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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport Arlington
Great hotel in Crystal City
This one has it all; nice clean rooms, attentive staff, easy parking, close to Metro, decent breakfast, free broadband. One small problem, hotel was so full on my 2nd trip, they could only put me in a smoking room, and it stank!
If you want a good deal in crystal city, stay at this hotel. Highly recommended...
Wonderful Christmas Vacation Location
Thanks to everyone who had written in to Tripadvisor on this hotel. I was trying to locate a nice family friendly hotel, convenient to DC and the metro and yet one with a good "holiday special rate". To be honest we had kind of decided on another one when I started reading reviews to this Hotel at this site. I made the decision to go here instead based on Tripadvisor reviews and I found all I wanted and more in this hotel. The Hotel looks to be maybe a year or two old is all and was in excellent shape and condition.
My husband and I arrived in the evening of Sunday 12/26 for a one week stay with our 8 and 11 year olds. I called about an hour out to confirm driving directions and to confirm weather conditions since there had been snow up the eastern coast that day and was given very specific details and we arrived right at the Hotel with no weather problems.
The morning breakfasts were a nice variety each day and the room service was great and always right ready to begin as we would leave out each AM.
The Manager would make rounds through the Lobby and Breakfast area each morning to ensure everything was going well and to see if there was anything they could do to help make our stay better. The Front Desk crew was great all shifts......our kids enjoyed stopping by the Front Desk on our way in in the evenings to be given a packet of "hot cocoa" mix from the Desk Clerk and then going to the room for a cup of "cocoa" when we got to the room as the weather was cold outside after our brief walk and a half walk from the Metro. (There is complimentary pick up from the Metro but we chose to walk the short distance rather than wait)
Parking in the parking garage was onlly $8 per day which is a real savings in the DC area - the elevator from the parking garage came right into the Main Lobby area which was very convenient. We parked and used the metro the entire week and never moved the car all week until time to leave.
Speaking of the Metro - we immediately learned how to use it and it was a great way to get around the city to see the sights. My favorite from this Hotel was the Yellow Line which came up and over the bridge into the City near the Jefferson Memorial. The kids always enjoyed this line.
Metro was very fast and efficient as well. The day our Representative arranged a morning Capitol Tour we also were lucky enough to get a Christmas time White House tour in the afternoon which had very strict requirements on what you could not take. Because we wanted our camera, etc., with us for the Capital tour and visit to our Representative's Office one of us had to "dash back" to the Hotel to leave the camera and all the restricted items for the White House Tour in the afternoon. Fortunately, Metro got us back quickly and just on time for the White House tour. (The White House was fabulous with the Christmas directions this time of year.....we counted ourselves very lucky to have had a Representative who was able to secure us these tickets!!)
There was a small "store" area by the Main Desk also where our 8 year old son like to go down late at night and purchase a small microwavable bowl of "something to eat" for a midnight snack.....(individual serving size bowls of spaghetti o's and chicken and noodle soup were high on his list!!) Our room had a small microwave and refrigerator so this worked well to allow our little boy to have his "little snack"!!
The Pentagon Mall was one Metro stop away for "evening shopping" for my 11 year old daughter. We also went to Union Station to shop one evening as well as the Crystal City Metro Shop has shops right at the exit that are very convenient to the Hotel as well for those who need to shop hearby!!
Again, thanks to all Reviewers for directing us to this Hotel.....we will definitely use it again for trips to the area and will recommend it to our friends as well.
Forget the Rest!
Stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Crystal City October 8 - 14, 2004. I selected this hotel because we like the Hampton chain, it was close to the Metro stop (only 1 1/2 blocks), free high speed internet access, free breakfast, free shuttle to and from the airport(and within 1 mile of hotel), and a 2 room suite for way less than any of the "upscale" hotels in the area. Our suite was $90(weekend) and $136(weekday). The suite was huge with very nice views of the area. The living room has a wet bar complete with microwave(and popcorn), refrigerator, coffee pot(and coffee), desk(2 line phone), love seat (pull-out), large TV in armoire and several chairs. The bedroom had another armoire with TV, another phone, separate sink/vanity area from the rest of the bathroom. Drawers/cabinets were everywhere, even in the wetbar and bathroom sink areas. The breakfast was great and there was variety on a daily basis. The staff is wonderful- very friendly, rooms were very clean, daily maid service fast and detailed, greeted you and smiled. They also have an indoor pool, excercise room, and self-service laundry within the hotel. Initially I was set on staying in DC, but decided on the Reagan Airport area after speaking with a friend. She hosts many tours into the DC area. Her thought is why do you want to spend a lot on a room that you're not going to be in much. I know what you're saying- but the DC hotels are closer to the action. It only took us about 20 minutes to get from the hotel to the Smithsonian or Capital areas. For half the price, I didn't mind the train ride. Besides, staying at the Hampton, we were 1 stop away from Pentagon City(mall) or the airport, and 3 stops away from Arlington Cemetry. It only took us 5 mins. to get from the hotel to the airport using the complimentary shuttle. The Crystal City shopping area is a block away. Drug and grocery stores and resturants are all in this area. It really was so convenient. Bottom line, we are planning to go back and won't even look at other hotels. This is the hotel for us, but don't tell anyone else. I want to make sure I can get a room again! :)
We spent one night at this hotel, and it was perfect for us. It was well kept, with a very attentive staff, fabulous breakfast, great shuttle service, etc. We will return in the future for all these reasons, and the proximity to the Metro for easy access to D.C. We did spend three nights near Georgetown in Foggy Bottom area, for over twice the price, and it was a mistake. Hampton Inn was a terrific value and we were very impressed.
