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“Probably the best modestly priced hotel in Alexandria”

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Old Colony Inn Alexandria
Ranked #22 of 54 Hotels in Alexandria
Reviewed 19 January 2012

I'm an Alexandria native. I stayed at this hotel for 6 days when there was a plumbing problem in my bathroom that required nearly a week's worth of repairs. I asked around, and this hotel had the best reputation for a middle-of-the-road priced hotel in the city. I have to say it earned its reputation.

On the plus side, the room was clean, the staff was exceedingly friendly and helpful, and the complimentary snack kitchen on the second floor with the microwave was really great for such a long stay. If you're a real tourist and want to get into DC, the have a complimentary shuttle bus that will take you to the metro so you can get into the city, which is pretty much the best way to do it. The shuttle can also take you to Old Town, which is the most fun part of Alexandria with the exception of maybe Del Ray.

On the minus side, the location is not that great meaning it's not in Old Town proper (technically it's in Old Town North and you could walk to Old Town, but it would be a bit of a walk) It is very close to a grocery store and a few restaurants though. Also, the morning breakfast (also complimentary) was not that great. I stuck to coffee and tea. They have a small gym in the basement/ground level, but I don't think there is a pool, or at least none I could find. Also, I wish the rooms had small fridges. After staying there for so long it got annoying having to eat out/order in for every meal.

All in all, I would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

From the outside the hotel doesn't look amazing but as soon as you check in you will see that this hotel is like nowhere else you've stayed. Besides the exceptionally friendly staff, this hotel boasts a snack room (more on this below), FREE breakfast, and a FREE shuttle service.

The snack room is packed full of nearly any snack food that you can think of and it is free to use/eat anything while you are staying at the hotel. The breakfast is warm with the normal stuff including eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns...etc. The FREE shuttle is available to take you wherever you want from 7AM to 9PM.

The hotel is only two floors but with no elevator so make sure you ask for an accessible room if need be.

Room Tip: The top floor is quieter.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

I was driving home and needed a place in the DC area for the night. The reviews were good and the price was very reasonable and the parking was free. This hotel is very hard to find, even with a GPS. You cannot see it from the road. The lady who checked us in was very nice and explained that there was a kitchen upstairs with snacks and that breakfast was served downstairs in the morning. The hotel has no lobby to speak of. We were on the second floor and there is no elevator so we had to lug our luggage up a flight of stairs. Our room was slightly on the small side. The beds were comfy and the furniture was in good shape. The walls were very old fashioned with textured paint. I was unhappy with the bathroom. I can accept an old bathroom but the floor was dirty with hair all over it. The kitchen was very nice. There were all kinds of snacks available and sodas, water and ice cream too. We all appreciated this nice touch. I was amazed when I saw a departing guest fill up his cooler with sodas, water, etc for the road. There is a note that clearly requests that guests not be greedy. Breakfast is included and served downstairs and it was very nice - eggs, meat, bagels, cereals, waffles, etc. The hotel was Ok for a night but I probably wouldn't return.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

I arrived at the hotel, in the night. My Garmin, and Google maps on my phone, could not find this place. It is located on a road that is parallel to it's address. And, it is not easy to get to that road. The hotel itself is fine. The help is friendly and they take care of their guests. The room was clean, the bedding okay, and they have free internet. There are no restaurants that are close by.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Very satisfied with the hotel, staff, location and price. Only two complaints. One of the reasons we chose this hotel was for the "hot" breakfast included in the price. Unfortunately, the breakfast was room temp, the "sausage" was what appeared to be hot dogs and there was no coffee!! There was, however, a free snack room which we took full advantage of and there was a pot of coffee there. Hopefully this is not a daily occurrance. The other complaint was that all the rooms on our floor were non-smoking, but there was definitely smoking going on somewhere on the floor - very overpowering. The front desk clerk was exceedingly nice and the bed was very comfy. We'd go again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

This could have been a 5 star because of its reasonable price. I gave it 4 only because it is getting a little old but nothing to detract in a big way. The most important thing was the good staff at all levels. The room is large and the beds very comfy. The bathroom is fine but the fixtures are old now. There's a desk in the large room with wifi and ethernet. Both worked fine. The usual flat screen TV. They have a fitness center and biz center if you need printouts. Breakfast is generous and has everything you might want. There's a shuttle service to get to the metro line to DC and local Alexandria attractions, which are not far away. The Best Western chain has been dependable and a good value for us in various locations including Europe. This was no exception. wouldn't hesitate to return and look forward to the minor renovation I believe they will eventually do.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

My husband and I stayed at this Best Western because he had business in Old Town Alexandria. The price--137 dollars--for this area--was terrific, and the hotel served a free breakfast. Also, because I was along to keep him company, they let me stay in the room until one o'clock. This is the first Best Western that I've stayed at that has had a free snack room! Free water bottles, pretzels, trail mix, etc. The room was clean, if old, as was the bathroom, and the bedding was terrific.

The only problem that I had with the place is that there were no close restaurants. I had assumed that there would be some restaurant in close proximity.

The staff was great--helpful, knowledgeable about the area, and low key. The hotel had a shuttle to the Old Town which proved very helpful. I would definitely stay at this place again. Once you get into actual Old Town, the prices double.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Old Colony Inn Alexandria

Address: 1101 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314-5352 (Formerly BEST WESTERN Old Colony Inn)
Region: United States > Virginia > Alexandria
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#20 Family Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range: £65 - £146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Old Colony Inn Alexandria 2.5*
Number of rooms: 49
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