Like others have stated previously, if you're coming by taxi, make sure you refer to this as this "Ballston Hilton" as there are other Hiltons in the area and the drivers know it by this nick-name. We flew into National Airport and it was a $30 cab fair for 2 people to the Hilton.
The hotel is located on top of the Ballston Metro station which was great for convenience. We took the Metro everyplace and eventually got so used to it that we took it back to the airport for our flight home.
There are many places to eat (within walking distance) in the area including P.F. Changs, IHOP, Ruby Tuesday, etc. There is also a mall within a block and a half with a CVS, Macy's, Payless Shoes, etc. and a 7-11 is directly across the street so A LOT of things were very easy to get to!
The room we had was clean and decorated just fine and while the lobby was smaller than usual it worked fine for what we needed. We found the staff to be helpful with directions and suggestions. They gave us early check-in and late check-out. We did wish that they had a few computers in the lobby for communal use though since we did not bring a laptop.
For a Hilton it isn't top of the line but could compete with a Marriott or a Hyatt.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting D.C. for the first time. We had never been and loved how easy it was to get around. After 7 days we felt like we had lived there for a while.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the upscale Ballston community, the Hilton Arlington Virginia is adjacent to the Metro and minutes from downtown Washington DC. Walking distance to shopping, nightlife and restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Arlington Hotel Arlington
- Hilton Hotel Arlington
- Arlington Hilton Hotel