The hotel was comparable to most Residence Inns. We have stayed for extended stays at the other Residence Inn in Old Town. If we had to compare the two properties, the Old Town Residence Inn would definitely win. This hotel is pretty sterile, the housekeeping and restaurant staff were friendly and welcoming, but the front desk and management were less stellar. The area isn't close to shops, but it is close to the metro and there is a shuttle.
We are traveling with a young child and we were disappointed to learn that they wouldn't give a late checkout (1pm instead of 12pm), which was never a problem at any of the 20 plus Marriott hotels we've frequented over the years.
In a nutshell, I would recommend staying at the Residence Inn Old Town instead of the Carlyle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the growing Carlyle neighborhood just outside of historic Old Town Alexandria, Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle provides the perfect accommodations for corporate and leisure travelers visiting the Washington, D.C. Area. This 15 floor hotel features 181 studio, one- and two- bedroom suites including complimentary Internet access and fully-equipped kitchens. Additional on-property amenities include 1,025 sq. Ft. Of meeting space, state-of-the-art fitness center, 24-hour market, complimentary WiFi in rooms and public areas, and business center with print, copy, scan, and fax services. Along with well-appointed accommodations, guests enjoy complimentary daily hot breakfast and evening social hours (Monday-Wednesday, 6:00pm to 7:30pm). Ideal for extended stays, guest laundry facilities and pet-friendly rooms are available. This Alexandria, VA hotel is conveniently located near two Metro stations, offering easy access to key area businesses and leading downtown Washington, DC destinations. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to the Metro and Old Town Alexandria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South At Carlyle Hotel Alexandria