New Westin Arlington Gateway Opens

The Westin Arlington Gateway opened yesterday in Ballston, right across from the Ballston Mall on Glebe Road. The Westin brand is one of the real luxury brands of hotels, along the line of a W or a Ritz Carlton. View from the Wing has a good summary of the space:

The new building is a site to behold inside! That new hotel feel is just great, and the design is pretty sweet. It’s very light and airy, modern in look and feel. It reminds me of the Westin Melbourne, at least for the lighting.

The top two floors aren’t done yet. The official open for those floors is supposed to be March 15, but staff concede that isn’t going to happen. That’s where the executive lounge will be (top floor), so there’s no lounge available yet. Apparently there’ll be at least one larger suite suitable for entertaining with a small cocktail reception on the top floor. There might be more than one between the two floors, but they apparently haven’t gone final on configuration yet.

I’m told that the parking garage will be connected underground to the metro, but I’m really not sure how that’s going to work. In any case, since they say 9 months off I’d expect it to take even longer.

Rates start at $379 normally, but are $199 per night via an internet special right now.

1 Comment so far

  1. JR (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    Wow… I haven’t been away for long, but I’m pretty sure that that area was a used car lot 2 years ago…

    I hear that I wouldn’t recognize much of Balston/Clarendon if I were to go back…


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