Travelers to Arlington - and to this Hilton - need to know that this particular Hilton is unlike others. It will meet some specific needs, but my impression is that for most people, it's going to be a disappointment. First off: if you're coming by taxi, make sure you refer to this as this "Ballston Hilton" as there are other Hiltons in the are and the drivers know it by this nick-name. The hotel sits on top of the Ballston Metro station and as such, it's really a hotel situated inside of an office building/condominium complex. The garage attached to the hotel has nothing to do with the hotel: it's run by the office building. So I think it's unfair to find such extreme fault with the hotel based on their parking situation. It's a lot like staying in a smallish Manhattan hotel: the lobby is small, the rooms are only on floors 3-7 (the condo is above floor 7) there's only one small bar and restaurant (2nd floor) and no pool, spa, workout center, or business center. Otherwise, I thought the hotel very clean, security tight, hallways well lit and clean, and the room exactly what I was expecting. It may have been a tad bit smaller that usual, but I thought it was fine. This is a hotel to sleep in, and really nothing else. If you're spending your days at an office, and all you're looking for is a place to lay your head (and get your Hilton points), then this is it. I thought the bar was excellent (John mixes great drinks) and the appetizers we had from the restaurant were good, too. The service in the bar was great, and friendly. And I have no complaints with the front desk, either. They accommodated and early check-in and late check-out with ease. So in general, choose wisely if you are choosing this Hilton: for some, it will be just fine. For others - you may find yourself very unhappy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the upscale Ballston community, the Hilton Arlington Virginia is adjacent to the Metro and minutes from downtown Washington DC. Walking distance to shopping, nightlife and restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Arlington Hotel Arlington
- Hilton Hotel Arlington
- Arlington Hilton Hotel