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It's our final day in Washington - do we stay together or split up? The kids elected to stay in the hotel yet again. Before we left, we filled platefuls of fixings for peanut butter sandwiches from the breakfast room to bring up to our suite for a free lunch.
So at 9am, Will and I made the trek to the Museum of American History. As we left …
After breakfast, the kids started whining about having to go to yet more museums. After some discussion, we decided it would be best to split up. the kids could stay in the hotel room for the morning watching TV (Matthew was enchanted with historical documentaries - which apparently was way more fascinating than seeing historical artifacts in a …
... a possible months-long trip.
Now, nearly four years after that initial conversation about my "30 Things to Do Before I Turn 30" list, Dennis and I are about to depart for our round-the-world trip. We leave December 26, starting with a week in Costa Rica with his family to celebrate his mom's birthday. We haven't booked our final flight home yet, but know that we will end in Peru on or around August 5. In between, we will visit either 23 or ...
... seem focused on having "the largest impressionist collection outside Paris" or the best Spanish collection outside Spain". Brilliant if you never leave the US ( which many don't) but given we are from Europe and spend a lot of time in galleries, we have seen the Paris and Madrid collections. Still the National gallery is cool (and is a stunning building) and so I can think of places that would be a lot worse to hang out in. The ...
... were not getting off the elevator so I said, "are y'all just riding up and down in the elevator!" They laughed and said yea and then when the elevator went back up they got off on their floor - too cute. Hey, don't judge - ya gotta keep it spicy. They were probably in their early 70's. Just a message to all of us that you're never too old to have fun with your spouse. Laughter is good for the soul and apparently making out in the elevator leads to a happy marriage. P.S - we're having a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City
Exellent all-round Hotel
This hotel is perfectly located just two blocks from the Pentagon City Mall and Metro and with easy driving access to all major routes. This is an all-suite hotel that has good sized rooms with excellent facilities, including kitchen (with cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher) and free high-speed internet access. The staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The free shuttle service was outstanding, with courteous drivers who knew the area and were able to recommend restaurants and advise on local amenities. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the DC area for business or pleasure.
Great location to see DC
Just returned from a quick trip to DC and this hotel was great jumping point to see DC. There is a large mall (indoor and nice outdoor one) just a few blocks away along with the Metro on the blue line. Many of the sites are on the blue line so you don't need to tranfer lines. The rooms themselves are good. They include a full kitchen which is handy (there is a grocery store at the outdoor mall so you can stock up). The breakfast buffett has both hot and cold foods and is very complete. The free airport shuttle is a nice perk and the hotel is close to Regan National. We receieved a good rate of $123 and I would stay there again.
Very pleasant stay
We stayed at this hotel from April 28 to May 1, and were very pleased. The room was very clean, the staff courteous, and the included breakfast was good. It was a fairly short walk to the Metro, which we used each day to enter the city & view the sites. If we visit D.C. again, we will definitely stay here!
This choice of hotel couldn't have been better to meet our needs for a 4 night 5 day stay in Washington DC. It is a 5 minute walk to the Metro which connects to anywhere you would want to go. Every suite has a complete kitchen with full size fridge, dishwasher, burners for cooking, a microwave, and pots, pans, utensils and dishes for 4. Queen size bed has wonderfully comfy matress and tripple sheeting. Also pullout sleeper sofa for those that have children along. Very complete hot and cold breakfast is included in the price which is very convenient. On the Thursday night that we were there they also had a complimentary ice cream sundae buffet which included "the works" with brownies and a movie shown in the lobby which was appropriate for adolescents. Free shuttle to and from Reagan National and also to any location with one mile of the hotel, so if it is rainy you don't have to walk to the Metro. I would highly recommend. We got an excellent price for our early April stay of $119.00 plus tax by reserving on the Residence Inn's own website about one month in advance of our visit.
