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“Great family hotel when visiting DC area”

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Old Colony Inn Alexandria
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Alexandria
Ohio
2 reviews
“Great family hotel when visiting DC area”
Reviewed 29 March 2008

We stayed 3 nights while visiting DC. Very close to DC and free shuttle to DC metro was very convenient. You park right by the hotel for free and it was in a very safe area. Continental breakfast each morning with waffle maker that was very good. There is a snack area on the second floor with all the drinks, snacks and ice cream treats that you want. The hotel was very clean and the staff was extremely helpful and kind. We will definitely return to this hotel. It is in a great location if you are visiting DC, Mount Vernon and Arlington Cemetery.

  • Liked — The Snack Area
  • Disliked — No elevator
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 January 2008

We stayed at the Best Western Old Colony Inn one night while on vacation in Virginia in order visit DC. The location was convenient and the free shuttle to the Metro was great. On top of the wonderful accomodation was the plentiful hot full breakfast and the FREE snack kitchen (an excellent added touch for the guests). Would defenitely consider staying again should the opportunity arise. The cost was reasonable for the area, but worth it with the added features. Thank you

  • Liked — FREE Snack Kitchen and Hot breakfast
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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smithfiled
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2008

My wife and I who are in our 60's spent 2 nights here and were suprised to find they had an unsupervised snack room open 24/7 with free chilled fruit drinks, chips, pretzles, popcorn (microwave right there), hot coffee/chocolate, ice cream, power bars, peanuts and a few other items I've forgotten. An honor system sign asked guests not to abuse the privilege.
Next we found that ice for the room was in premeasured bags.
The breakfast included in the relatively inexpensive room price was self-serve but full with a variety of fresh fruit, sausage, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, several breads, cereals, drinks, a belgian waffle machine with small flasks of batter you made yourself, and one or two of the hot items changed the second day.
The number of rooms was about 60 so the place is not huge. The breakfast, exercise room, internet room, and conference room are in the basement for which an elevator can be used. A second floor is walk-up only. Our room was quiet and parking, which included 15 or so sheltered slots, seemed to be arranged so cars usually faced away from ,reducing headlights shining into ground floor rooms.
The exercise room was small, but included a TV, real steam sauna, permanent tiled hot tub, stepper, treadmill and multiple-station gym system with adjustable weights. All the equipment was in good condition and a stack of nice towels were stacked near the hot tub. I used the room twice in the evening and was alone both times.
The room was standard, smelled clean, had comfortable furnishings, clean bathroom, good water pressure and not water, central air (not a noisy window unit), with no outside noise, and provision for computer connections. The usual iron, hair dryer, coffee/tea machine and ironing board were there, too.
The inn is easy to reach from Reagan Airport, probably 20 mins away, or by car. It's about a block from a supermarket, and a short, easy drive to the interesting old part of Alexandria for shopping and restaurants.
We reserved a room here a year earlier, but recent painting of rooms forced us to cancel after checking in. The inn was very understanding and gave us a full refund.
We were very pleased with the overall quality of the place.

  • Liked — Free snacks and great breakfast
  • Disliked — A car driver could overshoot the Inn's street and find it difficult to turn around.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, England
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2007

We stayed here fully in the knowledge that it is a 30 minute walk into Old Town. The route into town is well lit and felt safe; exercise is good for you! - but you could take the courtesy transport.
Hotel staff were very friendly; our room on the first floor was of a decent size, clean, tidy and quiet. The breakfast buffet was excellent, typically American, but then where are you?
The free 'help yourself' kitchen is very impressive, superbly stocked with all those snacks and drinks that you didn't realise you needed until you get back from the pub! Inevitably it will not satisfy everyone (in terms of variety) but then you could buy your own!
All in all this was a very enjoyable experience and I would not hesitate to return.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank TheDoc400
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Boston
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2007

Generally a little below par for a value hotel. Recommended for families w/ kids. Pluses: clean; good water pressure & shower head; quiet (at least as quiet as Old Town can be next to National Airport's flight path--no flights between about 9PM & 6AM); courteous staff. Snack bar really is a plus (with good, brand name calorie laden snacks & sodas (a caffeine-free diet soda would be a nice add)), but not enough of a draw to bring me back. Minuses: No elevator (!); location--close to nothing, shuttle bus to points w/i 5 miles, which includes airport, Old Town, and Metro; breakfast is overrated unless instant oatmeal and a variety of white carbs is your thing--a sufficient amount of cut fruit is available, if you can make a breakfast of just that. Would rather hotel focused its budget on room quality than snacks & breakfast: rooms are uncomfortably small--felt like my wife had to stand piggyback on me if we both wanted to get into our suitcases at the same time (would work well for just one person, though). The niche for sink & mirror are poorly located across from open air closet nook--an equal opportunity nuisance: the mirror's poor lighting, plus the closet's brown shelf and the walls' key lime color means adults of any hair color will have to jump up and down just to comb hair. Decor (garish emerald & salmon comforters plus polka dot carpet and curtins; oh, and those walls!) could induce a migraine. TV is a museum reject but functions perfectly, furniture is old and poorly planned for room's space limitations (e.g., desk chair won't lower enough to get its arms under the desk, taking needless space from the entryway). Beds are no kidding the worst I've ever slept in--I would rather spend the night on a cot or friend's couch. Mattress is of poor quality and formed a valley that I kept rolling into all the first night. Spent the night with a bedspring augering into my kidney. Recall waking up wondering why the friction/drag induced by the 100% polyester (!!!) sheets wasn't enough to keep me from sliding into the mattress' valley. Location: Yes, you can walk to Old Town attractions from here, but plan your route carefully--if you don't you'll go straight through Old Town's last remaining ghetto--not fun at night, but the police are nearby.

  • Liked — Cost
  • Disliked — Room Quality
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled on business
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Dallas, TX
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2007

Conveniently located to DC Metro (though NOT walking distance, although the hotel has a free shuttle) in a town (Alexandria) with very effective local bus service--$1 fare includes the return and transfers! Very easy to be a tourist for DC attractions as well as Old Town.

Simple accommodations--no elevator--but stairs were fairly easily dealt with, even with large bags. Rooms were spacious with ample storage space. Not a top-quality mattress--and we had booked a king-size, but got a queen. The floor was described as non-smoking, and our room appeared to be so, although we could smell smoke occasionally in the corridors. Free high-speed Internet as well as cable TV. Free hot breakfast varying each morning--a good start for wandering tourists. Choice of two free papers (local/USA Today) each morning.

Unusual feature: snack/meal room on each floor with all items FREE! Many kinds of drinks including sodas, juices, waters, etc, snack items, ice cream and other sweets, and sandwiches and salads reported to be available soon. A most useful and valuable extra.

We will certainly recommend this hotel to others.

  • Liked — Location/snack room
  • Disliked — No elevator
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank cclee
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Fort Collins, CO
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2007

Beautiful and convenient location, away from the madding crowds, but close to the airport, DC and Old Town Alexandria. Very helpful front desk. The snack room was a great surprise. Criticisms are few: no elevator, no ramp to roll suitcases up to the building, ran out of ice. All in all, a good experience. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Location and snack room
  • Disliked — No elevator or ramps
  • Stayed September 2007
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1 Thank Cyd'sTips
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Old Colony Inn Alexandria 2.5*
Number of rooms: 49
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