Virginian Suites Offers Comforts of Home When Visiting Nation’s Capital

New member of Ascend Collection has 261 apartment-style suites and service of luxury hotel

by Karen Rubin

Virginian Suites in Arlington, Virginia, offers a home-away-from home when visiting the nation's capital © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Washington DC, the nation’s capital, can be a pretty frenetic, intense, pressurized place. So coming home to what is a home-away-from home, is especially comforting, letting you recharge for the next day’s meetings or sightseeing.

Virginian Suites, which just joined the Ascend Collection of hotels, offers 261 apartment-style suites that have all the space (even linen closet and full kitchen) of a large one-bedroom apartment, and all the creature comforts of a fine all-suite hotel (gorgeous lobbies, 24-hour high-tech gym, seasonal outdoor pool, breakfast served in a very pleasant room, a business center, meeting and event space). The decor is very pleasing – something between a hotel and a home, with big windows and fresh furnishings.

The pleasant breakfast room at Virginian Suites © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Studio and one-bedroom suites range from 440 – 610 square feet. Each suite features a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen HDTV. For families and extended stays, one-bedroom suites also house living rooms and dining rooms, and many suites boast large windows with dramatic city views.

Our room isn’t just furnished, it is furnished with an eye to making you as comfortable as possible: an ergonomic office desk chair, an incredibly comfortable king-sized bed, a complete living room with TV; a large entry closet; a leather sofa that opens to a bed (ideal for families); ironing board; a round dining table that seats four.

There is free WiFi in the room, as well as computer stations in the lobby.

Virginian Suites, now part of the Ascend Collection, has the comfort of home, and the service and amenities of a hotel © 2011 Karen Rubin/

It is easy to see why Virginian Suites is so popular with people coming to Washington for an extended stay, like the group of interns from Georgetown University we met.

Between the inclusive breakfast, coffee which is available most of the day, access to parking and the metro, Virginian Suites affords superb value.

And through the end of this year, the value is incredibly good:

Through the end of 2011, special rates at Virginian Suites start at $139 per night – probably the best deal in visiting Washington DC.

A private area in the breakfast lounge at Virginian Suites © 2011 Karen Rubin/

The hotel is located in Arlington, Virginia, less than two miles from downtown Washington DC, just about 10-15 minutes walk from the Rosslyn Metro Station (a shuttle service is available from the hotel), accessed by Blue and Orange lines. The Metro provides access to everything (it also has a large parking lot and is right off Route 50, which is a main thoroughfare).

Take the Metro just one stop to the fashionable West End neighborhood and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Less than five miles away, they can visit the National Zoo, monuments, White House, U.S. Capitol and renowned museums.

Virginian Suites Arlington National Cemetery and Iwo Jima Memorial and is just a mile from the lively shops, restaurants and nightlife of historic Georgetown. Mount Vernon also should not be missed.

The hotel is also reachable by Metro from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The fitness room at Virginian Suites is available 24/7. There is also an outdoor pool, in season © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Besides being ideal for people coming for professional (or political) purposes, Virginian Suites is great for families because of residential-style suites and large living spaces to spread out in, the fully equipped kitchens for prepping easy meals, snacks or just keeping leftovers in the fridge (and you have the added convenience of not having to fix breakfast), and offers easy access to DC via the Metro (more like a Disney ride than the New York City subway) and Mount Vernon (not to be missed), while being in a more residential area.

The National Mall, and the phenomenal museums of the Smithsonian Institution are actually also bikeable from the hotel (via Arlington Cemetery and then over a short bridge). (You can take your bike on Metro in non-peak hours)(

There is also gorgeous dedicated biking trail all along the Virginia side to Alexandria and Mount Vernon: constructed by the National Park Service in 1973, the 18.5 mile Mount Vernon Trail runs along the Potomac River, parallel to the George Washington Parkway, between Theodore Roosevelt Island and Mount Vernon, VA, connecting to the Custis and Washington & Old Dominion trails.

The comfortable lobby lounge at Virginian Suites © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Virginian Suites just joined the Ascend Collection membership program from Choice Hotels International.

Ascend Collection is a network of historic, boutique and unique hotels that gives you an authentic, local experience. It was designed specifically for people who appreciate an upscale hotel with a strong local flair. Member hotels share a passion for delivering attentive service to guests seeking a more experimental travel experience. (For more information,

As part of this elite network, the stylish property remains independently owned, while also gaining a global reservations system and a guests rewards program with more than 13 million members worldwide.


Virginian Suites,
1500 Arlington Boulevard,
Arlington, Virginia 22209,

Friday, 11 November, 2011


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