Wow, I have to start off by saying I am astounded by the lack of intelligence in the other reviews...some people are complaining about the weather when they stayed at this hotel. Blaming the weather on the hotel? Really?? I guess some people just aren't the brightest of the bunch!
Anyways, I stayed at this hotel because of a cancelled flight. I've never even heard of Alexandria before, but I'm always up for an adventure! I called the front desk several times to make sure that the free shuttle from the hotel to the airport was on its way, and every time the staff was very kind and willing to put up with my paranoia! Haha. The shuttle driver quickly got me to the hotel, and the front staff was as kind and friendly as I expected. He even informed me of the free wifi service that the hotel offered, which required the most simple and painless sign up (no credit card needed! I was sold!!!). I was able to Skype home from my room, and that was wonderful.
The room itself was wonderful. I have an incredible view of the river, and the bed was absolutely fantastic. The bathroom even had a mat in the bathtub to prevent slippage; I've never seen that in a hotel before!
After a while, I started to get hungry, and went down to the front desk and ask if there were nearby restaurants. He said there were a few, but I could use the hotel's free shuttle service to take me to downtown Alexandria where there were a lot more options. He told me when they left, how often, and the pick-up location; super convenient! So I went for it, and took the shuttle several blocks south towards King Street. It was a quick drive, and the street was absolutely gorgeous. I had my pick of restaurants, and it was a lovely experience! Afterwards I went to the pick-up location and waited. The pick-up time came and went, and I called the front desk and asked if I was in the right location. Apparently I wasn't (my fault!!), but I told him where I was, and the shuttle came and found me, no problems. I'm definitely grateful for that!
I had a lovely night's sleep, and the next morning check out was less than 10 seconds. The shuttle took me safely and soundly to the airport, leaving me with an absolutely lovely Alexandria experience.
All in all, it was an unexpected adventure, but completely worth it. All thanks to Crowne Plaza. Highly recommended!
- 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