Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Oakwood Review #13

Which property management company did you use?

Oakwood Corporate Housing

What was the approximate START date for your stay?

July 2014

What was the approximate END date for your stay?

July 2014

You stated that you used Oakwood Worldwide.  Where was your apartment located?

Oakwood Arlington (Rosslyn)

Overall Satisfaction
On a scale of 1 to 5, please rate your level of satisfaction with the following:
Overall, how satisfied were you with your location and direct billing option?

Very Satisfied

How likely would you be to choose the same direct billing company next time?


Basic Questions
How much notice did the direct billing program (Oakwood, BOQ, NCH) give you for your housing assignment?

1 month - 3 months

How many family members (including yourself) were on your orders at the time of this housing assignment?
Number of Adults (age 19+): 2

Number of Children (age 0-4): 0

Number of Children (age 5-12): 0

Number of Teenagers (age 13-18): 2

How many bedrooms did your apartment have?


How many pets stayed with you?


Tell us what your apartment complex and neighborhood had to offer.
Please check each amenity provided by your apartment complex.

swimming pool, work-out facility, covered parking, transportation to and from FSI or Main State, weekly maid service, breakfast, and one weekly meal with movie

Please check each item that your neighborhood offered within close proximity to your apartment.

restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, coffee shops, Metro or bus stop, Capitol Bikeshare

How far is the walk to the nearest Metro station?

6-10 minutes

How far is the walk to the nearest ART bus stop that runs to FSI?

0-5 minutes

How far is the walk to the nearest Capitol Bikeshare station?

0-5 minutes

How far is the walk to the nearest car share program (such as ZipCar)?

Not sure, didn't use

Was the nearest grocery store within walking or driving distance?

0-5 minute walk

What school(s) (if any) did you send your kid(s) to during your TDY?

No school used, summer holidays.

Satisfaction Questions
On a scale of 1 to 5, please rate your level of satisfaction with the following:
Size of apartment for your family size

Very Satisfied

Storage Space

Very Satisfied

Quality of "Welcome Kit" provided

Very Satisfied

Please share what items were included in the welcome kit.

Standard Oakwood kit, with the basics to make a kitchen useful and functional. A kettle, either electric or stove-top, would be nice. Plenty of towels, sheets, and pillows. Enough crockery and glassware for six.

Quality of housekeeping services

Very Satisfied

If you ever had an issue with the quality of housekeeping services provided, was the issue ever resolved to your satisfaction?

Not Applicable

Quality of furniture provided


Proximity to the Metro

Very Satisfied

Please name the closest Metro stop.


Proximity to FSI


Proximity to grocery store(s)

Very Satisfied

Please list the grocery stores near your building.

A small, but fairly well-stocked Safeway is only a couple of minutes walk away. A quick bus ride back up Clarendon Blvd will drop you off at Whole Foods, and maybe other stores, although I didn't pay much attention, to be honest. It's possible that across the river in Georgetown, another fairly quick bus ride, there are more good grocery stores.

How many times have you stayed with each of the directly billed apartment programs?
BOQ: 0

NCH: 0

Oakwood: 3

If you have stayed in this particular housing before, was this a deciding factor for you to return and why?

I've stayed at this Oakwood before, when sent back on Medevac. We usually stay in Falls Church as a family. It's a great location, and with the kids being much older now, I knew they would be okay without a playground or kids activities. I wouldn't recommend this location if you have youngsters, or if you need access to a business centre. It's the one failing at this Oakwood, the lack of a printer for resident's to use.

Please use this space to share any additional thoughts about this particular direct billing program and the apartment where you stayed.

Great for single people, couples, or families with older children who have freedom to explore, as there isn't a playground, or any kids activities that I know of. There might be a park nearby, I don't know, and I'm not sure about dog parks either, but VA is dog friendly, so I'm sure there's a good spot nearby. There's so much to see and do within walking distance of this apartment: the Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington National Cemetary, crossing the bridge into Georgetown, walking back up to Courthouse on Arlington Blvd. Go for it - if it fits your requirements.