on March 22, 2007
The Courtyard by Marriott Arlington/Rosslyn is a fantastic hotel. It is located only a 5-minute walk from the Rosslyn Metro station, making it incredibly easy to get into Washington, D.C. or anywhere else the Metro serves. The neighborhood is rather quiet after business hours (Rosslyn is a business district), but right across the street are houses. If you plan to stay at this property long, there is a Safeway located right behind the hotel.The staff here are some of the best I have run across. They had me checked in and on my way to my room in less than a minute, it seemed. When I had any questions, they never needed to check with someone else. When it came to checking out, they also processed me quickly and do offer bag storage if you want to go and explore D.C. some more.As for the rooms of the hotel, they were refurbished a few years ago and still look fresh. The room, I had a double Queen bed room, was rather large and had everything I needed for my stay. In addition the beds, as I find with any Marriott property, are incredibly comfortable. There was also a minifridge, but I had no reason to use it.There is a market downstairs, but the pricing is definitely for convenience, so be prepared to pay $1.75 for a Pepsi. If you are concern about cost, go to the Safeway mentioned earlier.There is a restaurant in the lobby of this hotel. However, it is open only for breakfast. I decided to get the breakfast buffet, which turned out to cost $11.95 before tax. It definitely was good, but not sure if worthy of $11.95. They do have a menu as well that offers (somewhat) cheaper breakfast options.Overall I would give this hotel a 4.5/5 stars in my ratings. I would recommend it to anyone heading to D.C. and wants to be close (just across the Potomac), without paying much higher prices of D.C. hotels.
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