My sojourn to the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, also known as Pentagon City, was amicable and untroubled. The lobby is an antechamber of polished marble and is especially exquisite. You may sit and avail yourself of complimentary wireless internet in this beautiful vestibule, but there is a nominal charge for use in your own room. The hotel staff was acutely supportive and cordial. My guest room was of ample space, appropriately furnished, supplied, ‘speckless’ and orderly. Indubitably, I did not have the best view from my vantage point, a kaleidoscope of rooftop-high construction, but very quiet before and after work hours. The bed was large and “oh so” comfortable. There was a full offering of channel surfing, movies, and music on the sizable flat screen television. As I was conveniently near to several historical sites, I walked to find the majestic Air Force Memorial a couple blocks hence; and further declining the steep hill, the Pentagon awaited. The neighborhood did capture an apparent mixture of ethnicities. A block away is a strip mall offering a small dining room of delicious Ethiopian food for those who want to get away from uninspired commissary cuisine, which is granted almost everywhere. It was an engaging area to walk during the daylight hours. Personally, I would not recommend the walk by night. I flew in from Dulles Airport and the trip to the hotel was $30 on the Super Shuttle. The Sheraton’s complimentary shuttle service is from Washington D.C. Reagan National Airport only. As far as transportation in and around the locale, there is bus, rail, and taxi service, which is comparatively accessible; having a car would salvage a lot of strife, stress, and struggle. Wistfully, while in the hotel, I had a distinct perception or notion that I was in Washington, D.C. rather than a corner of Virginia. It was disappointing while in the hotel gift shop that I was not able to find even one “Virginia” memento, especially since Arlington National Cemetery is right there. It may seem like a small thing, but great hotels always consider the specific area in which they reside with souvenir overtures to oblige the fancies of their guests. Unfortunately, I was not able to take the Arlington tour, but would have greatly appreciated a remembrance of “The Unknown Soldier” or the Arlington National Cemetery in the hotel boutique. The Sheraton could have offered a few simple Virginia relics for sell along with the Washington, D.C. icons. The Capitol City has enough memorials of its own. I politely pointed this out to the shopkeeper. The route to the hotel was wondrous, passing the hallowed Arlington National Cemetery, with beautiful greenery far and wide to enjoy. Of course, the metro city traffic can become harried during peak times. There is a restaurant off of the lobby in the hotel. The menu had appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages aplenty for the omnivores, but as a vegetarian, I did not find anything beseeching, thus, I made other arrangements. Lastly, my bedchamber was next to an all-night elevator, but aside from a dream or two catapulting me up and down … it was fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy familiar comforts and a warm welcome at the Sheraton National Hotel. With the Reagan National Airport, Metro Rail Station, downtown Washington D.C., and the Pentagon all just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Arlington
- Arlington Sheraton