Bottom line up front:
- Worst lodging experience I have ever had.
- Not worth the cheap price
- I do not recommend this hotel
~ it is indeed in Arlington, Virginia (and therefore close to Washington DC)
~ Customer service is severely lacking, their shuttle schedule is inflexible. I arrived at the shuttle stop 7 minutes after the last shuttle run and they refused to pick me up. When I got there after taking a cab I saw the driver sitting in the lounge talking and drinking coffee.
~ Ridiculously loud popping sound at night. About once an hour there would be a large series of popping sounds by the door. Overall it was not out as loud as a car backfiring but it was louder than someone slamming a door shut. The popping would happen once every couple of seconds for about half a minute. It was loud enough to wake me and my fiancee up.
~ No individual climate control (AC) units. When we got to the hotel the A/C unit was disabled (they removed the temperature control knob to do). I called the front desk to ask if I could turn on the A/C and they said no. I asked if I could just turn the air fan on and they said no. Then the front desk went on to mention that other guests were asking for the same thing....
~ Paper-thin walls. Could clearly hear a guy outside my door talking on his cellphone. He was not yelling, just talking to his family and then making a couple of business calls in a normal tone. I went outside to get something from my car and realized no one was outside and the guy was actually above me. REALLY thin walls---you'll hear everything around you. I used earplugs that night.
~ Sink does not drain. It actually does drain but it just takes a long time. Anything more than a trickle from the faucet and it starts to back up.
~ Old and decrepit, run-down. No one really takes care of the hotel and they certainly don't update anything. All the decor is 1960-1970-ish. Plus it is dirty and worn. Even every day things failed to work. Only 2 out of the 5 lights in our room worked.
~ They actually used yellow "caution" tape to mark off part of the inside of their hotel lobby... which is not a big deal but it does give you the impression that the ownership does not care about the appearance of the hotel.
Other smaller things to consider (all bad):
1. The electrical outlets in the hotel are all two prongs (a problem when you need to recharge your laptop). There's one by the fridge (opposite side of the room from the 'desk').
2. Water damage all over the ceiling in both the bathroom and the main room.
3. 1960's interior decorating.
4. Bathroom has no fan unit to circulate air.
5. Bathroom doors did not lock.
6. Electrical work and wiring on the outside. There's electrical wires all over the walls in the main room and the bathroom. Not sure if it is because they were unable to put the wiring into the wall or if they were too lazy/cheap.
7. Carpet is dirty, wear sandals (or your shoes) in the room.
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