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Le Meridien Arlington
Ranked #34 of 52 Hotels in Arlington
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Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

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.

Stayed: July 2014
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Paul P, Manager at Le Meridien Arlington, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2014

Dear Lockeygirl1,
Thank you for choosing Le Meridien for your recent visit and for sharing your comments with us. I am glad you enjoyed one of our elegant rooms with a beautiful view of Georgetown. I do apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with regards to the transfers between different elevator landings as well as the service on the terrace adjacent to our restaurant. I have shared your concerns with our Food & Beverage team to make sure the issues you mentioned are addressed promptly. If there is anything else I can do for you do not hesitate to contact me and I will be glad to help.
Sincerely,
Paul
Le Meridien Management

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

When we decided on a trip to DC, my wife freaked at the price of hotels. Checking Groupon, she found a couple in Virginia and we settled on Le Meriden and we are so glad we did! This hotel is the perfect location for any DC trip!

The hotel is situated near (a block or so) the Rosslyn Metro strop, which is the first one after crossing into Virginia. There is a Starbucks within one block, a Cosi, frozen yogurt (48 cent waters all day) and the Metro stop has a Panera and a Rite Aid. Just outside the hotel on weekdays there is a yellow food truck serving crepes - try them! The truck is owned b a very nice French man.

The hotel is very modern. Take the elevator to the 4th floor lobby. There is a seating area with a large screen TV which was my home for several hours per morning (I'm an early riser - family is not) while I read the free USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and NYT that the hotel provides. The cafe at the hotel has a nice breakfast buffet (we ate there on the weekend so I don't know if the buffet is every day or not).

Rooms were great - our family chose two beds and they were both queens, so no problem sleeping. There is a building under construction across the street but we weren't at the hotel during the day so the noise didn't bother us.

Only minor things would I change. First, no mini fridges in the room (though these can be quote loud in some hotels, maybe that's a good thing). The covers on the bed consist of comforters but no sheets. Although this is the way we sleep at some, we prefer to have a top sheet on a hotel bed. We didn't bother asking, so maybe the hotel even supplies those. Finally, the air conditioning kicks off during the day, so we returned a few days with a room that was a little warm, and it takes a minute or two to kick on. It cools rapidly, but I just thought I'd mention it because the first evening I thought it was broken but it wasn't/

So in conclusion, great hotel and value. We wouldn't even consider staying anywhere else on a DC trip. Check your Groupon, and purchase with confidence! Hope this helps.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

The staff is super friendly and attentive and the location can't be beat. The rooms are clean as are the hallways and lobby. But the rooms are sorely in need of some routine maintenance and repair.

The cooler in my room, located in the dresser, didn't work so instead of replacing it, they locked the cabinet. I had to ask twice for an operable in-room cooler. The bed needed replacing, it was old and lumpy. Various lamps in the room didn't work and in my Dads room, there were just screws in the wall where the lamps should have been. Small things, too, are overlooked. No pen in the room, one sheet of paper left on the writing pad and pump in the soap dispenser didn't work. None of these things require major capital improvements, just some routine attention and diligence on the part of the management and maintenance crew.

I might try this location again, only because the staff is very nice and the things I mentioned aren't "horrible". But if nothing appears to have improved, it's back to the Hyatt for us.

Stayed: July 2014
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Paul P, Manager at Le Meridien Arlington, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Dear CJOBrien,

Thank you for choosing Le Meridien for your recent stay and for sharing your comments with us. I apologize for the inconvenience you experienced. Rest assured I will address the issues you mentioned with our team so all concerns could be addressed with urgency. If there is anything else I can do for you do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will be glad to help personally.
Sincerely,

Paul
Le Meridien Management

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We have stayed at this hotel several times, but this was the first time since it became a Le Meridien property. From the time we pulled up and valet checked the car, to the time we left, we received fantastic service from the entire staff at Le Meridien, Arlington. Adeel at guest services / check-in was incredible, and did all he could to make our stay wonderful. He was the one we had the most interaction with, but I cannot say enough about the entire staff.

The rooms are well appointed and clean, with comfortable beds and contemporary bathrooms and decor. It was a great place to land at the end of a long day.

We have family in Georgetown and I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to be near that area, without actually staying in it (10 minutes depending on traffic).

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank DaytonaDeb
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

What a great boutique hotel very close to DC without the DC prices! My daughter had her wedding reception at Le Meridien. The food was absolutely delicious! Everyone was incredibly impressed and said it was the best wedding meal they had every eaten. The rooms had such comfortable rooms and beds. I raved about the pillow so much that my husband bought me a pillow one.

The staff was superb. We had gift bags going to the individual rooms as the guests checked in and the staff was very attentive not only to get the bags to each room, but handled any request as if I were the only person they had to attend to.

The metro was just one block away. Many guests went into DC to experience. I can't rave enough about the whole experience. Oh yeah. They are pet friendly. An added bonus. Do yourself a favor and stay here!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

My wife and I are buying our first home, so in an attempt to save a few dollars this year we decided on a "staycation" to celebrate July 4th and my wife's 30th birthday. Jon (GM), Doug (Foot and Beverage Manager) and their entire staff were relentless in their efforts to make this as special as possible. Not only did we get an extremely generous upgrade to recognize my SPG Platinum, they coordinated with me beforehand to print out framed photos of us to set up across the room to make it feel like home and also delivered Champagne and strawberries and her hand wrapped gift on the morning of her birthday. I couldn't provide a better recommendation for a Starwood staff and hotel. I'm sure it's even more special for out of town folks. Stay here...avoid downtown.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

We were very happy with our double queen room. The work-out room was the nicest I have ever seen at a hotel. We were greeted warmly at the front desk and all of our needs were met. Self parking is super easy if you want to avoid the $30 valet parking.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Arlington

Address: 1121 19th St N, North Arlington, Arlington, VA 22209-1704 (Formerly Palomar Arlington, a Kimpton Hotel)
Region: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Arlington
#8 Green Hotel in Arlington
#12 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#27 Business Hotel in Arlington
Price Range: £69 - £257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Meridien Arlington 4*
Number of rooms: 154
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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Hotel Palomar Arlington Kimpton

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