Le Meridien Arlington
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Arlington
A First-Rate Hotel in Rosslyn, VA.
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.
Hotel Palomar is located in a bland high-rise building in bland high-
rise Rosslyn. Guests check in on the 4th floor, where there is a "living room" serving free wine each evening and coffee in the morning. Everything is brand new and ultra modern, with lots of personality in the decor and amenities. For example, the his/her robes are cheetah and zebra-print terry cloth. When we got to our room, staff had left for us 2 martini glasses full of Cracker Jack (with prize). Bed was particularly comfortable, with lush Frette lilnens and a lovely view of Potomac to Georgetown.
Rosslyn is a soul-less area, with lack of real street llife on weekends and absolutely zero charm. But it is convenient to DC and Old Town, Alexandria, plus recreational parks and walking trails.
Perhaps best of all, the staff was truly warm and helpful. We asked
for favors several times, and they always did their best to deliver.
PS--The hotel is so new that their gym is not completed yet. So they provide free access to an acceptable gym 2 blocks away. On weekends Rosslyn is so deserted the gym is unpopulated but doesn't open until 10 AM. That can be a drawback if you're trying to get in some exercise before planning a day's activities.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel for its distinctive modern luxury, a very good value at current prices and its completely professional and attentive staff. Way to go, Kimpton!
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.
Sleek, Luxurious--but With a Few Big Problems
Sleek, tasteful ambience; nice "living room" with gas fireplace.
Wonderful flat-screen TV with movies priced at $10.
Thick walls mean no noise from neighbors.
Walkable to the Rosslyn Metro (2 blocks away).
View of Washington Monument from our room.
Free coffee in lobby in the mornings.
Free NY Times delivered to door--even on Sundays, when it costs them $5.
L'Occitane bath products.
$99 opening rate is pretty good.(They opened in late 2007. Not sure how long this rate will apply.)
Room was spotless.
Ice machines are not on every floor (definitely not on the 11th). Had to take elevator to get ice. Very annoying.
One elevator was out of service, and the one working one was always packed to the gills. Very bad.
Foam pillow was too firm, and there were no other options.
No blower vent in the bathroom! Every bathroom should have one of these.
Front-desk staff gave us the wrong room (with two full-sized beds instead of one kind-sized bed). The manager made up for it with free breakfast, but then the front-desk charged us for it anyway, so that we had to get them to credit the charge back.
LONG lines at checkout because *there is no express checkout!* And the front-desk staff seemed confused by their own computer system.
Valet parking only (though you can park on the street nearby for free on Sundays).
Dirty fork and initially slow service at the attached restaurant. But the food was good.
If Kimpton were to fix the above problems, this hotel could be really nice. The decor and overall feel are great--but these problems were surprising in a hotel from a chain of this caliber. (Another Kimpton hotel, Morrison House, in Old Town Alexandria, has no such problems.)
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
Great Atmosphere and Location
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.
I was very impressed by the decor, although there are renevations going on, and my room had a new flat screen as well as an excellent shower. The room service menu is a bit limited for dinner (same menu as the Italian restaurant downstairs) but good food and the breakfast menu is rather extensive.
The location of this hotel is also exceptional, quick access to the Rosslyn metro, Georgetown, and, if you are driving, 395, 66, and the George Washington Parkway - but if you are driving I would suggest parking in the lot across the street, valet is $30 a night and it took a while to get my car a few times. Overall, very positive experience and I took a bottle of wine home from the wine cellar in the lobby, would definitely stay here again.
Feeling Disappointed and Mislead...
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.
I notified the hotel (through a survey) and their reply was that they would hope I had better luck next time I stayed at one of their hotels. Very disappointing.
Loved this trendy new hotel in Rosslyn!!
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.
The hotel newly opened in November 2007, and in fact the ground level has a shop area that is still under construction. According to the doorman, the area will be occupied by a wine and cheese shop in a few weeks. We got an excellent introductory rate of $103 per night, which we'll probably never see again as this hotel is definitely of a higher class.
Check-in was very smooth, despite the fact that we were a large party of 6 adults and a newborn baby with a lot of luggage. The multiple doormen quickly helped us unpack our two cars and delivered the luggage to our room immediately. The front desk (on the 4th floor, take the elevator up) was very accommodating to our requests to change credit cards and cancel the final night of our stay (we booked 3 nights but only stayed for 2).
