More about Best Western Rosslyn/Iwo Jima
A clean hotel, very good location, friendly stuff, nice price
We (family with two kids) stay at Quality Inn Iwo Jima for four nights and it exceeded all our expectations. The room was big and very clean, the staff war helpfull and friendly and the kids were looking foreward to the big pool every evening.
The hotel ist excellent located, we had no problems to find the hotel by car in the twilight. Rosslyn Metro Station is no more than 400 m away, so we could reach the Mall in 10 - 15 minutes from our hotel.
If we come back to Washington we surely will check in at Quality Inn Iwo Jima again.
Best for your money
I travel to Arlington over twenty times a year for work, and have stayed at over a dozen different hotels (of varying quality) over the years. The Quality Inn Iwo Jima is by far the best hotel I've stayed at for the money. It is very clean, and has an excellent staff. The desk staff and the employees of the adjoining restaurant/bar (a pizzeria) are particularly pleasant and outgoing. Equally significant, this hotel usually charges approximately half the rate of comparable hotels. The only hotels I've stayed at that approach Iwo Jima's prices have been dismal. However, there is one problem with the hotel, and that is its distressing habit of filling its above-ground parking lot with tour buses -- essentially barring other drivers from parking there, and filling the area with noise and exhaust. Luckily, they have a parking garage, and I'm not partial to hanging out in parking lots anyway. In short, this hotel is a great bargain.
It was fine, but you get what you pay for
1. This is a convenient motel not too far (about 5 blocks) from the metro station. If you take their suggested route, it is an easy walk (see directions below) through what seemed a very safe neighborhood.
2. There are several restaurants and two grocery stores on a alternate route from the metro to the hotel, but that route requires an up-hill climb. The Orleans House near the Metro is a nice restaurant that isn't too expensive. The Santa Fe Restaurant on the up-hill route was also good.
3. The price was good for a D.C.-area hotel with an indoor pool. DC hotels are way overpriced. Our average cost was $100 per night during April. We had two nights at $116 and three nights at $80.
4. Our room was clean and comfortable but was showing its age.
5. The on-site restaurant offers some very good pizza. For breakfast, they made very good omlettes for a good price (about $6), but the breakfast buffet was out too long and not worth the $9. Everything we ordered fresh was good.
6. The indoor pool is a covered outdoor pool and was more than adequate in size. An indoor pool was a necessity for our 9-year-old son. He met several kids his age each night. This seemed to be a popular place for families with children. The pool closed each night at 9 p.m. which worked well for us.
We stayed at the Quality Inn Iwo Jima on a family vacation in April 2005. Like some of the others, we experienced the tour busses backing and beeping their way into the courtyard sometimes after 10 p.m. The tour groups while we were there were mostly middle school students who were well behaved. It may be worth checking out whether a group will be there during your stay. During our five nights there, the tour group kids weren't in the pool, so their presence and late nights may have made the pool less busy. :)
When we arrived, the water was not flowing to the toilet. We arrived after 10 p.m., and they were full so they could not move us to another room. The security guard/maintenance man was very appologetic. They provided a bucket so that we could fill the tank and flush. They had the problem fixed when we returned from our travels the next day. At my request, they also discounted that night $40.
From the Rosslyn Station: Turn right upon leaving the subway and go up 20 steps to Fort Meyer Drive. Turn left on Fort Meyer Drive. Go about 2 blocks and turn right on Fairfax. Go another 2-3 blocks.
The key is to go up the stairs immediately upon leaving the subway. If you don't want to do the stairs, go out the main entrance and turn right twice to get back to Fort Meyer Drive.
not exactly soundproof
very loud tour buses waking us up every morning. they warm them up for over 30 min. complained to front desk clerk who was apathetic and rude. rooms were no better than a motel 6, much too pricey for what you get.
Clean, but some serious shortcomings.
Spent a night there late March. Room was very clean, but room faced the adjoining highway. The noise was tolerable but only if window was closed. Request a room on other side of hall.
