Our family LOVED this hotel!! We stayed for 4 nights for sightseeing in Washington, D.C. It turned out to be a perfect choice. The hotel is in Alexandria (best guess about 10 miles from the National Mall & Monuments)....and had excellent & professional service....Bravo Andrew!!
A clean hotel is extremely important, and this hotel is brand new (I think it opened in March of 2011). The rooms are small suites with a guest style bathroom (toilet & wash basin) & a larger bathroom with a nice large shower and wash basin with good counter space. There are sliding doors to the bathrooms that do not lock, but we had no problem with this and really liked the modern feel to the room. We had a king room that included a small sectional sofa (that turns into a bed..wasn't too bad to sleep on for a sofa bed) and a desk area...there is a frosted glass room divider that separates the desk area from the bed. As we all go to sleep close to the same time, this was not a problem....but if your family requires more privacy, note that the suite is very open....but it suited us perfectly. We noticed that there were quite a few families staying there, but the hotel wasn't loud. We slept well and the halls were pretty quiet. Maid service was exceptional.
The super great amenity is the shuttle bus....it will drop you off at the Eisenhower Metro Station...and I believe it picks up at both the Eisenhower and King Street Metro Stations. It will also take you to old town Alexandria (we didn't have a chance to go) and our wonderful shuttle driver took us to Whole Foods and back to the hotel one evening after sightseeing. (our room had a microwave and fridge).
We had a car, but planned our trip around using the Metro....and please take note that the Washington area Metro system was a HUGE disappointment....it will be for you too if you are used to the exceptional, inexpensive, and dependable service of European public transportation...Friday the service was passable...but during the weekend they service the Metro system & we had MAJOR delays (it really ruined the whole day)...we had been cautioned about using a car in the city because parking is expensive....but Sunday we used our car & it was the best choice...(on Sunday much of the street parking is FREE & we had no trouble finding a place to park)....I guess luck with parking really depends on what time of day and season you are there)............
Having said that, we felt fortunate that the hotel was extremely convenient to the Metro and had such a great shuttle....we had an absolutely amazing rate on this hotel that couldn't be beat anywhere inside DC....and because of the distance between Metro stops (they are not close), staying at a hotel in DC just didn't make sense for us.....
We were a bit surprised by the morning rush at the complimentary, hot breakfast buffet....WOW...we made the mistake of getting up late & went down at 9 am for breakfast...the line was HUGE...there was food...just took FOREVER to get any....so I recommend going to breakfast super early (like 7-7:30am)....they did run out of chocolate milk several days (we really needed chocolate milk).....
but I think they could solve the line problem by maybe having the eggs in two different places & two waffle makers.....that would make a BIG difference in flow....
In addition, I do recommend traveling to DC in an off season time, as when we went in July, the museums we super crowded & the weather was HOT.....make sure to go up in the Washington Monument & visit the National Zoo if you have small children. Also, if you go when it is super warm....please remember that the Air & Space Museum has a McDonald's with really super air conditioning :)
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- Visit SpringHill Suites Alexandria Old Town/Southwest located off I-95 and just minutes from our Nation's Capital. Enjoy our hotel's complimentary shuttle service, providing quick and easy access to the Eisenhower Metro Rail Station, part of the yellow line. Our hotel also offers complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi. ... more less
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