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Residence Inn Arlington Ballston
Ranked #7 of 51 Hotels in Arlington
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I could not say enough positive things about this hotel!!! The place was spotless, service was wonderful, and the location was fantastic. You have everything you need and more in walking distance. They gym(s) were such a bonus, they have a cardio room and a weight room with top notch equipment. Pool is a great bonus as well!! The rooms are so clean, which I can't say how much I appreciate that while traveling!!! Parking was so nice to being under the hotel, no no need to worry about the weather. I would highly recommend this hotel if you are going to be in the DC area. One other note, the customer service there was the best I have ever experienced in a Marriott property!! Wonderful stay for sure!!!

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Michael G, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Outstanding to hear of your total satisfaction during your stay! The team is thrilled to have made such a strong impression on you and we love to hear from our guests. Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed three nights as part of a larger group in town for a wedding. This is a super hotel and well-positioned for sightseeing by Metro or car.

The hotel is totally modern and squeaky clean. Breakfast was generous and we loved the fire pit and outdoor sitting area. We parked indoors under the hotel which was convenient and worth the $15 daily fee. The staff was pleasant but the front desk was often busy and might have been helped by a second person. Three computers and it was easy for flight check in and boarding pass printing.

Choose a room ending in 01 for a very quiet room (no common wall to another room) and windows on three sides plus a view of the Washington Monument from the higher floors. We loved our suite!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Michael G, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Wonderful to know that you had a fantastic stay with us! You made a great recommendation for our corner suites as they have plenty of natural light and fantastic views. Our patio with fire pit is always a nice way to unwind and I am happy that you were able to utilize that space while with us.

Thank you for your review and we look forward to hosting you on your next visit to Arlington!
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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Decided to try this property during a recent visit to Arlington.
The hotel seems brand new and the accommodations are very good.
While booking it I did not realize that pets were allowed at this property.
One or twice had to share the elevator with snififng dogs, what was a bit uncomfortable, considering that their ownerers always believe everyone else love dogs sniffing them.
The service was ok with remarks to the breakfast buffet which multiple times had some missing items that were not replenished immediately (e.g. spoons).
The cleaning lady also forgot to replace the popcorn pack in my room for 2 days in a row.
The most disturbing was the AC which would simply stop working and had to be reset multiple times during my stay, even though the repar personnel played with it at one occasion.

Room Tip: A lower floor will allow you to use the stairs avoiding the slow elevator
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Michael G, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our property and to let us know of ways that we can create a better experience for our guests. I apologize that the stay was not perfect but I am happy to see that you still had an enjoyable time while with us.

We have reviewed your comments in all departments and have made the necessary adjustments to ensure a pleasant stay for all moving forward.

Thank you again and we hope to see you back soon.
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Michael G, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
I am happy to know that you enjoyed your stay and that we were able to provide a comfortable stay. I apologize that the wait for the elevators was longer than expected and that the size of the fitness center was small. We have two fitness rooms, one for weights and one for cardio which has 9 different machines and there is also a Gold's Gym across the street for anyone looking for a full gym experience.

I appreciate you taking the time to let everyone know of your satisfaction and the entire team is looking forward to seeing you again.
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28 reviews
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our family of 5 stayed here for 6 nights while touring DC from California. It's only been open for a few months, and its just beautiful. Our 2 bedroom suite was spotless, quite large, and very comfortable. The beds and linens (which I am picky about), reminded me of the Hyatt dream beds...high thread count, crisp sheets & extra comfy mattresses. Hotels with breakfast included are a must for my family, and their breakfast didn't disappoint. Lots of choices, refreshed constantly, and terrific staff. Metro is about a 10 min easy walk, so very convenient. Nicest residence inn we've stayed at... It definitely has more of a traditional Marriott hotel lobby.. More upscale than the typical RI. Would not stay anywhere else if our family were to come back to Washington DC!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Michael G, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
What wonderful review! Our two bedroom suites are ideally situated for a family and I am happy to hear that it met all of your needs. The team works tirelessly to maintain superior cleanliness and exceptional service so it is nice to know that we exceeded all of your expectations. Thank you and we look forward to your return visit!
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Checked in with front desk. Gentleman on duty (Sept. 1st) was very proud of hotel and it showed. Extremely nice. An employee I would be honored to have. Lovely rooms, nice breakfast. Only 4 blocks to Metro.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Michael G, General Manager at Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
I have passed on your lovely comments to the Guest Service Associate that checked you in and you made his day! We are all proud not only of the hotel, but of the level of service we provide to our guests. Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon!
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Dallas, Texas
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163 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2013

I stayed here 5 nights while on business. The hotel is new and very modern with very spacious rooms. The staff are extremely friendly and always greet the guests when they walk through the lobby. The breakfast has a good selection of hot and cold food that changes daily. Mon-Wed there is an evening social with a hot entree, a salad, a selection of raw veggies, chips, cheese and crackers and dessert. They always have staff to clear the tables when guests are finished eating. These servers are very attentive and always extremely pleasant. There are a lot of restuarants a short walk from the hotel and a grocery store a block away.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms provide a view of the Washington Monument in the distance
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Residence Inn Arlington Ballston
Address: 650 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22203-2148
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Location: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 51 Hotels in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Arlington Ballston 3*
Number of rooms: 183
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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