Based upon the other tripadvisor reviews, we booked the Residence Inn Old Town for a weekend getaway from August 21-24. As always, the other reviews were helpful.
First, a warning, the mapquest and yahoo travel directions are a bit misleading if you are coming from south of DC. The directions tell you to get on I-495 but, instead, you should just remain on I-95. Not a big deal, though, as we easily found the hotel anyway.
The hotel is almost finished with an interior renovation so the lobby, breakfast area, etc. had a few issues (paint/wallpaper off the walls, construction noise, etc.). According to information located within the elevators, they still need to finish the lobby and floors 2 and 3 including the exercise room. But, this was just a minor inconvenience.
The check-in process was a breeze and the desk staff was always helpful with directions and suggestions. Our first night, there were power outages on the block (unrelated to the hotel renovation) and the staff did a good job of notifying the guests. On-site parking was in a garage behind the hotel that seemed to have a limited number of spaces (partly due to spaces being taken by construction materials) and many of the spaces were quite tight. The garage was gated with access by key card only so you felt secure in leaving some items in your car. I question the need for the $15 per night fee but it was much more reasonable than the $40 per night parking fee (with valet, though) I paid at a Marriott property in Philadelphia.
Our room was on the 8th floor (top floor) and was beautifully decorated with a modern feel. There were granite (likely faux but still nice) countertops in the kitchen, a leather chaise which pulled out to an extra bed, a sitting chair, small coffee table, small leather ottoman, breakfast table for 2 (where we ate our snacks and lunches), and a queen bed. Given all of the renovations, I was a bit surprised that a console TV had not been replaced with either a plasma or LCD. The bedding was comfortable and we slept well each night. Our room faced a parking lot and a few shops though we also had a view of the Masonic Temple. I’m a neat freak and thought the room and entire hotel were clean.
Included in the cost of the hotel is a breakfast buffet. The buffet included cereals, bagels, toast, make-you-own waffles, eggs, potatoes, sausage (one day only), yogurt, and fruit. It was not great but it was better than just an ordinary continental breakfast. More breakfast meats would be appreciated.
As others noted, the hotel was only a 2 block walk to the Metro station for easy travel into downtown DC without having to worry about parking or traffic. Further, Old Town was only 4 blocks away with loads of restaurants, historic sites, bars, and nightlife. Mt. Vernon was also an easy 15 minute drive from the hotel.
We will be staying at this hotel on future jaunts to the DC area.
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town Hotel Alexandria
- Alexandria Residence Inn