Rated 2 out of 5 by Techie Internet not Free
Everything was good; staff are excellent; facilities comfortable and in good order -- except, wireless internet is not free (unless, I think, you are a member of a Westin-related frequent traveler club at a certain level-- and no such offer was extended to me, even though I asked about any such possibility). And, despite having to pay for it, it was not fast or reliable -- I kept having to re-authenticate with the wireless key. Personally I'd give up the free packets of coffee and tea, and the print newspapers, for good wireless internet at no additional cost.
March 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Citizen temperature problems
The bed was comfortable enough, but the heating/cooling ventilation system did not work, so the room was 78 degrees and higher, no matter what I (and other guests I spoke to) did to change the numbers on the console.
In addition, I have to say that the "green choice" is a scam. You get no service (including refill of the hotel coffee, unless you call and ask for it) and in exchange they give you a coupon that you cannot use at Starbucks and is too little to make a difference in the exceedingly overpriced room service ($14 coffee pot plus delivery charge!)
May 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by gailfrommichigan Location good - services not so great
The room was very comfortable. There are three issues I had during my stay. 1. The refreshment bar was not in operation and when I asked for a refrigerator there were none available. We were put on a waiting list for a frig but never received one or were contacted about it. 2. There were two bottles of complimentary water when we arrived which were used for the coffee machine but were not replaced during our three night visit. 3. The parking is overpriced. We were on a club level floor which did not seem to be any different service than the lower levels.
April 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SCM1 Excellent Staff and customer care
The entire staff was courteous and thoughtful.
Daniel - Bellboy: pleasant,friendly and helpful. Remembered our face and always greeted us with a smile, and took time to ask how's your day or how are you doing.
Maria (from Bolivia# - Housekeeper on 8th floor: thoughtful, thorough and efficient. Clean room well and anticipated our needs.
Cynthia - conceige: warm, kind, thoughtful, friendly and helpful. Great love for dog - always greeted Nicky #our pet) and give him a bone when he came in from his walk.
Our pet passed away during our stay. The entire staff displayed particular kindness and caring to me during the bereavement of the loss of our pet. Their kindness went a long way in getting me through this particularly difficult time.
August 30, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by bubbafurd Housekeeping nightmare
There was food left in the room when I arrived and the sheets had stains on them. Also, the housekeeping staff entered my room about 30 minutes after I was in it without identifying themselves or knocking. She just walked right in, looked like a deer in the headlights, stammered, and walked out. There was no shampoo on the first day, so I called the desk to get some and she said she would send some up... No one ever came. I left the card on the bed for them to clean the sheets, but after they cleaned the room and reset everything the stains were still there. When I told the desk they were "very sorry" but did not offer any kind of reconciliation... not even to change the sheets.This was my first and last visit to the Westin - Arlington.
May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by PastorsBS56 Loved It!!!
Traveling is just a part of who we are. Making it a pleasurable experience is always a delight. We measure our experience in three ways
Is it Fair- Did I get valued and served fair- A+
Is it Right- Did you do things Right on my account- A+
Is it Just- Did your services and accommodations Justify its cost- A
When we return to DC (and we will) We will be looking forward to another delightful stay.
Pastors Arthur and Rose Bullis
I AM Empowered Ministries
August 28, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by chuckISdisappointed wow....bring back the sheraton crystal city
so. After months of renovation.
i have stayed at this location for years. just before renovation they handed out vouchers for free drinks and had a club lounge for snacks and a lite breakfast. They encouraged me to stay at the pentagon crystal city that provided even more. double points, free drink coupons, and the snacks were more like dinner
this place re-opens so i decide to give it a try.
wow. upon check in i find out that as a platinum guest all i got was an upgrade to the 9th floor....thats is....no bottle of water...no drink coupons....no breakfast....no chocolate on my pilllow...
and the only difference in the room from where it was a sheraton is that i got green soap, a tiny couch instead of a chair, no refrigerator and a shower instead of a bathtub with a shower....wow...wow...wow..
i will never stay here again
August 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MrBlackjack mixed review
Upon arrival, room wasn't thoroughly vacuumed, the window shade had holes and was ratty looking, the middle drawer in the dresser wouldn't stay closed. Air in room was stuffy feeling. Parking charges are outrageous. The hotel doesn't provide many "extras: such as free use of computers, continental breakfast. etc. With 4 of us reserved for the room we should have been provided extra towels, coffee service, cups, bathroom supplies etc without having to ask for them. On the plus side, beds were cozy and staff was friendly and helpful.
