I stayed at the Residence Inn Old Town for four nights at the end of September. The only evidence of renovation during my stay was a sign near the elevator saying the new fitness equipment would be installed in October.
I agree with everything the previous reviewer stated about the pleasant staff, quiet and clean hotel, and the good location in relation to the metro and Old Town shops and restaurants.
However, I did not have a car since I flew into Reagan Airport. Not knowing where I was going I took a cab from the airport which cost $18 with tip. When I left I took the metro which cost $1.80 and was only two stops from the hotel. Even with some heavy luggage it was easy to do with escalators everywhere and just a short walk into the terminal (terminal A). One thing to be aware of is that the metro doesn't start running until 7 a.m. so if you have an early flight you'll need to take a cab. Coming from NY it never occured to me the metro didn't run 24 hours a day but the hotel staff advised me on the times which only impacted my travel plans on one day when I was at the metro gate at 7.
I also used the hotel shuttle every day. It never took more than a few minutes for the shuttle to arrive. The driver gave me the hotel card the first time I rode with him and I called whenever I needed a lift. Since the weather was rainy during most of my visit the shuttle was busy. One thing to know is that the shuttle doesn't start running until 8 a.m. and stops at 10 p.m. (I think) so if you plan to use it you'll need to be careful of your time.
I often took the shuttle into Old Town and then walked back after dinner. Walking along King Street is fun with all the interesting shops and the two blocks over to Duke to the hotel were well lighted if not as populated. Even as a single woman walking alone I always felt safe.
One thing I especially appreciated about this Residence Inn was their agreement with a restaurant next door, LaPorta's, to provide room service to their guests. I returned to the hotel after 10 one rainy night without having dinner and was able to call the restaurant to order an entree, dessert and a bottle of wine (the wine is half price to Residence Inn guests). It arrived in about 20 minutes and was very good. I ate lunch at LaPorta's the first day I arrived and enjoyed the meal and another time stopped by for a drink and some excellent live jazz. It definitely enhances this Residence Inn.
All and all I was very pleased with the hotel and would stay here again when visiting Alexandria.
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