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“Great staff - Best band for your buck in DC!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Americana Hotel
Ranked #20 of 51 Hotels in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Moncton, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great staff - Best band for your buck in DC!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in August while touring DC. Free parking, internet, clean rooms, friendly staff, good breakfast, comfortable beds, etc. What more could you ask for? For the price, you can't get much better. Also, the shuttle service was great. Took us to the Crystal city mall where the metro station and tour bus station was located. Lots of restaurants in the neighborhood as well. We had one awesome shuttle driver while there. I wish I knew his name, but he was really friendly with lots of tips and help. He offered his service and advice on anything with his awesome Virginia accent! His slightest tips made a difference on our trip and we are great-full.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank NatTroy
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Thank you so much for staying with us and for writing a review about your stay! We're really glad to hear you appreciated our great value and friendly service, and we will definitely pass along your compliments to our entire team--especially the shuttle driver. We hope to see you the next time you're in the DC area!

All the best,
Your Friends at Americana Hotel
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

I would definitely stay at this hotel again.It is older but it is very clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, there is free parking and wifi, the bed was comfortable, the air conditioning worked, it is near a metro station,and the complimentary breakfast is satisfying. We traveled as a family and occupied three rooms. Everyone was satisfied with the accommodations. Crystal City is a short ride on the Metro to DC. The Crystal City Metro stop is in a mall. We found that to be very convenient. We tried one of the restaurants. The food was good and the prices were reasonable.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank Jackie N
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review about your stay and are glad to hear you enjoyed our clean rooms, friendly staff, convenient location, and valuable free amenities! We love having small groups, especially families, and are honored you chose to stay with us while visiting Washington, D.C. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you the next time you're in the area!

Warm Regards,
Your Friends at Americana Hotel
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Alliance, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

They say don't judge a book by its cover. This is true of the American Hotel. My daughter and I stayed here for 3 nights in July, The hotel is very clean. Free Parking, Free Breakfast and Free transportation is fantastic. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. The outside of the building does need some updating but the inside was great! The metro station is only about 2 blocks away. We went in though the Marriott which is a great short cut.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tabitha P
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
We really appreciate you giving us a try and are ecstatic to hear you enjoyed your stay! Although we are an older property, we do our best to keep everything very clean and serviceable and are glad you found it that way. We'll pass along your kind words to the rest of our team and hope to see you the next time you're in the Washington, D.C. area!

Sincerely,
Your Friends at Americana Hotel
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

This hotel definitely is value for your money. It provides free parking and wifi as well as free breakfast. The room is spacious and clean. The crystal city subway station is just about 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel and the staff are all very helpful to answer you questions. Overall my husband and i found staying at the hotel very convenient and enjoyable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Aliah H
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let others know you appreciated the great value, clean rooms, and helpful staff at our hotel! We try our best to make sure every guest has an enjoyable stay and are glad to hear that you and your husband did. We sincerely appreciate you staying with us, and we hope to see you again the next time you're in the Washington, D.C. area!

All the best,
Your Friends at Americana Hotel
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Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Level Contributor
51 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

This hotel is not for everyone. Far from perfect. But it met my standards. Everything in our room was pristine clean and in good working order. Our sliding glass door worked fine. The 1950's decor was a trip back in time for me. The pink tile is what I grew up with, so it made me feel more at home.

We aren't huge breakfast eaters, so the cereal and bagel choices were adequate for our family. If they had not been, we would have trekked over to Chick-fil-a in Crystal City for breakfast. We found the breakfast experience to be very friendly and met some interesting folk here. It is a 10 minute (or less) walk to the metro.

I felt very safe, sandwiched between an expensive high-rise and the Embassy Suites. However, be aware that this has regular key-entry rooms. I've had my own problems with card-entry, so it was a welcome change for me.

For the price, you can't beat it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JanetonLookout
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Thank you SO much for your kind review; we'll be sure to pass along your compliments to the rest of our team! We really try to offer friendly, comfortable accommodations that are reasonably priced, and we are glad to hear that was just what you wanted. Regarding the keys, we actually just replaced them with card readers (had to have been immediately after you left) despite enjoying the "real keys" for so long. We hope we don't have too many problems with the new system or we just might have to go back :-)

We hope to see you again soon, and if there's anything you need, please never hesitate to contact us!

