I had a wonderful experience at The Westin Arlington Gateway. I wanted my wedding venue to be an upscale hotel with a modern feel, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, a convenient location, and a cocktail space with big windows wrapped around a neutral ballroom that I could transform however I wanted. I definitely made the right decision! My wedding was a black tie affair for about 300 guests, so working with the hotel to plan the cocktail hour and the reception was no small undertaking. Danielle Merriman and Alicia Bell made it seem easy, though, because they were fabulous to work with! I greatly appreciated their thoroughness and attention to detail. My parents and I were very hands-on in the planning process, and they were so patient and helpful as we discussed options and decided on what would be served at the cocktail hour, what would be served for the plated dinner (which included a perfectly cooked filet that many guests told us was the best they'd had at a wedding), what types of uplighting and draping I wanted, how to set-up the spaces, etc. In the end, my parents and I were so pleased with how everything turned out. The cocktail hour space and the ballroom looked beautiful, the food was excellent, everything went perfectly. I was particularly impressed with how efficiently the staff was able to pour champagne and wine and serve and bus the courses for such a large party.On the wedding weekend, Danielle went above and beyond to make sure that all was going as planned and checked-in often to provide whatever help we needed. I loved the spacious suite that I got ready in with my bridesmaids on the wedding day. I also had a good experience setting up a room block at the hotel for out of town guests. I was also very pleased with the brunch that my parents had arranged to host in the hotel restaurant Pinzimini the morning after the wedding. I highly recommend this venue, and I'm so thankful that I had my wedding here!
We came to the Westin after our previously chosen wedding venue was unable to provide the necessary staffing for our event - so after a year of planning, we had to choose this new location with less than a month to our wedding. From the moment we dropped in to see the event, without even having an appt, til the very end of the event, Mitchell & the rest of the staff ensured that our event went as smooth as possible. The transition was SO easy, and in fact, given our awful experience with the other place, made things almost stress-free during a time that a transition should have been very stressful. They suggested modifications to our menu based on things I casually mentioned during our tasting (which was phenomenal!!!) - I hadn't even realized it could be done! On the day of, things were perfect. Everything went exactly as planned, and the space looked beautiful. Even though I had not wanted my wedding in a hotel meeting room, their space is really special in the way it is set up - with a beautiful staircase leading up to the area, and an amazing space for cocktail hour. With some uplighting, the meeting room space is completely transformed. Their neutral designs make it easy to have whatever color theme you want, so you aren't competing with some crazy carpet. We had so many compliments on the food as well - it was DELICIOUS & perfect. All of the servers were SO great as well. Also, their suites are AMAZING. Much larger than other hotels I looked at - and you get one complimentary for both Fri & Sat night, which is fantastic. All of the rooms were beautiful, spacious & clean. All of my guests had such a great time. I can't say enough great things about our experience. They really made our special day perfect!
Minutes away from our nation’s capital in the heart of Arlington, Virginia’s vibrant Ballston neighborhood, you will discover The Westin Arlington Gateway. Whether you prefer an intimate space in our Ernest Hemingway Salon or a large reception with friends and family galore in our sophisticated F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom, we invite you in envisioning your wildest dreams. Enjoy our gracious hospitality, thoughtful amenities and spectacular event space as our dedicated staff creates an event that exceeds expectations.