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Great place to hang out close to hotel
We found the Continental Bar because our hotel bar (Holiday Inn Rosslyn) closed at 10 p.m. We got worried because someone told us all of the bars in Arlington close at that time. I don't think this is true. The Continental bar was across the skywalk and down the stairs from our hotel and they stayed open until 2 a.m. It is a really neat looking bar inside with black lights and a more modern feel. They have a full bar and some really good bar food/appetizers if you get hungry. We went there every night for 4 nights in a row and sometimes during the day if we were waiting to go somewhere or didn't have anything to do.
The Barstaff were great, always accomodating and willing to put up with our large group of people. There are a lot of pool tables, dart boards, two bars (although the back one is not always open) and booth seating. When we were there smoking was allowed. But in our new anti smoking nazi society, who knows how long that pleasure will last. Anything goes really. Well, you at least have to be dressed.
Crappy Service & even worse food
Let me first start off with breakfast. TERRIBLE. Half the time they did not have any cups for the juice. The sausages and eggs were cold and dried up. The bread was rock hard. The staff acted like they offered the best breakfast in the world! It is $10 per person for the "honor" of eating the breakfast, however if you sign up for the Holiday Inn Members Reward Card thing (free, just sign up on their website before you go), when you book your room they will have the free breakfast coupons waiting for you when you check into your hotel room. Thank God I did not have to pay for the breakfast, even though it was free I had a hard time wanting to eat the crap everyday.
Dinner was just as bad. As I mentioned previously the staff treated us like crap. The steaks were not cooked to anyone's preference. For instance, I asked for mine medium rare, it came back WELL done and I mean WELL. One of the ladies with us ordered hers well done and it came back bloody raw, it was just ridiculous! Then if you told the waiter about it he just acted like you were totally annoying the hell out of him, grabbed your plate without saying "I'm sorry" or "I'll fix that right away". I don't even want to go on about it, because I get really pissed off thinking how rudely we were treated. I understand many foreigners come to our country looking for a better life, but sometimes you have to start at jobs you do not like, but I felt like I was the outsider being treated like dirt. If you don't like your job, move along and find another one or get out. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Oh wait, yes the numerous glasses of wine I drank because it numbed my pain.
Residence Inn - Rosslyn, VA
The Residence Inn in Rosslyn is a very nice, clean, friendly hotel is the lively Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington. This 12 story hotel has 176 suites, each with living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchenettes. The hotel has a fitness center, Wi-Fi and wired (Cat-5) internet access in the rooms, full buffet breakfast, coffee in lobby, and a weeknight evening reception with food and occasionally drinks. Rooms range from about $135 to over $200 a night, and on-site parking is $6 hourly or $12 USD daily. The hotel is within easy walking distance to the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Monument, the Netherlands Carillon, and Arlington National Cemetery as well as the Rosslyn Station Metro Stop.
I stayed here in 2008 while on a business trip to Rosslyn. The hotel was very convenient as I had meetings in an office building less than 5 minutes away on foot. I stayed in a smaller suite on the second floor that was clean and comfortable, the only problem being the coffee pot that did not work and it was not replaced even 24 hours after reporting it broken... luckily they have free coffee downstairs 24/7. The complimentary breakfast was surprisingly good and it included eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fresh waffles, cereal, fruit, juices, and much more.
Compared to other Residence Inns I have used, the rooms here are smaller than usual, but that is really the only drawback, and I'd gladly stay here again in the future.
This hotel might not be as nice as some other places I have stayed (like the Alexandria Weston), but its reasonable price for rooms and parking, nice amenities (like free wi-fi and breakfast), and good location more than make up for any shortcomings.
Average hotel, good location, some problems.
My wife and I and our 15 year-old son stayed here for four nights this July. The location worked well as the Metro station is a block and a half away and we used it numerous times. Georgetown is just across the bridge and the main drag, M street, could be seen from our window.
There were several negatives to our stay, however. First, the staff at the front desk were all well intentioned, but they were oftentimes clueless when it came to giving directions, necessitating them to go consult with a manager type. Several times the manager types didn't even know where things were, e.g. the entrance to Arlington Cememtary, what stops to get off at on the Metro. I had at least three very frustrating interactions in this regard.
As well, I learned only later by reading a review on this website that as a member of the Holiday Inn Priority Club, we should have been entitled to complimentary buffet breakfasts. However, we were never given this and, instead, paid for overpriced continental or short order breakfasts in the second floor cafe.
It was rather distressing to return to our room twice on late afternoons and find the door to our room slightly ajar. I had let it go the first time, writing it off as an oversight on housekeeping's part, or a sticky door. I did inform the front desk of this the second time and, to their credit, they apologized profusely and it never happened again.
