I've been staying at the hotel now known as Le Meridien for quite a while, since opened as a Kimpton. I'm pleased to say that it has retained the standards set by Kimpton (although it lacks the wine hour from 5-6pm...). The rooms are universally excellent, though if you care about having a view do ask for a Georgetown or river-side room on one of the higher floors. It's very easy to get to from either National or Dulles airport - about $20 cab from the former, $55 from the latter. For decent food in the area you have to walk up to Courthouse or, better still, Clarendon; or go the other way across the river into Georgetown. The food in the hotel restaurant and room service is of a decent standard, and the bar does the job nicely.
There is a small gym which has most of the equipment most people need, and it's rarely busy.
As a tourist, the location is ok -- Rosslyn metro lets you get anywhere fast and it's no more than 5 minutes from the hotel. It can sometimes be a hassle to get a cab, but the hotel can help you with that.
My only gripe is the extra charge for in-room wifi -- but that's hardly unique to this hotel (sneaky tip: log into the wifi in the lobby then carry your phone/laptop to your room without closing it -- about 2/3 of the time the signal will hold).
On balance, in my opinion Le Meridien remains the best hotel in Rosslyn, but then again it really only faces competition from the Hyatt (I remain fond of the nearby Marriott, but that's mostly down to the excellent staff in its bar).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located among top destinations in the Washington, D.C. region, Le Méridien Arlington is a stylish boutique hotel close to numerous restaurants and shopping options for our guests. We are excited to announce our new, contemporary chic style restaurant and lounge coming this March! Between the dates of January 13th to March 14th we will have our formal restaurant and lounge closed to carry out some beautiful refinements in the name of Méridien! We do not anticipate any disruption to services as the hotel has taken alternative measures to provide you a great experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Palomar Arlington Kimpton