I stayed at the Residence Inn Ballston for three nights to visit family. As someone who usually visits Arlington once a year, the Westin was my "go-to" hotel, but the new Residence Inn is a strong competitor.
I booked a one bedroom suite for $125 a night, which was a good value. Especially appreciated was the kitchen area, which included a full-sized refrigerator, plates, and silverware. The suite had a large living area and a decent sized bedroom.
I especially enjoyed the complimentary breakfast off the lobby, which included hot dishes (eggs, make-your-own waffles, french toast), breads, fruit, cereal, juices, and coffee. It was nice that the selection rotated a bit each morning. Another bonus was the complementary internet access. The hotel also offers a light dinner Mondays through Wednesdays (too bad I stayed from Thursday to Sunday), but the menus are posted in each suite.
Unfortunately, there were a few downsides: the hotel only had two elevators, so it frequently took a while for one to arrive. Also, the exercise room and pool were both quite small.
Overall, the Residence Inn is a great choice, especially for families or extended-stay travelers. There is an attached garage, and the Ballston metro station (Orange Line) is just a 10-12 minute walk away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set a pace that suits you at the Residence Inn by Marriott® Arlington Ballston. Whether you're with us for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters. You'll thrive at Residence Inn with the conveniences you need. Like spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas. A fully equipped kitchen ready for your favorite cuisine. Complimentary grocery delivery service to fill your refrigerator and satisfy cravings. Free Internet for connecting to work and the outside world. Free hot breakfast to start mornings off right and evening social hours to end the day well. And, two separate fitness centers for strengthening your body and soul. Relax and unwind when you want. And stay focused and productive when it's essential. At the Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, we'll make sure you thrive during your stay. ... more less
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