The Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn, VA, is an old hotel. I first stayed here in the late 1970s. During a memorable lunch in the summer of 1979, the dropped ceiling collapsed on three of us. The dining room manager offered apologies and a free meal, but the hotel manager was less than sympathetic, so I swore not to return. However, time heals all wounds, including the cut on my hand, so a decade later I started coming back.
The property has undergone many renovations and additions in the subsequent years, not the least of which is a relatively recent makeover of the lobby, bar, and restaurant. The former lobby used to feel like a grotto and very old-school with a dark wood reception desk and similar paneling on many walls. That perception is a thing of the past. The updates have transformed the ground level common areas into modern, airy, welcoming venues with sandstone and marble as well as (faux?) leather and material wall coverings. House music is light and jazzy, so the mood does not feel rushed or too serious.
The rooms, while not as up-to-date, are generally comfortable and furnished well with beds I really find to be some of the best in my many travels. The bathroom in my room was small-ish but featured a lovely big shower head. The water temperature was difficult to adjust, however, and the control was long overdue for replacement. Also, I hated the desk chair, which could not be easily adjusted and had poor back support. My most recent room had a stunning view of Key Bridge, Georgetown University, and the Potomac River. During an earlier stay, the view included the Washington Monument and other capital landmarks.
Wireless internet (Ibahn) is available in the lobby, but I found it to be frustratingly slow to get logged in, so I gave up trying. The wireless signal is spotty from the upper floors, including the 12th-floor concierge lounge, but there’s always the old standby of a wired network drop at the desk in each room.
The Connexion Lounge and Revival Restaurant are just off the main lobby and offer a decent selection of food and drink. Appetizers, salads, and sandwiches are available from the bar menu. Service is excellent and always with a smile. Food quality is very good with fresh ingredients. Each dish is plated nicely with fun little touches here and there. Prices are modest for a hotel. A bottled beer will set you back about $5.00, and a lunch of Mighty Mo (double-decker Angus burger) with a non-alcoholic drink runs around $16. While Rosslyn itself has a few restaurants along Wilson Boulevard, you should consider crossing Key Bridge into Georgetown for great dining and drinking options. Alternatively, hop the Metro three blocks away (5 minutes) and head to Dupont Circle or other lively night spots in DC. Alexandria is about 20 minutes away by car, too, for even more choices.
The concierge lounge has seating for about 25, so it can get a little crowded during weekday breakfast (6:30-10 AM) and evening hors d’ouevers (5:30-7:30 PM). The lounge features an honor bar for adult beverages in the evening. It is closed on weekends. Plan accordingly.
I especially like the Key Bridge Marriott for its location. It’s easy to get there from DCA (Reagan National Airport), whether you drive, take a taxi (about $17), or hop the Metro (less than $2). It is also adjacent to I-66, which will bring you to/from IAD (Dulles Airport). There is plenty of on-site parking ($15/day), and several shuttles, including a Georgetown bus, are available. If business or tourism takes you into DC, the Pentagon, or Crystal City, leave the car and get on the Metro.
All in all, this hotel offers a comfortable, friendly place to stay while giving you easy, affordable access to many places in and around downtown DC and suburban Virginia.
(FYI for Marriott Rewards members: The Key Bridge Marriott is a category 5 hotel.)
- Also Known As:
- Key Bridge Marriott Hotel Arlington
- Key Bridge Marriott Hotel
- Marriott Hotel Key Bridge
- Marriott Arlington
- Arlington Marriott
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated just across the Potomac River from Georgetown, our hotel offers panoramic views of the sights and sounds of the nation's capital. Being a premier choice among Arlington, VA and Georgetown, DC hotels, we provide direct access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as well as the corporations and government agencies of Northern Virginia saving you travel time in and out of the District. For travelers looking to take in the area's famous landmarks such as the Smithsonian Museums, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the National Monuments, hop on the DC Metro system at the Rosslyn Metro station, only 3 blocks from our front door. You'll find stylish surroundings inside our hotel as well. Our hotel features an open lobby with private seating nooks and complimentary wireless internet access. Our Revival Restaurant and Connexion Lounge offer an classic dishes and comfort foods with a modern interpretation. We also offer 17,000 sq ft of event space across 22 rooms including the top-floor Capital View Ballroom which seats up to 300 and offers penthouse views. Perfect for your next celebration. ... more less
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