Stay away from the restaurant which is part of the hotel. There was an $8.95 breakfast buffet which made high school cafeteria food look attractive (and I'll eat just about anything). The orange juice was watered down by about one-to-one and looked and tasted like it. Most of the staff did not understand English. (No disrespect, just hard to be understood.) Find another place for breakfast.
As we were leaving we had insulation all over our car from the parking garage ceiling. Hopefully it was fiberglass and not asbestos.
You get what you pay for. Aside from a clean room and close proximity to Arlington Cemetary and several bridges into washington, this hotel is mediocre at best.
response to Not the Four Seasons
If a motel caters to tour bus groups and parks the buses in a courtyard surrounded by rooms, they should restrict the entry and exit of those buses between 11PM and 7AM. OR clearly state the situation to anyone they book into those rooms. We did ask to have our room assignment changed after we were awakened numerous times by the buses. These are exterior rooms - the buses' exhausts were about fifteen feet from our door - no weatherstripping to prevent noise or fumes from entering. Buses came as late as 12:45AM and left as early as 5:50AM.
My guess is that those people leaving ok reviews were lucky enough to NOT have rooms on the courtyard. So those people should count their blessings and warn anyone they know who decides to stay there, to make sure their room is as far as possible from the courtyard, rather than take potshots at those unlucky folk who had their stays ruined by an irresponsible staff who won't take simple steps (weatherstrip the doors, tell tourbus groups that entry and exit is not permitted between 11PM-7AM OR state upfront that the area has some noise situations and offer a discount to non tour-bus patrons who still choose to book into that area) to ensure all their customers have an enjoyable stay.
Echo the same issues as most of the previous posts.
This is the worst Choice hotel my family and I have stayed in (were Choice Hotel members). The room itself was OK. It appears that they started redecorating the rooms but stopped before the bathrooms.
The courtyard is extremely noisy (ice machine, busses, bus passengers). The ice machine was so loud I considered unplugging it. The busses arrived bewtween 10:30 and 12:30 PM backing into the courtyard with their back-up beepers on. The front desk did nothing to control the bus passengers as they ran around the courtyard.
Two of the four nights the air conditioning system did not work. When we asked the front desk why, they said because it was too cold. When we asked for a fan to circulate some air, they did nothing.
Our non-smoking room had its smoke detector removed with the wiring hanging from the wall.
I wish more people had posted this type of information before I booked. We would have paid the extra money and stayed in a better hotel. At least we would have gotten a good night's rest.
My family and I would never consider this hotel again, even if it was 1/4 the price on a competing hotel.
dishonest employees and poor customer service
Terrible experience. would not recommend. The lobby smelled like something died in it and the second night we were there my son's $40 OP shorts ended up missing out of our room. I informed the front desk on friday and they said they would check with house keeping to see if they were mixed in with the laundry. well saturday came and went, and when i checked out on sunday the clerk looked and didn't find anything. checked with housekeeping, nothing. Obviously if they were mixed in they would be there right? they were stolen that is why they were not with the laundry. I called the hotel manager on monday she said she would look and get back to me. Well this is now friday still no phone call nothing. Very poor customer service and dishonest employees. We will not be back. but I guess you get what you pay for. the rooms are cheap and the staff helps themselves to your stuff.
The hotel was clean, tidy and the housekeeping service was good. It's position near to the Iwo Jima Memorial Statue was excellent, as were views across to DC. Internet access and complimentary tea and coffee in the lobby was also good. It was about a 20min walk to the metro to get into DC, and about 10 minutes to a grocery store and restaurants. Great location. Front Desk staff were probably the one thing that let the hotel down.
I'll never stay there again!
I stayed at this hotel along with several family members. We booked a total of 5 rooms but somehow 3 rooms ended up inside the hotel and 2 rooms were outside. The rooms are very dark, so it was difficult to know if it was really clean. Hotel smells old and musty. The worst part of all --RATS running through the parking lot at night!!!! Not just 1 or 2 but several!!! I won't ever stay there again. Will gladly spend more money for a decent hotel.
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