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Great Weekend Rates at DC-Area Ritz-Carlton Hotels

Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner

Summary

The DC-area Ritz-Carlton hotels in Pentagon City (Arlington) and Tysons Corner (McLean), Virginia, have great weekend rates that can make a luxurious weekend getaway to our nation’s capital very affordable.  If you have a Chase Ritz-Carlton co-branded Visa card (recently discontinued, unfortunately), these rates are even more valuable.  They qualify for using Club Level upgrade certificates, and also for receiving the $100 Ritz-Carlton property credit for stays reserved with the card.  The low weekend rates sometimes extend through Sunday night on a holiday weekend, like MLK Day or Memorial Day, and we even found reduced (but not “lowest”) rates for the entire week of the 4th of July.

Great Weekend Rates

For the past couple of years, one of the Middle Age Miles kids has lived in northern Virginia near DC.  As a result, we’ve made a few weekend visits to the area.  I’ve been amazed that each time, we’ve been able to find and book low weekend rates at the Ritz-Carlton hotels in Pentagon City and Tysons Corner.  Rates have been $200 or less (plus 12% tax), which I thought was incredible.

Each rate we discuss in this article is a Marriott Rewards member rate for a base-level room with one king bed.  This rate should be available to everyone, as anyone can sign up to be a Marriott Rewards member. You may be able to book even a slightly lower rate using AAA or another discount.  All reservations made with the rates used in this article can be canceled without penalty until 3 days prior to arrival, so you have virtually complete flexibility.

Another reason I use Marriott Rewards member rates is that these rates are eligible to stack with benefits from the Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa card.  (Unfortunately, Chase recently discontinued this card, but we and many others still hold it – and we will continue to keep this card as long as Chase will let us have it.)  Each year, cardholders receive 3 club level upgrade certificates.  These are good for a free upgrade to the club level (with club lounge benefits) for a stay of up to 7 days.  However, they can’t be used with most discounted or pre-paid rates.  So, it’s somewhat amazing that the upgrade certificates can be used with these low weekend rates.

In addition, on stays of 2 nights or more, Ritz-Carlton Visa cardholders receive a $100 credit for dining (including bar charges), spa, or other qualifying hotel recreational activities billed to the room.  This credit also applies only for a paid, non-discounted rate.  But importantly, it applies for these weekend Marriott Rewards member rates.  Thus, for cardholders, these weekend rates make for a truly spectacular deal.

You can see the low rates (in red) and the application of our $100 property credit (in green) on our portfolio from our stay last weekend at Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner:

Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City is located in the Pentagon City section of Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the heart of Washington, DC.  It is connected to the Fashion Centre mall for easy access to shopping and a number of restaurants.  The Pentagon City Metro station is just outside the front door of the hotel – it’s literally only a few steps to enter the Metro station when you walk out – so access to DC is quick and very easy.  It’s an incredibly convenient place to stay for a visit to Washington, DC.

Here’s a map of the location:

Let’s take a look at some of the Marriott Rewards Member weekend rates that are currently available at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.  In our experience, these rates are typical of what we’ve seen over the last 2 years.

If you’d like to go this fall, there are sub-$200 weekend rates throughout November, including all of Thanksgiving week:

Looking forward into January, we continue to see sub-$200 rates every weekend.  There are also 2 Sunday nights with sub-$200 rates, including January 20, the Sunday of the MLK Day holiday weekend:

Here are the rates for March, which are a bit more expensive for most of the weekends, but still pretty attractive:

Moving forward, here are rates for May.  How about a long Memorial Day holiday weekend in DC?  The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City has sub-$200 rates for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights, to make for a very nice extended stay during a perfect time to visit DC.

And finally, take a look at the week of the 4th of July, an iconic time to enjoy the special Independence Day festivities of our nation’s capital.  Here, we’re seeing sub-$250 rates for the entire holiday week, including rates of only $175/night on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6:

Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner

The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner is located within the city of McLean, Virginia, in its ritzy Tysons Corner section.  Like its sister property in Pentagon City, the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner is adjacent to a mall, the Tysons Corner Galleria.  So again, shopping and several restaurants are very convenient.  It’s an easy walk, 5-10 minutes, to the Tysons Corner Metro station, which gives you access to DC.  But take note, it’s a fairly long ride into the heart of DC on the Metro.  It takes almost an hour, including the walk from the hotel.

This is another very nice place to stay for a visit to Washington, DC.  But it’s not as convenient as the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.

Here’s a map of the location of the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.  As compared to Pentagon City, you can see that the Ritz Tysons Corner is somewhat further from the heart of DC (on the right side of the map):

Now, let’s take a look at some of the Marriott Rewards Member weekend rates that are currently available at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.  Again, these rates are typical of what we’ve seen over the last 2 years.

If you’d like to go soon before the weather gets too chilly (hopefully), there are sub-$200 weekend rates throughout October and into November.  Note that, for this time period, these rates at Tysons Corner are somewhat lower than the rates at Pentagon City.

The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner has a number of good rates for the next several months, but let’s jump forward to next Spring to look at March and April.  Weekend rates during March & April are $175/night or less every weekend – including the last 2 weekends of March and the first 2 weekends of April when the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway (March 20 through April 13, 2019).

In May, check out the $156/night rates for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend (but note that the Ritz Tysons Corner does not have a reduced rate for Monday night, unlike its sister hotel in Pentagon City).

And finally, let’s once again look at the week of the 4th of July.  Like the Ritz Pentagon City, the Ritz Tysons Corner has sub-$250 rates for the entire week of the 4th.

Other Observations

Both of these hotels are very nice.  Granted, they’re not the Ritz St. Thomas or the Ritz at Kapalua on Maui in terms of splendor.  But the hotels and furnishings are luxurious, and you can expect to receive a Ritz-Carlton level of service.

If prices were equal between these 2 properties, I’d choose to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City over the Tysons Corner location for a visit to DC.  This is just a matter of convenience as it’s a lot closer to DC.  In general, I find the two hotels to be very comparable.

It seems that both of these hotels can charge high rates during the week as they get a lot of corporate and government paying guests.  But I infer that on the weekends they need to try to cater to more cost-conscious leisure travelers in order to fill beds, and thus we see the low weekend rates.

To give you an idea of what it would cost to Uber from the more distant Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner to the National Mall, here’s what I found when I ran the Uber fare estimator from the hotel to the Washington Monument.  Uber estimated the Pool rate at $15, the UberX rate at $25, and the UberXL rate at $40.

Finally, we also checked the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown and Ritz-Carlton DC hotels for their weekend rates.  We found rates that were a bit lower than during the week, but nothing like the sub-$200 weekend rates that are often available at Pentagon City and Tysons Corner.

What do you think of these weekend rates for DC-area Ritz-Carlton hotels?  Have you ever taken advantage of these rates?  What was your experience there?  Please share with other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!


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