I booked this hotel for two nights arriving on a Friday and leaving on a Sunday. Was in town for a Washington Nationals game that Saturday afternoon. Arrived at hotel about 2 am on Saturday and was greeted by a friendly and accomodating front desk clerk. The senior gentleman spent several moments of time looking for 3 clean pillowcases as there were a few pillowcases in our room that had dead bugs or possibly dried blood on them. This problem was fixed and with a smile.
Breakfast was pretty good. Eggs (with cheese; would have liked the option to have them sans cheese), oatmeal, milk, yogurt, fresh fruit, waffles, cereal, sausage (it would be nice if hotels provided some non-pork breakfast meats), bagels, and muffins provided a nice array of choices. Breakfast area appeared small at first blush but was enough to accomodate those wanting the first meal of the day.
Parking was a bit odd. Front of hotel faces King Street so on-street parking in front of hotel to get bags out of your vehicle is somewhat hit-or-miss. Fortunately we "hit" upon checkin and because we checked out on Sunday we "hit" again in the sense that we were able to park in a regular city parking space....note: read the parking signs for the spaces on King Street. If I read the signs correctly, on Sunday parking in city spaces (which usually allow a limited parking time) is free. The parking provided by the hotel is a bit sparse. The lot is a bit circuitous to get to as it is accessible only via the back entrance and there are only two levels of parking. Spaces are tight and several visitors parked their vehicles at angles which prevented others from parking next to them. On night 1 I got a spot in the lot but on night 2 I was unable to find a spot. Fortunately you are only charged for each night you actually park in the lot but be sure to report to the front desk clerk if you are unable to find a spot. This should avoid you being charged.
Room was nice and relatively clean (see above note re pillowcases upon check-in). Two double beds and desk and TV although for the price paid---approx $125 per night plus tax---I was quite disappointed that there was neither a microwave nor a refrigerator in the room. Why is it the cheaper hotels provide continental breakfast, microwave, and refrigerator yet more expensive, "luxury" hotels charge you for every foodstuff and provide no kitchen appliances?
Hotel's location was excellent. Brief walk to King Street Metro station which allows travel into DC and Maryland without driving. And near the hotel is apparently a pick-up spot for the free local Old Town shuttle/trolley. It is a healthy yet quite manageable walk from the hotel to the east end of King Street which takes you to the Potomac River where there is a riverfront shopping area (cannot recall the name) and a ferry providing trips to National Harbor.
More than likely I would stay here again though I would probably do some brief comparison on whether there is another hotel on King Street which has a better parking situation (in terms of cost and available spots).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rich traditional decor, seasonal outdoor pool on 2nd floor courtyard setting, brick/block - Historic Old Town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Alexandria - Old Town/King Street Metro Hotel Alexandria
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