Virginian Suites Hotel

, Arlington, United States
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Virginian Suites Hotel

, Arlington
2 star

Rooms: 262

1500 Arlington Boulevard - Arlington - Virginia - 22209 - United States 703 522 9600
275 Traveller

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Fantastic! Great Value!

from Paulabeth
This is a GREAT HOTEL. I highly recommend it.

We had a one bedroom unit on the 3rd floor. Turned out to be a great floor because the outdoor pool was on the third floor. The pool was great for us but there is a huge outdoor stairway leading up to the pool which would be difficult for seniors and those with walking difficulties. Also, the pool has those silver ladders leading down into the pool, not the graduated "in the pool" steps that seniors need. Also, for very little children, the shallow end was still 3 or 4 feet deep but as long as you had swimmies, floats and mom and dad, you were okay. There was an attentive lifeguard on duty while the pool was open.

The room was HUGE, gorgeous and very clean. The third floor is supposedly the non-smoking floor and it kept true to its promise. There was no hint of smell at all. The room had a pull out couch to convert to a bed although we didn't use it. It had a TV with pay for video games. Although the selection of games is limited and older games (Mario games, etc), it was still nice for the little guy traveling with us although it was around $8 for an hour of games. If you walk all the way down to the pool, the door outside leads to the road behind the hotel where we parked and carried in our luggage. There was a different door 1/2 way down the building where I saw people carrying in luggage. I think that had a ramp in case you wanted the luggage carrier with wheels, ramp, etc. but I didn't actually look myself.

Also, the 3rd floor is where the complimentary breakfast is located. They had coffee, juices, milk, cereal, bagels, waffles to toast, fresh fruit, danish, muffins. and Scrambled eggs! They had regular plates plus disposable plates to take back to the room. They had a great room for breakfast filled with lots of smaller rooms with tables for added privacy I guess for business travelers wanting to have a more private space. It also had a TV and couch by the coffee machines to catch the morning news.

Our room had a very large living room/dining room/office area, a separate bedroom with 2 double beds (with one bathrobe to use while there), TV in bedroom although no video games in bedroom, a small but fine bathroom...a little dated but clean and overall fine, a small but wonderful separate kitchen fully stocked with utensils, glasses, pots/pans, etc., full size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, stove. The hotel offers a shuttle service at night around 6:30 pm I believe to go to the local grocery store with a pickup at the store at 7:15pm I believe. The times are right around there. I didn't use but nice convenience if anyone choose not to drive.

The METRO (subway system) is a healthy walk away. However, the hotel offers free shuttle service in the morning and night during a limited time frame to take you to the METRO. We walked to the METRO with a double stroller and 2 kids on a hot July day and made it but perhaps not for the elderly or those with walking/breathing problems. Once at the METRO I folded the stroller and went down a very long and steep escalator but I believe most times, the elevator is probably working. Also, once inside the METRO building, there is a drugstore if needed along with a few other stores, food court, etc. Convenient for us needing baby diapers, etc. Also, at the Metro, there are workers there to assist you buy the tickets and tell you where to go, etc. My stroller fit no problem on the METRO and in fact, I probably didn't have to fold it up but I did anyway so it would take up less room. We went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaur bones, Hope Diamond, etc. and found the METRO easy to use. This hotel is at the "Rossalyn" Station when using the METRO.

The hotel had free internet if you used your own computer. They had a keyboard where you could pay them to use their computer keypad on the TV for a fee of around $10.

The parking is $7 a day. I paid it although I know you didn't really have to and could have used off street parking but I felt better having more options in case the parking was a problem. We left our car on the street up off the 3rd floor by the pool although at the bottom of that hill it said permits needed. I left the "HOTEL PERMIT" on the dash so maybe that's why no one bothered us there. I personally thought it was easier to pay the $7 a day to park than to drive around looking for the off street parking although it was available.

The lobby is very nice, comfortable seating areas, etc. Also, to the right of the lobby desk there is a coin operated laundry room with lots of washers and dryers if anyone needs them. Area flyers and pamphlets are in the laundry room behind the door and also on the counter. We took the night tour with Zohery Tours (---) of all the monuments. We just picked up a flyer at the hotel and called the 1-800-240-5521 number. It cost $32 for each adult and $16 for age 3-11 and the baby was free. It was fantastic. We stopped at many places for a closer look, pictures, etc. The tour guide was great. He picked us up at the hotel. We walked around the Lincoln Monument, White House, Roosevelt monument, Jefferson, and other stops. We stopped at the Vietnam wall and Korean Monument but not enough time to walk to them. We drove past the WWII memorial. It was beautiful but we didn't stop at this one. However, we saw so much and stopped at so many places, there would not be enough time to see it all and stop at everyplace. We saw so much in a short time. I highly recommend the tour to really see DC at night. If we were there by ourselves and not on the tour, it would have been nice to hang around and listen to the outdoor concerts playing at the capital, etc. If we drove ourselves, we never would have covered as much territory however so although I would have liked to spend more time to see the Vietnam Wall, etc,., I covered so much more territory by taking the tour.

