Our stay was fully satisfactory and it offered good value for the money, especially factoring in the excellent location. Still, this Residence Inn is a bit of oddity to me after having stayed in perhaps a dozen other RIs, and I'm not quite sure why. I think perhaps it is since this seems to be a franchisee RI, rather than a Marriott-owned RI. The hotel is a bit dated. The wear and tear is most notable in the kitchens with worn cabinets, dining tables with noticeable dings. The Hearth Room is also getting a bit tired but still well maintained. Everything seemed clean but a bit tired. The front desk staff, especially the female check-in staff are correct rather than friendly, which is a bit unlike most Residence Inns I have stayed. They rarely looked up from their computer terminals when guests walked, which is also unlike most RIs. The food area personnel are extremely warm and friendly and seem to take a genuine interest in the guests. One lovely woman wandered around every morning saying hello, asking how everything was, and offering coffee refills. The breakfasts were all what you'd expect from RI, high quality and lots of choices, which was great for our family of four with two small, fussy children. The Monday through Wednesday evening meals were excellent. The BBQ pulled pork sandwich was one of the best RI dinners I have ever had. The afternoon chocolate chip cookies were really delicious and our two monsters really enjoyed them.
The housekeepers were also quite friendly and very eager to help. No complaints whatsoever from their cleaning. We had no A/C issues as others have noted and were always cool, dry, and comfortable.
The location is excellent for U.S. Government travelers and Rosslyn has turned into a really hip enclave very close to downtown Washington. Great access to the Metro. There is a well stocked Safeway just a short walk away. A very good barber shop is also just a few minutes walk away. A yummy Chipotle is just a short walk. A bit further up the hill or by Metro is the really hip, trendy area of Clarendon. Internet geeks will love being able to tell their friends they stayed directly across the street from the building where the forerunner of the Internet was housed.
Downsides were as others have noted the extremely slow Wi-Fi. We had better success with a wired connection. Also, no pool, but that's probably why it's $70 less per night than the RI up the hill in Clarendon, which is much more new and does have a pool.
Our room 614 was not ideal since we seemed to be over some sort grate that was right on top of the Blue Line train heading from the Rosslyn Metro station toward Old Town Alexandria. We felt every train that went by while we laid in bed until the Metro's last train around Midnight and then again the first train at 05:30 every morning. I would recommend requesting an odd numbered room (07-19) which will put you on the quiet side of the hotel and away from the Metro noise. You do hear airplane noise less frequently no matter where you are but that's the price of being so central.
Rooms ending in odd numbers from -07 to -19 will put you on the quiet side of the hotel away from th...
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