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Shertaon Crystal City Hotel

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Shertaon Crystal City Hotel

Hello,

We are planning a trip to DC for this coming summer. Since hotels in DC seem to be out of the price range for 2 university students, we've found a great rate at the Sheraton. Any thoughts on this hotel? I've read the reviews, and they're mixed. Is it well-located (close to restaurants and the Metro)?

Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: Shertaon Crystal City Hotel

I live just down the block from this hotel. It is in a great location in that it is one block to metro and has LOTS of restaurants nearby.

My "canned" info about Crystal City...

I live in the Crystal City/Pentagon City area and have for most of the 13 years I have lived in the DC area.

Crystal City is a sub-section of Arlington, VA. The area is anywhere from 1 - 2 miles from DC and National Airport. There are Metro stops in both Crystal City and Pentagon City.

Crystal City Metro Stop (most hotels are closer to this stop)

stationmasters.com/System_Map/…crystalc.html

*** Three stops to DC (“L’enfant Plaza)

*** Three stops to Arlington Cemetery

Pentagon City Metro Stop

stationmasters.com/System_Map/…pentcity.html

*** Two stops to DC (“L’enfant Plaza)

*** Two stops to Arlington Cemetery

There are lots of office building and most are connected to the "Crystal City Underground" These are shops/restaurants that run the length of Crystal City. Most of these places are not open on the weekends as they service the office building in the area. However, this is a lot more than just the underground in the area.

LODGING

There are TONS of hotels. Embassy Suites, Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, three Marriott’s and LOTS of others. Post back any hotels you are looking at and we can comment.

DINING

There are 4 "areas" for dining in Crystal City/Pentagon City.

1. Crystal City Proper

This includes the Underground (most not open post 6pm and weekends) and Crystal Drive. Crystal Drive has undergone a nice transformation recently and has opened a bunch of great restaurants that are open on weekends and nights. Some include McCormick and Schmicks (seafood), Oyemel (Tapas), Baileys (Sports - good for kids), Ruth Chris (steak and overlooks National Airport), Charlie Chiangs (Chinese - good for kids), Legal Seafood (yup -- good guess - seafood). There are others, but these are the ones I can think off of the top of my head.

2. 23rd Street Crystal City

On 23rd Street in Crystal City there are a BUNCH of restaurants. This street is affectionately known as “Restaurant Row”. LOTS of ethnic restaurants. Some faves include Bonsai Grill (sushi – GREAT people), Crystal City Sports Pub (Sports Illustrated top 20 best sports bar, GREAT wings, good for kids believe it or not as there is a kids menu and the food is good but not too expensive), Café Italia (best of the three Italian restaurants)Tutto Italino (less upscale than Cafe and better for kids with more pizza and subs on the menu). There are a bunch of others to meet anyone’s taste.

3. Pentagon City Mall/Centre

There is a great Mall in Pentagon City – just blocks from Crystal City. To give you some context, I live one block from Pentagon City Mall and 3 blocks from Crystal City – all EASY walks. The mall has typical mall food fare including a food court and a few sit down chain restaurants. Pentagon Centre Mall – across the street has a Mexican chain (cannot remember the name), Starbucks, and California Pizza Kitchen - all good for kids. In Pentagon City Mall there is a food court and a Johnny Rockets (50’s style hamburger place) and Ruby Tuesdays.

4. Pentagon Row

A relatively new area (past 1 ½ years) is called Pentagon Row. This is on the other side of Pentagon City Mall. This is a favorite area of mine. In the winter they build an ice skating rink. Year round there are some GREAT restaurants. Faves include Asia Bistro (Japanese fusion and sushi), Lebanese Taverna (Lebanese), Sine (Irish – pronounced Sha Nay), Noodles (chain noodles etc), and Champps (Sports - good for kids)There are others that I just have not tried.

SHOPPING

You can shop at the Underground Shops, Pentagon City Mall, Pentagon Centre Mall, or Pentagon Row.

SIGHTSEEING

Ummmmmmmmm, Crystal City is not really an area for sightseeing. I think that Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a museum in Pentagon City.

SUMMARY

Crystal City/Pentagon City is a great place to stay and visit DC as it has easy access to DC. There are lots of places to stay, eat, and shop.

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2. Re: Shertaon Crystal City Hotel

In my opinion, as a person who's lived here for years, you should try to stay any place other than Crystal City, which is nothing more than a bunch of cold, unfriendly high-rises. The previous poster was correct, however, in noting that it is quite easy to take the Metro to DC from Crystal City. If you were able to get a place more cheaply up in Bethesda, I'd try that instead. Priceline may also have some hotel options for you (biddingfortravel.com has tips on which hotels are listed in DC and what you should bid). Good luck!