Sheraton Pentagon City (February 2021)

Booking

This is another standard King I booked on a Bonvoy prepay rate. Per usual, I booked through the Marriott website.

Property

If you’ve been near the Pentagon, you’re likely familiar with the concrete Sheraton festooned with wireless infrastructure west of the Air Force memorial. One side of the building faces the Potomac River and Washington, while the other looks at Arlington.

Checkin

At checkin, the front-desk agent “upgraded” the room to a Potomac-facing King and for the Platinum breakfast amenity hand-wrote four food-and-beverage comps worth $25 each. At a time when many properties are still suspending food and beverage propertywide, this was the best Bonvoy breakfast benefit I’ve received in a long time (and far better than points).

Room

The room was spacious for a King, with a sink, closet, and separate toilet and shower to the right of the entry and the main room ahead. The large windows provided spectacular views of Washington.

Incredible views from the Potomac-facing King.

The room itself featured, besides the bed, a sitting area, a large flatscreen, and a pretty nice work table with chairs, which had USB-C, USB-A, and American power ports, the first time I’ve seen type A.

A USB C power port in the Sheraton’s work table.

HVAC is via a PTAC, which is questionable for a full-service hotel in my mind. It was, predictably, loud.

You know when the packaged terminal AC starts up.

Overall, a comfortable Sheraton room with an excellent view.

Food and beverage

The hotel provided $100 in food and beverage comps for the Platinum breakfast benefit, and I grabbed dinner and breakfast from the restaurant, both of which were decent.

Service

The service at the property was excellent, with a text message after check-in, checking on the stay so far. I felt bad for the woman working the restaurant, as everyone seemed to be using a voucher and no one seemed to be tipping.

Rating (out of five)

Three-and-a-half stars.

For going above and beyond on the service side and honoring Marriott’s commitments to its Bonvoy members.

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.

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.