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“Excellent Stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1456 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314   |  
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Ranked #17 of 50 Hotels in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Columbus, OH
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Excellent Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2008

My husband and I just got back from our 3 night stay at the Residence Inn in Alexandria, over Memorial Day weekend. We loved this hotel. We got a great deal of only $104 per night through the hotel website with our Marriott Rewards number (regular rate was still very good at $139/night), and were very impressed with what we got for our money. We stayed in a Studio Suite, with a Queen bed, full-size fridge, microwave, dishwasher, cooktop, full service dinner/cookware, dining table etc.. The room was really large and both the room and bathroom were very clean and nice.

The staff was really nice as well, always saying hello and helping when we needed it. The front lobby had a computer and printer we could use, as well as a computer kiosk with local dining/shopping/tourist information available.

The breakfast was totally awesome. It was much more than the usual Continental-sytle breakfast. Each day there were bagels, toast, English muffins, doughnuts, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, and waffle mix (for the waffle iron) available as well as some hot items, like eggs, pancakes and sausage, and juice, milk and coffee.

Parking was an additional $15 per day, but that still put our hotel rate at a much lower cost than most of the other hotels in the area, especially at this quality. The parking garage was covered and gated, so was very safe. We felt safe at all times in the hotel as well.

We drove to Mt. Vernon from here, which was an easy 15 min drive. For sightseeing around Alexandria, we walked- everything in Old Town was within walking distance. It was about 1 mile (20 mins) to the water, and King Street (with all the shops and restaurants you can imagine available) was only a few blocks over. We never did try the free King St Trolley, we preferred to walk everywhere, but we did see it going by quite frequently.

Overall, we were very impressed with this hotel and would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Great value, friendly service, large, comfortable room, great location- that's just about everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Suffolk, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a room block for a wedding party. When I originally booked the room for 3 adults, I misunderstood the website, thinking every room has a bedroom separated from the sofa bed and sitting area. When we arrived and noticed the sofa bed and bed in the same room, I called the front desk and they promptly relocated us into a one bedroom suite with a separate bedroom.

This hotel is in a fabulous location. It is only a few blocks, and 5 minute walk, to the King St. Metro station, for easy access to D.C. The hotel also provides a free shuttle to Old Town destinations. This was a great way to be transported to the King St. area and wharf, where most of the action is. We never had to wait longer than 10 minutes to be dropped off or picked up. The front desk was happy to arrange this for us. (Note that the shuttle does not run after 10:30 P.M. So we did take a cab home in the evenings.)

We loved having a full kitchen! It was a great way to keep snacks and drinks on hand and would be wonderful for a longer stay or for a family who wanted to make some meals in the suite.

Breakfast each morning is free and ample. There were many choices including pancakes, waffles, eggs, potatoes, yogurt, fruit, pastries, etc.

We thought this hotel was an excellent value, especially considering the location and extra amenities. 3 adults easily enjoyed the accommodations without feeling crowded. I think this would be an excellent base for D.C. sightseeing.

Stayed April 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2008

We just got back from a 3 night stay in a one bedroom suite at the Residence Inn in Old Town Alexandria. We were quite impressed with our service and accommodations. This was a busy holiday weekend but the hotel staff seemed to handle the crowds, largely family groups, in stride. Our corner suite was impeccably clean and spacious. I loved having a large living space and kitchen area. My 9 year old son was happy as a clam having the sofa bed and extra TV to himself. My hubby and I were just as happy to have a private bedroom and TV to ourselves. The location of this hotel is somewhat of a catch 22. We loved its easy access to the King Street metro. The best surprise for me was its very close proximity to a Whole Foods Store. It was no more than 2 blocks away! I spent a great deal of time there. I live 3.5 hours away from Alexandria and this Whole Foods is the closest to my home. Otherwise, I would be their best customer. The downside, albeit a minor one, to the location of this Residence Inn is that it is not very close to the hub of Old Town Alexandria sights and restaurants. In warmer weather, this wouldn’t be an issue as long as you are able to walk a few extra blocks. There is a hotel shuttle but I cannot speak to its availability. The breakfasts were acceptable. It was just a bit crowded, so that took away from our ability to enjoy a leisurely time in that pursuit. The manager’s reception was worthwhile after a VERY long day seeing the sights in D.C. The two cold adult beverages per person hit the spot! All in all, we definitely got our money’s worth with our AAA discount on our suite. I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Liked — cleanliness
  • Disliked — some of the breakfast was cold
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street

Address: 1456 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#13 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#21 Business Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street 3*
Number of rooms: 240
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