I decided on this hotel due to its close proximity to the Metro. My family was making a short stop in the area and wanted to stay somewhere where we could easily walk our 3 children to the Metro so we could sightsee. When we pulled into the garage, it was full. The parking attendants were more than accommodating to allow us to park in the valet area since self-park was full. After some lugging and tugging up and down some stairs with small kids & their luggage, we got on the garage elevator, only to be taken to the second elevator at the entrance. Again, transferring, holding doors, and all the norms that come with traveling with children. I did notice, though, the impatience of some guests as my children were navigating their luggage. Mind you, my kids are experienced travelers, but they are kids. I love allowing my children to experience life and all its offerings, but I very much dislike the air of superiority that we encountered with some of this hotel's guests. It's sad. The staff, overall, was patient and accommodating. The young lady who checked us in was so friendly. Then another elevator, more tugging and holding the elevators, but we made it. The room was clean and elegant. We had a mini-fridge and a nice view. We did not, however, have a coffee maker. The travesty! The walk to the Metro (sans luggage) was easy and quick, and several restaurants were nearby. One big negative that I had was that the open outdoor patio was for their restaurant guests only. We were not aware of this, and when a staff member told us about the nice sitting area, we took advantage of it. As we were enjoying a beautiful evening on the patio with our drinks & snacks, the restaurant hostess came out and asked us to leave since we were not restaurant patrons. It is such an open area that I was not aware that it was for restaurant patrons only. Perhaps the area should be sectioned off with a sign that says it is for restaurant patrons only. It really spoiled the perfect ambiance of the night. All in all, it's a nice hotel. I really wish I had felt more comfortable with my children there. It is one of the few places we have stayed where they simply didn't feel welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located among top destinations in the Washington, D.C. region, Le Méridien Arlington is a stylish boutique hotel close to numerous restaurants and shopping options for our guests. We are excited to announce our new, contemporary chic style restaurant and lounge coming this March! Between the dates of January 13th to March 14th we will have our formal restaurant and lounge closed to carry out some beautiful refinements in the name of Méridien! We do not anticipate any disruption to services as the hotel has taken alternative measures to provide you a great experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Palomar Arlington Kimpton