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Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria-Old Town
Ranked #9 of 54 Hotels in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
N.J.
Level 6 Contributor
46 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“An Excellent Location in a beautiful town!”
Reviewed August 5, 2008

We spent three nights at this Embassy Suites in Alexandria.

We didn't get off to a good start. I had read here on TA that the parking spots were tight. That would be a bit of an understatement. We wasted a good 25 minutes driving around in circles trying to find a spot where we could fit our mini-van. Many of the spots had poles on each side or if there was a spot that might have been large enough, another car was parked across their line and taking up part of the space. Finally, a hotel guest pulled out and we slowly backed our way into a spot only to discover that we couldn't open our doors in the front. Not exactly a wonderful thing after spending a few hours on the road in heavy traffic.

The lobby area is clean and modern. The atrium is large and open with an English garden design. Our room was very clean and updated with a large flat screen TV in the sitting area and granite countertops in the bathroom and wet bar.

This hotel does not have cots. It is the first Embassy Suites we have used that does not have cots. This was a bit of a problem since we had booked a room with a King Bed and sofa pull-out. One of our boys had to sleep on the floor for three nights. I guess I should not have assumed that they would have cots but have never run into this problem in the past. That lesson is now learned and I will call ahead in the future.

The breakfast was good. They kept most of their hot items in the cooked-to-order section and not at the buffet.

There were several options at the Manager's Reception including chips, popcorn, tortilla chips with sauce and hot nacho cheese, pretzels, and party mix.

The exercise room has three treadmills. One was broken while we were there. The other two worked fine. The room also had a small selection of free weights.

The location is terrific. The hotel is right across the street from the King Street Metro Stop. There is also a free trolley that will take you up and down King Street all the way to the waterfront. It leaves about every 15 minutes and it's a great way to get around. King Street is filled with shops, restaurants, ice-cream shops, and more. The waterfront area also has shops and restaurants and there is a walking path along the river.

The George Washington Masonic Temple is also near the hotel. Be sure to take the free tour if you have some extra time. The tour takes you to each level and it finishes on the top where there is an observation deck with gorgeous views over the city and river.

Alexandria is a gorgeous town and I would stay at this Embassy Suites again. Next time, we will use the parking spots where you have to leave your keys and we will request a two bed suite! :-)

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Parking
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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cary, nc
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 8, 2008

we decided to spend a last minute weekend getaway to DC for the 4th of July. We got a great rate at this hotel. It slept our big family perfectly with the 2 double beds and pull out couch. The location is perfect. Across the street from the metro and into DC in 20 minutes. the kids loved the train ride! And if you want to spend time in the gorgeous town of Alexandria then you can easily walk all the way down to the waterfront to visit shops, bars,restaurants, etc.... Or, there is a free trolley to take you to and from right across the street. The hotel also has a van to take you to and from the waterfront. The breakfast is great and the happy hour even better!!! Loved this hotel, so clean and modern!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — pool staff slightly rude
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Michigan
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2008

We are Hilton Honors members and redeemed some points to get a free stay - we are so glad that we did. This property is perfect in every way! We are very picky travelers and this by far surpassed our expectations. Easy check in - great full breakfast each morning (everything you could want in a hot breakfast) - nice pool, clean and comfortable rooms, comfy beds, nice reception each evening, easy and free access to many things. Free internet stations in the lobby making it a breeze to book tours or print off boarding passes. The location is the best - only two stops from the Reagan Int' Airport metro to King St and the hotel is right across the street. Great views of the city and the George Washington Masonic Memorial across the street (take the free tour - the view from the top is AMAZING)! The free King Street trolley will pick you up at the Metro (across the street) and will take you downtown to the waterfront of Alexandria for great restaurants and cute shops - (you must take this ride - it is something you will never forget)! We were able to book a tour right at the front desk of the hotel - a bus will pick you up at the lobby and take you downtown to see the monuments. You must see the DC Nights tour - amazing!!!! Only $35 per adult and worth every penny. Also, the Tourmobile tour can be taken with a pickup at Arlington (right off the Metro) for $35 for two days - this is the way to go - many stops at your own pace and most of the memorials are free of charge to go in. Very reasonable vacation and a must see - you will be wanting to go back-----TRUST ME!

  • Liked — LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
  • Disliked — Front Desk staff not very knowledgable about the area
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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charlotte,nc
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2008

Great place to stay when visiting D.C.

Metro Blue and Yellow line are cross the street (direct lines into D.C). Easy access to 495/95 (if you want to drive)

Over all clean and fairly modern hotel in a very nice (and safe) area.

