My mom and 2 sons selected this hotel via a discount site for our 5-day trip to Washington, D.C. The hotel is beautiful, clean and comfortable. Knowing what I know now, I'd have chosen a different hotel, though. Our intention was to see Washington, D.C., but this hotel is several Metro stops away from D.C. We thought we'd save money by not staying in the city, but even if we did, I'm not sure it was worth it.
Some problems we experienced: the hotel has pricy valet parking, which is $24 a day. We missed having easy access to our car, and those fees really add up fast. You can have your car whenever you want, but you have to have the valet service retrieve it, and then you end up needing to tip the valet. Expensive and a hassle.
We missed having a little refrigerator in our room. They provide an alcohol bar-type thing, but it's not a refrigerator. We had fruits and yogurt go bad, and we'd have saved restaurant leftovers if we had had a room fridge.
The hotel is a bit far from good restaurant choices. There's a decent eatery in the hotel, but it's pricy. The hotel offers a shuttle to nearby Alexandria sites, but we found the service to be imperfect. Several times we called the hotel's number, but couldn't reach anybody when we needed the shuttle. When you are worn out from touring, it's nice to have several restaurant options close by, and we missed having that.
The hotel doesn't offer free Wi-Fi. I was very disappointed when I found out that Wi-Fi was a pricy thing you have to pay extra for. Many low-rate hotels offer free Wi-Fi. What a drag to not have Internet available. You can get free Wi-Fi in the lobby, but I believe it's limited to one hour. I wanted the concierge to print something out for me, but he directed me to the second-floor business center where you have to pay. Grr.
As for travel into Washington, D.C., we learned how to use the Metro. There is a stop located about 3 or 4 blocks from the hotel. We took the Metro to the Federal Triangle stop, which is near the National Archives and other sites. We walked a lot touring, and at the end of the day became very tired. Having to catch the Metro and then walk home to the hotel was tiring. This hotel would be best for people who don't mind walking long distances.
Good thing: Starbucks coffee in the room and a Starbucks located right next door.
If I had to do it again, I'd have chosen a hotel in the heart of Washington D.C.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Alexandria blends sophistication and elegance with the historic surroundings of Alexandria. Located in Old Town Alexandria, our hotel is an oasis of personal, instinctive comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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