I haven't stayed in a Le Meridien property in many years, so after reading some less than positive reviews of hotels in the Washington DC area I thought it would be a good option. A couple of thoughts:
-The hotel is isolated to some degree. It's also pretty small. It's definitely more "boutique" and you'll have to do without a few things by staying here. Your dining options are almost zero. Some of that has to do with the area. Things seem to close very early and there aren't a ton of options for shopping or dining. The good news is that you're only a quick cab ride or metro ride from those things. But if you want a bottle of water or a quick snack inside the hotel you're pretty much out of luck.
-Room was great in some ways, not as great in others. It seems like there are quite a few room types and sizes. In order to get a decent room i had to settle for an accessible room. The bed was great and very comfortable, there were plenty of power outlets and the internet service was great. On the downside, it was fairly dark in the room even with all the lights on.
-Staff was very friendly. They were able to arrange a car or taxi very quickly.
-I'm platinum with Starwood and was pretty disappointed with what that gets you at this location. That may not make much of a difference to anyone who doesn't have status with the Starwood program.
-Room service was hit or miss. Their late night menu is not good.
So, there are probably plenty of people that would really like this hotel, but I'd pick another option if I returned to this area.
- 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