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“Good location, good choice” 4 of 5 stars
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Hampton Inn Alexandria - Old Town/King Street Metro
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1616 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)   |  
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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“Good location, good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

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).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Wheeling, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Needed a room in Alexandria for one night. Had a business meeting.
We planned to arrive Sunday night and have diinner. Plans got messed up when our 5:15 American Airlines flight didn't take off from Chicago until 7:15pm

Arrived at the Hampton at 9:30pm ....places to eat were closed. The fellow at the desk apologized (not his fault) and suggested they had some food in the cooler.
I purchased a Chicken Pot Pie which I heated in the microwave in the room. It was enough to hold me over until morning.

Breakfast was fine. Nothing special ...scrambled eggs, sausage patties, good blue berry muffin, bagels and toast. Enough to get the day started.

Room was clean, TV worked perfectly. Hampton Inn is a great go to hotel. I've never been disappointed. When we called for the shuttle from the airport, we were told it would take ablut 3/4 of an hour. They were taking a couple of guests to locations. I asked what it would cost for a taxi ...about $20. No problem, we took a cab. The long taxi line was orderly and moved quickly. The fare was $21.00 with tip.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mason, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

I chose the Hampton Inn because of it's easy accessibility to the metro and it's free wifi and breakfast. What a mistake. When we arrived, there was no parking available at the door so we had to PAY to park down the street and walk back up to the lobby just to check in. Though it's not really something that could be easily corrected, the parking garage was extremely tight and difficult to find. When we arrived in our room, we had to squeeze by maintenance workers who had a dresser and mattress in the hall next to our room. The room was very hot and dated. And why do so many hotels believe people like FLAT pillows?! Drives me crazy! The location was very close to the metro but 16 blocks from where we wanted to be most of the time--the nightlife/restaurants close to the river. Thank goodness there was a free Old Town shuttle, but unfortunately, it stopped running around 10:15-10:30 every night--just when the bands were starting to play in the restaurants. So we had to walk back each night--16 blocks remember. The breakfast was terrible. The eggs tasted completely artificial and the sausage was greasy. On the final day, we wanted to eat breakfast prior to our long drive home--nothing available but carbs--just bisquits and gravy along with hash browns for the hot section choices. We chose to walk across the street and pay for our breakfast elsewhere. My fault for choosing this hotel, but I don't think I'll ever make that mistake again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I chose a Hampton Inn instead of the Hilton across the street due to TWO THINGS: Free Wi-fi in the rooms AND the complimentary breakfast. This hotel's staff was very friendly and accommodating. Rooms clean, beds comfy, housekeeping service very good. When the room's hairdryer broke, the manager immediately began searching for a new one. Hotel is across the street from Metro station. Their fitness room is teeny-tiny, but Hampton Inn customers can use the Hilton's fitness room across the street for free (another plus). Hotel is near shopping in Old Town Alexandria. Very quaint. Many restaurants nearby. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Bring your own hairdryer. The hotel's portable dryers often do not work well.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I was only here for one night. I did have a great customer service experience at the desk on my way in and out. Very nice, punctual, cordial, seemed knowledgable about the area (above and beyond the average Hampton). The room was tired. The carpet was worn, two of the lights were out and the hot water took forever to get to the tap. The bed was nice, which was most of what I was concerned with at the time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This is a terrific option if you're traveling into DC for business or pleasure. It's a block away from the Metro on a very clean, quiet street. Plus, there are plenty of shops and restaurants within a mile. There is also a free trolley traveling up and down King Street, which is handy for those hot days. Rooms were spacious, clean, and quite comfortable. Also, Free Internet access was relatively speedy compared to other hotels.

Room Tip: Stay away from the second floor, as you'll be on the same level as the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

This a great hotel. It is very clean and the beds are comfortable. The breakfast is good and the even have little " on the go breakfast bags" that were great when we left at 5 am before the breakfast was available. The location is perfect being close to the metro and use of free trolley. Good shopping on King Street too for those that enjoy shopping, Gap outlet etc. I thought the parking garage was fine. We were worried about our storage compartment on our roof but it made the 7 foot, 4 inch clearance. Staff was also very friendly.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1616 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria > Old Town
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#18 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#20 Business Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn Alexandria - Old Town/King Street Metro 2.5*
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Rich traditional decor, seasonal outdoor pool on 2nd floor courtyard setting, brick/block - Historic Old Town. ... more   less 
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