Last week, we had the chance to enjoy a sneak peek at the brand-new Renaissance Arlington Capital View hotel and attached Residence Inn by Marriott, the first new hotel to dot the Crystal City skyline in nearly 20 years.
Initially, we weren't very excited - while we always love new hotels, we're generally more into luxury properties. Boy, were we wrong. This hotel is, quite simply, stunning. The lobby boasts 20+ foot ceilings, impressive modern art sculptures, tres chic decor (loads of Assouline books!) and tons and tons of windows that allow natural light to stream in. The color palatte tends towards bright oranges and greens, with tons of texture and "movement," the central decor theme. We wanted to touch everything.
A total techie-hotel, the property eschews a massive front desk in favor of cozy lounge seating, and all of the meeting rooms are completely state-of-the-art with individual controls for heat, lights and AC. Plus, we love that the meeting and party rooms are all above ground, meaning that you'll get tons of natural light (and outdoor space) during your event. Personally, we think this would be an awesome hotel for a wedding.
LEED-certified, the hotel has done everything possible to make it "green" friendly, including a pretty roof garden, which you'd see if you were working out in the hotel's massive gym, which is shared with the Residence Inn. It's got state-of-the-art equipment and a totally funky indoor pool shaped like a martini shaker, and, let's just say ... it's among the nicer hotel gyms you've ever seen. There are also full washer/dryer facilities on-site for longer term guests, plus an outdoor sundeck for lounging.
The in-house restaurant concept is modern Italian, and we can totally see ourselves sipping a glass of wine on the patio during summer months. The patio will be pet-friendly, a must for pet-lovers like us.
The rooms themselves are spacious, with great views of Crystal Drive and Reagan Airport. We can only imagine the nighttime views as planes land - so pretty. Thankfully, the rooms are also completely soundproof, so you'll enjoy complete peace and quiet. Our favorite part? The top-floor Renaissance lounge, which will offer daily snacks and beverage services, plus huge windows overlooking the airport. We'd totally book one of their Presidential suites, which offers mod, almost 70s-esque decor and ample space for entertaining.
This new property is sure to make waves in the area - we'd totally recommend it to anyone looking for a business property, a home for out-of-town guests, or those who are looking to plan an attractive yet affordable business meeting or wedding.