After reading the reviews of this hotel I was optimistic and overall I'm satisfied with our stay at the Embassy Suites Alexandria...but there were some issues;
Arrival: We arrived just after 8pm Friday evening and there was no one in the check-in line. We were greeted and were checked in with in minutes. The front desk staff was nice and helpful.
Room: We were given room # 311. The room overall was nice. The room was clean and there was no issues during our stay with housekeeping. The room had a view of the Metro Station and a little view of the George Washington Masonic Memorial. There was really no noise from the Metro at all. The only time we heard noise was from the Amtrak or freight trains passing by and that was not often.
Living room: The room was a good size with a sofa, a chair, a small dining table, flat screen TV and a wet bar. All of the furniture was in good shape. The only not so great thing was the sofa. The sofa was uncomfortable to sit in and the sofa "bed" was not a real bed just some three pads. The design of the sofa is flawed and it questions who decided this was a good purchase.
Bathroom: The bathroom was small which for the size of the overall suite also makes you wonder who designed the space proportions. The bathroom had a nice solid surface counter but the actual wood like base of the sink was in poor condition. The tub/shower combo had what appeared to be one of those "bath saver" applications to make the tub look better but there was one major issues. The installation of the "bath saver" was poor and there is a gap between the old tub and the new tub which is filled with water. So when you are taking a shower it feels like you are walking on a pillow and could be a safety hazard. Again whoever was responsible for the "upgrade" of this unit did a poor job in the bathroom.
The bedroom; The room was nice, the bed was comfortable and the amount of room was good. The TV in the bedroom didn't work as well as the living room TV, had lines and some reception issues.
Parking: I have heard many people complain about the cost of parking, which I believe is currently $27 a night. There are other options...About two blocks East from the hotel on Duke Street (I believe the address is 1600 Duke) there is a parking garage that is free after 4pm daily and free all day on weekends, they also allow 24 hour parking. So if you arrive after 4pm on a Friday the whole weekend you can have free parking at this parking garage. Option two, on Diagonal Road (the road the hotel entrance is on) there are two hour parking spots, some are enforced until 5pm and some until 7pm. If you can find one of these parking spots then again you can have free parking. Option three, if you go to the Alexandria Visitor Center on the corner of King Street and North Fairfax Street they provide free 24 hour parking certificates to visitors that can be renewed once during your stay. These certificated allow you to use city owned metered parking for free up to 24 hours. So you can find a metered parking space near the hotel and park for free. Also Sunday parking is free in Alexandria.
A couple of other things...Like I said we didn't have noise issues from the Metro but in the living room area there is a window that faces out towards the open hotel lobby below that did have a large amount of noise during the day and evening. There was also kids running around at most times, unknown where their parents were or hotel security? Also when we arrived at the hotel we were on Duke Street and attempted to enter the hotel through that entrance but it was locked and had no signage on the door telling you where to go.
Overall it was a good stay at good hotel.
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