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Homewood Suites Alexandria
Ranked #1 of 54 Hotels in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 August 2009

My family stayed here for 10 days as we searched for our new home. It was extremely comfortable and very much a "home away from home".

We enjoyed the morning breakfasts which always had hot and cold food. There were scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, biscuits, omelets, muffins, bagels, breads, assorted fruit, canned fruit, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, coffee, tea, water, milk, juice.

From Monday to Thursday, there was a Manager's reception which was basically dinner: a meat dish, a vegetable dish, a starch, juices, and cookies for dessert. It was a perfect ending to a busy day. We didn't have to worry about another meal.

The pool is shaped like a duck, and the kids enjoyed swimming in this nice clean pool. A hot tub was inside, next to the pool area.The fitness center had two treadmills, two ellipticals, one stationery bike, weights.

The check-in people were always very friendly and willing to offer any kind of help. Our rooms were always cleaned well with fresh towels.

We only wished they could have had queen beds instead of double beds, but it was still very nice and comfortable.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

Stayed at the Homewood Suites last week of June 2009 for 4 nights. I have stayed in many other Hilton properties in the last several years, and although this one is good, it is on the mid average scale when compared to the other Hilton properties.

The good:
-The best part was the daily breakfast and the evening Manager's reception. The food and staff attentiveness was fantastic.
-Room was clean and comfortable, with the small exception of a noisy AC unit.
It was comforting to return to this room after a long day of sightseeing in DC.
-Pool attendant kept everyone under control around the pool, and did it in a way that
was firm, yet not confrontational.

The "not so good":
-Front desk staff. I feel they could have been much more accomodating. Don't get me
wrong, they were pleasant enough, but not as helpful as other locations.
-Hotel exterior, especially the front entrance, could have been cleaned a little better.
As a non-smoker, it was somewhat of a turn-off to walk up to the front door after an 8
hour drive, and find 3 people smoking right there, and old butts on the ground and
overflowing the ash tray. Let people smoke, just not at the front door.
-The room, although a non-smoking room, still had a slight stale odor to it....again, not
horrible, but definitely there.

-It seemed that nobody was in charge of vacuuming the common room corridors! We
arrived on a Sat evening and left on Wed morning and the corridor carpets were never
vacuumed once! It was somewhat surprising because the rooms seemed to be
vacuumed and were very well cleaned each day. I did mention it at checkout, and the
desk person was very apologetic and promised to get it taken care of. It was a small
thing, but that really impacted my impression of this hotel.

A tip....If you are planning to use this hotel for you base to tour DC, you may want to consider the following. The Alexandria metro stop is about a 5 min car ride (approx 4 miles) from the hotel. There is a very small parking lot at the station. If you arrive early enough on weekends and you can find a spot, you can park there for free. During the week it is enforced metered parking with a 2 hour limit. Therefore, parking there is not an option. You can park at the Hilton across the street for $14/day. Other than that, we could not find a public parking lot. Maybe there is one, but we could not find it, and nobody at the hotel desk could give us an alternative. So, although the parking at the hotel is free, you will pay to park your car anywhere in "downtown' Alexandria.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel. With a little attention to the flaws I listed above,
this would be an excellent facility.

Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

I stayed with my wife for a long weekend and opted to stay at this property as other hotels in and around DC were too expensive or booked for the cherry blossom festival. We liked the place and the hotel was clean, quiet and comfortable. There are a few shops and restaurants a short walk away, but we did not check these out as we headed to DC every day.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cabal2222
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Reviewed 21 August 2008

We just spent 5 nights at the Homewood Suites in Alexandria VA as the ultimate destination on a driving trip from Bellaire (Houston) Texas to Washington DC.

This is a great family hotel--our new favorite Homewood Suites.

Traveling with 3 kids (ages 11-15), we don't fit comfortably in a normal hotel room, so we usually look for suite hotels. Hilton's Homewood Suites is always our first choice because we know we can count on a clean, spacious room with a real door on a separate bedroom, and breakfast included, all at a reasonable price. There is, however, some variation in the age of the properties, the configuration of the rooms, the amenities offered, and especially the breakfast offerings.

The Alexandria VA Homewood Suites is more than a cut above the other (typically good) Homewood Suites in which we have stayed.

Both our room and the lobby were spacious and inviting. Our room had two double beds and a sleeper sofa. The configuration of the bedroom, bath, and living areas was exceptionally good and functional for us.

The lobby was very large and inviting. Everything was very clean and in good working order.

The housekeeping staff was very attentive and provided plenty of extra towels in response to our note with a small tip.

