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“Hotel of last resort”
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Highlander Motel
Ranked #39 of 51 Hotels in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh
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49 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hotel of last resort”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

This is a drab and run down place that is quite unlike any of the hotels in the area. The only good thing about this place is the location. The price is good for the area but everything about this place from the furnishings to toiletries to linens is of a grade lower than motel 6. It has been a long time since I stayed at the place where the cashier sits behind a bullet proof window. I stayed here only because it was the only place that had rooms when I had to make a reservation for a last minute meeting in the area. You can park right outside your room if you drive. Otherwise draw the curtains tight because others are going to pull up with their headlights shining right into your room when they park.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Superior, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

This is not a 4-star. I thought I found a great bargain online after reading reviews. I was in town for a St Louis-George Mason basketball game and stayed here. It was dated and seemed dirty. The staff was ok but seemed disinterested. Internet connection was also shabby. I won't be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Salem, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Stayed here for two days recently. Positives: good price and a nice, safe area. Few new updates that I loved: the granite in the sink area was really beautiful, lovely porcelain in the bathroom, new and very nice bathroom/sink fixtures. Loved the bedding (expensive comforter from pacificcoast.com) although it did looked like it had a good wear. They have VERY friendly and accommodating staff people. Good breakfast (bagels, donuts , fruits, yogurt) and coffee. Flat screen TV. In general it looks like they are working hard to improve and offer the guests an experience far beyond the two stars the motel is rated. Some negatives: although the room was non-smoking it had a reminiscence of cigarette-like smell. Also, while I personally did not mind at all, the mattress was on the hard side and the bathroom only had a shower (no bathtub). I plan to saty here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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West Kingston, Rhode Island
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2013

Stayed here during a recent business trip to the area. The motel is clean, pretty quiet (but you are in a city). It is centrally located and the area around it is safe and clean. The hotel room has been renovated but the whole place is clearly from a different area. The motel could serve as a movie backdrop, certainly a funky feel. For paying ~1/3 to 1/2 less than in hotels around you make some sacrifices, you don't get a coffee maker. I would stay here again anytime. Certainly not a 'destination' but if you need a place to stay in the area and all you want is to rest at night, this is a very suitable option.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Ladysmith, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Older facility but exceptionally well kept and outstanding for the price. Highly recommend it for anyone visiting DC. Metro is easy walking distance for access to all areas of DC. Decent continental breakfast and an excellent diner just down the street.Staff was friendly and most helpful at all hours, went out of their way to accommodate our family. One of the best kept secrets in DC.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Very nice motel. The room was clean. The beds comfortable. Everything worked as it should. There was a small refrigerator in the room ... a nice extra. Parking was free. There is a simple but adequate free breakfast (yogurt, breads with toaster, cream cheese, butter, jelly, fruit, coffee/tea). There is a good diner (the Silver Arrow) an easy walk away (but also with free parking if you want to drive) which is open until the wee small hours. Wilson Blvd teems with restaurants between the motel and DC all an easy drive or metro ride away. The value for money is excellent. The staff was very friendly. They even have a facility for guests to print out their airline boarding passes. We highly recommend the Highlander. October 2013.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pensacola
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

If you are visiting DC and want a nice, clean, moderately priced hotel that is convenient and two blocks from the Metro the Highlander is for you. Admittedly it is an older property, but it was well maintained and the staff was overly friendly and accommodating. I travel ALL over the world and enjoy staying at non-brand chain hotels at the Highlander fits the bill. From now on when in DC this will be the ONLY hotel I will be staying at.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Highlander Motel
Address: 3336 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-2229
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Region: United States > Virginia > Arlington
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Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Arlington
#31 Business Hotel in Arlington
#32 Family Hotel in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Highlander Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Highlander Motel is an affordable motel in Arlington VA close to the FDIC, NSF, and George Mason University. We offer free parking, free wireless internet access and HD television. We are located 2 blocks from the Virginia Square Metro station. ... more   less 
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