comfortable for the four of us and could easily hold 6 no problem. The room was clean and orderly, we asked for more towels and it was no problem.
Our room was cleaned each day while we were out.
The pool was open nightly from 5pm to 10pm with a Life Guard, which was a nice bonus, they do limit the pool occupants but we never waited, just knocked on the locked door and were granted access. With 25 people in the small pool I can understand the need for a limit.
Of note: I went to the pool with my 2yo and 8yo, the 2yo swims very well without floats but when I was taking off my shoes she got close to the edge the lifeguard dropped what he was doing and went to check/stop her. <Thank You>
Overall I will give the Embassy Suites an excellent rating and would recommend the location for families as well as those doing business around the Pentagon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-Suite Atrium hotel, located in the Crystal City area of Arlington, VA and one mile from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and two miles from the heart of Washington D.C. Complimentary shuttle service is provided to DCA and the Pentagon City Mall metro stop and The Pentagon and the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Shopping Mall are both within walking distance. Just minutes to Washington DC. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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