I brought a group of high school students to the D.C. area. We were primarily there for a competition that was being held at a different hotel. I'm glad we instead chose to stay at the SpringHill Suites. We paid less and got more than we would have at the hotel where the competition was being held.
Rates here are really amazing compared to other places. I've paid more than $100 for a night at an Econolodge in Arlington with very basic rooms. For about the same price, the SpringHill Suites offers far more.
The hotel is well located. It's easy to get to from the Capital Beltway (though realize it is the Eisenhower Connector exit you want, not the Telegraph Road exit, which is closer but doesn't actually provide access to the hotel). It's also convenient to the Eisenhower metro station. We mostly walked to the metro (a straight shot and 15 - 20 minutes of walking time), but on a rainy day we took the hotel shuttle, which is constantly available and takes about 10 minutes in traffic.
Entry to the hotel is a bit odd. The lobby is up one level from the parking lot, either by a rather grand staircase or an elevator. Different elevators or stairs lead to the guest rooms above.
The surrounding area is frankly boring. It's a mix of residential (condo units), offices, and warehouses. There's almost no stores or restaurants anywhere nearby. Even near the metro station, this part of Alexandria is surprisingly devoid of business. This was actually OK with a group of kids (since it kept them out of trouble), but prospective guests may want to know you'll need to leave the area to do almost anything. We ended up having three different meals at a Subway near the metro station (which was also near the hotel where our competition was), as there were few other options. There is a nice hiking and bike trail just outside the hotel that connects with a network all over northern Virginia.
We had a problem at check-in with our payment. This was really Marriott's fault, rather than the hotel's, and it was eventually resolved. In spite of that issue all the staff we dealt with at the hotel were very accommodating. It was especially good for our entire group to be able to store luggage at the hotel after check-out and reclaim it well into the afternoon. They were also very helpful with requests for extra towels and toiletries.
The rooms were immaculate and very modern in design. In addition to the main beds, each has a large sectional couch that converts to an additional bed. I slept on one of the couches, and it was actually quite comfortable. Our room faced the metro tracks, but it was well insulated and very quiet.
As others have said, the room set-up is a bit strange. For a group, it was very convenient to have the toilet and sink/shower area separate. However, the sliding doors that access these facilities were just weird. Some rooms had only showers, while others had tub/shower combos. The TVs are also positioned oddly, in such a way that they are difficult to see from both the sitting and sleeping areas of the rooms.
Wireless internet access is free. It was not the fastest, but it did the job. Wired internet is also available for those who care to connect that way. The hotel also features fitness facilities. Some of our group used these and liked them. Many of the kids wished there was a pool, which unfortunately is not available at this location.
The elevators here seem to get a work-out. There's almost always a wait for them. Our kids often found it quicker to just run up the stairs to the fourth floor rather than waiting for an elevator.
While I've had better breakfasts at other SpringHill Suites locations, the one offered here was fine. There is a wide variety of selections (eggs, meat, fruit, yogurt, cereal, muffins, waffles, etc.), so everyone in our group was able to find something to eat. There was plenty of seating in the lobby area to accommodate large crowds at breakfast. They also have coffee (very good coffee at that), tea, and hot chocolate available 24 hours a day off the lobby.
The lobby makes a nice place for groups to congregate throughout the day. It is large and inviting, and several people enjoyed spending time there as an alternative to being in their rooms.
While I booked this location mostly because of price, I'm glad we made the decision to stay here. It worked very well for us, and it would be a good choice for families or groups wanting to explore the D.C. area.
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