I'd like to give this place a higher rating because the staff was very helpful & accommodating, the room was clean & spacious & the gastropub lively, the food there good; but there were too many ways in which this hotel fell short. For one thing, the continental breakfast cost $10. I'd somehow got the impression it was complimentary, as is the case with most places these days. Maybe you have to be a visiting bureaucrat on an expense account to appreciate it. The wi-fi connection was S-L-O-W. It's also a little unnerving that as you sign in they charge a $50 credit against incidental expenses. There are little things too, like the shampoo containers that hold enough for just one person & the fan that's only a few feet from the bed. Parking is $20 a night, which is probably only a little high for the area. On a related subject, though, the hotel advertises itself as an "easy" 7 block walk from King St., the heart of Old Alexandria. Well, on a chilly, drizzly night in March, that walk becomes a lot less inviting. In fact, the Crowne Plaza is in what's called North Old Town, which is probably a real estate concept meant to trade on the prestige of the "real" Old Town. Maybe it was death by a thousand small cuts, but for us the stay wasn't anywhere near as pleasant as it might have been.
- 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