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“Great place for a DC visit” 4 of 5 stars
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Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5821 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303   |  
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Toledo
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great place for a DC visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

My wife and I spent 5 nights in September at this Hampton as part of our very first visit to DC. I was attracted to the location (close to Old Towne Alexandria), a reasonable price, and favorable reviews. We liked that the rooms had microwaves and refrigerators and the rooms were clean and modern. We were on the sixth floor facing the front and we were never bothered with noise. The breakfast is free and very generous (I am a waffle fan) with lots of variety. It is one of the few hotels that has plenty of space for the customers eating the breakfast. There was plenty of room to eat and plenty of choices for the food (cereal, waffles, fruit, eggs, etc.). The traffic is bad so taking the Metro is the best way to go. We had great success with the free Hampton shuttle to the Metro (only 5 minutes away). Overall, the hotel is a clean, reasonably priced alternative to the expensive hotels in downtown DC. No reason to look elsewhere unless you want to walk from your hotel right to the DC attractions, which would be much more expensive especially with a downtown hotel parking fee.

Room Tip: I requested a No Smoking Room. Otherwise, all the rooms should be OK.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

on the up side: very convenient location, easy access, plenty of free parking, friendly desk staff, friendly other staff, easy checkin, rooms reasonably clean.
on the down side, they've cut corners on housekeeping and maintenance and are in need of a facelift. 2 of the 3 elevators were not working when we arrived but they were working by the next day. in the room, a bulb was missing, the shower stall needed replacement (cracked, messily patched ceiling, sagging shower curtain) and the lower edge of the sink stand looked as if it had had a rough life. still, everything worked except two of the elevators and one lamp and things were reasonably clean..
note: they have no restaurant but do serve a mediocre free breakfast.
there were no newspapers available.
we've not tried room service and doubt they have it, they are not within walking distance of anything but there are a large shopping center and many other restaurants and stores within an easy 1 or 2 mile drive

the price was right,

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Smithtown, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay. The hotel was very modern, had plenty of power outlets that were easy to get to (on the nightstand, on the desk lamp) for charging our electronics. They also had USB charging ports in the room. The TV channels were REALLY HD. (I don't think I've ever been to a hotel where the TV channel looked crisp and clear before!) Loved having a microwave and refrigerator in the room. The air conditioner in our room wasn't working too well, but we were told they were being replaced next week. The continental breakfast was really good, lots of choices and a nice big room for everyone to eat.... it never felt too crowded. When we arrived, we were greeted by Hilda who was super-nice and super-friendly. The hotel provides a free shuttle to and from nearby destinations! Overall, a great trip.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

I would say this hotel is the best kept secret for families and sightseeing. So dont let this review leak like wikileaks. The shuttle is for real. Nice friendly front desk and staff at all levels. We will being staying here again. Staff was energetic, helpful and accomadating. Traveled with my Mom and wife and I and had no issues. The metro was and is a cluster, so ask questions. Room had HOT showers and bed was clean and room spacious. Pool was closed as it was getting chilly. Breakfast was excellent. You had your go to's with fruit, yogurt, toast, bagels, but the hidden secret is the hot breakfast. Plenty of space to read the paper, catch up with other hotel guests and see the days current events which yes included a Washington shooting, and Syrian talks. Definite return customer.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Stayed this past Thursday to Sunday. Got in late Thursday night & as other reviewers have said the hotel entrance is a little tricky to find at first, especially in the dark, but once you find it the first time it's no problem. The location was excellent as a base to explore the D.C. area...minutes from Old Town Alexandria & just a short drive to Mount Vernon & the National Mall area.
The room was clean & had everything we needed...fridge, microwave, hair dryer etc. The 32" flatscreen w/HD programming was also appreciated. Slept great all three nights on nice firm mattresses. No noise from the hallway or the rooms above & even though our room was located on the highway side there was no traffic noise.
The complimentary breakfast was surprisingly good. Better than most hotels I've been in. Hot oatmeal, a nice selection of cold cereals & juices, sliced fruit, apples, 2% & skim milk & a different mix of scrambled eggs and/or home fries & sausages each day.
No time for the pool so I can't comment on it. Never even saw it.
Not sure I'd recommend this location for a week + family vacation spot, but as a jumping off point for touring D.C. it's perfect. Will definitely stay here on our next trip to D.C.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We found a lovely gift under our pillow. A SPIDER! Of course we were flippin tables before one of us finally got the courage to grab a tissue and kill it. Gross..

On the other hand, there's bound to be an occasional spider so that's understandable. As long as they weren't bed bugs! Aside from that, everything was clean. We got there late Friday night and left pretty early Saturday morning so we didn't get a chance to check out the pool.

Continental breakfast is always a plus!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Clermont, Florida
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

i really liked the lady at the front desk. But, that's as far as the good part goes. The room was a bit overpriced. I didn't feel the room was all that clean. It was definitely not like the Hampton Inn in Columbia. I visited three Hampton Inns in the last week. It's funny how they can be so different. I will not return to this place. The oatmeal by the way was something from another planet. I will not return.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5821 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303
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Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#17 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#21 Business Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South 2.5*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated and upgraded two bedded rooms to 2 queen size beds. Free Hot Breakfast Bar each morning. Free shuttle service to Historic Old Town Alexandria and Huntington Metro Station. Meeting and banquet space to accommodate 250 people. ... more   less 
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