I was quite impressed with this property. In town again for a Saturday afternoon Washington Nationals game and checked in early Saturday morning after a long drive from central North arolina. The front desk clerk was quite hospitable and, like almost everyone in the US, had a tie to North Carolina. We chatted for a few and I provided him with a suggestion for a neat weekend getaway in Elizabeth City, NC...but I digress....
Property was in great condition and had an impressive lobby and breakfast area. Room was great. I had a studio unit which had a nice flat panel tv, a comfy couch, a desk, a kitchen (with microwave, four-burner stove, refrigerator, and plates/flatware/glasses), and a great decor. I loved the earth tone color scheme. I was on the third floor and was within earshot and eyesight of the Metro rail but the occasional train was not too noisy or intrusive. Given that I grew up in New York and still live in the city I am used to a bit of background "noise"---no problems here. Admittedly the floor plan is a bit tight and the bathroom sink is quite close to the bed but this did not present any problem during my stay.
Breakfast was well done. Fruit (pineapple chunks, apples, bananas), cold cereal, bagels and toast and English muffins, two kinds of breakfast muffins (banana nut and chocolate), scrambled eggs, two types of potatoes, sausage with gravy, waffles, milk, yogurt, coffee, and juice made for a great start to the day. On Sunday morning there were copies of the Washington Post available for guests...a neat bonus for me.
Two computers and a printer appoint the business center which is in the lobby not too far from the front desk. Avoid the "convenience" center which has wine, snacks, and other sundries at somewhat high prices. Save some money and bring your own or leave the hotel to buy some.
Parking was a bit tight in the garage but it just so happened that each time I entered to park I was able to find a space that was open although I will say that getting into the space was a bit challenging. Key card needed to enter the parking garage and operate the hotel elevator.
All in all, a good find. The rate was quite good for the location---in the Carlyle area of Alexandria---and the accomodations. Note that the Eisenhower Metro rail station is within a walk but a somewhat lengthy walk....on the weekends you can park and ride for free at the Eisenhower Metro rail station so I would opt for this method of getting to the public transportation.
I would return if the rate is competitive with a couple of other properties I have stayed at and also like in the Alexandria area.
- 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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