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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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New York City, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great Location - Glad I Found It”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

My wife and I stayed here over Columbus Day weekend to visit some friends who reside in Alexandria. We both love visiting DC and always opted to stay in the city when we made our trips. I will say that won't be the case anymore! I like staying in Hampton Inns because they are reliable - you always know what you'll get at the Hampton Inn, it's not the Ritz but it's not the Days Inn either - plus you get a terrific breakfast. Old Town is a really fantastic place with nice quaint shops and restaurants as well as a real rustic southern charm. Plus, it's probably a ten minute metro ride into downtown DC (the King Street stop is a stone's throw away from the hotel, incredbily convenient). Moreover, staying here was probably 3x less than what I would have paid in the city that weekend - and I probably got much better service too.

One tip that I'd give to those who are staying over the weekend is do not pay the $15 parking fee each night at the hotel. The King Street metro stop has a parking lot that you can use for free without any time limits on the weekend. Again, it's literally one block south of the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

My wife and I needed a hotel convenient to the tourist sights in D.C. and found a nice one in the Hampton King St./Metro. We booked online and found the hotel website to be accurate in its description of the hotel and surroundings. Our room was clean and spacious, except for a well-worn carpet. We checked very closely upon arrival and found no sign of bedbugs! Wireless internet is free, also.
The breakfast area and lobby are clean and new-looking. Freeby newspapers are available for the taking. Breakfast is free with fresh fruit and some hot items. Since it was free, I won't complain much about the flour-paste oatmeal.
Transportation via the metro train is a big plus. The metro station is a 1/4 mile walk from the hotel and connections to all points require minimum waiting and fares are low. We flew in and out through Reagan and took the Metro between the air terminal and hotel (7 minute ride for $2.35 each).
We checked out at 5:30 a.m. and were a little uneasy about rolling our luggage alone down the deserted street to the Metro but the only threats we saw were yuppies out for morning runs.
Everyone on the hotel staff was friendly and helpful. We called before arrival to ask a couple of questions and we made to feel welcome. We arrived early and only had to wait 5 minutes while the room was prepared for us.
I have to think hard to recall a downside other than the pricey nature of a big-city tourist hotel (room taxes may be a surprise when you check out). A refrigerator would be welcome, too.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

For a quick weekend visit to the Washington DC area, my sister and I chose to stay at the Hampton Inn Alexandria Old Town mainly for the location, and because of favorable past experiences with other Hampton Inns. The proximity to the King Street Metro station and the fact that it was on the King Street Trolley line were huge plusses for us. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, we ended up only used the Metro once and didn't use the KS Trolley at all. But the one time that we did use the Metro, the close proximity to the hotel was very much appreciated after a long day, and lots of walking, in DC!

The hotel building itself is obviously older, and did have a bit of old hotel mustiness in the hallways. However, our room was not musty at all. We had a room with 2 queen beds on the 6th floor (top floor) and it was clean, comfortable and extremely quiet. The mattresses weren't anything exceptional, but we slept fine on them... no complaints. The pillows were really nice, tho! The bathroom was very clean. We didn't use their toiletries, so no comment on that.

Both mornings we had to leave the hotel really early, so we didn't take advantage of the complimentary breakfast, so can't comment on that either. They offer "On the Run Breakfast Bags", if you don't have time to sit and eat. It was comprised of a bottle of water, a Special K bar, a packaged blueberry muffin, a little box of mints, and an apple.

The staff was friendly and helpful, recommending restaurants in the area that we appreciated. We had dinner our first night at The Fish Market, which is down in the heart of Old Town. It was extremely busy, a bit noisy and our original waiter was a little snotty. But our meal was excellent, so was worth the hassle! Their Neptune's Salad was unusual and delicious. Then our second night, we were exhausted after a full day in DC, and Joe Theismann's sports bar/restaurant, just a block away from the hotel was a great choice. It has a warm, comfortable ambiance, TVs everywhere, great cocktails, and excellent food. We both ordered their crab cake sandwich, and the crab cake was the best I've ever had! Very, very good, and a great place to relax after a busy day.

We had originally planned to take the Metro back to the airport but again, due to circumstances, we chose to take a taxi. The total fare (not inc tip) was just over $17 to Reagan National Airport. Not too bad!

I would definitely stay here again, in hopes that we would be able to use the Metro and the King Street Trolley! The Hampton Inn Old Town is a comfortable place to stay, and you really can't beat the location.

Room Tip: 6th floor (top floor) was extremely quiet
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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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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Wheeling, Illinois
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9 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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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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California
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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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:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#19 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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