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Crystal Gateway Marriott
Ranked #16 of 51 Hotels in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Nashville, Tennessee
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708 reviews
468 hotel reviews
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“Location, Great Room, Location....oh, and Location”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

This is a GREAT hotel - because the metro station (and a mall) are connected. The only time i saw the outside of the hotel is when I went for a run - but between being at the hotel and going to DC, you don't leave. And the metro is easy - 15 minutes and you are in the heart of DC.

The room was very nice. We got conceirge level. If you can get it do so. If they offer it for a small fee (my Hilton in Baltimore did for $20), take it. Why? The "free" breakfast - is fruit (including blackberries, strawberries, melons, etc.), cereal (not and cold), danish, drinks, etc. At night, there are cookies and brownies/lemon bars. Oh, and they have free water - we grabbed 8 a day for 4 of us.

The pool was overcrowded but fine. A car - not needed. The Internet - free in the lobby but $12.95 in the room. Because I'm gold, it was free. Not sure if they have a business center.

The restaurant Mez - a bit slow on the service but the food very good - and ample meals (salads, sandwiches) $15 or less. I had a salad and it was delicious. I think I paid $6.95 for my kid's meals.

Honestly, this is a great place to launch a DC trip. All the hotels I looked at in DC were a block or two or three from the subway. This is like a block if you had to define it - but all indoors. I'd definitely recommend this place.

One last thing - I paid $125 a night - from Monday to Saturday. However, had I checked out Friday, the rate would have been $289...not sure why. So - what I'm saying is - they may have a "deal" for a Friday night stayover. $125 was AAA - $139 was without.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

We stayed here overnight while visiting DC for a concert at the 9:30 Club. The room was clean, modern, and the bed was GREAT! The room was quiet and we were glad that they have a checkout time of 12PM. The staff was all friendly and saw plenty of security on the property. Easy access to the metro and the $22.00 fee to park overnight was fine with us. Most places in DC charge crazy prices to park, so it was nice to be able to keep our car parked at the hotel while taking the metro to our destination. The metro can be confusing if you haven't been on it before, so be sure to figure out your route before you go.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, OH
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

This was my second stay at this hotel, the first being for a convention last year, while this 5-night visit was purely recreational with my family. Positives: location. A Metro station is attached to the hotel, as is a small shopping mall with a few restaurants, a drug store, etc. Many, many restaurants are within a short walk from the hotel. We were able to get to all the attractions with a ten minute Metro ride. The service we received was outstanding in spite of the fact that the hotel was packed. Making the customer happy is definitely a priority at this hotel! The general manager was very visible and made a point to come up and speak with us on several occasions. She was excellent with our children as well as dealing with the hords of teenagers in the hotel for spring break. Value: outstanding. We bought the cherry blossom package and had an unbelievable breakfast bar and Internet in our room for a small additional charge. Negatives: We stayed during spring break/cherry blossom time so the hotel was packed with middle-school aged groups of students. The crowds in the lobby area, pool, and around the elevators were sometimes overwhelming. We left the pool on our first night due to crowds and noise and didn't want to return. Overall, this hotel was the perfect choice for a family vacation, 50 weeks of the year but I would look for a smaller place around the cherry blossom/spring break window.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

I stayed for three nights during a field trip to DC and I made reservations early enough to get an excellent rate. It could not have been a better experience. The room was clean and more than big enough. The breakfast buffet was outstanding with plenty of choices. The staff was friendly, efficient and very helpful. I look forward to staying there in the future!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Very nice hotel and very convenient to the DC area. The Metra can be accessed right from the hotel . They also have a free shuttle that takes you to the airport every 20 minuets. Thats the Reagan National airport. The hotel was clean ,the room I had was spacious and my reservation went perfect no problems to speak of. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The really nice thing about staying in Crystal City is they have many choices of places to eat for they are ajoined with a nice shopping center,called the Crystal shops. The area felt very safe .Also three blocks away on 23rd street, they have a cool neighborhood with sports bars and great restaurants,I would stay here again and again when in the D C area. Just a mention price was great too!

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Additional Information about Crystal Gateway Marriott

Property: Crystal Gateway Marriott
Address: 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3555
Region: United States > Virginia > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Arlington
#4 Luxury Hotel in Arlington
#11 Family Hotel in Arlington
#13 Business Hotel in Arlington
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,738 - ₹ 24,129
Hotel Class:4 star — Crystal Gateway Marriott 4*
Number of rooms: 697
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Crystal Gateway Marriott, located minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. And less than 1 mile from Reagan National Airport. Explore the entire Washington, D.C. Area via the Metro which is connected to our Arlington hotel. Step into our spacious hotel lobby here in the heart of Crystal City, VA, and enjoy complimentary wireless Internet access. Settle into one of our nearly 700 well appointed rooms and suites, each offering plush bedding, flat-screen TVs, and Marriott's unique Plug-In technology panels. Dine onsite at The Atrium or Restaurant Mez or grab a quick bite at Einstein's Bagels shop. Hosting an event in the Washington, DC area? Explore our hotel's 35,000 square feet of versatile and sophisticated venue space, and enjoy our prime location near Washington Reagan Airport (DCA). With the Crystal City Metro at our hotel doorstep, discovering the many attractions of Arlington, VA and downtown DC has never been easier. ... more   less 
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