Sincerely,
Your Friends at Americana Hotel
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Intervale, NH 03845
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86 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

The Americana Hotel is located in the Crystal City section of Arlington Virginia near the Jerfferson Davis Highway. It is within a five-minute walk to the Crystal City Metro Station and near several restaurants which offer a variety of choices from Chinese, Italian, American, Sushi, etc.

The hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Crystal City. There is free parking, free continental breakfast and a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport and from local sites. The rates are reasonable, the rooms are clean and serviced daily by the staff. The front desk staff is very helpful and friendly. Tours of the Washington DC area can be arranged at the front desk, and there is an excellent choice of tour options. The hotel has a security service, but they are friendly and cooperative. There is no pool, but we were so busy with tours and sightseeing that we didn't miss the lack of a pool. An indication of the positive aspects of this hotel is that almost every airline at the airport makes arrangements for accomodations at the Americana Hotel for their flight personnel. We really enjoyed our stay (5 days).

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank hcaveman
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you for choosing Americana Hotel for your accommodation needs and for taking the time to write such a helpful review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our convenient location, valuable free amenities, reasonable rates, clean rooms, and friendly staff. We'll be sure to pass along your kind words to the rest of our team and hope to see you again the next time you're in the D.C. area!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

The best way I can start to descibe this hotel is a conversation I had with a gentleman in the lobby waiting for the, oh so slow, elevator. He said "I've been waiting on this same elevator for 25 years"... "I come her a few times a year and this elevator has always been this slow".
Translation, if you can deal with its shortcomings this hotel is the best bargain in town.
The cons - The elevator is excruiatingly slow, the toilet required 2-3 flushes for everything to go down, the furniture and general room decor is 60's and 70's dated, but functional. The beds were so-so but the room was clean.
We stayed on the 3rd floor overlooking the highway, it was never too loud and not a problem. I'm assuming the town of Arlington, or the Hotel's insurance carrier required the hotel to close access to the outside balconies because our sliding glass door was fastened permanently shut. The balcony is no more then 3' deep and I'm assuming it doesn't meet a local code requirement. The only negitive was that we couldnt get fresh air, as our front door was at the enclosed lobby portion of the building.
The Pros- Great rates, I chose the internet "non-refundabe" rate 2 weeks before our trip and paid $168 for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) Awesome location - we bike rode Washington and it was an easy 1 mile ride to the Pentagon Memorial, and 2 1/2 miles to Arlington National Cemetary. Contenental breakfast, not a huge spread, Donuts, bagels, ceral, juices and coffee, but enough to avoid the cost of going out for breakfast. Free, plentiful parking, a huge plus considering some hotels in the city charge up to $35 a night to park. Free Shuttle, which we didnt use but obviously would have come in handy if needed. Lastly WIFI was spotty if that important to you, sometimes we got it in our room sometimes we didnt, the lobby was decent for reception

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Swanny2011_11
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AmericanaHotel, Owner at Americana Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write a review! It's nice of you to say we're the best bargain in town and that you appreciated our free breakfast, free parking, and free shuttle service, and we'll be sure to pass it along to the rest of our team.

Since you ranked us only "average" compared to similar limited-service budget hotels, we would really appreciate hearing from you on what we could do to be among the best of affordable lodging options--we're always looking for ways to improve!

Thanks again for staying with us, and we hope to see you again in 2013 as we celebrate 50 years of clean, comfortable, convenient, affordable, and friendly accommodations for D.C. travelers!

Warmest Regards,
Your Friends at Americana Hotel
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Property: Americana Hotel
Address: 1400 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
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Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Arlington
#17 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#18 Family Hotel in Arlington
#19 Business Hotel in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Americana Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Americana Hotel is ideally situated in a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia called Crystal City across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Since 1963, our family-owned-and-operated hotel near Washington D.C. has never wavered from its commitment to complete guest satisfaction with every stay. Business and leisure travelers alike are sure to appreciate our comfortable Arlington hotel accommodations and well-appointed Crystal City hotel amenities that include free shuttle service and a complimentary continental breakfast. We are only 1 mile from the Nation’s capital and within walking distance of two Metro stops. Please call us today and let us help you plan your next trip to Washington, DC! ... more   less 
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