Loving Embassy Suites as much as we do, we decided to cancel our reservation at the Hilton(which turned out to be 2 blocks away from this location) and stay at the ES Alexandria Old Town. The hotel is located across the street from a metro station, so it makes this hotel a very convenient and affordable spot to stay if you are visiting Washington. They also offer a free shuttle within 2 miles of the hotel.
Parking in a 'city' is usually a nightmare, they do offer valet, or self parking, for a fee. There were some open spots across the street which after 5PM on Fridays are FREE, so we took advantage of the free parking.
Walking into the hotel, the first thing to notice is the flooring...it's an unusual touch and something I have never come across. Upon walking in, you feel like you're walking through a living room, couches line the entry way, the business center is located in the lobby as well. Check-in was quick and we were upgraded to a corner suite.
Our room was great! We had a nice long foyer, a very comfortable living room with dining table, couch and easy chair. There was a kitchenette and the hotel put some water int he fridge and left some snacks, nice touch! The bedroom had a free standing armoire, and ample room for those requiring more than a weekend stay. The bathroom (the tub) could use some updating, but other than that, the room was clean.
Managers reception did offer liquor, but due to local liquor laws, there was a $2 charge per drink. Snacks included nachos, pretzels and popcorn. There was plenty of spots to sit and enjoy your drinks. This also serves as the breakfast area. Breakfast, was great, except the cooked to order egg line was 20 people deep, at all times. I have no idea how many people this hotel holds, but they all seemed to be at breakfast at the same time. It was tough to find a spot for breakfast, and unless you pushed your way to the front of the line (which a lot of people did), it took a long time to even get toast, or fruit salad. The 'waitstaff' who had the job of cleaning up the tables, did so with a smile and always a 'thank you', it was sad to see only 1 other table leave them a tip for their services.
There is a steakhouse on the corner and a comfy local spot that served crab dishes. It was around 9:30 when we got back tot he hotel and just ordered from the hotel restaurant. I went to pick the food up and although you could see it from the lobby/breakfast area, I had a little trouble actually getting up to the restaurant. Our food was just fine.