13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2017 10:52 PM by nmballoonist RSS

Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop

iaswafterall Silver
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Hi! Booked a reward stay at Crystal City Gateway largely because it is right on the Metro, and we are a family of 5, so being able to fit us all in a hotel room for a good point rate isn't the easiest task.

 

I can't figure out how we will access the Metro. Is there a walkway (underground?) from the lobby or?

 

Also, can you give me some insight for what we might expect food-wise in the lounge? I have never stayed concierge level and I'm excited! Celebrating 10 years of marriage, might as well live it up eh?

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  • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    How bout we bring in a local geezer who just might be able to help you out.....come on erc step up to the plate yet again!

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    • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
      erc Platinum
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      Bonzer jumping through a hoop  The IAH and Erc show

       

      1) There is a walkway (tunnel) at the hotel, which by following the signs will take you to the Metro without having to go outside. As you face the check in desk, it's about 30 yards to the left (they will of course show you). It takes you under Rt. 1 (still Jefferson Davis Highway, although it was close).

       

      2) The staff was very service oriented, including the concierge personnel upstairs. Although the corporate policy is elite plus one, I had three adult guests and had no problem, early '16. I'm pretty sure they will allow everyone in, but to increase odds, have the gang all together and appearing troublefree .  I don't recall the exact food served, but I had excellent dessert there (you can grab some waters and sodas for your sightseeing). On weekends, breakfast is in the restaurant (this is where you may face the elite plus one, so use your charm at check in).  Overall, they are very friendly and will work to help you and your family have an excellent stay (tell 'em how Insiders raved about their service - it's true, and it works). Have a good time.

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      • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
        iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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        On the road again!!

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      • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
        iaswafterall Silver
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        Thank you so much! It wasn't clear to me based on other info I could gather. I really appreciate your help!

         

        I think we will take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to get us from DCA to the hotel on the first day, rather than try and figure out which tunnel to follow after the Metro stop.

         

        I will make sure the 3yo knows to look as innocent as possible as she lines up waiting for breakfast.

         

        Paying an extra $10/night for concierge level sounds like it will be well worth it! The cash rate would have been an extra $100 night for the upgrade. YAY

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      • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
        phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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        I stayed at this hotel last spring and the staff was amazing.  It's a great location and a great hotel.

         

        BTW, right around the corner is a delightful family Greek restaurant called Athena Pallais, where I have eaten dozens of times and have never been disappointed . 

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      • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
        jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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        erc they also have a great lobby bar . good for people watching and food and a drink

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  • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
    iaswafterall Silver
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    Great to hear! Sounds like we are going to really enjoy our stay.

     

    Still looking at getting around town. Will probably purchase a Metro pass for our stay, and I'm debating whether to do one of those hop-on-hop-off tours. The main thing that is out of the way is the National Cathedral. One of the tour b usses would take us there, but then again they only run every 40 minutes according to their site, so we might just as well take a Metro as close as we can, then a city bus. Dunno.

     

    If we had older kids (who didn't need car seats) I would just take Uber and call it good. I suppose I could still do that, but I need too many seats for that. Sigh.

     

    It's the 6yo and 8yo who really want to see the National Cathedral, as they saw it on a documentary and thought it looked incredible. I told them the bus ride might be awhile, and 6yo said "it won't take as long as it took us to drive to Canada, so whatever!"

     

    Bus might really be the most straightforward and cost-effective.

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    • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
      nmballoonist Platinum
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      We really enjoyed the National Cathedral.  We had a day pass for the Big Bus Tours and one of the routes will drop you at the Cathedral, however they can change routes depending on season so check.  Unless they go by some of other sites you want to see, it would be too pricey for one destination.  You can take the Metro to the Tenleytown station and the Cathedral is about a mile walk.  I you have a Metro pass you can take it to Dupont Circle and catch a bus using the pass (N2 or N4 ?) that goes up Embassy Row and past the VPs house at the Naval Observatory to the Cathedral.  Very scenic. Get one of the Metro map apps for your phone to plan routes, next train, and bus schedules.  You can get SmartTrip cards  from vending machines at the station.  There is a Metro store in the Crystal City shops. You can look up hours at www.wmata.com, as well as Metro info.


      Good choice on Marriott both from a property stand point and access to the Metro.

       

      Much to do in DC, your family will have a great time.

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      • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
        nmballoonist Platinum
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        I looked at the trip planner on the WMATA site and the N6 bus also is an option.  All of them will drop you off at Wisconsin and Massachusetts for a very short walk to the Cathedral.

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  • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
    jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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    yes there is a tunnel that goes direct from the hotel to metro and the underground shops and restaurants

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  • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Attached is a map of the area, including Metro and the two Marriott Hotels.

     

    http://www.crystalcity.org/_files/docs/ccshopsmap.pdf

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  • Re: Info about Crystal City Gateway concierge level and Metro stop
    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Make certain that you check the Safetrak schedule for METRO while you are here.  Various sections are being shut down for weeks at a time, so make certain that Metro will work with your selected location.

     

    See Metro Safetrak at the Metro Website.

     

    https://wmata.com/service/SafeTrack.cfm

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