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“Great location, older hotel with basic renovations” 3 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 #15 of 50 Hotels in Alexandria
San Antonio, Texas
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48 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great location, older hotel with basic renovations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed here over the holiday season. The hotel is located in a great place in Old Town. You can walk or take the trolley to many places in Old Town. So that's wonderful. It's also very close to parks and the Metro. Perfect for visitors.
The downside, the hotel is old. There are basic renovations in the hotel. The lobby looks good and the hallways are nice. However, the furniture in the rooms is old and worn out. It is showing the years of use. It is basic furniture so, nothing fancy. The room itself is a nice size. We stayed in the 1 bedroom suite so we had a separation from the bedroom and the living area.
Parking at the hotel is about $20 a day. Be prepared for that cost if necessary.
The complimentary breakfast was a little above average. Despite the fact there aren't enough seats/tables.... the buffet offered many options. The taste of the food was bland, but they had many thing to choose from. One morning they even offered turkey sausage. Which can be hard to find on buffets. Go to breakfast early if you want a seat/table in the breakfast area. Otherwise be prepared to take it back to your room

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edwin P, Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Good Day ereynihc. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback from your recent stay with us here at the Hotel. We are glad that you found our Hotel's location to be perfect for your visit and that it allowed for easy access to the great sites and sounds of Old-Town and the surrounding area. I do want to apologize that you found your suite to not be 100% to your satisfaction and ensure you we are working to keep our Hotel clean and comfortable until our next renovation. Thank you for your comments regarding our breakfast area as well. The team works very hard to ensure that we keep the buffet stocked with a variety of items which meet all tastes. Our breakfast does tend to get quite busy from time to time especially on the weekends and I apologize if we were not able to acommodate you with seating when you joined us.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback and we hope you will join us again during your next visit to the Alexandria area.

Regards,

Edwin P.
Assistant General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed just two days and loved it. Free shuttle into Old Town Alexandria, young front desk clerk was wonderful, so helpful. Every time we returned if she was at the front desk, she smiled and greeted us as though she knew us. The hotel (included) breakfast was much better than most, nice variety, quality items. Marriott never fails. You always know what your going to get and it always exceeds expectations.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Edwin P, Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Good Day thesailorbob. Thank you so much for sharing your great feedback from your recent stay at our Hotel. It is always such a pleasure to hear that a guest had such a memorable experience during their time with us here and it sounds as though you most certainly did. Your positive comments regarding our shuttle service, breakfast ammenity, and especially the kindness of our Front Desk team will be passed along during our next team meeting.

Thank you again for taking the time to provide your feedback and we hope you will join us again soon during your next trip to Alexandria.

Regards,

Edwin P.
Assistant General Manager
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Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is our third time visiting this hotel, for its location, near DC and the Metro station. Also will be the last time staying at this hotel.
Beautiful area, near Old Town Alexandria and nice facilities in the hotel
Breakfast is included, with a nice selection of hot and cold items.
Due to us been most of the time out of the hotel the few staff we encounter were friendly and helpful.
Our main problem was how TERRIBLY UNCONFORTABLE the bed was.
We asked the front desk if we could change rooms after the first horrible night of sleep.
They told us all the beds are the same and there is nothing they can do about it.
My partner and I are both over 6 feet tall, we need a firm bed.
Because our stay of 4 nights, we were not going to ruin our sleep; we pull the bed apart and put the cheep flimsy mattress on the floor.
At home it takes the 2 of us to move the mattress since its so heavy, the one in this hotel took no effort to pick up, obvious that quality was not there.
Folks if you want to have a good night sleep, DO NOT stay at this hotel you will pay for it with a soar back and no sleep it the next day.
Sadly since everything else the hotel has to offer it of high quality

Room Tip: Do not stay in this hotel if you want a good night sleep.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edwin P, Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Good Day Guillermo L. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback from your recent stay with us over the Holidays. I want to apologize for the discomfort you found regarding the bedding in our Hotel and the response that our team here had in regards to addressing it. As a Marriott Hotel our goal is to always work in addressing and finding solutions to any issues brought to our attention by guests. However, it sounds as though in this instance my staff reacted poorly to your issue regarding the bedding which is certainly not to our standards and for which I apologize again.

We do certainly hope that as a repeat visitor here to Old Town and multiple time guest at our Hotel that you would give us the opportunity to serve you again and make up for this occurrence.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at the Hotel directly and I will be happy to assist you.

