The hotel is in urban Pentagon City and is within easy walking distance of a wide variety of shopping, eating, and entertainment options.
There's more about the area in the Neighborhood section.
In addition, the Pentagon City Metro station, with convenient access to downtown D.C., is only a short walk away.
Metro is the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area subway and bus system. It's relatively new and quite clean - there are no vendors in the stations, and no eating or drinking is permitted on the trains.
(See the official Metro website (http://www.wmata.com/) for more information).
The trains are very useful for getting around the city and there is a station very close to the con hotel.
The Metro system uses SmarTrip fare cards, which you can purchase for $2 at the SmarTrip vending machines in the stations. SmarTrip cards are refillable, so you will only need to purchase one and, if you have one from a previous trip to Washington, D.C., you can reuse it. You need to use your SmarTrip card to exit the station at the end of your trip. Metro fares depend on the time of travel: fares are higher during peak hours (and trains and buses are usually more crowded). Peak fares are in effect on weekdays from 5:00-9:30 am and 3:00-7:00 pm (and on Friday and Saturday from midnight to 3:00 am Metrorail will not be running after midnight at the time of the con). Off-peak fares are in effect at all other times.
The Metro has six train lines, designated by color. The official Metro website has an interactive map of the Metro rail system
(http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm, or click on the map at right).
The Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City is one block from the Pentagon City Metro station, which is on the Blue and Yellow lines. (It is also located near the Pentagon Metro station, so don't confuse them! It is
much easier to walk to the hotel from the Pentagon City station.)
From the Pentagon City station, the ride into downtown D.C. takes about 6 minutes and costs around $2 (plus a one-time cost of $2 for a SmarTrip card if you have not already purchased one)
depending on where you're going. If you want more information and exact fares and travel times, you can find them on the
Pentagon City Metro station page.
If you're staying in D.C. before or after the con, there's plenty to do and most of it is easily accessible by Metro.
SafeTrack update: The Pentagon City station will not be affected at the time of the con by Safety Surge scheduling: work will be focused on the Orange and Silver Metro lines. The Metro will close at midnight every night.
The Metrobus system uses SmarTrip fare cards, which you can purchase for $2 at the SmarTrip vending machines in the stations; unlike the Metro trains, the buses will also accept exact cash.
SmarTrip cards are refillable, so you will only need to purchase one and, if you have one from a previous trip to Washington, D.C., you can reuse it. Bus fares are $1.75.
Pentagon City has bus stops for a large number of buses. For getting around the local area, 10A is the most useful. The WMATA website offers a PDF schedule for 10A; you can also use the WMATA trip planner
with a starting or ending point of "500 Army Navy Drive." Arlington County has a list of public transit options for Pentagon City which
may be particularly useful for bus information.
Capital Bikeshare is a bikesharing system in D.C. and its suburbs. With a credit card you can get a one-day or three-day membership that allows unlimited bicycle rentals; bicycles can be rented and returned at any of the Capital Bikeshare stations across the city, including many in Pentagon City and nearby neighborhoods. The nearest stations to the hotel are by the Pentagon City Metro and on 12th Street S. between Army-Navy Drive and S. Eads Street. Capital Bikeshare bicycles are also available in downtown D.C.
Parking in the hotel garage costs $26 a day, which includes in and out privileges. This is a special price for CON.TXT members; check to make sure you are not being charged more if you park at the hotel.
While there are no overnight parking garages or lots nearby, there is street parking available in the blocks around the hotel. Street parking will cost $1.25-$1.50 per hour during the day on Thursday and Friday
but many spots are free on Saturday and all are free on Sunday.
Most street parking will be metered parking with 2-, 4-, and 12-hour maximum time limits. You may be ticketed if you remain in a spot during a weekday past the hourly limit even if you pay at the meter, so look for 12-hour areas.
Always check the maximum hours and enforcement days on the meter: some spots are enforced Monday through Saturday, meaning that you will need to pay to park on Saturday, and others are enforced Monday through Friday,
meaning Saturday will be free. All spots will be free between 6 pm at night and 8 am the next morning with no time limit. The closest 12-hour spots which are free on Saturday are marked in green on the map shown here;
note that not all streets have the same parking on both sides. Usually, more spaces are free to the east of the hotel on Army Navy Drive and S. Eads St.
Many metered spots do not have traditional meters; parking is paid at little kiosks along the street (cash or credit card) or by phone or mobile app (Parkmobile, with an additional small fee).
If you are arriving Thursday night you can take a street spot (pay through 6 pm if you arrive before then) and get up to pay the meter before 8 am on Friday morning to cover through 6 pm that night. If you use the
Parkmobile app, you can avoid going out to feed the meter in person! Alternatively, you may use hotel parking on Thursday and Friday but move your car to street parking for Saturday and Sunday.
And although the parking lot directly across the street from the hotel will look tempting, do not try to park there! It is a parking lot for the Pentagon and not open to the public.