Booked a stay at the Americana fairly last minute for a few days getaway during the week of to DC. As most of the areas I planned to visit were in or around the National Mall area, I would have preferred something in downtown DC (I have stayed at a few previously) but most hotels in the area were either unavailable or ridiculously expensive. After diligently scouring the internet for various availability and pricing, and largely based upon the TripAdvisor reviews, I decided upon the Americana.
Check-in was easy, our room was ready early when we arrive despite it being a pretty full house (we were only about an hour early). The lobby was definitely newly renovated and was charmingly retro, and the staff was friendly. There is a huge parking lot (free parking), however there was only about a half a dozen spots empty when we arrived. I suspect that was just the crossover between check-in/check-out, as it emptied out a lot by evening.
As noted in the title, the room was clean - I was impressed with how clean it was really. And the bed was pretty comfortable. The mattress certainly had been replaced recently. There was also a mini-fridge in the room. Absent that, the rooms weren't much to speak of. The decor was dated, and the colors were kind of drab. I felt like I was back in my old college dorm or something. The climate was controlled by a room air conditioner that was out by the bathroom not very near the bed. I found it difficult to get the temperature decent at night and found myself getting up at night to fiddle with it. The TV was basic cable, nothing fancy.
I think the hallways had kind of an odd smell to them in areas, likely to do the AC units that exhaust to the hall.
I found the room walls a bit thin, and all week I had some obnoxiously loud neighbors next door that came in late. (I on the other hand would come in dog tired after dinner, since museums close early, and be looking to go to bed early). Part of the reason for it being so noisy could have been that there was an connecting door to their room from mine. I could actually here one of them snoring most of one night, but I'm a light sleeper. I guess if you are really sensitive to sound you should request non-adjoining. There was also a lot of door slamming. I don't know if this was from a stairwell door, or room doors, but at times it was so bad it shook my bed. This seems to be a place that might attract a lot of larger groups; when I was leaving, there were two vans arriving that appeared to be a couple of families traveling together.
It was a convenient location if budget does not permit staying downtown. We bought 7 day unlimited short-trip passes for the Metro and that worked out great. The Metro station is right through the Marriott lobby, and the yellow/blue lines accessible from Crystal City station seem to stop near many of the major attractions without transfer. If it's late, the Metro did seem completely safe, but a cab ride is also relatively inexpensive at about $10 from Penn Quarter area. There are several sit down restaurants open late in the Crystal City Shops underground, however be aware that the shops themselves seem to close early evening as well as the food court type places.
As far as cost, you really couldn't beat it. It was about 20% of what the going rate was in downtown DC and a third of the cost of their neighbor "chain brand" hotels right in Crystal City.
A couple of closing notes: while my room was on an inside hallway it looks like some were outside. Also, the door to the room had only a basic door lock and chain - no dead bolt. Not your typical hotel setup. As a woman who travels occasionally for business I would not feel comfortable staying here alone. Luckily I was with someone this time.
So all that being said, would I stay here again? Well, in a pinch, I guess I would pass through for a night. But it wasn't so great I'd stay another bunch of days. I'm a girl who likes my amenities, and after a couple of those long days museum hopping when I got back to my hotel room in the evening, it would have been nice to order up some room service and a movie and just relax or something. But it was fine. And certainly a good value.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Americana Hotel Arlington
- Americana Arlington