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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard by Marriott Arlington Rosslyn
Comfortable, Convenient to D.C., and Probably Cheaper.
We stayed here on the weekend of April 15-17, 2005, and it was excellent. The room was renovated with new Marriott-style bedding. Lots of pillows, attractive bedspread, and contrasting wall decorations. It was classy feeling.
The room had all amenities that worked well. Desk staff were all friendly, and we had buffet breakfast at the restauranat which was reasonable at $8.95, although not lavish. Parking is free on weekends, and the garage is a bit tight getting around. It is convenient to D.C. One stop on the Metro gets you to Foggy/Bottom (10 minute walk to the Metro). As noted, you can walk to Georgetown from the hotel or from Foggy Bottom it is about a 15 minute walk. Driving to D.C. takes about 10 minutes or less. Everything was either sold out in D.C. or obscenely expensive ($300 - 400). The Courtyard rates were in the $150 range, although I used Marriott Rewards points. It is an excellent alternative to staying in D.C.
Horrible Internet Service
The wired internet service inside the room is horrendous. You can connect to it for 1 minute and then after that minute's up, you get disconnected for 2 minutes. And then it will connect you again, but of course, this is only for 1 minute and the cycle continues. This makes any I-Phone and video conferencing impossible. Not to mention being signed in and out of your favorite IM software a million times within the same hour is not a very good experience. I would much rather they inform patrons that "No, we do not have free internet at all." than to come here and get internet service that is worse than dial up from the early 1990s. If at all possible, there are many other better hotels out there with better service AND internet options.
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This Courtyard was a step above most I have stayed in over the years. The rooms were recently renovated--a modern Euro kind of style. As well, new beds were obviously placed in the rooms that are of the Sheraton "sweet sleeper" sort and include something like five pillows. Free high speed internet access on a huge desk. Very pleasant staff in all areas from the front desk to the restaurant (where we never ate). Short 3-5 minute walk to the Metro station several tiny blocks away. Excellent housekeeping service. Safeway behind the rear of the hotel. A safe and quiet neighborhood that is somewhat dead at night. Georgetown, however, is minutes away (driving) and maybe a twenty minute walk over the Key Bridge. Very pleasant indoor pool (w/ lifeguard there at all times) and workout room. Probably a great hotel for business travelers and families whose main focus is on sightseeing alike. Cheers!
I was SO impressed with this hotel! After staying in a 5 Star hotel in New Orleans in June, that was absolutely AWFUL, it was SO nice to stay at the Courtyard! Everything was excellent. The decor, the rooms (very clean!), the staff. They even have a shuttle van that will take you anywhere within 6 blocks. That includes the Metro stop in Rosslyn. I would definately go back to this hotel and highly recommend it to EVERYONE!!
Nice hotel, good location
We stay here often and find it a first-class facility that's near enough to DC to make it very convenient.
Courtyard Marriott Arlington Rosslyn
We just finished a wonderful nine night stay at the Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn and I would definitely suggest staying here. The Rosslyn metro is an uphill three or four blocks from the hotel but it is a very safe area and we walked it at night without any problems. One of the young ladies at the front desk was especially helpful and she always had a smile on her face. Her name was Sharmin and her name tag said she was from Bangladesh. We had a wonderful room on the ninth floor. Everything was clean and a morning paper was at our door every week day morning. Although they have a free shuttle to the Rosslyn metro, we decided to walk it every day. The two places that we enjoyed eating at the most were both easy walks from the hotel. The Red, Hot and Blue was a block and a half away and the food and atmosphere were great. We ate three nights at the Orleans which is also walking distance being about three blocks down from the hotel. Both restaurants are located on Wilson Avenue. They had a wonderful salad bar and all of our meals were good. Be sure to walk to the Iwo Jima memorial from the hotel. It is about five blocks. Try to go on a Tuesday or Thursday night during the summer when the Marine Corps band plays. They usually start ariund 7 P. M. Enjoy the hospitality of the Courtyard Rosslyn in Arlington, we sure did.
Mostly very good!
The Hotel Staff & rooms were very good. The shuttle service was excellent! The one BIG problem was the restaurant for breakfast. We attended during the WWII Dedication in May & only 2 people were on staff at the restaurant!!!! Consequently, everyone had to wait to be seated, to be served, & to get their bill & then pay it. Certainly with a major event of this size, more staff should have been added.