We went during a hot time and had little problem with the Air Conditioning. It was ever so slightly warm one night but certainly not bad at all. Just maybe 2 degrees warmer than I'd prefer.

The hotel is across the street from the Iwa Jima monument, down the road from the Arlington National cemetary, minutes to the monuments, and only 5 minutes from Georgetown. When we left, we realized that we drove over the bridge and through Georgetown. It was filled with great little restaurants and shops. We didn't realize it was so close...a little too far for walking but nonetheless, not far at all for driving to stop and visit a nice town.

The hotel is a little hard to find. We used Mapquest and got it right away but it would have been extremely easy to miss thturn to get off.

This place was an incredible value for being so close to Washington, DC and I'd come back in a minute and I'd tell all my friends that this place is a gem to stay. We only stayed overnight 2 nights but it was wonderful. I highly recommend! I have posted pictures as well. I hope this review helps. I think we paid $140 a night for this place. It was really top notch and a fantastic place to stay. It was so close to all the attractions and was so spacious and roomy....perfect for a family traveling with a baby. We put the baby to sleep in the bedroom (we did bring a portable playpen with us) and we could unwind in the living room while the older child played video games on the living room TV. The hotel provides lists of all local takeout restaurants which we used. That was a nice bonus.

Virginia Suites worn and warm

from zyt7913
We just returned from our trip from DC. We found the staff at the Virginian suites to provide excellent service. We were able to check in early. We had to request extra towels which was provided in a matter of minutes. Our toilet was plugged and that also was fixed promptly. The hotel is located conveniently to central Rosslyn and DC. The downside is that the hotel rooms appear to be worn (clean but worn). The AC did not operate that well. We found that the room tempearture at night to be unbearable. The temperature throughout the hotel felt a little warm. The staff does a gootd job considering what they have to work with. The owners need to significantly update and renovate this hotel. Price was very good for tourist season. I would not stay there again during the summer due to the poor AC.

Great Value

from tlucefamily
My wife and I stayed in the Virginian Suites for a week to celebrate out 25th anniversary.
We toured DC and Amish country. The staff was friendly. Our room was upgraded with out our asking and the added breakfasts. Our room was clean and comfortable. This building was an apartment building changed into a hotel. Our room was large and felt like a home away from home. The subway was a 10 minute walk or you can take thier van. This would be a great place for a family to stay because of the suite size and the value. I would stay here again anytime.

OK Hotel - Great Location

from travelsus
Just got back from a family trip to DC. We stayed at the Virginian Suites when we finally found it! The trip started out a little rough since the rental car company was out of maps! Believe me YOU NEED A MAP. I had good directions to the hotel and thought that we would be ok, but we missed the 50West exit and 1-1/2 hours later found the hotel. My big gripe with the hotel is that we spoke to them 3 times and they could not direct us there. After we arrived things were fine. We had robes, complimentary champagne, cheese, crackers, cognac and chocolate in our room. However, we had other family members staying there and none of them got this stuff, go figure! On the bright side, the hotel is very convenient to DC - just across the bridge. Arlington Cemetary is one exit away (or a short walk)and since we were there for a service at Arlington that was great. We really enjoyed Red Hot and Blue BBQ.

Great for smokers

from LoriZ123
My stay lasted half an hour, and that was half an hour too long. I should have known to be wary of a hotel in such a great location that was so cheap. First I had to get the woman’s attention and get her off the phone so I could check in. Then I attempted to move in my luggage. There were carts you can use yourself (no doorman), but they were up a flight of about five stairs, as were the elevators. After asking, the woman said there was a back entrance to the hotel with a ramp. I went around to the back entrance to find a huge dumpster right in front of the door, along with a man working on the door lock. He said it was broken, so I couldn’t use that door and would have to drive back around to the front of the hotel. I asked if he could let me in, but he said he couldn’t since the door was broken and I’d be stuck inside. I tried pointing out that either he should be there or the door should be fixed when I came out to get the rest of my luggage, but he still wouldn’t let me inside. Once I finally got my stuff up to the room, the room smelled horribly of smoke. Also, the kitchen was outdated by about 40 years. I went back down to the woman at the front desk (with a huge load of luggage) to ask for a new room. She argued that she gave me a non-smoking room and didn’t believe that it smelled. Finally she gave me a new room, but when I got back upstairs, it became very obvious that the Virginian Suites does not have any non-smoking rooms; they simply spray some Lysol in the room when they clean it. I went back downstairs and checked out, only to have to argue with the woman again. She wanted to charge me a whole night’s stay for my half hour. She was telling me that I would have to come back the next morning when a manager would be on duty to try to get a refund, when a manager appeared from the back room. Luckily he decided to not charge me, so at least one thing went well at this hotel!

