22202 Travel Guide
It's not often hotels beat their projected opening dates, and it's even more remarkable from the Renaissance Arlington Capital View because the hotel
is already* will likely be LEED certified, a process that's ordinarily more complicated than Charlie Sheen's interview schedule. Last we heard, the place would open in April; they're now taking rezzies for March 9 and on.
The Renaissance corporate blog says the opening date for the hotel—situated a four-mile cab or short Metro ride from the heart of D.C.—is March 9 and promises "grand opening deals." Our initial test bookings revealed no such thing, with weekday rates starting from $299 whether you're shopping for next week or April. But punching in promo code SB4 reveals weekend stays for as little as $139, including breakfast for up to two adults and two kids.
Btw, it must be coincidental but there's some humor in the fact that the hotel's website URL contains the word "waspy." Doesn't get more Arlington than that!
*Update: The hotel's PR writes to clarify that "the Renaissance Arlington Capital View has been designed to receive a LEED Silver Certification, which we hope to receive later in the year," meaning it hasn't actually secured the LEED oak leaves just yet. They also confirm an opening date of March 9—it was initially listed on the corporate blog as March 16—putting the property ahead of original schedule.
Whichever way things swing in 2012, one thing's for sure: a new Renaissance is headed D.C. way. Well, a Renaissance Hotel, at any rate. The new hotel, scheduled to open next March or April is actually in Arlington, VA, but conveniently close to Reagan National Airport and just over the Potomac from D.C.
The Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel will be LEED-certified and, according to its website, have "the soul of a boutique hotel with the location and amenities suited for business in and around the nation's capital."
David Beckham landed stateside last month to a lot of fan fare and we're not just talking about his wife Posh's reality show.
Nope, in Los Angeles, his new team the Galaxy threw a huge welcoming event, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes threw a 600-person party full of A-list celebs, and paparazzi has been stalking Becks on his every move. We now have learned the man prefers Coffee Bean to Starbucks.
And all this, without Becks even playing a full game. The soccer star has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Nevertheless, he's been traveling with the team and today, they are in Washington, D.C. where Becks hopes to play in tonight's gams.
Oh but if only Tom and Katie could see him now. Word has it that since he is traveling with the team and since the MLS players don't really stay in fancy hotels, Becks is staying in the DoubleTree Crystal City. A tipster from D.C. writes:
This morning on the radio someone said they met David Beckham as he came out of the Double Tree hotel in Crystal City.
Reliable Source in the Washington Post and all the other news sources are keeping tabs on him - Mortons for dinner 2 nights ago, Crystal City coffee shops, stores and cafes in Georgetown - all over the place.
While they think the hotel is better than some of the others in town, it's still nothing special on the inside.
The rooms themselves seemed quite small to me. Of course the Heavenly bed is there and the Heavenly bath (which just amounts to the curved shower curtain rod and the dual overhead spray)...
There are twelve suites currently open (that is, twelve suites outside of the top two floors that aren't done or fully determined). With over 320 rooms, I imagine upgrades won't be easy for Platinums. Frankly, the suites just felt like nice large hotel rooms, there's a living room area separated off from the bedroom that's still about the size of a regular hotel room.
They also heard talk of having a connection to the DC metro underground in the parking garage but there were no concrete details about how this would happen or when.
On the plus side, there's wi-fi in the hotel's public places.
· Westin Arlington [View from the Wing]
[Editor's Note: Hotel Maven dzot writes this review while sipping a glass of Mondavi Fume Blanc--so keep that in mind.]
The Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, VA (generally referred to as the Ritz-Carlton -- Pentagon City) is where the wire-wearing Linda Tripp met with Monica Lewinsky to get her to dish about Bill Clinton and his mating habits. While FBI agents listened in from one of the suites upstairs, the ladies had a nice little drink and some girl talk in the very lounge where I am now writing this, having sequestered a comfortable sofa and a glass of Mondavi Fume Blanc (me, that is, not Linda and Monica).
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