We stayed here for 7 nts and hope to rtn to this hotel again! We bkd a king dlx rm and were upgraded, at no chg, to a terrace rm. We were picked up very promptly by their courtesy airport shuttle. We asked for a quiet rm where our enthusiastic 18 mo. old wouldn't bother other guests. We had a great room on the 5th floor where we barely heard any noise at all from inside or the courtyard.
At check-in we were offered a goldfish; we had to f-up twice after that before our fish arrived. When making a reservation, I requested a mini-fridge separate from the mini-bar. (We were certain our daughter would be in the honorbar if it wasn't locked.) The fridge wasn't there when we arrived but was delivered a few short minutes after notifying the front desk. There is also are no strollers available as noted on the website but the front desk did offer to find us a rental store. Those minor issues were our only concerns!
The location is terrific. It's on the main street and just a short walk (3 blocks downhill) to the Potomac River and dozens of stores and shops are within blocks. There is so much history in Alexandria that you could easily spend a week there alone. We enjoyed a walking tour with Dell from the Ramsey House. The hotel is a block from the City Hall which has events at their square. Go into the shops or restaurants that seem pricey because they're so interesting and most accomodate a variety of price points.
In our rm there was a nice plate of gigantic delivious berries, a lg bottled water and a note from Jason welcoming us. The rm & hotel are beautiful. We recommend the terrace rms. We asked for a child-proofing kit & high chair which were delivered v quickly. The nightly turn-down srv was a treat. They woman placed a wild robes on the bed, some candy, set the radio station, and dimmed the lights (all on dimmers.)
The pool is warm & the limited hours that it's open are not really bad. There is always a lifeguard on duty. There is fresh fruit at the fitness room next to the pool.
The concierge & doormen are exceptional & terrific. They're engaging, polite, and very helpful. Our daughter just loved seeing them every day, especially in the morning. The housekeeping staff and turn-down service woman were also great. Our friends stayed at the Dorn St Comfort Inn & after seeing the hotel & hearing our experience tried to get a rm but the hotel was unfortunately booked.
We took the trolly or dash bus to the King St Metro. It is about a mile walk otherwise it took about 20 minutes by bus or trolley. Our experience with the Metro is to pay a low amount on your way to a location because if it's not enough, the exit machine will tell you what you owe yet. Our first day we paid the amount posted for our destination only to find out there was money left on the ticket but the ticket couldn't be used the following day.
We took the Potomac Riverboat to Mt. Vernon. It took at least an hour each way. It was a very nice way to travel and see more of the area and hear about it as well. When we arrived at Mt Vernon there was a huge line to tour the house but around 2pm the line dwindled. They have a new museum by the food court which is a must-see!
Stay here if you can! It's worth every penny!
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