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I have been a very busy little bee getting everything in order before I depart for my semester abroad in Florence, Italy. In addition to packing, booking flights, and double, triple, quadruple checking everything - the logistics of obtaining my student visa, putting my financial affairs in order, ensuring my health insurance will be valid, etc have surely been a chore!
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Today has been amazing so far! To start off we walked around Arlington Cemetery, which was much bigger than I had imagined. In total, it is 660 acres. We saw the Changing of the Guards and walked to John F. Kennedy's grave. I'm glad we came this time of the year because the trees are gorgeous. Then we took the metro and did some walking until we came to the White House. There is some awesome architecture here, which makes ...
... dirt and rocks looking for fossils. Nathan mentioned that his friend Angus would have been in heaven.
It is here that we get to see one of the most beautiful crystal displays. Every known rock, crystal, stone possible. All holding their own properties and gifts. They really are amazing. Not only are there crystals there is the world largest blue diamond guarded by 2 guards. It is priceless. Venturing through this museum takes a few hours and we still ...
... I hurried through the American section, but I did find a few pieces I really liked. I saw one by Fuseli which was really nice. Then we went over to the Medieval and Renaissance sections. It took forever to get through those because we had to stop and take so many pictures while trying to figure out the symbolism. I saw works by Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Leonardo da Vinci, and many more. We were running out of time so John and I headed over to the other ...
... the unlock process. 10 minutes later I had a working mobile phone!!! Woooohoooo! Such a relief! I called dad and Emma and Mohamed. Then I walked around Georgetown in the glorious sunshine! I looked in J.Crew...very expensive shop!!...and tried on a dress in H&M which was lacy and lemon yellow. I spent ages walking around looking for Georgetown Park (a mall in Georgetown) but I had no success. I was on the search for a macdonalds so I could get their sweet tea drink for $1. In ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Americana Hotel Arlington
This is an excellent value. I stayed here on business but, would stay for vacation. They are close to the Metro and many restaurants. The staff is very helpful and very nice. The breakfast was more than expected for the price of the room. The hotel is an older one but, the rooms are extremely clean with plenty of towels. A+++
Great value for the price
This is a great place to stay if you want to see Washington DC without breaking your budget. My room was quite large and clean, although the furniture and carpet were rather worn. (They clearly buy used furniture from large hotel chains.) The AC was old and loud, but worked quite well, and there was a little fridge. There is plenty of free parking, and there are endless Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. The motel is a block from the Metro stop (underneath the Marriot), and there are plenty of restaurants within driving distance. I did not find the staff particularly friendly or helpful, although the maids did a good job each day. It is a great place for the money, but don't expect a four star hotel...
We chose this hotel for the price, and from reading the other reviews. It was a very easy hotel to find, easy access to highway and the metro only a block away made it very convenient. Breakfast was very nice, bagels, toast muffins etc and coffee all day too! I agree with the other reviewers re cleanliness, we stayed in a four star hotel this same vacation, and their standards certainly didn't come up to those of the Americana. Will certainly stay there again.
Good value for the price
We chose this hotel mainly for the free breakfast and on-site parking, both were nice. The hotel facilities were fairly clean. However, there were things like no fan in bathroom, old toilet, as well as that shampoo in bathroom has not been refilled/replaced for days (we tipped every day.) People there were helpful, but not as friendly as other reviewers mentioned. Maybe because they were too busy and too tired to greet some of the guests.
Clean and Comfortable
My husband and I stayed here three nights with our two children and my parents. We all agreed that our rooms were the cleanest we'd seen in a long time. It's an older hotel, but a very pleasant and reasonably priced place to stay.
My son and I had a pleasant three day stay in March for about $73/night. Free parking is an added bonus. It is Two blocks to Marriot Crystal Gateway entrance to metro, and a shuttle runs every 1/2 hour in the morning. No views and not easy to walk to. Nice continental breakfast of donuts, muffins, bagels, english muffins, cream cheese, cocoa, tea, coffee, oj. NY times and Washington post in lobby. I would stay there again.
A great place to stay
The Americana is a great place to stay if you are looking for a clean, comfortable room. It is an older motel but it was super clean. The staff was very nice and the donuts and bagels were good. It was also in a great location only a block or so away from the metro. It is in a nice, safe neighborhood within walking distance to a really big, cool mall. They had a free shuttle and were extremly helpful giving directions to us "small town" people who had never been on a subway before. Its a great place to stay and is very affordable. I highly recommend it. I will stay there again.
I and my husband have stayed at the Americana several times. While I wouldn't call it "high tone", it offers clean rooms, a friendly staff, and a handy location to National Airport, Metro, and many major thoroughfares (Rte. 1, I-95/395, the GW Parkway, etc.). It is a block away from two nice malls (Pentagon Center and The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City), and two blocks away from a third new plaza. There are also lots of fun ethinc restaurants in the area. The only reason I gave it only 4 stars is that it is not a "full service" hotel. If you require more than a clean, safe place to stay with basic amenities, you should go elsewhere. BTW, I think that whoever it was who said the place offered an ocean view but had silverfish might have mistaken this hotel for a different one, as there is no ocean to view in Arlington, VA.
Clean and very accomadating people
The hotel was very clean and the people were very helpful with dining arrangements and the free shuttle to take and pick you up. What ever questions you might have about the city they helped. The continentle breakfast was much better then what I had at more expensive hotels,so I will go back when I visit D C again.
This was a very nice hotel! They staff was very friendly and helpful, they had a small morning breakfast of doughnuts, coffee and juice! Don't expect a upper class hotel with the works but this was a nice cheap hotel just 2 blocks way from a huge mall and the subway! Reccomend to everyone!