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Americana Hotel
Ranked #20 of 52 Hotels in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 August 2008

As many have posted, the hotel looks very dated and out of place for the area, but it is VERY clean and is probably the best deal in DC area.

The staff were very helpful and shuttle service was great. If you want to stay in for dinner after a long day, ask the shuttle driver to take you to the Kabob Palace a few blocks away for some take-out....simply awesome.

If you're looking for the Ritz, this isn't it. But if you're looking for a good clean and inexpensive tourist hotel in the DC area, I'd advise you to give the Americana a chance.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 July 2008

Recommended for location and value: We were looking for an inexpensive hotel in or near DC for weekend sightseeing trip in DC. The hotel is clean, feels like a jump back to the 60s with the pink/black tile in the bathrooms. It is relatively quiet - did not hear the highway which was right next to the room. The free parking was a huge plus. The Metro was a 5 min - 1 block walk from the hotel. We were able to park the car for the weekend and do all our traveling via the metro. The area is decent, lots of good food choices on 23rd street. It is older, so don't expect a lot of fancy extras in the room or lobby - just the basics.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2008

While in appearance this surely is the "poor kid on the block" (only non-highrise and older building between brandnew big office properties) it provides good value for little money.

The two-bed-room we got was clean and big enough for our family of four. Directly across our window there was the highway - but the windows were thick enough, so we did sleep comfortably. The hallways smelled bad, because some air conditions blew out terrible heat into it and breakfast choices were sparse after 9 a.m. - these were the only downpoints we found.

We appreciated free parking, the good location (close to shopping and metro) and especially the helpful staff which directed us to good restaurants. Also nice was the free shuttle service - we are avid walkers, but in 90+ weather it is nice to be taken to the metro station or the mall.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2008

The location is great, near the Metro station Crystal City, only 5 minutes walk. If you take the exit from Marriott Gateway, it only takes you 2 minutes under the sun in summer...

but there is some staris in the lobby which you have to go through so if you have heavy luggage you have to carry them down.

it's good to have a balcony but it seems that you would never enter it for security reason...

Comparing to the price and location, it is good for you to plan a enconomic trip in Washintong DC....

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2008

We stayed at the Americana for three nights in June.
I agree that the Hotel is some years old, but the accommodation was spotless !
The location is perfect. A few minutes walk to the Metro and all Crystal City Shops and Restaurants.The breakfast was well above average with plenty of choice.Staff were also very helpful.
I would say a big thumbs up to the owners, keeping a family business alive amidst all the big Hotel chains.
We plan to visit Washington again and the Americana will be our first choice.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2008

This hotel was great for our family of 4. The price was right, especially for the area, the hotel was very clean. Every employee we spoke with, were very friendly and helpful. As long as you aren't looking for luxury, most normal people would be totally satisfied with this hotel. I'm not into paying too much money for just a place to lay my head down....I'd rather spend my money on other things.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2008

Given the expensive nature of accomodation in the DC area this was a good deal. We stayed three nights and paid $109 a night. The Americana is close to the Metro and the motel provides a shuttle service to/from Reagan National Airport. A breakfast is provided that is no worse than that provided in many chain motels. The rooms were clean but we did get bedbugs which caused significant problems in ensuring we did not bring them into our home later. We have not yet had a response from the manager regarding our complaint. The building and furniture are very dated and there was a mustiness in our room.The bed and pillows were fairly comfortable. Air traffic is loud and the motel is right beside a major highway. The walls were thin enough to hear our neighbours even when we used the air conditioner . We felt safe in the neighbourhood. The quality of the staff was consistent with the quality of the motel -ie. mediocre. Would I stay there again? Only for the convenience to DC and the price.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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AmericanaHotel, Manager at Americana Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2008

We are very sorry to hear that one of our guests had a less than favorable assessment of their stay, and appreciate the opportunity to address their complaints.

Regarding the breakfast, we offer a complimentary continental breakfast from 6am - 10am. It typically includes:
*Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Milk & Orange Juice
*Deer Park Spring Water
*Twinings and/or Bentley's Teas in 4-10 Flavors
*3 Different Types of Cereal (which currently includes Kellogg's Special K, Kellogg's Smart Start, Kellogg's Fruit Loops, Nature's Path Organic Optimum Power, and Familia Low-Fat Muesli)
*Donuts, Croissants, Bagels, Pastries & Muffins Made and Delivered Fresh Daily
*Butter, Cream Cheese & Jelly
*Fresh Fruits, including Apples, Oranges & Bananas, are available most days

Regarding the bed bugs, upon receiving the complaint, our executive housekeeper immediately checked the room and found no signs of any pests in the room. Within one hour of the complaint, two additional members of our staff also checked the room and found no signs of pests. To accomplish checking the room, we took out (and inspected) all linens, checked the mattresses, box springs, underneath the beds, the corners of the room, the bathroom, and generally did a thorough inspection of the entire room. We did not find any bed bugs and have not had any additional complaints regarding bed bugs in that room or any other room in the hotel since that time. We also have a monthly pest service that checks the entire premises for signs of pest activity and their logs do not indicate the presence of bed bugs.

As a general note, bed bugs are a very serious matter because of the difficulty of exterminating them completely, their rapid multiplication, and the undesirable skin reaction caused by their bites. Any first hand experience with bed bugs would likely result in not wanting to repeat the experience, even if it meant saving a few dollars. Additionally, a lack of any other reports of pest activity at a hotel typically means that the hotel does not have a pest problem. It is unfortunate, but if a pest is observed under this circumstance, more often than not, that pest is brought in by the traveler, usually in their luggage. In this situation, we take proactive steps to help ensure infestation does not occur.

Regarding Americana Hotel itself, it was built in 1963 and needs renovation, however we strive to keep our rooms and common areas clean and comfortable. A few notes:

*Within the last six months, we have replaced most of the beds in the hotel, including the one in the room in question, with Serta Perfect Sleeper Master Suite's.

*The walls between the rooms are about 6 inches of cinderblock, and we rarely have any complaints about adjacent room noise; it seems to depend on the guest as to whether or not they hear their neighbors.

*We are conveniently located about 1 mile from Reagan Airport, so there is some air traffic noise; most guests, however, do not notice and/or mind.

*The lobby side of our hotel faces the 15th Street Exit Ramp off Route 1, so it is subject to road noise; again, it is very rare that a guest notices or minds, but it does occasionally happen.

Regarding the mediocre quality of the staff, we are sorry to hear if any of our guests feel this way and apologize for any shortcomings on our part. We are constantly striving to improve and appreciate all feedback that helps us provide exceptional customer service to every guest. We also hope this response has been helpful in determining whether or not Americana Hotel is the right place for your accommodation needs, and we thank you very much for considering us!

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Additional Information about Americana Hotel

Address: 1400 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3230
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Region: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Arlington
#17 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#18 Family Hotel in Arlington
#19 Business Hotel in Arlington
Price Range: £53 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Americana Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Americana Hotel is ideally situated in a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia called Crystal City across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Since 1963, our family-owned-and-operated hotel near Washington D.C. has never wavered from its commitment to complete guest satisfaction with every stay. Business and leisure travelers alike are sure to appreciate our comfortable Arlington hotel accommodations and well-appointed Crystal City hotel amenities that include free shuttle service and a complimentary continental breakfast. We are only 1 mile from the Nation’s capital and within walking distance of two Metro stops. Please call us today and let us help you plan your next trip to Washington, DC! ... more   less 
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