We stayed here for 1 night on New Year's Eve. We got an excellent rate of $65+tax from the hotel website. Parking was another $17 but is worth it if you want to avoid the DC traffic.
The hotel is right on the Ballston GMU metro station on the orange line. There were some homeless people at the entrance of the metro, so be a little cautious.
The Ballston Mall is connected by covered walkways. The first walkway leads to the NSF and the following one to the mall.
As many reviewers have already commented, the hotel needs some renovation and very soon. The executive lounge server, Nidiya, was great. Very helpful and very attentive. I wish that I could say the same about the check-in experience but unfortunately that was disappointing.
Being a Hilton Gold VIP, I have stayed at several Hiltons and I will definitely not recommend this hotel for VIP members. Hilton hotels value the loyalty of their frequent customers and any time I check into one of the hotels, I never have to mention my status or try to "obtain" my benefits. This hotel was an exception.
First of all, no upgrades at check-in. I let that one pass since I figured that they may be fully booked. We were given our room keys and it was then that I asked about breakfast. HHonors Gold VIPs are entitled to room upgrades to the Executive level, and if not available, they always have lounge access for breakfast and receptions. When I asked the guy at check-in - "So what about breakfast?", his reply was "Oh - that is not included in the rate". Yes, I know, but I will automatically get it upon check-in. So I patiently pointed out that I was Gold VIP. His response "oh yes, well then do you want lounge access or free internet?". That's a no-brainer since I had already asked about the breakfast...
Anyway, the guy reluctantly took back the room keys and swiped them for lounge access. Normally, I wouldn't even have to ask - as soon as I checked in, the guy should have dealt with that. Looking at my paperwork I found that they had me down as a Gold VIP on the check-in documents. However, the guy just decided to ignore that fact.
And this is the reason while I won't go back to this hotel. I stay at Hiltons all over the world and not once have I had to "remind" check-in staff about my status or benefits.
So next time I am in the area, I will be staying at the Embassy Suites in Tyson's Corner. At least they value my loyalty.
- 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
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