From the outside, the Highlander Motel looks like any other nondescript, low-budget, family-run motel you find along US highways, except that this is a short walk from the Virginia Square-GMU metro station. At the reception, they greet you with a kind, no-nonsense smile through a security window, and they point out to you that a continental breakfast is available free of charge. Inside, rooms are clean and well kept, beds are comfortable and, if your room is on the back of the building away from Wilson Boulevard, you’ll have a quiet, comfortable night. The shower is brand new, water is hot and high pressure, towels are fresh every day, the TV has more channels than you’ll have the time to surf in one night, and there are several network routers that provide free and high-bandwidth wireless service for your laptop. There is one yellow light outside the door of every unit (a good idea when you come back late at night). Since the curtains don’t overlap where they meet, some of the yellow light filters in at night. However, this is nothing that a binder clip won’t fix, if the light bothers you (hint: even a coat hanger with trouser clips will work, odd as that may look when deployed). There is no alarm clock in the room, but who doesn’t have one on their phone nowadays? Unless you need concierge service or a hairdryer, or feel the urge to sponsor the expensive lifestyles of a hotel chain owner’s children, the Highlander is a very good deal for your one or three nights in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Highlander Motel is an affordable motel in Arlington VA close to the FDIC, NSF, and George Mason University. We offer free parking, free wireless internet access and HD television. We are located 2 blocks from the Virginia Square Metro station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Highlander Hotel Arlington
- Highlander Motel Arlington