I went here with my husband and son over the New Year holiday, spent 3 nights. I have been to DC many times for business but never for just a vacation with family - wanted my 7yo to see the city. I booked this place because of high marks from other reviewers. They were correct. The rooms were nice and clean, breakfast was very good - eggs, make-your-own waffles, etc. They offer dinner M-W but we were not there those days. We arrived on a Thursday and enjoyed a free "pay per view" movie night in the lobby/breakfast area with complimentary popcorn and ice cream bar, too. Staff was ok, not as outstanding as I have seen in the south, but it WAS a holiday - and there was a HUGE problem with a pipe leaking on the 17th floor of one wing, so some guests had to be moved the first day of our stay. I am sure that was a nightmare with a holiday staff. The whole time we were there a water removal company was hard at work, drying out the rooms on that wing, even ripping up carpet and drilling holes in the walls to allow air flow. We did not hear all this from our room, only when we walked around near the elevator to that area. Our room was fairly spacious, had a fold-out sofa and nice kitchen area. They give you popcorn for the microwave daily. The indoor pool was small but lovely, they even turned up the heat on it after our first day when we mentioned it was cool. They also have a life guard! (pool hours are limited somewhat, 5-10 pm I think M-F, then 10a-10p weekends). We asked for a room on a high floor, but with the leaks and limited number of rooms only got up to the 10th - still a great view of the pentagon (right across the highway), Arlington cemetary and the Washington monument! It was only a 5 minute walk to the closeset metro stop at the pentagon city mall (blue line), through some parking lots which were guarded but allowed us to walk through. It's about a 20 minute ride to get to the Smithosnian stop from here, but did not require a train change. Pentagon Row is next door to the pentagon city mall -also about a 5 minute walk from the hotel, with nice restaurants and shops plus an ice skating rink that my son loved! It was a great stay! I would stay here again, especially on a family trip. With the kid-friendly food options at the mall just a few minutes away, the metro stop very close by, the kitchen area, pool and the great view, it was a good choice for us!
Clean room, good location, excellent service!
Wow, this hotel was a pleasant suprise. My wife and I had stayed at a hotel about a half mile away from this Residence Inn one year ago and the experience was not good, dirty room, lines for a shuttle bus to the metro station, and an awful breakfast. Not so with the Residence Inn at Pentagon City, room was spacious (stayed in a suite so my parents could stay with us, fridge, stove and nice tv room between bedrooms) and always clean, staff was helpful and friendly, free breakfast is first class (eggs, waffles, and more), metro station is about a 5-10 minute walk away or you can use their shuttle van, nice mall with some dining options is also close by. I highly recommend this hotel if you have business at the Pentagon or want to hop on the metro for visits to D.C.
Very pleased with this hotel
Stayed recently in October. Highly recommend this hotel! Well maintained and attractive, such friendly and helpful staff. Free full breakfast buffet more extensive than most hotels, also received free dinner on some weeknights! Just a couple of blocks to Pentagon City metro stop - could walk there or use hotel's shuttle service, which took us anytime we requested. Nice view of Pentagon and the city, could see part of Arlington Cemetery from our windows. No hotels in this area are cheap, but we felt we received more for our money at this one. If returning to DC, would certainly be most happy to stay here again.
I used points to stay here and had a problem with a flight at Reagan National airport. It was around 10 AM when we made a reservation and went in to see if we could check in early. The lady behind the desk was extremely helpful and friendly (these days I expect nothing but attitude and bad service and it was nice to be pleasantly surprised). She found us a room and let us check in early. The room was awesome - a really nice view of the skyline and the Pentagon. This hotel offers free dinner and drinks (I think they call it social night) about 3 times a week in addition to the breakfast buffet that's included in the room rate. Residence Inn buffets are better than the average continental buffet. The pool and hot tub are very nice and there's a nice roof deck adjacent. The staff at the social night was very friendly. There's a very nice lobby and lounge area with a big screen tv. I used reward points to stay there - the rate turned out to be way higher than what I would have wanted to pay if I had been paying but it's a nice, new hotel. It is over $200 a night, though, so bear that in mind. At least that's what it was for the summer (I stayed in August). I would highly recommend it - we were really pleased. Be advised that some of the rooms (our room was this way) have kitchenettes, not full kitchens so you might want to ask first if you're looking for a full size kitchen like a lot of residence inns have.
The hotel provides everything you need. I've stayed at a number of Marriot hotels in the area but this one beats them all. Don't expect anything fancy, just everything you need. They have a great breakfast not just the cold stuff and a small dinner in the evening. The rooms are kept clean and orderly and there is popcorn waiting in the kitchen.