The serve-yourself breakfast was excellent--a good selection of breads, pastries, muffins, cereal, fruit, yogurt, etc, with eggs (somewhat institutional, but better than you typically get in such a setting), bacon or sausage, and make-your-own waffles. The staff was very good about keeping the breakfast area clean and well stocked. Don't be late, however, as they are also very efficient at clearing up as soon as breakfast is over.

As with all Homewood Suites, there was also a Manager's Reception Monday through Thursday evenings, but we were never there to partake of it. Likewise, we never took advantage of the pool table in the lobby nor of the duck-shaped swimming pool and hot tub, all of which looked inviting.

There are several family restaurants nearby (we ate at an Olive Garden and a Friday's) as well as a Target, a drug store, etc.

We found it pretty convenient to drive into Washington DC on I-395 and park at Union Station to tour the Capitol, museums, and monuments. If you don't have a car or don't want to drive into DC, however, this hotel may not be a good base for touring Washington as it about 4 miles to the King Street Metro station.

We would definitely return to this hotel and recommend it whole-heartedly to other families visiting the Washington/Alexandria area.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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8  Thank texowl
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Reviewed 19 August 2008

Stayed here using converted Citi points to Hilton Honors pts. It was my introduction to Hilton Homewood line of hotels. Stayed for a long weekend with the family. I was happy by the time we left. Our stay was comfortable and quiet. Solid, couldn't here anything. The staff was fantastic and very helpful with my stay during the (for those that know you will understand) the hectic time that is the Cherry Blossom Festival. The breakfast was clean, and sufficiently varied. The Waffles were super fresh. Bake them yourself. The fruits were fresh. The pool was still closed so I couldn't tell you more on it. The bed was very comfortable and the pillows very soft. (Just how I like them, my wife likes them firmer). Even the faux fireplace was (thought still a little cheesy) appreciated.
I'm going to return to the festival in 2009 and my choice of destination will definately be Homewood.

  • Stayed: April 2006, travelled with family
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2  Thank Dadidito
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Reviewed 11 June 2008

We stayed at Homewood because we were travelling with a 9 month old and like the option of having a true suite where the living room is seperated by a door from the bedroom. The set up was perfect, we put our daughter to bed in the bedroom at 8 PM and we were able to watch TV and talk without having to worry about waking her up. She had just started crawling and she loved the open space in the living room (after a little child proofing).
We found the rooms and the hotel in general to be very clean and comfortable. We also found the hotel to be in a safe area.
The breakfast buffet was perfect for having something before heading out for a busy day. Choices included cereal, fruit, muffins, pastries, eggs, biscuits, make your own waffles.
The staff was wonderful and friendly and got a kick out of the baby!
We didn't use the pool, but it was open from 11 AM to 9 PM and looked very nice. There is nice a patio on a balcony overlooking the pool with tables and chairs if you want to eat/hang out. I also saw a gas BBQ, but not sure if that is for guest use.
The lobby is very spacious and accomodating. There was a pool table and this is where seating is for the meals.
We drove 15 minutes into DC on a Sunday and found plenty of free parking on the street. We went to Old Town Alexandria each evening for an early dinner, also a 15 minute drive, although free parking is at a premium.
Overall, we had a great experience at this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2008

We just returned from a trip to Washington, DC. The hotel was very nice. We had the “handicapped accessible King Suite”. The kitchen / bathroom /living room and bedroom were very clean and spacious.

There was little variation with breakfast – potatoes, biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and waffles. Of course, they also had cereal, fruit, and muffins. We returned early enough to see the manager’s reception one evening. It was ‘Mexican Fiesta” night. A quick glance showed finger foods such as cheese, broccoli, and cauliflower and hot foods such as burritos and fried rice. The food smelled and looked appetizing.

We chose to drive into the city each day instead of using the Metro; it really is not that far of a drive, maybe 15 minutes and for our family it was actually cheaper than parking and using the metro.

The only negative that we had was that when we requested directions to local restaurants they evening clerk only suggested the fast food places located across the street and a diner that was located 2 blocks up the street. The last evening there I did a restaurant search and found a shopping area with many restaurants 3.7 miles away at the Ballston Common – wish that we had known this on the first night.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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Address: 4850 Leesburg Pike, Alexandria, VA 22302-1102
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Region: United States > Virginia > Alexandria
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#2 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#10 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range: £86 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Homewood Suites Alexandria 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Homewood Suites Alexandria is located just 6 miles away from the National Mall in Washington DC and 4 miles from Old Town Alexandria. Our spacious apartment style suites feature a private bedroom and a full equipped kitchen. Enjoy our complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet served every day and our delicious Evening Reception Monday-Thursdays. Ride in our free shuttle to the King Street Metro Station and to The Village at Shirlington; please call the hotel directly for details. Feel like home at the Homewood Suites Alexandria while you are in town for business or leisure. ... more   less 
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