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... and wine glass amounts of seasonal joy, we had to wait and enjoy the postings for awhile - whilst sober. Very funny as we felt like nominated drivers listening in to wild and wacky evenings in the uk. Sad too, as each story sounded brilliant and we were sorry to miss them. Just before we left, my buddy Eddie phoned and we had an interesting call from different ends of the ...
... We have the best burgers at Thunder Burger & Bar - Nicole 'builds her own' and I have a Ventura Highway (Brie and caramelized onions-yum). We have enough time to visit Georgetown Cupcakes - as it is its home town, and a couple of stores. A lovely area, reminds me a little of Cambridge, so clean, beautiful with a lot of character - will definitely be back. It rained all day but is so hot that neither of us can ...
... hope to extend this knowledge to my family, my Davidson community, my Arlington community, the AARP Foundation and any other connections I meet along the way.
On a personal level, I hope to gain knowledge about myself. I hope to expand my comfort zone by becoming a confident/competent single traveler, exploring my introvert side in the times that I will spend alone and testing my extroverted side as I build connections from scratch. I know this ...
... a word: Stately
Something interesting: DC was established as a federal district, to be governed by Congress. The Capitalīs residents do not have democratic representation in the Senate or the House of Representatives. They have no vote on how the federal government spends their tax dollars and no vote regarding health care, education, social security, environmental protection, crime control, and foreign policy. They call this taxation without representation. How ...
... Thanksgiving. I called a few times leading up to the day to make sure the reservation was in their system and even the day before, dropped in the store to make sure everything was good. Each time they told me, dont worry. Wednesday morning, I'm the first one there at 7:15 before they open. I go to the counter and guess what? No cars. My emotions began bubbling up from way down and my voice became raised up as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Arlington
Wow - what a change
I travel to the area for both business and pleasure fairly often. Because I am a Hilton Honors member, the unbelievably convenient location, and the very friendly staff I stay at the Hilton Arlington on a regular basis. The hotel just completed a TOTAL renovation and wow -what a change. The rooms are fabulous, the beds have been updated and everything floor to ceiling (in a very tastefully decorate room) is brand new.
The hotel is located above the metro and is just minutes from all the major attractions in DC, without those DC weekend prices. What a safe neighborhood. The hotel is actually connected to a mall and several area restaurants.
I couldn't be happier about the renovation and can' wait to come back to what I call my second home!
We had two rooms the middle of October. Got a great rate on Priceline, $45 per night (booked far in advance). The hotel was just about sold-out and the going rate was over $250 for the time we were there. We actively use Priceline, so we know not to expect the best rooms, so this review is without a "Priceline Bias".
Although there seems to be some remodeling going on elsewhere in this hotel, the two times I have stayed here, my room was rather run down and outdated, dark, and gloomy. really not up to Hilton standards. No exercise facilities - supposedly they will give you a discount coupon for a gym down the street in the mall. The three big benefits to this place are that it is still better than the other hotels in Arlington, the Ballston metro stop is just below the hotel, and there is a fabulous deli/pastry shop at the entrance.
My wife and I were in town for a wedding in September (2004). We chose this property because it was very close to the wedding reception. The rooms were very clean and the furniture appeared to be somewhat new but was nothing fancy. The bathrooms were small but clean and nicely appointed. Although when you turned on the bathroom light, a heat lamp also turned on. The heat lamp could not be shut off unless you turned off the bathroom light. This made it very unconfortalbe if you were in the restroom for a period of time. The walls were also somewhat thin.
Expected better from a Hilton
I stayed here for business this past June and was surprised and disappointed by the overall quality. It is very no-frills. The lobby is small. The rooms were dated. On the plus side, the hotel sits right above a subway stop (convenient to DC) and a Starbucks. For the price, though, I would have chosen somewhere else. Only reason I stayed here was b/c of a meeting nearby.
Nice location and staff, but rooms could be better
Just returned from Washington, DC and stayed at the Hilton Arlington and Towers for one night. We got a good rate through expedia. The lobby was a bit on the small side, but cozy. The Orange Line Ballston subway station was right outside the door. The staff went out of their way to make our stay more comfortable. There were no double-bedded rooms available so they gave us a king and a roll-away bed. The roll-away bed did just fine. The room was fairly large and included an easy chair with ottoman. The window opened, which was a plus. The desk included a chair with wheels. The only problems were that there was a large brown stain at the bottom of the bathroom sink and that the room had a slight smell of mildew or mold. A good value for the Arlington area.
In March I accompanied our seniro high school band on a trip to Washington, DC. I has stayed at the Hilton on Connecticut in the DC area before and was expecting to share a small room with 3 other women.
I won this hotel on a Priceline bid.Hotel didn't seem very full at 2pm on 11/22/03 when we checked in. No one was in line at the front desk. We self-parked in the garage (and were told of the $13 per night overnight rate). I had my Hilton Honors card out and on the counter before he even looked up our name. I asked if we might, please, have a Towers room. He said "No problem at all, but only because it's a weekend night." He says it's not as likely during the week when business travelers are the majority of the clientele. He gave us Room #722 and explained the hours for that afternoon's appetizers & cash bar happy hour and for breakfast (Towers level) the following morning. Gave us two keys. Very pleasant and polite...his name was Michael. A bellman took us up; showing us in the elevator how to use our keycards to access the towers floor rooms. The room had a King bed...with a large, comfy 'chair & a half' along with a desk, several more sitting chairs, side tables, 2 robes in the closet, a handsome TV cabinet, a mini fridge, marble counter tops in the bath. A good sized bath with plenty of towels and Neutrogena products. Since we only stayed one night, we did not use any of the hotel amenities...nor did we get a chance to shop/walk in the area surrounding the hotel. Real nice, though...with a Rock Bottom Microbrewery, a Macaroni's Grill restaurant, and an Episcopalian church right next door. Convenient to everything. My only disappointment was that the hotel didn't have a pool or hottub. There was a hotel amenities binder in the room which said you could use the nearby Ballston Gym/Spa for a reduced single day rate.
Okay but nothing special
I spent there four nights, and I have to confess that I have expected more from a Hilton hotel. As European I only know Hilton as a luxury hotel chain, but the Arlington Hilton and Towers is only average. The access to Washington Metro is excellent, and the breakfast is very delicious. If you have bad luck, you are accomodated in a lower floor room where you can see the air condition devices being situated on the roof. I couldn't open the window because of the noises produced by the air condition. My room was large enough, and the bathroom quite okay. I really appreciate this, because rooms in Europe are normally much smaller than the ones in the US. Staff is always helpful!
Fine place to stay
The Arlington Hilton is a good hotel in a good location at a great price. The hotel is in a converted apartment building in the Ballston section of Arlington. It's right above the Ballston Metro Station (Orange line) with quick access to D.C. or the West Falls Church metro station (shuttles to Dulles.)
The rooms are typical Hilton - clean and comfortable if a little bland - and some actually have unique configurations because of the building's shape. With rates of $79 on weekends, it's tough to beat the value.