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“Clean but avoid if you're driving or don't like train noise”

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Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle
Ranked #16 of 54 Hotels in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 22, 2011

First things first: This propery passes the "clean and everything works as it should" test. Not with flying colors but few properties pass these days so that's a plus.

Here are the things to be concerned about:

1. Parking. If you're driving, it's an extra $18 per day. There are other places close to a Metro with free parking. This place isn't so spectacular or so convenient to most things that it would warrant that.

2. Shuttle. The hotel shuttle only goes to the Metro station which sounds good but not if you have a late arriving flight where you get to walk at night.

3. Location. Not near any stores or restaurants open late. If you're walking from the Metro it's doable but not really close and the walking directions I got when calling the hotel were by no means helpful. Basically you walk up the street and hang a left onto Mill and the hotel is on your left. There are steep stairs (who designed those in this day and age?) but there is also a ramp.

4. Gouging. The pantry prices are a bit steep -- like $4 for an ice cream cone drumstick! The available dinners were not well stocked.

I rated this lower because of the lack of attention to guest needs (limited shuttle schedule forcing guests to walk at night to/from Metro, no shuttle to the airport) and gouging ($18 parking fee, pantry pricing). If this isn't an issue for you, by all means stay here. And for anyone else, this isn't a bad place -- it just has those issues. If you're a light sleeper, beware of the train noise.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

We stayed here because I particpated in the MMRF 5k walk/run on November 13, 2011. The hotel is only a 6 minute walk to King St. Metro Rail and only a 6 minute walk to the Eisenhower Ave metro. The King St. Metro had the blue and yellow line and Eisenhower had only the yellow line. We were also conviently located to get to Tyson's Corner approximate travel time with all of the construction was 30 minutes. We had a room on the 9th floor and we did not hear the metro rail so there was no problem with the noise - I was surprised but, I do believe if you had lower level floor this could be an issue. The rooms were very clean, we stayed in a studio with a King size bed and a pull out bed from the sofa. The kitchen was a nice added feature, it kept our drinks cold. They had a nice breakfast: bagels, pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, cereal, sausage, potatoes, yogurt, and make your own waffles. It was nice to have all of the choices-I'm not a big breakfast eater anyhow so I was happy with bananas and yogurt! :-) The only downfall was the parking- just like in Washington, DC - not a very parking friendly place. So if you have a Tahoe or Yukon beware- I wouldn't want to park in the garage below the hotel. However, we did notice a parking garage across the street for next time if you don't mind crossing the street. We paid for the entire stay for parking so we got a spot- besides we used the metro for everything except our travels to Tysons Corner.
P.S. I do believe the garage across the street was alot less than 18.00 a day that we paid at the hotel. This is typical for this area. Go to the Omni in DC and you will be paying closer to 30.00 a day for outdoor/valet parking. I would stay here again with my family.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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ResidenceInnCarlyle, General Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2011

Hello Scuba_Nat,
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed our hotel and you found the amenities and value of our property to your liking.
We hope to see you when you return to the Alexandria area!

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Reviewed November 8, 2011

Even though we were on the 10th floor, the Metro and AMTRAK could still be heard.
Rooms are well appointed and bed was excellent quality.
Breakfast was average: Coffee warm, cereal choice poor (nothing healthy!!!)

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

This is a very nice hotel. The rooms were clean and the beds slept well. However, the weird thing about this hotel is they do not have a covered entrance or area to park upon check-in and there is very limited parking onsite. They have a very small parking garage that is often full. If you are not luck enough to get a spot in the tiny garage, you must park down the street in a city lot or find parallel parking on the street which is also very limited. If you do not have a vehicle to worry about, I recommend this hotel. If you do have a vehicle you may want to consider a different location with better parking. At night it is not ideal to have to park in an parking garage, and walk a few blocks back to the hotel. Otherwise its a great choice.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Many reviews are correct about its location which has its pluses and minuses. It is not close to any convenience stores or restaurants that would be open late. I came in at 10pm and their in-hotel market did not have 90% of the frozen dinners it was supposed to have. The area is nice and close to the metro. I would have rated the hotel better but there is a problem with their ability to have hot water in the morning for a shower. The middle floor rooms are problematic. The top floors are fine and the lower floors are fine. The receptionist apologized when i called from the room in the morning. She said it is a known problem and they are going to fix it in the near future. This of course did not help me. I had to take a cold shower. The "compensation" was 10% off the rate which was not really enough to counter that frigid shower. I was not sure why they could not let me shower in a different room. That would have solved the problem.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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ResidenceInnCarlyle, General Manager at Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2011

We appreciate the feedback as we are always looking at ways to improve our hotel. We'd love to speak to you further to discuss the issue you experienced and come up with a resolution that will exceed your expectations. Be assured, we are working to resolve the issue you experienced as soon as possible. Please contact the General Manager at the hotel directly and we'll be happy to assist. We look forward to hearing from you soon. 703-549-1155

Thank you very much!

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Reviewed October 25, 2011

Friendly, helpful at check in. We had the studio. Beautifully decorated. Clean. Modern kitchen.
Bed was excellent. Check their schedule for evening reception- our first night, their was a complimentary meat loaf dinner with wine or beer! Breakfast was good as well.
The complimentary shuttle to Old Town was great. Park your car and forget it.
This was a truly relaxing getaway.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We had a great stay at this Residence Inn. Nice rooms, very clean, great staff, good food at the breakfast bar and at the cocktail hour. Walking distance to Metro. Shuttle available to trolley which take you to Old Town Alexandria.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 2345 Mill Rd, Alexandria, VA 22314-4608
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Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria > Eisenhower East
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#10 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#17 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range: $114 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle 3*
Number of rooms: 181
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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