My office follows the New York Stock Exchange, instead of the federal government, for weather-related closings. So, when a storm was predicted for morning rush hour, my commuter train was cancelled and Metro suspended a.m. bus service. With an important impending deadline, I knew I had to find a way to get myself to work safely the next day. My best option was to stay overnight in a hotel within walking distance of a Metro station. In that regard, the Hilton was perfect.
Even at the last minute, I was able to get a reasonable (for the DC area) rate and checked in around 8:30. Check-in was a breeze, and this is one of the few Hiltons I've stayed at where I didn't have to spell my last name. More times than should happen, I've stood at a reception desk saying H-I-L-T-O-N while the next guest is totally breaking up behind me.
I had a room with a king-sized bed. It appeared to be updated and was very clean. I heard very little noise in the halls or from other rooms, even though it was clear other rooms near me were occupied. The in-room coffee maker was great and well-equipped. I only have two quibbles. The heater in the room was, as others have noted, on the noisy side. Due to the cold temperatures, it was cycling on frequently and it took me a little while to get to sleep. Also possibly due to the cold weather, the walk from the elevator was quite chilly. It didn't seem like there was heat in the halls.
I live in the DC area, so it's unlikely I'll need to say there again, but I would recommend it. Ballston has lots of great restaurants, and the location on top of the Metro station can't be beat. As it turned out, morning rush hour was absolutely miserable, and I couldn't have driven to work in the snow. This was a great quick stay.
- 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