We stayed at this Residence Inn for leisure over Memorial Day weekend. The main reason we chose this hotel was the location and value.
-Breakfast. The best thing about this hotel is probably the free breakfast. There are a myriad of options both hot and cold. There is a large breakfast room. The staff are also very attentive, probably more attentive than those at hotels with a full service breakfast you pay for.
-Location. Probably the second best thing about this hotel is the location. It is an easy two-ish block walk to the Metro stop in one direction, and the same distance from the main strip in Alexandria.
-Free Wifi. Shame it has to be said, but it is a pro.
-Room Size. The room, even if just the studio, is plenty large for two people.
-Check-in. We checked in at about 12 midnight. The night auditor was very rude. Offered no greeting, basically a "what do you want" mentality. Gave no information about breakfast, internet or the like. Basically just said: Name? ID & Credit Card? Your room is ___. Sign this (rudely hands over a slip of paper with an anti-partying policy). We had reserved two one-bedroom suites, but found two studios instead. We decided to just deal rather than try to go through him. This would have been averted if he would have offered a summary of the room.
-Furnishings. The bed is adequately comfortable. But the pictures of the rooms on the website or not likely to be found as an accurate portrayal of the room you will actually receive. The room is beginning to age and show wear. For example our rolling chair had a tear in the vinyl, the carpet had obvious traffic wear and the appliances must have been original.
-Parking. It is a little bit ridiculous to charge $22 per night to park. I understand that metropolitan cities have parking shortages...but not Alexandria...and not the edge of Old Town. During the week you may not have much choice, but on the weekend park at 1600 Duke Street. It is right next to the hotel and is free after 4pm Friday through the weekend & Free on government holidays. So our Friday night arrival/memorial day departure, we parked there and it saved $66.
Overall this hotel is a good selection to use as a base for Washington while still being in Old Town. We will probably not return unless it undergoes a rehab or we get a terrific rate.
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town Hotel Alexandria
- Alexandria Residence Inn