Hotel in a Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have a very long history with The Virginian. When I graduated from college, I stayed at The Virginian when I first moved to Washington, DC. I lived there for one month.

Twelve years later, I wound up staying there again with my fiancee. What was funny: The hotel had not changed much!!

The Virginian is a very "basic" hotel. I actually do not think that it was originally a hotel. I get the impression that it was, perhaps, originally an apartment building that was somewhat 'converted' into a hotel. I say this for many reasons, including the fact that there are no dining facilities on-site.

The room you will get is very basic. It has a kitchen and a small bathroom. The Virginian is **not** a dump by any means. By the same token, it also is not "upscale" by any stretch of the imagination.

We found the front desk staff to be helpful.

It's a good value, especially during peak tourist season in Washington.

The biggest plus of all: The location. It is located within walking distance to the Rosslyn (Virginia) Metro stop, which is the first stop outside of Washington, DC. Take the Metro one stop and you are in the heart of Georgetown -- pretty cool! Also, it sits directly next to Arlington National Cemetary.

The hotel is great for tourists.

We enjoyed our stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We visited Washington DC to do some sightseeing. The manager of the hotel was very friendly and accomodating. We arrived early in the day (about 10:00A.M.) Check in time is 3:00 P.M. We hoped to be able to park in the lot. We didn't think it was any way possible to check in that early but we didn't even have to ask. They handed us our room cards and we checked in early. That was really nice for a change. The rooms were nice. Our room had a safe which was a nice bonus. The kitchen was convenient, except our microwave didn't work. We called and someone replaced it within minutes. We would stay here again in the future. The price was wonderful with the January special they were running. $79.00-$89.00 a night for a suite was excellent!

Perfect for us.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We liked our standard room just fine (booked off of Travelocity). The kitchenette was a nice bonus. The rate was GREAT compared to other hotels we searched in the area. My goal was somewhere close to the metro, reasonably priced, and easy access via highway. Using the directions off the website, I had no problem getting there.

The Virginian is at the top of my list for a return visit.

A short drive down Arlington blvd and a right onto N Glebe will take you to Ballston mall. It's a nice mall that has some good eatery's inside. The best breakfast we could find was at the Silver diner in the same area.

It was OK

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Virginian Suites because it was the cheapest suite we could find for 5 people. If you are used to staying at nice hotels you will be in for a shock. It is very dated. Our shower was stopped up and we had to have a plumber come to fix it. The beds were very old and the comforters have seen better days. Since we were on a budget and hotels/motels around DC are expensive it served the purpose of sleeping and showering. Nothing to write home about.

Nice surprise!

from A TripAdvisor Member
With other area hotels at much higher rates, I was hopeful that other travellers' ratings of this hotel would live up to what they had said, but wary it could be a dishonest effort. We were thrilled with the location, the secure feeling, the superb staff, the huge comfortable rooms. Highly recommend this hotel.

Top Local Tips for Arlington

Odd hours may help your visit Washington DC is like no other place. Parking is difficult at best - it's not like New York City where there are tons of garages - it's tough to park. If you are visiting Washington DC it may be best to travel during odd hours to make the most of your trip. The National Zoo, home of 3 panda's, opens the property at 6 am and the buildings at 10 am. Being there early will ensure a parking space and chance to visit without lots of people. A nighttime visit downtown after 8 pm, it will be more likely to get a parking spot near the landmark you want to see. Also, road signs have a lot to be desired and traffic circles are confusing - even with a GPS. Plan on getting lost and finding new places.

Claredon restaurants Take the Metro 2 stops from the orange-line to the Claredon stop.....a lot of nice restaurants are located in this area, including Harry's, Hard-Times Cafe, and the Cheesecake Factory...to name a few. A Barnes and Noble is also in this area.

subway Buy a day pass. Also when traveling with a stroller or handicapped look for the elevator at the street level. Sometimes it is directly behind the turnstiles inside also. Very difficult until you knew what you were looking for. The subway system is easy to figure out and very convenient.

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  • Address: 1500 Arlington Boulevard - Arlington - Virginia - 22209 - United States
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