My husband and I got married at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center 10.5 years ago and have stayed at the hotel several times since then (my employer used to have its December holiday parties here and booked blocks of rooms for people who didn't want to drive home). Family who stayed at the hotel for our wedding still stay here when they are in the DC area because they liked it so much. We visited again last night for my husband's birthday, so I'm finally writing a review.
The hotel is in Mark Center, which was named after the late Mark Winkler, a real estate developer, in Alexandria's West End. It was originally a Radission property and was purchased by Hilton in 1999 or 2000. Mark Center includes, in addition to the hotel, office buildings, apartment complexes, and the Winkler Nature Preserve. (Mark Center is also the site of a huge new office building for the Department of Defense that will open in the not-too-distance future.) So, it's not in Old Town, and its closest neighbors are office buildings. The hotel, does, however, run a regular shuttle to the King Street Metro and to National Airport. And, thanks to the nature preserve, it's set in a quiet, wooded area at the intersection of Seminary Road and Beauregard Street. It is primarily a business hotel, but that doesn't mean that vacationers wouldn't enjoy. You can get some great rates on the weekends.
Approximately four blocks down Beauregard Street (10-minute walk from the hotel and an even shorter drive), there is a shopping area that includes Clyde's Mark Center location (Clyde's is a DC-area chain of restaurants with very good food) and a shopping center with a Giant grocery store, 24-hour CVS pharmacy, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Starbuck's, and a good Thai restaurant. In addition, if you're looking for an inexpensive place to have breakfast, the office building at 4900 Seminary Road (across Mark Center Drive from the hotel and facing onto Seminary Road) has a deli on the ground floor that's a good place for a quick breakfast. I can't recommend their lunches (the coldcuts are pretty average and avoid the turkey at all costs), but they do a great breakfast platter of eggs, bacon, home fries, and toast.
In our most recent stay, we had a corner king room on the 8th floor. Even though our room was nowhere near the top of the hotel, we could still see the Capitol dome in the distance. Our room, which was scrupulously clean, had a small area outside the bathroom with a counter that held a coffee maker with all the fixings and a mini-refrigerator. The hotel is currently undergoing renovation, and I agree with one previous poster who said that the carpet in the elevators was looking really worn. Even though we did not stay in one of the renovated rooms, we were very happy with it. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the carpet in our room was fine. We spent some time in the the indoor pool which was very nice and has a full-time attendant.
One of the changes that Hilton made when it took over the property was to bring in Finn & Porter, a national chain, to open and run the hotel restaurant off the lobby. (At the time of our wedding, the restaurant was on the lower level of the hotel, and the space now appears to be used as a conference room.) It's primarily a surf and turf restaurant with a sushi bar, so it may not be for everyone. I've eaten their at least 20 times in the last five years, and the only time I didn't enjoy it was when the restaurant was swamped by a crowd for a convention in the building and clearly struggling to keep up. During our most recent stay, we ate breakfast in the restaurant and it was great. We did have to pay for parking on this stay. The hotel has always theoretically had pay parking, but I think that they've finally had to start enforcing it because of the construction in the rest of the office park.
I think that the last renovation of the hotel was in 2000 (we took a leap of faith that it would be done before our October 2000 wedding), so it's probably due for another one, and it looks like that's underway. They also really need to give guests free Internet services. Still, it's a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Alexandria, VA this Alexandria hotel is convenient to, Downtown DC, attractions, Reagan airport and Old Town. Upscale guest rooms and suites overlook a botanical preserve. This luxury Alexandria hotel offers onsite restaurants, business center, over 55,000 sq. ft of flexible event & meeting space, fitness center and pools. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Hilton Hotels Direct, Priceline, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Cancelon, TripOnline SA, HotelQuickly and getaroom.com so you can book your Hilton Alexandria Mark Center reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hilton Alexandria Mark Hotel Alexandria
- Hilton Hotel Alexandria
- Mark Center Alexandria Hilton
- Alexandria Hilton