Our family of four (myself, DH, and two teen sons) stayed here for 4 nights at the end of July. We really enjoyed the newness and the contemporary decor of the hotel. I chose this hotel because of the very functional layout, with a toilet and sink in a room separate from the bathroom with the shower/tub and vanity/sink. Having two bathroom spaces was very helpful. Also helpful were the 3 beds - the 2 queens and the pullout. My youngest son called the pullout bed when we arrived. I thought that strange at first, but then he also claimed that entire surrounding living space as his own!
I was a little concerned about room noise before our trip. Our 4th floor room faced Eisenhower (i.e. the metro side) and I did hear the train breaks squealing quietly during the first night. That night there was also a very loud boom that woke up my husband and me. That being said, the next 3 nights I heard nothing and slept great. We never heard noise from other rooms or the hallway.
We only used the shuttle service one day. Pickup in the morning was punctual, but the one shuttle was very busy that afternoon trying pick up various groups from various locations at around the same time and everyone had to wait for some amount of time. Using the metro was a first for us and we found it enjoyable and easy to use. I was glad to educate my sons in how to navigate a big city using the metro.
The next two days were Saturday and Sunday and we decided to drive into the city ourselves. (We had heard that the metro on weekends can be time consuming as that is when they work on the tracks. We had also head that navigating DC on the weekends was not difficult.) We did run into some construction traffic on late Saturday morning and it took us 90 minutes to get from the hotel to the Ronald Reagan building parking garage ($12 all day on weekends). We retrieved our car around 7PM and then enjoyed driving around the city and seeing the sights. Traffic was not an issue, but parking near the monuments was. On Sunday we drove the 6 miles into the city and arrived at the L'Infant parking garage ($10 7am-7pm on weekends) in about 20 minutes. Sunday evening traffic was very light and parking near the Lincoln memorial was plentiful.
The only real negative about the hotel was the amount of time (35 minutes) we had to wait in line on Saturday and Sunday to get our breakfast. The waffle maker at the end of the breakfast line tended to hold up the rest of the line. The hotel staff needs to reconfigure the food area, perhaps putting the waffle maker in a separate location. They also tended to run out of food (apple juice, muffins, fruit) on some days. You would think they should be able to have plenty.
Discovering the grocery store and some food places a short distance away was helpful. I would recommend this hotel and I would stay here again if I were in the area.
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- Visit SpringHill Suites Alexandria Old Town/Southwest located off I-95 and just minutes from our Nation's Capital. Enjoy our hotel's complimentary shuttle service, providing quick and easy access to the Eisenhower Metro Rail Station, part of the yellow line. Our hotel also offers complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi. ... more less
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