Stayed at this hotel (on a Priceline bid) Cmas Eve and Cmas Day 2003. I had read a couple on-line reviews from Summer '03 that the hotel was under major renovations and that it was a real pain staying there. By the time we checked in in late December, the desk clerk told me that all of the renovations (save for the last 7 rooms) were completed.
Everything looked and smelled brand new.
Check-in was smooth. They asked me to put down a credit card for incidentals, which I did.
Parking at this hotel was underground garage parking with self-parking only. Very secure; pretty well-lit. You used your room key to enter the gated garage. Parking was "complimentary" the two nights we stayed there (due to the holidays I guess) and I've read other reviews that say parking is free on Saturday nights as well. I was billed $8.50 per night for parking, but upon check-out, they said that had appeared incorrectly on my bill and that there was no charge. Charges were removed. So, I guess, on days when they charge for parking (probably during the business week)...parking is $8.50 per night.
I was given Room 211 on the 2nd floor. The room was very up-to-date, decor-wise. I was given a room somewhat on the small side, but it was tasteful, even elegant. Dark grey marble counter tops in the bath, decor in rich navy's and golds; woodwork in light cherry. Nice, large workspace with FREE internet access. A King size bed. I think the room appeared to be narrow because instead of a closet; there was a wardrobe (a piece of furniture) in the room that housed the clothes bar, the ironing board, luggage storage, etc. Instead of having the recessed depth of a normal closet, there was this fairly large scale piece of furniture that took up a good deal of space. No mini fridge in the room, but there was a coffee maker, a blowdryer and ample bathroom cabinet space. The bathroom sink was in a 'pass-thru' on the way to the the shower/tub and toilet in a separate room with a door. The bath was larger than average....or perhaps it just appeared that way since the sink and countertop were outside of that room.
There was no Free continental breakfast during my dates of stay (it was Cmas Eve and Cmas Day, so I don't blame them). But the restaurant was open in the morning, I think breakfast was $8 pp. The lobby had a comfortable, modern seating area with lots of internet access ports and workspace. There was an open-aire fridge with a variety of soft drinks, chips, etc. I'm sure there was a charge for that. I believe you were supposed to grab what you want and pay for it at the Front Desk. The snack area was in full view of the front desk.
There was a nice indoor pool, outdoor couryard w/ plants and a large whirlpool on premises. Apparently the only pool access was from the 2nd floor, but you have to then go down two flights of stairs. I'm not sure if you could access that staircase from the lobby. I was staying on the 2nd floor, so it was convenient. I was impressed that the pool was open from 10am to 10pm and had a lifeguard on staff the whole time! On weekends, I believe the pool is only open from 4pm to 10pm. The pool was even open on Christmas Day at 6pm when we tried to go. Again, I expected it to be closed, so that was a treat.
I would be glad to get this property again, especially on a weekend when there is no charge for parking.
Better than expected!
I bid for a hotel on priceline and was a bit upset that I was going to have to go down to a 2.5 star rather than my usual 3 star. I usually win the Hilton in Ballston and I liked this one better! I thought it was cleaner. Everything seemed new. We got free parking in their controlled-access garage (it was a Saturday night). Check out time was noon. No problems whatsoever, would stay again.
July 2003 - Major Renovation Work
We stayed here June 28 - July 5, 2003 A family of 4 on vacation. (You can walk back to the hotel after a great view of the fireworks at the Arlington Nat. Cemetary) The hotel is undergoing major room and restuarant renovations! The lobby floor is cluttered with construction.
(The front desk had a basket of chocolate saws - our only compensation for inconvenience) We had to switch rooms after the first night because our room was to be gutted the next day. We found out we were being moved after our first day of sightseeing; we came back to an uncleaned room. We called the desk to find out why and were told we were moving!
(No note, and the phone message was on the new room's phone) The pool was only open from 10am-10pm. The free breakfast buffet was good. The big inroom desk was nice for tour planning.
3 busy traffic blocks from the Rosslyn subway staion - which has an amazingly steep escalator. There is a great Mexican restuarant on the same block: the Santa Fe (we ate there twice).