Metrorail Blurs the Line of Urban and Suburban, Giving Travelers More Options

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The Westin Reston Heights and the Sheraton Reston Hotel see a bump in business and guest satisfaction as their location close to the new Metrorail Station starts to get noticed. After years of waiting for the Metrorail’s Line to be built, the benefits of this costly expansion are just starting to show for the local community with an uptick in travel to the region in barely six months.

Sheraton Reston Hotel

Our guests enjoy exploring Reston Town Center after a day in the city,” said Claudia Eggspuhler. “Now, guests can take Metrorail back to Reston, spend some time shopping or enjoying a nice dinner, then request the shuttle to bring them back to the hotel.

Less than one year ago, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority opened the first phase of the Silver Line Metrorail, connecting the affluent Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital to the city at an estimated $43 billion. Hoteliers, including The Westin Reston Heights and the Sheraton Reston Hotel, eagerly awaited this new amenity for their guests, knowing it would give them the flexibility to stay in Virginia while doing business or sightseeing in Washington, DC.

“We couldn’t be happier with the new Silver Line,” said Claudia Eggspuhler, Complex General Manager, of The Westin Reston Heights and the Sheraton Reston Hotel. “Our guests simply love it. We offer a complimentary shuttle with service to both the Metrorail stop and Dulles International Airport. This makes our hotels a preferred location for guests to stay close to the airport and have easy access to downtown DC. Both business travelers and vacationers will no longer have to rent cars and worry about navigating through unfamiliar areas.” Both hotels are managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a leading operator of hotels with over 100 properties in its North American portfolio, including 16 hotels in the Washington, DC area.

The new Silver Line Metrorail is also within walking distance of Reston Town Center, a quaint area where guests can enjoy the charm and elegance of brick lined streets and lovely architecture with countless shopping and dining options. “Our guests have always enjoyed exploring the Reston Town Center after a day in the city or Tysons area,” said Eggspuhler. “Now, guests can take Metrorail back to Reston, spend some time shopping or enjoying a nice dinner, and then request the shuttle to bring them back to the hotel. In addition, we offer Metrorail packages which include full day unlimited Metrorail passes, making it that much easier for our guests to sightsee in the nation’s capital. These packages have been very well received and the comment we get the most is how easy transportation is with the passes.”

The Westin Reston Heights and the Sheraton Reston Hotel, adjacent to one another, overlook a golf course share more than location. Both are Starwood brands, offering Starwood Preferred Guest®, one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs. “It’s exciting to see the area evolve and our hotels evolve with it,” said Eggspuhler. “The Sheraton has received a full refresh of all guest rooms, meeting space, public areas as well as upgrading their club lounge. The Westin has become popular among locals for its gourmet restaurant, Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro. The award winning Vinifera is known for its fresh sourced ingredients (many grown in a garden on site) and its frequently updated menu, offering locals and regular hotel guests a new experience with every visit.”

“One of the Sheraton’s core philosophies of the brand is ‘connecting,’” said Marje Jones, Complex Director of Sales and Marketing of the two hotels. “This means connecting with people, connecting for business, connecting with new destinations; it’s what we are all about. The fact that we are now connected to Washington, DC really speaks to who we are as a brand. Guests can take the Silver Line right to the Smithsonian Institution or to many key areas in the city without having to switch trains.”

ABOUT THE SHERATON RESTON HOTEL AND THE WESTIN RESTON HEIGHTS
Two top-rated Reston hotels located just moments from all that Northern Virginia has to offer! Nestled in the vibrant Reston area, a variety of shops and dining options are just a complimentary shuttle ride away. Perfectly suited for both leisure and business travelers, guests can experience resort amenities, an 18-hole golf course, an award-winning restaurant and access to Washington, D.C. attractions. Being connected to Dulles International Airport and the Silver Line Metrorail via complimentary shuttle gives these hotels an ideal location for both domestic and international travelers to visit the capital region. For more information on the Sheraton Reston Hotel, please visit http://www.sheratonreston.com, call (703) 391-9000, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information on the Westin Reston Heights, please visit http://www.westinreston.com, call (703) 391-9000, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

ABOUT STAY IN WASHINGTON DC
Stay in Washington DC includes Crescent Hotels & Resorts’ hotels located in and around Washington, DC. These properties are internationally recognized brands including, Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, Westin, Wingate by Wyndham, Radisson, Cambria Hotels & Suites and Best Western. All hotels are in walking distance to a Metrorail or offer complimentary shuttle service that links guests to the city’s world renowned Metrorail network. All locations offer various dining, shopping and entertainment options just minutes away via walking, complimentary shuttle or Metrorail. Several locations offer award winning restaurants right inside the hotels. For more information, visit http://www.stayinwashingtondc.com, like on http://www.facebook.com/StayInWashingtonDC, follow on http://www.twitter.com/stayinwashdc, follow on http://www.instagram.com/stayinwashdc, subscribe on YouTube and connect on Google+.

ABOUT CRESCENT HOTELS & RESORTS
Crescent Hotels & Resorts is a nationally recognized, top-5 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels and resorts in 36 states in the US and 4 provinces in Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, please visit http://www.chrco.com.

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