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Residence Inn Arlington Ballston

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Made a long weekend visit to this hotel in association with the Marine Corps Marathon weekend. We've stayed at many Residence Inns before, in various countries, and this hotel had all the basics. The staff was friendly, the room and hotel in general was clean. Parking was available on site (for a fee) and the parking garage even supported electric vehicle recharge. The location was reasonable (albeit a bit far from our intended destination of the marathon site). But... The hotel had an ambiance about it that countered all of the above. Simply put, it didn't take long to 'feel' that this hotel put 'cost effectiveness' ahead of other factors. The rooms were well laid out as is the case in most of the Residence Inns where we've stayed, but the furnishings, while adequate, we just that, nothing spectacular and nothing to make this hotel stand out. The view form this hotel was what you would expect of metropolitan hotels, great view of the building across the way. But beyond the physical aspects of the hotel, the 'cost consciousness' of the hotel was evident. Example, on the first night, we wanted extra coffee in our room. The room provided the latest name brand pod coffee maker but only two pods of regular and two pods of decaf coffee. We were tired from our trip and wanted coffee both on arrival and later in the evening. We also wanted to start our morning off with a hot cup of coffee. The pods provided would not meet the needs of two adults who both wanted full strength coffee at the times indicated. So, as was our custom in all hotels we've visited, we approached the front desk about additional coffee for our room. The very friendly front desk clerk explained that ONLY two pods of each type were provided per room per day. If we wished additional pods, we'd have to EXCHANGE the unwanted pods for the desired types. I have to say, this was a first for any hotel we've stayed at worldwide. While I understand that hotels are business and are interested in the 'bottom line,' service business, such as hotels, need to evaluate closely policies that tend to restrict guest satisfaction in the name of cost control. Yes, the hotel provided coffee in the lobby, but that was not an acceptable substitution especially for late night or early morning needs. Other examples. Toiletries provided in the room (shampoo, etc.). These were not replaced on a daily basis if a partially used bottle remained. Tissues in the room. On arrival the tissue box only had a hand full of tissue remaining (literally 5). These were replaced the next day...with a half full box. Again, little things, but they added up to a less than fully satisfactory stay at this particular Residence Inn. The breakfast served was typical of the Residence Inns we've stay at. The choices were plentiful, but the preparation was not consistent. Example, first mornings scrambled eggs were 'rubbery' indicating 'just off' cooking. All told, this was not the best hotel or even Residence Inn experience we've had.

I really like this hotel, primarily because it has a conventional hotel feel, but Residence Inn kind of breakfast. It's conveniently located in the Arlington area where I travel for work frequently, and yet it's a quick Uber ride to spend some time walking through the monuments or visiting museums.

The suite was comfortable with a kitchen that had what we needed for light cooking. Everything worked well and the staff was prompt with any questions we had, such as the location of a wine store, and local restaurants. The pool is very small and probably not adequate if someone wanted to do laps. The cardio equipment looks new - enabling me to have a good work out. The work out room is also pretty small, so have a repertoire of exercises with dumbbells in your head. We were there to visit friends close by, so this location is close to many condos & apts. rather than tourist spots.

Work required me to stay here for 90 days. Excellent location near metro orange and silver line. Good food nearby. Hotel staff very friendly and helpful. Good breakfast. Social time at night could be better i.e. Embassy Suits. Small kitchen w/frig, microwave, dishwasher, and electric stove top.

We have been coming here for the past 2-3 years to visit our son. Great hotel, good service, clean, awesome breakfast. The manager, Scott, does a great job and always takes good care of us. Upper floors have great views of DC. Close to many restaurants and a short drive or taxi to downtown.

We found an attractive Friday and Saturday night rate here, but had to leave as the rate jumped substantially on Sunday night. Parking is an extra $18 / night. Studio room is quite large and has all expected features. Size of this Residence Inn seemed larger than others so there are plenty of grounds to walk around. The staff is very friendly. The breakfast buffet included hot food items and not just baked goods. I suggest eating outside, weather permitting, to avoid the many loud children eating inside.

Were in DC for one night event and stayed here. Great room with full size fridge, dishwasher, sink, dishes, coffee maker, separate bedroom, small sitting area, small dining area. Bed was very comfortable, shower was strong and hot, wifi good. We stayed down the hall from the elevator so there was little to no noise. We actually went to bed very early and got up early with no issues with noise. Highly recommend.

Bathrooms way too dark. Can't see yourself in the shower. Toilet handle on wrong side of toilet. Forgettable decor in lobby and rooms, a combination of odd abstractions that don't work. Not enough clearance between massive bathroom door and toilet. Inconvenient access to hotel floor levels while carrying baggage and using key card in elevator. Electrical outlet *behind* bed. No cups or containers to place personal hygiene items in the bathroom. No lotion as part of the standard hotel complimentary.Not pet friendly! Charges $150 for a pet. Will never stay again.

We arrived mid day and thought we would check to see if we could park there early and head in to the city. They were willing to check us in to our room early which was wonderful. We settled in, went to eat and headed into DC to see the monuments at night. The staff is amazing at this hotel, very accommodating and helpful. The floors are secure as you have to use your hotel key in the elevator to access guest floors. They gave us advice on using the subway system and how to get there. The hotel was very convenient to the metro and many good restaurants but put on your walking shoes, you will be getting your exercise.

My dad lives a block away in a one-bedroom apartment, so we stay here when we visit. All of our visits have been positive, but the most recent was fantastic because we ended up with a room with its own giant rooftop patio. My rest of my family came to hang out here with us, ha! The rooms are clean, kitchens appropriately stocked, all of the staff have been kind and polite, and I especially like the personal emails after filling out the survey regarding your stay. Ballston and Virginia Square metro stations are within easy walking distance. Harris Teeter is a quick walk to get your groceries. The mall is being renovated so it's useless right now, but the skating rink on the roof is still open as is the parking garage. Definitely recommend if you need a hotel in the area.

650 N Quincy St Arlington VA

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Indoor pool
  • 24-hour health club

Residence Inn Arlington Ballston places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Arlington National Cemetery and Iwo Jima Memorial. This 3-star hotel has 183 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour health club. Also close to this Arlington hotel are Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Georgetown University.


Start your day off right with a free hot/cold buffet breakfast. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


All 183 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, stovetops, and dishwashers. Smart TVs come with satellite channels and Netflix, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Other standard amenities include sofa beds, coffee makers, and safes.

Property features

At Residence Inn Arlington Ballston, guests enjoy features like an indoor pool, a 24-hour health club, and a sauna. Self parking is available for USD 16 per day. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and a business center.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 354 reviews