I ended up at this hotel after having my flight cancelled at Reagan National. The rate was incredibly low, 65 plus taxes. The experience was unfortunately worthy of the low low price(at for DC during peak tourist season). I would not stay at this hotel again for anything more than 100 dollars, and definitely not the going rate of 200 plus a night.
The hotel has no self service laundry facilities. Instead they direct you to the Holiday Inn two blocks away. Old Town Alexandria is a bit confusing, and it could be a bit scary for some travelers to lug a load of laundry past the local liquor store after dark.
The hotel recently implemented a 10 dollar a day internet usage fee. Not the end of the world, but annoying since most every hole in the wall motel in America seems to have free access.
The shower at 4:15 in the morning was downright chilly. It finally warmed up after a few minutes. Again most every hole in the wall motel in this country seems to have ample hot water.
The worst complaint I leave for last. As a distressed traveler, I had an early morning flight out of the airport. When I asked about the return shuttle, the front desk claimed that no shuttles left before 5:00 AM. I arrived by 4:50 AM to wait the shuttle. 20 minutes later it finally arrived. In addition to potentially ruining my travel plans with the needless delay, apparently there had been a shuttle earlier than 5:00 AM. Maybe it was a mistake, but I felt like the front desk had lied to my face.
So what do you get for 200 a night. A great bed. I hand it to the Holiday Inn family for spending well for comfortable mattresses. That said, you can probably get similar at a Holiday Inn Express.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our New Old Town Alexandria Hotel You'll enjoy a convenient location and top-quality amenities when you stay at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza of Old Town Alexandria. Our hotel is only two miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Located near Washington DC, our Alexandria, VA hotel is in close proximity to many attractions. We're only eight blocks from the shops and historic homes on Old Alexandria's revitalized waterfront. Walking tours of the city of Old Town and Potomac River Cruises of the nation's capital's monuments begin just a few miles from our Alexandria hotel. Our hotel near Washington, DC is also ideal for business travelers because we're a short drive from many corporate offices, like Robbins Gioia, International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pentagon and the many museums, bureaus and government offices of Washington, DC. We also offer the convenience of eight meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center and high-speed, wireless Internet access. While lodging in Alexandria, Virginia, hotel guests can enjoy a relaxing setting with our fitness center, Sleep Advantage program with new, comfortable beds and spectacular views of the Potomac and city from many rooms. From our hotel restaurant, Chequers, to our complimentary shuttles to the airport, Metro/Subway and King's Street, a convenient stay awaits you at the Old Town Alexandria Crowne Plaza. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Alexandria
- Alexandria Crowne Plaza