When it comes to luxury and premier service, The Ritz- Carlton Pentagon City, is ahead of its class. This upscale establishment provides guests with an unparalleled concierge experience, complete with plush accommodations- at the perfect locale. With a swanky address that is home to one of the area’s most celebrated restaurants, fyve, it is easy to understand why guests return to this deluxe hotel, time and time again.
Inside the Ritz- Carlton Pentagon City
A Most Memorable Arrival
From the moment I stepped off the airplane at Ronald Reagan (DCA,) I could sense that it was going to be a stellar stay. As I headed toward the baggage claim area, I was warmly greeted by a U.S. Sedan Service Worldwide driver, holding a sign with my name on it. I introduced myself and thanked him for his patience, considering my late arrival into the Arlington, Virgina area. My introduction was met with the most pleasant of smiles, before I was ushered off to retrieve my well-traveled duffle bag. Next, I was whisked away in a shiny, black sedan- for a short ride. When we pulled up to the hotel, I was welcomed by another kind gentleman, who assisted me out of the vehicle. As he approached the trunk to gather my bags, another person greeted me at the door, directing me inside. I nodded yes, then thanked and tipped the driver before walking in. Once I entered, I headed towards the front desk. During my stroll down the hallway, I noticed every detail of the gorgeous entryway and lobby. The staff at the front desk was great and required minimal effort on my end. After I checked-in, I proceeded up the elevator with keys in hand.
Hotel entrance, leading to the lobby, restaurant and front desk
My room was elegant and classy; draped in white with lovely gray accents. My 17th floor room view was also just what I needed, after a lengthy day of traveling. As I looked out, I gazed across the Arlington and D.C. areas with the softest grin upon my face. It was beautiful and I was so thankful that I had arrived safely. The chic room was equipped with a bar; featuring an assortment of snacks and a bottle of wine, as well as a refrigerator filled with sodas and spirits.The contemporary bathroom was fantastic, featuring the signature Ritz-Carlton white robe and slippers, as well as the wonderful Asprey of London products. After freshening up, I relaxed a bit on the comfy, king -sized bed trying not to fall asleep, knowing that soon my presence would be required downstairs. I had to meet with a couple of colleagues who reside in the area, so I had to stay awake. It was difficult not to drift off once my head hit the fluffy pillow, but somehow I managed to stay awake. After what turned into an in-depth 3hr meeting over appetizers at fyve, I retreated back to my room for a good night’s rest. My routine ended the same over the course of the next couple days. I visited the monuments, took pictures of the cherry blossoms, combed the area like a tourist, then returned to the hotel to freshen up, dine and rest.
Desk inside my 17th floor room
Inside my 17th floor room
View from my 17th floor room
Club Level Access
For an additional 50 USD per day, per adult and 25USD per day, per child (age 12 and under,) guests of The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City can enjoy such luxuries as Club Lounge delicatessens and delectable cuisine throughout the day, as well as complimentary garment pressing for up to two pieces. Use of the Club Lounge is ideal for business meetings, lounging, or even for time to catch up with the family over some tasty bites. I sampled every thing from the delightful hummus and baba ganoush, which was absolutely delicious I must add, to the crisp salads and freshly made potato chips. There were a number of options to choose from each day; morning, noon and night. They had an array of meat and seafood, cheese, crackers, eggs, oatmeal, fruit, desserts, bread and more. The Club Lounge also offers free wifi, easy check-in and check-out service and a dedicated concierge to assist throughout the duration of the stay. It is also important to note that the hotel is currently renovating their luxe 18th floor Club Lounge, which is set to be completed this May. For now, a first floor conference room is serving as a temporary lounge. I cannot wait to visit again- to experience the new Club Lounge. Club Level Access is well worth it for the sophisticated and elite traveler.
Club Level Lunch
The hotel is centrally located. The Pentagon City Metro is just steps away from the hotel’s entrance, it is just a short drive over to Washington D.C. and all of the iconic monuments, and it is also a short distance from Ronald Reagan International Airport (DCA.) Attached to The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, is the acclaimed Pentagon City Mall. Shops include everything from Nordstrom to Gap, for guest’s shopping pleasure. The mall is also undergoing some exterior construction, as they are expanding to include some outside stores on South Hayes street. Additionally, I was able to walk the area in search of cherry blossoms, and pick up a few items at the CVS, which is located just across the street. There are two vendors setup near the bus stop out front selling souvenirs, and there are even pickup and drop-off stops for tour buses as well. During my visit, I was able to enjoy the area, including taking pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms throughout my stay. Getting to and from the Monuments and downtown D.C. from the hotel was a breeze.
Entrance to Ritz Carlton and fyve from Pentagon City Mall
Inside Pentagon City Mall
Exterior Capture of The Ritz-Carlton and Pentagon City Mall
fyve Restaurant Lounge Onsite
The food was phenomenal! I indulged during my time with colleagues, and also during my reserved lunch on my second day. On the prior evening, I noshed out on hummus and pita bread and during lunch, feasted on a succulent salmon dish that followed a palatable bowl of butternut squash soup. I even rounded out the meal with a small and rather tasty dessert. It was a total cheat day for me- considering I veered way off the path of my primarily plant-based diet! Side note- I do allocate some cheat days for business trips. I must admit though, that I did not regret my fall off the wagon one bit. Under the guidance of Executive Chef, Sriram Hariharan, fyve produces refined, gourmet dishes. With a wealth of experience under his belt, Executive Chef Hariharan, infuses his rich Indian heritage and restaurant experience into all of his creations. This was quite evident in the items I tasted, as they were well- seasoned and bursting with flavor. The restaurant’s entire staff was stupendous, including my server, Saba. They provided excellent service throughout my dining experience.
Lunch at fyve Restaurant
I had an incredible stay in the area and even managed to get some shopping in with an old college friend, who resides in the Maryland area. My time at The Ritz-Carlton was superb. It was impressive, relaxing and memorable. I cannot wait to visit the area and stay with them again. On the day of my departure, I smiled, thinking about how much I enjoyed and looked forward to returning to the Metro area again. I shared with my friendly sedan driver on the way out, what a pleasant experience it had been. If you are looking for an elite and notable experience – The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City is sure to please.
*I was invited to visit The Ritz- Carlton Pentagon City Hotel. My invite in no way influenced my opinions, nor alters the perception of my stay and/or their amenities and offerings. This post recounts my actual experience from beginning to end.