I had such a good time at this hotel. For me the friendly staff is really important. When I needed to get my nails done they told me where to go and called the free shuttle without me even asking. I was delivered in style to my nail appointment! When we requested extra blankets, etc. they brought them up almost immediately. They were genuinely friendly, not just the pasted on corporate smiles.
I asked for, and got, a very quiet room. That's my first priority in any hotel. Room 703! Fantastic. It had an odd but great layout - the second room was down a longish hall. Our kids had privacy and so did we.
The breakfast is OK but they could improve it. I would not choose a hotel based on the breakfast though. There was plenty of food including fresh fruit.
As noted in many reviews, the hotel has a wonderful location. You can walk to the cutesy tourist part of Alexandria and pop over to the Metro to go anywhere else. If you just need a quick sandwich you can run down to a couple delis.
The business center had slow computers but they were free and even printing was free. So many hotels nickel and dime this.
If there is a better alternative hotel in this neighborhood I wonder what it is.