I have read Trip Advisor contributions about the Days Inn in Arlington and feel that the picture is confused by mixing two Days Inn. The Days Inn on Columbia Pike (Days Inn Pentagon) is far, far better than the one on Arlington Boulevard and Pershing.
At Pershing, there is no complimentary breakfast, little service and marginal (cleanliness) rooms. At Columbia Pike, the front desk is excellent, there is a good (this is not the Ritz, remember) free complimentary breakfast, parking is free, and the rooms (beds, bathrooms) are clean. I read Trip Advisor's entries after my first stay there last week and looked closely at conditions there when I stayed there again this week.
The bottom line for me is that I am looking for the most inexpensive hotel for me to stay in, when doing several days of business in Washington, that meets a decent standard. My room was $89 plus tax, which is about as inexpensive as I could find during the work week (there are sometimes great weekend rates at premier hotels nearby). It is definately not the "worst" that I read in Trip Advisor. The Days Inn Arlington at Pershing I believe is earning that moniker. Please don't confuse the Days Inn Arlington with this Days Inn (Days Inn Pentagon).
The Days Inn Pentagon (Columbia Pike) includes an on-site Thai restaurant and there are banks, other restaurants and stores within walking distance. My work downtown was a 15 minute drive, door-to-door, in rush hour, from the hotel.
Would I bring my family? My wife likes to go upscale, so she would not be happy in a hotel below Westin/Hilton/Marriott standards. But if you find Days Inns acceptable, this is a great week-day (when rates all around DC are high) value (location vs. cost). I will stay there again when I come to DC.
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