Virginian Suites Arlington
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Met een aparte keuken, eetkamer, woonkamer en slaapkamer was dit veruit de grootste kamer van de reis.
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This was more like an apartment than a room, although there was only one bedroom, there was a separate living room, dining area, kitchen and bathroom. Cooking facilities were adequate, staying 5 nights it was nice to be able to eat in. Pool was great, always supervised by a life guard. Coffee and tea around the clock and a short drive across the bridge to all of the Washington sights without the downtown price tag!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Virginian Suites Arlington
Those little things can ruin your stay
I stayed at the Virginian Suites last summer. I got a good room and liked the kitchen for I could cook what I wanted when I didn't get out eating. The hotel metro-shuttle bus stops near a supermarket and no problem with that, besides the bus drivers are gentle and couteous. The gym is fairly equipped and the laundry room was very convenient when you want to save some bucks, also an iron is provided in your room.
However some little things happens which can be easily break your peace of mind, in my case: twice the used bedclothes were left on the sofa, three times the wet towels I left on the bathtub were not changed, several times the living room lamps were unplugged, the toilette amenities were not constant in its contents, and so on. But, it is fair to mention, during weekends (my staying longed three weeks) things were ok, and angel decided I needed a break, and so each Sunday night I decided to stay for one more week.
For the ratio benefit/benefit I would had rated better, but, believed me, little things can make a great difference.
We stayed a couple of nights at the Virginian Suites in early June and had an overall pleasant stay.
- The place is located in a good area just across the bridge from DC and we felt quite safe.
- The front desk staff were professional and courteous without being too friendly.
- The room was clean and tidy with a kitchenette.
On the flip side,
- The rooms are old and dated (carpets look old as well).
- Bathroom is extremely small.
- The morning breakfast is not free.
On the whole, we had a good stay and this is good value considering the location and proximity to DC, but the hotel does need some renovation.
Great Stay - Wonderful Value
We stayed at the Virginian Suites for 8 nights in early June 2005.
Everything was excellent.
We were on a driving holiday, and had a car, so the free parking was a necessary bonus. The driving directions on the Hotel website were excellent.
The Rosslyn Metro station was a 7 minute walk for us - we're in our late 40s, and are regular walkers. There is a shuttle to the metro but we didn't use it. The shuttle also goes to a local Safeway and back once a day in the early evening. The walk might be a little far if you have young children.
The area (Arlington, Virginia) felt very safe - we walked back from the metro on two occasions after dark, and never felt uncomfortable.
The room was excellent - a good size with a small, full kitchen. There was only a double bed, so we used the pull out couch as well as the bed.
The hotel was very quiet.
We didn't try the hotel breakfast.
The pool was wonderful - crystal clean and a full time lifeguard. Because of the lifeguard, the pool is closed for 15 minutes each hour while the lifeguard has a break. You can still sit by the pool during the breaks.
The fitness room was excellent with 3 or 4 machines, a TV, and lots of room.
It was very hot and humid in Washington that week, so it was nice to have an air conditioner that worked and worked well.
The staff was very friendly, cheerfully giving us directions when needed.
All in all a great stay. And we got the "Entertainment Club" rate, so it was an incredible value.
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We were disappointed in the appearance of our room. The carpet was thin, and the cables and wires that ran underneath it were nasty bumps to walk over. The bathroom was very small, and paint was chipping. Furniture was dusty.
On to the breakfast "buffet." Underwhelming. As it was a weekend, it was continental and when we got there, most of the food was gone--and not replenished. If we'd gotten there at ten when it closed, I could understand, but it was only 9am. The posted breakfast hours are 8-10. What food was there was sub-par, and combining it with the watered-down juice added up to no value for the $7/person it costs.
Oh yes. Almost forgot. As we paged through the channels we were smacked in the face by hard-core porn. We called down to see if it could be blocked, and were told "no, just don't watch it." Whatever. We took the remote from the kids so there would be no accidents. Being assaulted in our own room was the last straw!!!
Great Value for the $$$
I stayed at the Virginian Suites with my family for 4 nights. It was a wonderful value in the DC area. We were a little worried about the hotel before we arrived, but it turned out to be great. We had a small kitchen, dining table, pull-out couch, and TONS of closets in addition to the 2 double beds in the bedroom. I highly recommend staying there when travelling in the DC area.
- Great Value.
- Clean room.
- Excellent staff. Helpful, professional and flexable.
- 10 minute walk to metro.
- Cheap good eats within 4 minute walk and even more food within 10 minute walk.
- Beds comfortable.
- Kitchen supplies well stocked for 4 people.
- Full breakfast M-F and continental S&S.
- Shuttle bus schedule limited.
- Be sure to bring your reservation info if you they are lower than the basic rate.
- Yes. I would stay again.
Great for short and long-term stays
I always stay at the Virginian Suites if I am going to be in DC for a week or more. The location (ten minute walk to Rosslyn Metro, just across the river from DC) is perfect, and staying in a well-equipped mini-apartment lets you settle in a bit and save money by making some of your own meals. Restaurants and grocery stores are close by. The staff is helpful, and the rooms are comfortable and clean, but not luxurious. Some room furnishings are a little shabby. Note: Ask about the Room & Ride program, where you can get the room plus a rental car for a very reasonable rate. Also ask for a high floor room--some have nice views of other high-rises in Arlington.
Well worth the price, will stay there again
We were able to cook meals in our fully stocked suite. Saved a ton of money. The pool was just what the kids needed after a long day of sightseeing. The 8 pm pool closing time was never a problem. The location was great, no problem with parking. A few minute walk to the metro was also no problem.
To sum up in one word: VALUE!!!!
They didn't give us the room we booked a month before, the air conditioner didn't work, the one they replaced it with was noisy, the front desk is horrible, the ATM didn't work, the metro is a ten-minute walk when they don't take you (no weekend help), no restaurants convenient nearby unless you want to walk some more after touring all day, pool closed before you get back from touring for the day, in all very disappointing.
An Awesome Value
After a long search for hotel rooms in the DC area, I came across this hotel just across the Patomac. I was very skeptical about the quality when I saw the price offered on-line.
I was absolutely amazed at the quality of the rooms for the price. Our room was a full suite with fully equipped kitchen, huge walk-in closet, full cable TV.
The staff were very helpful, and the shuttle service to and from the Metro and a grocery store were very helpful (even though the Metro is only aobut a ten minute walk away).
We found the room to be very clean, the amenities to be very good. The service was incredible. The hotel is located in a safe area of Arlington/Rosslyn, right across the street from the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington Cemetary.
Even though this hotel was only rated at two stars on one service because it doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of a five star, the hotel was much better than any two-star hotel I've ever stayed at. It is better than a hotle in Washington DC that I paid $189 per night, and not nearly that expensive.
When my family goes to Washington again, Virginian Suites will be getting a call form us!!!
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