We booked this hotel at the last minute, after our planned trip to the Antietam battlefield in Maryland became impossible due to the government shutdown. We decided to bypass Antietam and instead drive to Alexandria as stopping point from which to visit the Mount Vernon estate and the Gunston Hall plantation.
The Homewood Suites Alexandria was a wonderful experience. Walking into the gorgeous lobby gives just a hint of the high level of comfort and service offered. The lobby is vast, with pine beams, fireplaces, sofas and comfortable chairs, and tables which are used in the morning for the ample breakfast included in the room price. We love that the Homewood breakfasts are always served with real stoneware and stainless flatware, rather than the flimsy plastic plates and flatware which are usually available with free hotel breakfast. There was always a large selection of coffees and teas available 24/7 in the lobby, a nice refreshment after a chilly autumn walk.
The bedroom suite was clean and comfortable. The bed and bath were separated from the living room area by a door, so a person could still enjoy TV in the living room without disturbing anyone who wanted to turn in early. Very nice touch. At night, everything was quiet.
We took advantage of the free shuttle van which takes Homewood guests right up King Street to Old Town, where there are many restaurant choices, shops to browse, and interesting people to watch. The shuttle drops you off at the King Street Metro station, from which you have an easy 10-minute walk into Old Town, or, if you wish, an easy Metro connection to downtown Washington. The trip from the hotel to the King Street Metro and Old Town is really much too far to walk, so the shuttle is perfect.
It was chilly and autumn-like during our two-day visit, so when sightseeing was done for the day, we often relaxed on the sofa in the lobby and did some reading. The hotel has a beautiful wide open-pair porch/deck just outside the breakfast area, and for a couple of hours we did sit out there with our books and cups of tea until the weather just became too cold to remain there.
When visiting the Washington area, we have normally used hotels in Crystal City, but after discovering this property, we think that it will be our future home base, especially with no charge for parking and easy access to the Metro. The Crystal City hotels charge twelve dollars (and up) per day for parking on site. Free parking at the Homewood Suites Alexandria is yet another wonderful perk to enjoy.
All the staff were welcoming, outgoing, and eager to please. This was a memorable stay for us, and we recommend the hotel highly.
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