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! :-)
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