Le Meridien Arlington
What We Love
- Panoramic views of the Potomac River and Washington, DC
- Convenient location, steps from the Rosslyn Metro stop
- Tasty French-Italian fare at the on-site Amuse restaurant
- Iconic curved glass building by I.M. Pei
- Passes in each room for the nearby Artisphere cultural center
What To Know
- You’ll need to take the Metro one stop or walk over the Key Bridge to reach DC
- For restaurants and nightlife, head to Clarendon or Georgetown; both are about a five-minute drive away
- Not all rooms have river views
- Hotel used to be called the Palomar Arlington
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Le Meridien Arlington in Arlington (Rosslyn), you’ll be convenient to Theodore Roosevelt Island Park and George Washington University. This 4-star hotel is close to Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.
Make yourself at home in one of the 154 air-conditioned rooms featuring DVD players. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature hair dryers and bathrobes. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Enjoy recreation amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center or take in the view from a terrace. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge) and a fireplace in the lobby.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held on select days. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
I'm generally a fan of the Le Meridien brand. Given they don't have the distribution as some of the other Marriott family brands I usually try and steer into these. With that said, there are definitely some areas for improvement in Arlington. To start the positives:
+ Good location with easy access to both Arlington and Georgetown
+ Solid product with clean rooms, fairly comfortable bed, and I'm a big fan of their bath amenities
+ Front desk service was friendly
- The product is showing wear. The elevators could use a spruce up. The hallways feel a bit bland. The rooms still holding up okay though.
- absolutely need to put in room coffee. I looked all around for it but a Nespresso or at least a generic Marriott single packet system would help.
- I wish Marriott would be more consistent about mobile check in. They seemed to start the whole process from scratch when I showed up instead of having a key packet ready.
Separately there's much they can do about this one but I really don't like the separate elevator to lobby and then to rooms situation. More just an FYI for the reader.
Finally the place felt deserted. Maybe it was the lighting or the times I was out in the public areas. But I don't expect there's much to do besides sleep in the room at this hotel.
1. Staff members are super friendly, helpful, and greet guests all the time happily. Very welcoming.
2. Common spaces are very modern and clean feeling with nice lounge music playing.
3. Location is great; just a couple minutes walk to Metro, lots of high quality quick food and groceries in the neighborhood, 10 minute walk to Georgetown.
4. Room is clean with modern colors and the bed is comfortable with very luxurious feeling sheets. No noise or light problems.
1. No refrigerator in the room.
2. No coffee or tea in the room, and no water boiler. You have to go the restaurant bar and pay for those things. Not good for a 4* hotel! On weekends those things aren't even available quickly at the bar. You have to go into the restaurant itself.
3. Bathrooms are small and not attractive. Reminds me of a budget hotel bathroom.
I would stay here again if my business needs are in the neighborhood again but I would look elsewhere (in the District) if in the area for tourism unless this hotel offers an especially great rate.
Stayed here one night while passing through the area. We liked the hotel style, but I found the room size to be on the smaller side. Furthermore, we were close to the elevators, so you could hear a bit of “traffic” in the hallway. However, the hotel is conveniently located close to the Rosslyn metro station. There are coffee shops and other dining options around the area (although some may close right after business hours...be sure to check online first). Staff was friendly.
I have a few concerns. I've traveled quite a bit. Take this feedback as you see fit.
1) Twice I requested a coffee maker for my room. None ever showed up.
2) Why do I need to request a coffee maker in the first place? Virtually every other hotel offers them in the room as standard level of service.
3) Front desk staff was very friendly and tried to be helpful.
4) When I made the reservation, it was for a room with 2 beds, checking in 2 adults and 2 children (1 room). I used points to pay for the stay. There was a charge on my pre-checkin invoice for just over $40 including tax that pertained to what the Marriott app said was an "extra guest charge." WTF is that??? Your front desk had never heard of it. I decided to wait and see if it ever shows up on my credit card bill. I did notice the charge also appears in my email confirmation of the reservation.
5) FWIW, I don't like pocket doors. I believe that makes your standard rooms seem a bit cheap. I grew up with pocket doors as a kid in the late 1970's. Not a good memory.
6) The bathroom of your standard rooms is cramped. The make-up mirror's light didn't work.
7) There was a layer of dust on the phone in the room when I picked it up. The light for "Line 2" kept blinking constantly. I checked to see if we had voicemail messages. There were none. I wonder why it blinked non-stop. I also noticed I could only call the front desk via Line 2, and not via Line 1. There is no "Front Desk" button or phone number reference on the phone or it's calling "cheat sheet" of phone numbers. I pressed the "Service" button hoping that would get me to the front desk or someone who would transfer me to the front desk. I did not expect that to call the front desk. Who would when it says "service?"
8) See # 6 and 7 above. Does your cleaning staff ever check these things? You should consider some re-training. It's not a positive guest experience when I can find dust bunnies and lights don't work.
9) Your lobby is beautiful. The architecture is unique. The environment is warm and inviting. Your bar staff was friendly and helpful. I would visit your bar and lounge again.
10) Your entrance and the overall feel of the entry to front-desk process is very awkward. When I arrived at the "main entrance" (I suppose that's what it is), I had to enter what amounted to an alcove with some artwork and a copy of one of John F. Kennedy's famous speeches. Was I supposed to be distracted by that from the fact I walked into a small room and it's not obvious where the front desk is? After all, I've just walked in your front door. How do you think this compares to a typical hotel check-in process?
So, I took the elevator upstairs. Thankfully, the front desk is immediately in front of you when exiting or there'd be more confusion for new guests (like me).
Then I had to use a different set of elevators to get to my room. But not the resident elevators, of course.
The entire experience make me feel as if I were a 2nd class citizen in your hotel. Oh, you're not a resident? Well, in that case you get to use the backdoor and take 2 elevators. Oh, but don't use THOSE elevators. They're not for you. Kind of hard to ignore the "residents only" signs all over the place. If I didn't know better, I would have thought I was in the wrong building. Not a positive experience.
11) Last but not least, your parking garage. I self parked. What a cluster. The only clearly marked portion of your garage is the entrance. The signs inside the garage make reference to hotel guest areas and resident areas, but only some of the resident parking spaces are clearly marked (with "Reserved" signs). The vast majority of the space is completely unclear. Where was I supposed to park? I spent 15 minutes driving around in circles attempting to take care and not park where I wasn't supposed to. However, I never was able to figure out if I was in the right area or not. There were some spaces that were obviously off-limits, but most of it was unclear. The signs were all virtually the same and did not answer that question. ALL the parking spaces were marked with numbers. I initially thought a number indicated a resident space, but concluded that could not be true as otherwise there wouldn't be any non-resident spaces. I finally gave up and parked where I felt like parking - next to an elevator. I don't know if I parked in a proper spot or not. I have no idea. Your signage is lacking.
12) One more comment. Your standard room rates are extraordinary. No one would pay $500 per night to stay here unless they are a moron (naturally, in the DC area you have plenty of those so this is likely a non-issue... I know because I lived there for 25 years... ask me why I moved out of the bubble). :-)
Very nice short stay. Sheets were very high quality. Bed was also nice. Everything incl bath was super clean. Shelby @ the front desk was extremely helpful. Bottles of water upon request. Walk into GTown if you want. Parking dwnstrs $21. Gym looked substantial (a real gym that I am guessing is shared w/ permanent residents) but we didn't use it.