An attractive amenity to this hotel was the indoor swimming pool, which sounded like it would be a welcome treat after a day of sightseeing in the heat and humidity of the east coast. This, though, was a disappointment. The air conditioning was blasting in the pool area and by the time we signed in, found a chair, took off our sandals and got our feet wet, we were very chilled. Then, the water was as cold as the air and way too chlorinated, so much so that it burned the eyes and lungs and left one's skin very itchy. Needless to say, our swim was brief and one time only.
And a comment on the coffee, if I may. It wasn't just this hotel, but all the hotels on the east caost where we stayed, and most of the restaurants for that matter. The coffee there is TERRIBLE!!! Maybe I'm a spoiled caffeine addict, but in northern California, there are coffee houses everywhere and the coffee is whole bean, strong and robust. Even the Starbuck's there and in NYC is weaker than here. This hotel's coffee in the cafe and restaurant was especially god-awful! And who is it that thinks those generic coffee makers with the premeasured coffee packets that are found in most hotel rooms makes a drinkable cup of coffee?!
And finally, Arlington is clean and safe, but there's not a lot happening there. The restaurant choices are quite limited, although Cafe Asia was very good and I highly recommend it. Overall, I think a hotel in the downtown or Georgetown area would be more fun and better located. So, for all these reasons, I don't believe that we would return to this hotel.
Good location, nothing more
I stayed here for 7 nights with 2 kids visting DC. The location is unbeatable for the price and with free parking too. Join the Priority Club before making reservations for free weekday breakfasts. The breakfast was OK for free but not near worth the $11.50 they tried to bill me for. The charge was taken off after I called. The room was typical, older downtown hotel. There's nothing especially great, so I'll list the negatives:
The bath tub had red "hard water" stains in the corners and just looked too old.
The elevators are S L O W!!!!!!!
Most nights there was a meeting or convention that made alot of noise although it was not loud enough or constant enough to constructively complain
The pool is COLD and the shallowest end is a little over 3 feet. My kids could not play on the steps or in the shallow end because there weren't any
The front desk people were nice but generally clueless about anything related to the area
I'd look real hard elsewhere before I stayed here again. The Best Western next door did not LOOK good, but I did not actually set foot in there.
Stayed for 3 nights. Would not advise.
Elevator stuck, had to walk to 10th floor a couple of times.
Room service not the greatest. Minibar had expired beer.
Location is good though.
Nice Stay..decent Holiday Inn
My family of 4 stayed at the Key bridge Holiday Inn the last week of July, 2005. The Room was clean and had a nice view of the Potomac River and Georgetown. It was quiet, except for the first night when the hotel was full of Boyscouts on their way to Jamboree. We requested a roll-away when we got there, and had it in our room within 20 minutes (no charge). It was hot during our stay (over 103 and humid), but the a/c worked fine.
Rosslyn is full of places to eat, and we had a nice dinner at the Orleans (kind of a fancy Sizzler). The metro is a 2 minute walk, and it cost $1.35 to get to the Mall. Also felt safe walking around Rosslyn and over the bridge to Georgetown.
I followed the advice of several reviews here and joined thier premier club. For that we recieved a free full breakfast every day on the top of the hotel. Also enjoyed a glass of wine at the top of the hotel while watching a great thunderstorm roll through.
Convenient to Washington & Georgetown
As others have indicated, this hotel is nicely situated just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown, and a short, five-minute walk to the nearest Metro station (Rosslyn).
Weekdays, the entire family was treated to a full breakfast buffet on the top floor, even though only one of us was a member of Holiday Inn's frequent lodging program. Nice benefit!
The hotel was adequate - neat, clean and good service - and the surrounding area seemed relatively safe (although you should still walk in a group around any area at night.)
Georgetown is a 15-minute walk across the bridge, and you are right in the heart of that nice district. The university is a bit further, but still quite close.
Even though the area is largely a business district, and the 'sidewalks roll up' after five...there are still some nice restaurants nearby, as well as a full-service grocery store (Safeway) within walking distance. Of particular note (we ate there twice in the course of only five days!) is the "Red, Hot & Blues" restaurant, which is located (oddly enough) in the first floor of an apartment building. The food, if you like Memphis-style barbeque, cannot be beat, and the portions generous. Highly recommended!
The only drawback was that the pool area was less-than impressive. A fairly small pool, that could get quite crowded with all the guests.
Finally, there is the significant perq of free parking (if you've driven to the area.) An ample garage always provided for empty spaces, and this is the *only* hotel I could find in the entire area that included parking in its rates. This alone can save over $100, depending upon the length of your stay.
I'd recommend this for families or anyone who drives to the D.C. area.