May 9, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by rdaley Hotel won't grant bonus points for declining room service
I stayed at this property 3 nights, July 23-26. During that stay, i posted the little placards on the door declining to have the room cleaned. When you do this, you are supposed to either receive 500 SPG points, or a $5 voucher. I opted for the SPG points (1,000 total for two nights) and they still have not posted to my account. I have called both SPG customer service, as well as the hotel, and they both said: "We'll look into it, it usually takes a while for these things to post". It's been 6 weeks. I am disappointed.
September 6, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by RichG Staff Needs Work
As a platinum member I come to expect a certain level of service. When I checked in, there was no acknowledgement of my status. I was not informed that there was an Executive Lounge, and I was not offered a platinum ammenity until I asked if I get one. Also, my room was upgraded, but I was not informed until I entered the room. The doormen seemed to not like the cold, because they did not come out to help me get my luggage out of the taxi, but stood in the doorway waiting to open it for me. When I checked out, They did not even help me flag a taxi or load my luggage. Not a very service oriented property. Room was great and clean and comfortable. Staff needs lots of training.
January 16, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by AMK95 Mixed feelings
Checked in at 1 am afer a long day of travel. The beds in the room I was assigned were not made and had no sheets. I received a complimentary breakfast for the hassle, but really...
Cell phone was recharging, so I made a single phone call home for a couple of minutes. It cost $24. I know a landline is a convenience, but really...
No complimentary internet. Even Motel 6 has complimentary internet. Really?
Maybe I'm out of touch with reality, but should IT be virtually free by now?
June 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by jb1937 Military promotion
In town to participate in a promotion ceremony at the Pentagon. Arrived early and needed to change. The staff were able to get us into our room early for that purpose.
The original reservation was for one bed.. When a 2nd family member decided to make the trip, on short notice, the staff did a terrific job of providing us with a two bed alternative.
While it may have been advertised, do not recall seeing online detail indicating on site parking would be an extra cost.
June 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Freshjudy Very comfortable
I stayed here on 7/3, one nite due to flight cancellations. I want to give a hearty thank you to the restaurant, Pinzimini staff on 7/4. I arrived at 11:00 a.m. and asked to eat breakfast, and they LET ME, even though the kitchen was technically closed. The names are as follows who should get rewarded for their great customer service: Hostess: Alemshet, Supervisor: Paige, Server: Alonso and Food and Beverage director: Sean Sleeper. I wish to give them my gratitude for their great service to this very tired traveler. Thanks so much. If I'm ever in your area again, I WILL stay in your hotel. Thanks again.
July 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kate100 Short but very nice stay
I arrived around 11:00 pm and checked in immediately. The room was very clean, well-appointed and attractive. Special thanks for bottled water and electrical outlets galore. Since I only stayed one night, I could not take advantage of your special promotion to pass up housekeeping services. But I think it is ingenious and will do so in the future. I travel a lot, and told my husband Westin is my favorite hotel brand.
March 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by brigham70 Over priced cheap hotel
I was not impressed at all with this hotel. The room was small. Drawers on dresser would not stay shut. Over-priced food. Not even an exhaust fan in the bathroom. The bed was comfortable, and that was the only good thing. I have stayed at lower end hotels that were much nicer. Pool area was what I would expect at an old hotel. Not even free wi-fi, even fast food resturants have that! Next time in DC I will stay some place else!
May 31, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lobster Nice hotel
Room was pretty small but otherwise just fine. Very clean, service as expected. Restaurant was better than we expected and reasonably priced.
Only parking option is Valet but they were quick and efficient.
It's hard to find the entrance to the hotel and you have to drive left to right, which is counter-intuitive to get to the valet.
Lobby large and lovely. Computers in lobby were never busy.
Good value for room rate.
