We had a great week staying at the Embassy Suites in Alexandria Old Town. It is right across the street from the King St. Metro, which made our daily trip to DC so easy. There is also an Alexandria King St. trolley that we used some nights to get to our dinner locations near the waterfront. The hotel's main entrance was closed, but we used the side door to get to the main desk. At first, we were told that we would have to pay for wifi daily, but when I expressed my concern that that was $9.95 per device, I was told that it would be free. The lobby also has free wifi.
The daily free breakfast was great, but predictable. In one full week, there were only two mornings that there was a special and it was biscuits and gravy. Delicious, but I wish there was more variety on the buffet. The buffet was scrambled eggs, potatoes, corn beef hash, sausage and waffles/french toast. Every day. But there are other options elsewhere in the kitchen, such as grits, oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit and if you want to wait in line, omelets and eggs made to order and bacon. You can ask any free kitchen staff for bacon and they will get it so you don't have to wait in line. The dining area was clean and the staff was so friendly.
The happy hour meant free wine and beer, but you had to pay a small amount for mixed drinks. The food at happy hour was totally disappointing. I was thinking it would be like the Drury Inn, hot food like wings, potato skins, etc..., but it was a daily helping of popcorn, and either nacho chips or potato chips and sometimes some cheese and vegetables. So disappointing!
The room was big, we had a two room suite with balcony. The balcony was o.k, but no chairs, so we had to move chairs out daily. The rooms were big, but we then spent time apart on two t.v.s. The beds were small, doubles, not queens. We got two small bars of soap at the beginning and then had to ask for more.
The pool was small, but what was interesting, was the attentive staff here. He made everyone sign in at the beginning and be there with an adult. Then he was always cleaning or interacting with the guests, giving swimming tips, etc... He asked an 8 year old to leave the hot tub because she wasn't 12 years old. Very interesting and unusual person who seemed to love his job. He was a stickler for the rules, which was actually refreshing... He really seemed to care.
All in all, it was a good stay. We would go back another time. It is so close to Metro, it was perfect for travel.
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