It is situated at the end of King Street which is the main street running through Old Town. A 10-15minute walk will put you in the heart of King Street. Great, unique shops, restaurants, etc. The ES shuttle van is great! They will drop you off or pick you up anywhere in Old Town. There is a also a free trolley that runs up and down King, although the shuttle van was much easier for us (3 kid and a stroller). A friend stayed at the Hilton next door and they do not have a shuttle.

Great breakfast, Pat the short order cook is very fast. The "happy hour" was a little weak.

Cons:

Small pool, but at least it has a pool.

FD staff where a little weak. Not rude and if you asked them for something they were fairly repsonsive. But they did not offer much up nor where they very knowledgable about the area/hotel.


Overall we were very happy with this ES and would definitely stay here again wshen visiting DC

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — front desk
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Pecatonica, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2008

Our family is two adults and four kids under the age of twelve.

Our first trip to the Washington D.C. went perfectly as I happened to use Trip Advisor and went with this hotel.

I always contact the hotel direct and talk to staff. This time I was very fortunate to contact a woman named Margaret Terry. Although the hotel does not have a concierge, this operator takes an intrest in helping people.

I had never met this woman but she turned out to be a travel agent and concierge for the area and hotel. She gave advice as to what to visit, the times to visit and hop the Metra, great eateries and places to shop and some of the best sites to see in the Washington D.C. area. She arranged a tour and made our visit to Washington D.C. something great to remember. She loves helping people, so ask for her if your unfamiliar with the area as we were.

The dislikes, the pool is really small for the size of this hotel, but we didn't go to the area for swimming.
The managers reception is more like eat our munchies and snacks....over and over each day. They change one thing out of about seven items each day.
That's it though.

The good,
Large room with double beds and a sleeper sofa, fridge and microwave. We stocked up at a nearby grocery store for the after hour munchies.
Very cold and great working airconditioner in room 515.
Across the street from the Metra, which is two stops from the airport. No car is necessary with the great train and bus service.
Free trolley running from across the street to Old Town where great eateries and shopping is door to door.
Free USA today everyday it's published.
Great money saving breakfasts every morning.
Free shuttle service to some great eateries.
Very friendly help, but no bellhops
Nice business center, ATM and Duke's restaurant on the premises.
Felt safe, quiet even though our room was on the train side. The kids loved watching amtrak, metra, trollies, buses and taxi's all out front of the hotel.
Great T.V. selection for the kids and all items worked. The rooms were very clean and we did not meet anyone at the hotel that was not anxious to help.
Downtown Washington and Mount Vernon and everything we wanted to see was easily accessible from this hotel.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Liked — So close to every transportation that you do not need to rent or drive a car.
  • Disliked — Manager's reception has no imagination and no official concierge.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank biknrun
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San Francisco California
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2008

Before going to a family wedding in Virginia we visited DC for 6 days and chose to stay at Embassy Suites in Alexandria. After long days of walking around DC hopping on the Metro and arriving steps from the hotel was invaluable. That alone is worth the price.
We found the rooms to be clean, the hotel staff very friendly especially the staff that brought up our room service. We read other reviewers talk about the noise, but we found it to be a very quite place to sleep, and the bed was so comfortable!
We ate lunch at Duke's and thought their food was excellent.
The breakfast each morning was huge and filled us up for our excursions to the city. We only made 2 manager happy hours, but they were just fine.
all in all, we would come back to Alexandria and especially to this Embassy Suites. We found nothing to complain about. yes, the parking lot is tight, but we parked once and didn't use our car again until we left town. The Metro and our feet was all we needed.

  • Liked — ease of getting into DC and the cleanliness & rooms
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2008

Just got back from staying at this hotel May 17-19. We took home more than memories. All 3 of our kids are covered with red dots on their torso and other body parts. Apparently this is called "hot tub rash". Neither I nor my husband went into the hot tub, so we are rash free. The hotel itself was fine, what you would expect. The decor, location and staff were nice. I will say that the pool staff was not very accomodating when we complained that the pool itself was very chilly. As a result, people were getting into the hot tub to warm up. Never did we see the "lifeguard" or "engineer" test the water while we were at the pool. Lots of kids were in there. Clearly they need to do a better job of making sure the pool and hot tub are chlorinated enough to kill off any pesky microbes, like the ones that nibbled on my kids. YUCK!

  • Liked — Great proximity to King Street in Old Town
  • Disliked — Dirty hot tub, cold pool.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Thank stad
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Property: Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria-Old Town
Address: 1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#9 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#11 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#15 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria-Old Town 3.5*
Number of rooms: 268
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