The facilities in the spacious room were excellent - the distance from the door to the window was practically as long as a bowling alley! We were welcomed to the room with a hand-written personalized note card and two chocolate ravioli. The modern décor was very interesting. The king-sized bed was super-comfortable and had zebra print decorative pillows. The carpeting had a funky coral-like pattern. The lights were touch sensitive to turn on/off and adjust the brightness. The TV is a high definition flat screen. Underneath the TV was a mini-bar (which we didn't use) and a safe that held our large laptop comfortably. The desk area was spacious and had a comfortable office-style chair. The alarm clock is also an iPod docking station. The bathroom has a funky square sink, decent counter space, a comfortable tub, and toiletries from L'Occitane. The shower head was luxurious. The hotel supplied two bathrobes, one in a zebra print and the other in a leopard print - cute!! Perhaps most impressive was the fact that we stayed right across from the elevators and didn't hear a sound all night. The door must have excellent soundproofing. We did hear some airplane noise, as the hotel is in the flight path of National Airport, but it wasn't enough to wake us or our sleeping 7 week old baby.
Note that other members of our party elected for a bedroom with 2 double beds. The size of the rooms with the double beds (#807 and #907) was much smaller than the king sized room, leaving little open floor space, and had a view of Rosslyn instead of the river.
Wireless or wired internet is free for all guests. Parking, however, is not free - it is valet-style at $30 per diem with in-and-out rights. We didn't have to wait long for our cars whenever we exited.
The hotel has a free wine tasting each night from 5-6pm and free coffee from 6-9am. There was also a cool-looking bar on the 4th floor, which we did not try given our 7 week old baby, but saw lots of young trendy types entering and exiting.
We also didn't try the gym, although we overheard another guest inquire at the front desk. The hotel's gym is not yet open, so they are giving out free passes to a local gym a few blocks away. The hotel also offered room service, which we did not try, but the menu seemed to cover the basics and wasn't as expensive as other top end hotels such as the Ritz Carlton in DC.
The Rosslyn area is quite city-like, with several chain restaurants such as Cosi, McDonald's, Starbucks, and Chipotle within 2 blocks. There is also a Metro stop a few blocks away, which makes this hotel very convenient. Getting to Georgetown is easy via a quick taxi ride or a nice walk over the bridge in warmer weather, and traveling downtown is easy via car, taxi, or Metro.
We would definitely stay at this hotel again!
For those of you who are interested, we had only two complaints:
1) Unfortunately the hotel wasn't able to give us 3 adjoining rooms at check-in, and said we would have needed to request that via telephone in advance.
2) The hotel's website, which was the only place that offered the rock-bottom introductory rate, was not very advanced. We tried 3 times to book 3 rooms at the same rate, but the website always quoted a higher rate for the 2nd two rooms. We were forced to enter 3 separate reservations to get the same rate for the room. This was inconvenient and frustrating.
Beautiful New Upscale 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
floors the hotel occupies. We were on 7, in a room entered by a vestibule off the main lobby. One other room was here, and a connecting door between us that appeared to be soundproof. We entered our room from the side into a smallish tiled foyer, off of which was the small bathroom with a sliding door that still needed some planing. The bathroom was designer perfect, with an above the counter sink, lovely wallpaper and top of the line fixtures. The bedroom was also beautiful with a few quirky touches but all quite tasteful. The room was spacious and included a full closet, a 32" flat screen TV that was well tuned, and a I-Pod station. There were wine and cocktail glasses, a keyed honor bar, two plush bathrobes(one zebra striped, one leopard). Towels in the bathroom were extremely plush, linens on the bed wonderfully soft, and toiletries were L'Occitaine, which my wife and son loved. They also loved the beds-I found them not quite supportive enough for my large frame. There was a wall to wall paneled window with views of the Potomac, Georgetown and the National Cathedral. There were also views of the HVAC system atop what I believe was the garage, the unfinished office building next door, and the finished one on the opposite side. I guess this why they charge extra for the higher floors, but frankly, I did not mind the view. As for the airplanes mentioned in the 1st review of the hotel, you can hear them but their sound is filtered through well insulated windows, and they never woke us up. Leaving the fan on, as we did, probably helped. There was some construction noise one of the four mornings we were there, but generally these rooms are quiet.
Altogether, you feel like you are in a brand new luxury hotel and service seemed quite good. Valet parking is $30-no street parking and no self park. Finally, the restaurant, adjacent to the lobby, seemed quite lovely. There is a view into its pastry kitchen and nice views of Georgetown from it banquets. Prices for breakfast and lunch were a bit high, but not ridiculous. There is a Cosi cafe across the street and a good bakery cafe about a block away and many restaurants across the Key Bridge for dinner, in Georgetown. Probably, the nicest property in Arlington-but you must like Modern.
Nice but short stay at the brand new Palomar!
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!
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