September 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Megwchicago Great place to stay
Took the kids with us here. Was perfect for them. The pull out couch and layout of the suite worked well for them. They loved the pool. Only downside was the valet parking. At peak hours, it took a little too long sometime to drop the car off, but never an issue picking it up. It would be nice to be able to self park. Or if the cost of overnight valet wasn't so hefty for hotel guests.
June 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by nick828 MCM Marathon
Went to run in the Marine Corps Marathon and we stayed at the Westin Arlington Gateway. The hotel was outstanding. The staff at the hotel were unbelievably accomodating to us. From the moment we got there, you could see they brought their A game. The conceirge was great and answered all our questions. The room was clean and well taken care of. We highly recommend this hotel.
October 29, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Loquis Disappointed
I was put in a room that had not been properly cleaned. The bathroom was dirty and with used towels and soap. It still had the previous guest's key in the room with a check out date of two days after the day I was there. I was moved to another room in which the air was not working properly. I'm very disappointed as normally my stays at the Westin are usually great.
May 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by energywhiz Good for my needs
Hotels was good for my needs. Stayed with my wife for a night on the way back from vacation. Checked in close to midnight and was upgraded by the friendly front-desk clerk. Room was of a good size and very clean. Liked the HD channels on the HD tv.
Only slight disappointment was the lounge the next morning. Food was disappointing both in offerings and quality.
June 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by DKaiser Disappointed this time
I have stayed here many times, but this time the stay did not meet the usual standards that I was accostomed to. The TV LodgeNet did not work, No TV guide in the room, the shower faucet fell off, etc... No one even recognized that I was an SPG member. There was some sort of convention and I felt that I as a standard traveler was not noticed.
May 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by JRP04 Good Location
I had just a one night stay but overall had a good experience. It seems that upgrades were hard to come by for Platinum members and the front desk was rushed (not rude but not overly accomodating). I avoided the shuttle service recommended by the hotel. The price was higher than the cost of a taxi from Ronald Reagan/National.
November 11, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sunflower1 Getting Worse
I enjoyed my stay at this Hotel couple of years back and decided to stay again this year. However, other than the room comfort, I was not satisfied with any other aspects of this Hotel. It was sad to see this. Front desk not polite. Service Express personnel curt and unresponsive to bell cap requests, etc. Room service personnel not well trained. In-room dining options has limited vegetarian. Gym has limited space for yoga or stretching exercises. Concierge almost never available. I was really sad to see one of my favorite Hotels unable to keep up.
August 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by RH11 Catering inconsiderate and unprofessional
Catering started breaking down tables while we were still in the room. We had t oeat our lunch in the Hall some peole eat on the floor. Very unprofessional. AN apparently this action was endorsed by catering management. I will not be holding any large team events at a starwood property.
March 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JGiraffe Flagship Westin
I'm tempted not to write glowing reviews of this hotel, because I enjoyed it that much. Everything about it far exceeded my expectations. Incredibly comfortable beds, top notch staff, and the gym has a wide open look at the city street below it. I am definitely coming back here again.
March 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hockeymom2 Great hotel
We've stayed in the Westin Gateway three years in a row, and it's always been consistently a great stay. The hotel is in a great location, very clean and service oriented. I love how the elevators are so fast - we never waited, even with a full hotel!
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by klmts Terrific all around!
My stay exceeded all my expectations! The facility is lovely. All the stay well amenities are great: healthier and delicious food, the New Balance fitness gear. The location is great--by the metro & Arlington shops and restaurants. I will stay here whenever I am in DC.
August 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lilispark Two good innovations
I like the way this hotel adds new innovations. Two on this trip:
-- customers can choose green service -- but I found NO place to use the $5 reward for using the green service because I didn't want to use the hotel's food service.
-- $5 to rent exercise clothing.
September 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Overnighter99 One of my favorite business hotels
I stay at the Westin on business every few months. The hotel makes these quick overnight visits as good as they can be. The rooms are comfortable, the staff is great and the central location gives me direct access to where I need to go.
January 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kanani555 This hotel was wonderful
The Hotel was wonderful from start to finish. The staff was friendly and very helpful. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to the the Washington DC area.
December 13, 2013