Pros

  • Rooms come with mini-fridges, microwaves, and Keurig coffeemakers
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour fitness center and business center
  • Free 24-hour shuttle to Pentagon City Metro station and Reagan Airport (DCA)
  • On-site bar and restaurant with outdoor patio
  • Free cookies, water, and snacks in the lobby every evening
  • Suites with sofa beds are available
  • Heated indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Free coffee and tea in lobby on weekday mornings
  • 10-minute drive from the National Mall and Reagan Airport (DCA)
  • Short walk to restaurants, bars, a movie theater, and running path
  • Lobby convenience store
  • Good happy hour specials on drinks and burgers
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • Fee for breakfast buffet
  • Limited room service hours
  • On weekdays the pool is only open in the evenings
  • Over three miles from the nearest subway station
  • No minibars
  • Small, narrow pool
  • Parking garage is located across the street
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Bottom Line

Located a 10- to 15-minute drive from downtown attractions in Washington, D.C., this mid-range Hilton Garden Inn is mildly stylish and reasonably priced. Highlights include an indoor pool, free local shuttle, 24-hour fitness center, an on-site restaurant, and free parking (a rarity in the D.C. area). This hotel is a good option for tourists in this price range, and there’s also plenty to do in the immediate neighborhood. Those looking for a hotel right by the airport may want to compare rates with Hyatt Regency Crystal City, but note that its outdoor pool is seasonal. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

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Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Shirlington

Scene

A bright and contemporary chain hotel just outside Washington, D.C.

Built in 2009, this Hilton Garden Inn doesn’t have much wow factor, but it does have all the basics for a comfortable stay. The most stylish part of the property is the lobby, which is airy and pleasant, with high ceilings, potted plants, a gas fireplace, and contemporary furniture in pastel shades of green and blue. Free cookies, water, and snacks are provided in the evenings. The rooms are unmemorable but there’s little to offend; they are clean, spacious, and all the standard amenities are there.

Next to the lobby is a restaurant and bar with lime green furniture and an outdoor patio area. Breakfast is available for a small fee, and it includes made-to-order omelets and a buffet. Aside from breakfast, the restaurant is only open in the evenings. The bar offers a daily happy hour featuring low-cost burgers.

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Location

Ten minutes from Washington in the lively suburb of Shirlington, Virginia

The hotel is located just off I-395 in the Washington suburb of Shirlington, Virginia. The immediate neighborhood is home to dozens of great restaurants, a movie theater, shopping mall, and two playhouse theatres. There’s also a four-mile running path, playground, and bike share kiosk right outside the hotel. An Enterprise Rent-A-Car is one block away. Monuments and museums on the National Mall are only 10 minutes away by car, and hotel parking is free, which makes this Hilton Garden Inn a good choice for tourists on a budget. Unfortunately the nearest metro station is three miles away, but the hotel offers free shuttle service 24-hours a day.

  • Six-minute drive to Pentagon City subway station (Blue and Yellow lines)
  • Eight-minute drive to Arlington National Cemetary
  • 10-minute drive from the National Mall and Reagan Airport (DCA)
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Rooms

Generic rooms with mini-fridges, microwaves, and Keurig coffeemakers

The hotel’s 143 rooms and suites feature run-of-the-mill decor in shades of beige and pea green. Each is furnished with white bedding, simple wooden furniture, framed reproductions of abstract art paintings, and busy brown carpeting. Rooms are fairly spacious and come with one king or two queen beds, a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, microwave, Keurig coffeemaker, and free Wi-Fi. A handful of One-Bedroom Suites are available with one king bed, a double sofa bed, and a bathroom with jetted tub and separate shower. 

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Features

This hotel has all the necessities -- pool, gym, restaurant, store, and business center.

This Hilton Garden Inn has a solid range of amenities. The first floor is home to a good-size fitness center, business center, and a convenience store with microwaveable dinners, wine, beer, and snacks (all open 24 hours). The lobby area also houses the Garden Grille & Bar, which is open for breakfast (buffet and limited a la carte options) and dinner. Other perks include free parking, room service (limited hours), a free 24-hour shuttle that runs within a two-mile radius (including to DCA airport and the Pentagon City Metro station), and free cookies, water, and snacks every evening. The hotel also has a hot tub and heated indoor pool, but it’s quite small and looks more like a lap pool. The Hyatt Regency Crystal City has an outdoor pool that's larger but it's only open seasonally. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Room Service

  • Swim-Up Bar

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