I needed to spend five days in December in downtown DC, but my usual preferred hotels were fully booked. I took a chance and decided to stay out in Arlington, hoping mass transit would make things easy.
It did. RIDICULOUSLY easy.
Walking out of the front of this hotel, you can practically fall down into the DC Metro system. And if you're hungry or need to shop, everything you could possibly need is within a 2-3 block radius thanks to the Pentagon City shopping area. Everything from boutique shops to the typically alarming giant carts from Costco careening across the street were within easy reach.
(And a short walk to Dunkin Donuts too. That's important, to me at least, because there ain't no coffee like DD coffee.)
During holiday season, the Ritz puts out hot apple cider every night, which is delicious. The beds were so comfortable they made me run late for work twice. There's little negative to say about this hotel, unless you're a 5-star snob who recoils at the idea of a busy doorman not being available to assist your precious backside through the entrance without you touching a door handle. It was a busy place and the staff managed it well, in my opinion, but no, it wasn't perfect every moment.
For the Metro convenience alone, I'd recommend it and I will try to stay there again next time instead of being closer into the District. And I'm taking a day of vacation just to stay in that bed longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of Northern VA’s most desirable neighborhoods and connected to high-end shopping at The Fashion Center at Pentagon City, our hotel offers more than simply a prime address. A local influence is weaved throughout our hotel, from the artwork of Virginia artists that adorns the walls to the regionally sourced ingredients on our restaurant menus. The experience is unique to the Washington DC area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City Hotel Arlington
- Ritz Arlington
- Ritz-Carlton Arlington
- Arlington Ritz-Carlton
- Ritz Carlton Pentagon City