Caution if Traveling with Party of 5
I will start by saying that the hotel was neat, clean, & had a wonderful free breakfast. The hotel is only a short walk (5 to 10 min. depending on your pace)to the metro station, which makes it convenient for those wishing to use the metro.
However, we did run into 2 problems. I booked our reservation over the internet at the Hampton Inn web site. The room I booked was for 3 adults & 2 children. After checking in, we went to the front desk to ask for a roll away bed for the 5th person in our party (the room had 2 beds). We were told that we could not get a roll away bed for our room because, based on the size of our room, it would violate the fire code. I double checked my reservation confirmation & it did indicate that I had book a room for 5 people. We went back to the front desk & showed the confirmation to the clerk. The clerk offered to give us some extra blankets so that someone could sleep on the floor. Only after this suggestion, & our response that this would not be acceptable, did the clerk check to see if another room was available. We were eventually given another room that could accommodate a roll away bed.
Our second problem was the amount of time it took to get the roll away bed to our room. Before 5:00 pm the clerk who had handled our room situation said that she would take care of calling to get the roll away bed delivered to our room. At 9:00 pm the bed was finally delivered. This was only after calling the clerk at 8:00 pm to check on the status.
About 2 weeks ago I did e-mail the Hampton Inn customer service regarding our concerns, primarily regarding booking a room for 5, but initially receiving a room that would only sleep 4. I have not yet received a response from the Hampton Inn. Based on my experience, I would be very hesitant to book a room for a party of 5 at a Hampton Inn.
We stayed at this hotel early May, 2004 while attending a wedding in DC. The facility is very elegant, and the staff was very helpful and courteous. The short walk to the Metro was easy enough, and there is a convenience store within walking distance too. The only negative comment I have is that the pool is managed by a company which sets the hours and pool temp. The pool didn't open until 6 pm during the week, and the water was VERY cold (per my 4 kids). I wasn't charged the $8 for parking, and our rooms were $89 for a King and $99 for a King suite, not bad at all considering the location! If you're flying into DCA they will shuttle you to the airport free, but if you're driving make sure to take detailed maps of the area with you. We missed one obsure exit near the Pentagon and ended up driving around for an hour before we could get back on Jefferson Davis Highway.
Great value and location!!!
We traveled to DC for sightseeing and stayed at the Hampton from March 19-21 2004. The hotel was very clean and the staff courteous. This hotel is a great value--we reserved a standard room with a deal for free parking for $79.00 per night. There isn't a restaurant, but a complimentary breakfast buffet is offered and the food was very good.
You can also order food from a service called "Doctor Delivery," which offers food from several restaurants in Arlington. They deliver up until 3am!! The hotel is located in the Crystal City business district and the metro is only about 1 1/2 blocks away. I'm very glad that I didn't pay the $100-$150 per night that other hotels were asking for.
The only things that could have made the trip a little better would have been if they offered complimentary hairspray (I forgot mine and they do not have any for sale) and the in room fridge was a bit noisy.
I loved the fact that they give you plenty of towels and big fluffy pillows!! Nothing big to complain about..we'll definitely return.
What a great hotel!
Our swim team stayed at this hotel and we were very impressed. Everything is new, well designed, and very clean. The breakfast and coffe in the morning were excellent. The staff was helpful. Our swimmers had to be at the pool very early so each individual recieved breakfast bagged for us the night before at no extra charge.The rooms have complimentary high speed internet and a van will drive you to and from the nearby mall and restaurants again at no extra charge. We got great weekend rates at Hamptoninn website. All in all and excellent choice!
Awesome hotel, awesome location
Stayed in this hotel while touring DC. As far as location, it was the best, the hotel itself was awesome!!Highly recommended.
It Was Great
This was the best Hampton Inn I have been to in a long time. The staff and management were extremely nice and helpful for all our needs, and we are not easy people to help with the amount of people in our group.