I attended a series of professional society leadership meetings that were held at the Westin. I also stayed at the Westin for the week of these meetings. Overall, I found the Westin Alexandria to be a very nice facility in all respects.
Getting there: I flew into Reagan National Airport. My options for getting to the Westin Alexandria were the metro or a taxi. The closest metro station to the Westin is about three blocks, so not a bad walk, plus the Westin does have a local shuttle that will pick folks up at this station (they do not offer shuttle service directly to/from the airport). I opted for the taxi. I did not note the actual drive time, but it was less than an hour from the time that the plane landed until I was in the room at the hotel, so overall pretty speedy. Cab fare with tip was $25.
Once at the Westin, the check-in process was very speedy. The young ladies at the front desk were polite and very helpful. The lobby is not huge, but it is very open with an interesting clock as a center piece. The elevators are not far from the front desk, so you do not have to drag luggage all over the place.
The room I was given was very nice. The only downside is that I had reserved a king bed, but instead got one with two doubles (sort of a waste of space since I was travelling alone, but that was a minor thing). I was housed on the preferred guest’s floor due to my Starwood membership, which brought a couple of little perks. The room had all the nice amenities: refrigerator, safe, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, plenty of toiletries. There was a desk with electrical outlets. The outlets were tightly spaced so I could only use one for the laptop and a charger (but there were other outlets elsewhere in the room). There is a charge for wireless internet service ($9.95 for a day, but the rate is discounted if you buy multiple days). Room temperature was comfortable and easily adjusted.
The bathroom was smallish, and sort of oddly arranged, but serviceable. Water pressure from the shower was fine and there seemed to be no issues with hot water.
About the Starwood perks, I was invited to a reception on Wednesday evening, but could not attend due to a business dinner. I was also given a welcome tray with fresh fruit, dried fruit and chocolate covered almonds (that actually made for a nice breakfast).
Fitness center is nice. There were four treadmills, an elliptical or two and some weight machines and free weights. There was also room to warm-up. I went early, about 0430. The first day several folks showed up about 0500, but after that I had the place to myself.
The Jamison Grill is the restaurant and bar located just off the lobby of the Westin. I ate in the restaurant twice. First was for breakfast on my first morning. There is a decent selection on the menu featuring several healthy choices. I had a simple meal and it was just average. The professional society with which I was meeting held a lunch meeting at the restaurant. It was a buffet but the food was very good. Service was great in the bar and restaurant.
As mentioned, the Westin Alexandria is just three blocks from metro and just a short walk to King Street. The free hotel shuttle is available for near-by locations (anywhere along King Street, for example).
Conference facilities were more than adequate. Wifi was available in the lobby and conference rooms. Food was great at the meals provided at the meetings. However, some of the rooms were a bit noisy as you can hear what is happening in the adjacent rooms if there is a loud group next door. There was also some audio feedback in the sound system in one of the rooms. But there seemed to be plenty of space for the meetings and the rooms in which I had meetings were large enough to handle the groups.
Overall, this was a very positive experience. I will stay at the Westin Alexandria when in the area for business in the future. In fact, I would also consider staying here if visiting Alexandria for a leisure trip due to its proximity to King Street.
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