My job doesn't provide a lot of travel opportunities - so, when I go on the road, I'm usually footing the bill and usually call upon the power of Priceline to find me an upscale property for a dirt-cheap price. This delayed review is for a stay in October 2009.
My bid on Priceline for a 3.5-star rated property in the Arlington area was $69 (inclusive of taxes and fees: $86.19) and expected that I'll get the dregs of room choices. This hotel is a block from the Crystal City metro stop, which is a convenient one stop away from National Airport. The Crystal City stop also comes up to a mall which offers a good chance to pick up a few things if you've forgotten them.
The hotel faces an arterial street in front and the Jefferson Davis highway in the back so if you're hoping for a park-like view or one of the DC landmarks, you'll be sadly disappointed. My assigned room faced the highway but I didn't have a problem with it since I come from the "Land O' Highways" known as Houston, TX. The room was nicely outfitted with dark woods, warm neutral colors, and quality linens and bedding.
The front desk was a beehive of activity when I arrived but once it was my turn, the clerk focused all of his attention on me. He quietly confirmed that my room was prepaid through Priceline, issued my keys, and informed me that this was "Customer Appreciation Month" and that they offered coffee and pastries from 7-9AM, free in-room internet, and coffee and snacks from 4-6PM.
The only glitch was found when I wanted to leave for a late lunch - the door locking mechanism would not latch when I was in the hall. When closing the door from the inside, the bolt threw properly. I'm glad that my OCD kicked in and that I noticed this - I'd hate to have someone just push open my door and steal my Prada bag while I was at McDonalds. [I kid about those name brands - I'm a walking billboard for Target brands.] A quick call to the front desk had a maintenance guy at my door in 5 minutes. But, like an impish child who misbehaves when alone with me and is the picture of manners in the presence of others, the door lock worked fine when the maintenance guy looked at it.
All in all, this older property was in a great location for what I needed, had upscale furnishings and linens, and was a very good value for my Priceline bid. It may not work for you if you want to be in the heart of the DC tourist attractions - but those are just an easy 10-minute subway ride.
- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Arlington
- Arlington Sheraton
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Crystal City Hotel is located one mile from the Ronald Reagan National airport and next to the Crystal City Metro Station. 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. ... more less
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