Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City
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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 …
... than Ms. Allen. I was simply giddy... Someone said “Miss! You are like a kid in a candy store!” ummmm... I am a kid in a candy store... Some of the highlights were bacon taffy, toilet bowl sour stuff, and ten pound gummy bears. We ate at a restaurant called King Street Blues. It was lush. 80%25 of our kids had chicken tenders. Mia, Fergus, Sarah and Melina had a veggie pasta, and some others branched out and had grilled chicken. I had red beans and rice. ...
Our first full day in Washington was nothing short of amazing. Started the day with a great workout at 5.30am followed by a yummy cinnamon and raisin bagel with cream cheese and banana!! I just love the food here. We headed out early to visit some of the outdoor sights. I have to say it was bloody freezing. So cold mine and Natasha's feet lost all feeling. I was concerned about frostbite. We saw the wonderful Washington Monument (but it was covered in scaffolding - ...
... br> This is such a wonderful museum, with portraits all kinds (of course), photographs, paintings old and modern, all these different artists showing how they see "a portrait". They also have a covered heated inner court, they call it the Atrium, where one can go drink a little coffee. It would be one of my favorite places to sit if I lived in DC!
I just looked and looked, and instead of just spending one or 2 hours at most (my average museum time frame), ...
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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 was an excellent choice
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.
Had a great stay!
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!
The only negatives - (1) Pillows were very thin, we asked for and recieved 4 extra pillows for our stay! (2) We had trouble getting downstairs in time for breakfast by 9am one morning (it was 8 am to our body on central time). (3) It may have just been me, but it was hard to figure out the heat control - no matter where we turned it, the heat was set back to 75 degrees - too hot! We finally switched to AC and got the room to a more comfortable 71. All in all, not much to gripe about, and I am a griper!
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.
Great service and great room
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.
What more can you ask for?
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.
A full kitchen is available with a dishwasher too! The location is almost perfect. It's just a few blocks from one of the best malls in DC, the Pentagon Mall and the metro. If you can't walk the few blocks or it's raining no feat, they have a shuttle waiting to take you! Don't expect to be overwhelmed with ambience but do expect a nice stay.
PS. If you want to get a better workout than what's available in the exercise room, ask for free Bally's passes! They'll even take you there.
Very convenient, good weekend fares
Located across Rte 395 from the Pentagon very convenient location for the Pentagon City Centre Mall, one and a half short blocks, Washington Metro one block.
Arriving from the east or south is a nightmare if you aren't familiar with the area. By far the best way to arrive is from the southwest on I395. We took I295 southbound and couldn't exit onto I395 or Pennsylvania Ave from the east. Coming up Rte 1 from the south you MUST get off Rte1 early and into the area of the hotel or plan an extra hour at rush hour to find your way back to the hotel. We could see it but couldn't get to it due to blocked roads, one-way streets. Entrance to I395 south for departure was right across the street.
Weekend rate of $89.00 per night for this hotel (must stay a friday or saturday night) is a real bargain. This is a typical Residence Inn with suites or one bedroom accomodations. Full complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Parking is indoors at $12.00 per day. Large enough for small vans and pickups (7ft 4in clearance o the first level)
Hotel is presently under room renovations but this caused very little inconvenience. During the day one elevator may be un-serviceable.
Standard Residence atmosphere and friendly helpful staff. ATM machine in the lobby.
Great value when combined with the weekend rate. Park your car and use the subway.