Le Meridien Rosslyn, VA (January 2021)

Booking

I booked a Classic room online, which they upgraded to an Executive King suite.

Property

The property is downtown Rosslyn, near Deloitte, for those who knows that landmark. It was a ghost town in the time of coronovirus.

The lobby is up the elevator on what I believe is the fourth floor.

The common areas, while small, are very nice. I commented that I forgot how nice this property was, and it is. It is across the Key bridge from Georgetown, and is often reasonably priced.

Checkin

I attempted an early check-in to catch a conference call, but the upgraded room wasn’t ready. I elected to take the call in the business center, as the property was nearly vacant and I felt relatively assured of privacy.

Room

The room was an executive suite, or, as I call them, not a suite. That is, there is no separation of bedroom from living area.

The room contained an exercise bike, which I used on a couple of calls. I am contemplating getting one for the office.

Food and beverage

Nope. As the frontdesk clerk told me, Le Meridien’s tend not to have club rooms. I missed the limited restaurant and bar service.

Service

Friendly, when interaction was necessary, which was infrequent.

Rating (out of five)

*** (a strong three)

The Chaedrol Hotel Guide does not provide “balanced” reviews of stays, but rather our reviewers’ experiences at properties. Star ratings are based on price, so that a luxury or budget hotel may both receive either no or five stars, and factor in extenuating circumstances. Your actual experience may vary.

Westin Arlington Gateway (January 2021)

Booking

Booked a one night in a cityview King (the most basic room) on Marriott.com for $93.72 including tax.

Property

I had regarded this as a fairly nice, updated property based on past stays. Most everything was closed with COVID, and the property was fairly quiet.

Checkin

The hotel was very quiet when I arrived. The front desk clerk noted I’d requested an online checkin, which was on my phone. No acknowledgement of Bonvoy status and no upgrade whatsoever.

Room

The room was ridiculously small, with a king bed, small seating area, and small desk. The HVAC and the refridgerator were also both ridiculously loud.

If it were not just me for one night, I’d have asked to be moved.

Food and beverage

Nope.

Service

Nope.

Rating (out of five)

**

This was a disappointment return to a property I’ve enjoyed in the past.

The Chaedrol Hotel Guide does not provide “balanced” reviews of stays, but rather our reviewers’ experiences at properties. Star ratings are based on price, so that a luxury or budget hotel may both receive either no or five stars, and factor in extenuating circumstances. Your actual experience may vary.

Westin Crystal City, VA (January 2021)

Booking

Booked using Marriott.com for $59 per night before tax. Total room charges inculsive of tax was $133.74.

Property

Once upon a time, this property was a Sharaton (I’d guess around seven years ago). That’s about where the fixtures are in the refresh cycle; worn, but not terrible.

Checkin

Checkin was easy, and they asked if I’d stayed at the hotel. Despite COVID, the bar was open past five, and for breakfast they offered a selection of items from the gift shop on a prefilled card. I got a frozen breakfast sandwich, Kind bar, and OJ both days.

Room

Reasonably large, fairly typical Westin room. Looking at the fire-escape map on the door, it looks like most rooms on my floor were the same.

Food and beverage

I did get several very strong vodka-tonics from the bartender, who was very nice.

Service

Service was friendly and helpful.

Rating (out of five)

Three stars.

The Chaedrol Hotel Guide does not provide “balanced” reviews of stays, but rather our reviewers’ experiences at properties. Star ratings are based on price, so that a luxury or budget hotel may both receive either no or five stars, and factor in extenuating circumstances. Your actual experience may vary.