Le Meridien Arlington
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Beautiful view of the Potomac River ... and I even have a telescope to spy on skiffs! It rained earlier but is sunny again. Feels like autumn outside; going for a walk.
Morning meetings were cancelled, so I spent the time walking the Potomac Parkway and Roosevelt Island. A perfect autumn morning for a walk, although surprisingly few people were out and about. Roosevelt Island was cool -- lots of good views across the river to Georgetown, a marsh with ducks, a swamp with stagnant water, a boardwalk ... and a …
Arlington National Cemetery was our first destination this morning. We had less than 24hrs in DC, and I felt like it was somewhere we needed to visit. As we were pushed for time, we only stayed for an hour or so, but it was enough time to stroll around, taking in the Kennedy plots, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the amphitheatre, the Space Memorial, and more along the way. There is a very respectful air to the whole ...
... but knowing that emotion will fade, come the rapidly approaching morning!), crashed out within minutes of checking in and showering away the days rigours! Oh the joys of air travel!!! One upside of our extended travel day was witnessing one of the most amazing lightning storms we've ever seen, from the window of our plane, en route from New York to Washington - a bit close for comfort I thought as we circumnavigated the storm cell but a ...
... so that meant I needed to go via 3 docking stations to ensure I remained within my 30-minute window on the bike to avoid paying any additional charges.
I managed to get a couple of pics of the Capitol Building and bumped into a mass of runners and walkers who were doing a charity fun run not dismilar to the Round the Bays except it was missing the bays. The buggers were running on mass across the street I needed to get through so I had to do a bit of it ducking and ...
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We like the quirky uniqueness of Kimpton Hotels, so tried this new one in Rosslyn, VA. just across the Potomac from Washington, DC. Since it recently opened and this was a weekend, we got an excellent rate from the hotel -- enough to pay for our dinner each night in the hotel's very good Italian restaurant.
Cool and hip hotel to enjoy while working!
This is a new hotel that opened in November 2007. It's one of the Klimpton properties and very nice and modern. It's hip like a W Hotel without the over the top lounge feel. The sheets and bed were super comfy and the bath amenities were by L'Occitane. In the morning, they put a NY Times at your door and there is a coffee hour too. I get tired of going to boring and average hotels for work, so this was a treat! I will definitely use this hotel for all my Arlington area travel.
Loved the staff
just left there 2/10
booked 3 day visit via bid on priceline
only the gym is still to be finished and by april the hotel will be 100% complete
they were building an outdoor elevator to get guests to the outdoor area of the italian restaurant woke us up at 6am two days but we understood that might happen
in the warmer weather the outdoor eating area will have great view of the potomic and georgetown
what made this hotel fun was every staff member greeted us with a smile and had pride in working there
hotel is near to georgetown and to the metro very convenient
we would go back for sure just to see the staff's enthusiasm
I stayed here for four days while on business in Northern Virginia and found it to be perfect for business travellers, or even travellers visiting friends who live in Arlington or McClean.
Like the other reviewers, I received an introductory rate (though had increased to $191 from the mentioned $113). The doormen were very friendly and the hotel very beautiful. HOWEVER, this hotel is not yet fully operational. I stayed for 8 nights and they were literally building it up around me throughout the week. The staff are not well informed and often did not know the answers to very basic questions...like "what is your turn-down service?" I was wakened by construction at 9 am on Saturday and 6:30 am during the week. Room service was a disaster and the hotel seemed to host a large event every night. When I asked for something off the very limited room service menu, I was told by a very earnest employee that he would do his best, but it was hard to get anything because they were having a party. (Not my idea of full service). Though Rosslyn has much to offer, there were no evening convenience stores nearby. I discovered as I was checking out that there had been an honor bar in my room. Apparently, they failed to tell me so at check in and did not provide the key. The gym wasn't open. The elevators were not fully functional and quirky. My bathroom light turned my bedside lamp on and off.
Hotel Palomar Arlington lies just across the Key Bridge from Washington, DC on the Potomac River. Our room (#812) had an excellent view of Georgetown and the National Cathedral just across the river. We very much enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this hotel.
Booked a room at the new Palomar in the Rosslyn section of Arlington on what may be a never to be repeated grand opening rate of $116 for a deluxe 2 queen bedded room with waterview. The hotel is in Rosslyn directly across the Key Bridge from Georgetown. Close in to DC by car, metro or foot, Rosslyn is mostly shiny modern highrises with, unfortunately, no charm or street scene. Palomar is the luxury brand of the Kimpton Hotels chain, the group that invented the boutique hotel back in the 70's in San Francisco and has now spread to other cities. The Palomar Arlington is in an as yet unfinished 2 building complex directly off two busy streets, that fits with its neighbors(see above). Warm greeting by doorman, you step into a ground level lobby with some stylish touches and are whisked to the 4th floor reception and main lobby. Warn greetings again, you may peak at the lobby to your right with an oh so cool and to be honest, beautiful modern seating areas and a long country dining table and modern art and design touches. The table is a host for early evening wine tastings(sans food) and art previews. Cool jazz plays in the lobby. To the left of reception, there is another bank of elevators done in dark wood-in the elevator, you may feel like you are in a modern sculpture-that take you to floors 5-11, the
My husband and I stayed at this new boutique hotel last night. We didn't arrive until 6pm and attended a party at my girlfriend's house nearby, so we really weren't at the hotel that long. I am part of the Kimpton loyalty program, so we were delighted to find a hand written card welcoming us back with a plate of chocolate raviolis. One weird thing that happened was right when we got to our room, the maid was there for turndown, and even though she could see we had just arrived and wanted to get settled, she lingered a bit. A couple of the lamps in the room didn't work, so she wanted to send an engineer, but we had no time for that since we had to change and get to the party. Crazy enough, we ran into the exact same ice machine problem here as we had at the Hotel Palomar in DC......certain floors, including ours, had broken ice makers! So the maid went and got some for us. The room was a corner king deluxe. It was spotlessly clean and the same awesome hip decor as the DC location. The hotel itself was gorgeous and the staff very friendly, including check in. The doorman Acee was AWESOME and arranged a car for us that took us to the party and picked us up at the end of the night. One drawback was the proximity to Reagan National Airport. Starting around 7am the planes taking off were LOUD! We will definitely stay here again, and we are looking forward to trying other Kimptons in the future!