Regards,

Edwin P.
Assistant General Manager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We reserved a hotel room block at the Residence Inn for our recent wedding. Our guests loved the hotel and it was easy to set aside rooms for our big day! It was a much better value than many of the other hotels we looked at in Old Town and they offer great one and two bedroom suites for families to share. The only negative was dealing with some of the front desk staff. I felt like I was playing a game of 20 questions just to get answers to some really simple inquiries. I thought the management was great though, especially Burma, who was so helpful!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edwin P, Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Hello Snd45. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback from your recent stay with us for your wedding day. We are so thrilled that our Hotel made it easy to organize rooms and not add any additional stress in planning your big day here in Old Town. I do apologize you found some of your interactions with our Front Office team members to be less than satisfactory but did want to thank you for commending Birmah directly.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your experiences and we hope you will join us again soon.

Regards,

Edwin P.
Assistant General Manager
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Philadelphia PA
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Once again, we returned to our hotel of choice to spend a wonderful New Year's Eve & Birthday
in our favorite city. This hotel is really a step above, As usual, from the moment we arrived the
stay was wonderful! Again, I will say,, what makes this hotel a step above, is THE STAFF.
As always, the entire hotel was spotless clean - a very important factor in choosing a place to stay. Everyone is so gracious and efficient .. Upon arrival we were greeted at the front desk by the Assistant Manager Ed Peters who gives new meaning to the word exceptional! Throughout our stay, he was everywhere, doing everything to make everyone welcome & comfortable.
Our van driver was great and as usual Nadjet, Cindy, Tunisa & Katie were so very helpful, We had a wonderful holiday visit to our favorite part of this country and these people really added
to that happening. I also must add that the food service staff is remarkable - they too go out of their way to set up & serve a wonderful morning and evening repose. I have said it before & will say it again - there is not a better place to stay in Alexandria, VA - location, staff & accommodations are really the BEST in town! It does not get any better than this!

Room Tip: We love the corner front rooms - spacious ,quiet and a wonderful view!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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AlexandriaHotelMgt, General Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you for the review of our hotel and glowing comments about the team. We are glad you have been able to experience the culture of our hotel that makes us so unique. Your comments about the departments and specific team members; Ed, Nejat, Cindy, Katie and Tanitia will be celebrated by everyone.

We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for your loyalty to our hotel and staff.

M Wilson – General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Really liked where this hotel was located. Shuttle was really helpful since it was so cold. Breakfast was plentiful. Did not take advantage of the dinners. Just like other reviewers the front desk was very friendly and helpful. We stayed over the New Year. I would stay there again.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edwin P, Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Good Day capemaydonna. Thank you so much for taking the time to share feedback from your recent stay over the New Years holiday at our Hotel. We are thrilled that you found our location here in Old-Town to be to your liking and that our shuttle was hopefully able to help you explore all the immediate area has to offer.

Thank you so much for your kind words regarding our Hotel and the team that make it so special. We truly hope you will join us again during your next visit to Alexandria.

Regards,

Edwin P.
Assistant General Manager
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Being a loyal Marriott customer this is one of the Friendliest and Nicest properties in the chain. Starting with the amazing front desk staff that go beyond expectations. The hotel is close to the King Street Metro station for easy access on the Blue or Yellow lines into D.C. Just a 2 block walk. And the King Street shopping/dining area is an easy walk as well. There is also a Whole Foods store a block away so you can stock up on things if needed. I've read some of the reviews on here and may agree that a little updating would be nice. But the hotel is still well above most properties in the area. At the risk of sounding too upbeat about the hotel, I would a say that one negative thing is the parking fee. But then again, what hotel in a downtown setting does not charge for parking. So stay and enjoy D.C. and then enjoy Alexandria.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edwin P, Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Hi Raxel7851. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback from your recent stay here at our Hotel. It sound as though our location was a great fit for you and allowed easy access to both the Metro system as well as local ammenities such as King St. and the Whole Foods. Also, I would like to thank you for your kind words regarding our team at the Front Desk. Each Front Desk staff member takes great pride in ensuring all of our guests have a memorable stay and it sounds as though you were no exception.

Thank you again so much for your feedback and we hope you join us again soon during your next trip to Alexandria.

Regards,

Edwin P.
Assistant General Manager
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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:
#13 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#14 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#14 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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