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Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street
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Reviewed July 28, 2009

We had a few issues with this Residence Inn but we would stay here again because of the location. The hotel is a short walk from the train station on King street. It takes you 20-30 minutes to get into DC. The trains are clean and safe and run frequently. We didn't have any trouble finding our way around at all. The staff here is not overly friendly and doesn't offer any information upon check-in. I found this disappointing because I am used to great service in other Marriott hotels. We asked if a 2 bedroom was available when we checked in and were told "no" by the front desk employee. Later my husband called the front desk and spoke to the manager who informed us that "yes we have a 2 bedroom unit available". This made us feel like the other person just didn't want to be bothered with us. The pool was a huge disappointment. It is way too small for the size of the hotel. We were traveling with our 11 year old son who was very turned off by the miniscule pool. Breakfast is average but edible. It is very busy in the morning and full of kids. Get there early or make other arrangements. It is difficult to cook in your room and we found out the hard way. We have been to many other Residence Inn's and have never had a problem cooking meals. This one does not have an oven. They also provide you with very cheap pots. We had to call down to the front desk for a frying pan. Someone did deliver one but it was poor quality. We ended up setting off the smoke detector when trying to cook some hamburgers. The hotel has socials or gatherings downstairs in the lobby Monday-Thursday. The food here is pretty good and can even be enough for a dinner meal if you aren't too picky. They serve wine and beer and they limit you to 2 drinks per person. The food ranges from chili and salad to turkey meatballs and mashed potatoes. One night we had nachos with all the fixings and on Thursday they had a BBQ which included hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches. We had a room facing Duke Street. This street can be noisy and full of traffic so if you are not a good sleeper, then ask for a room away from this street. The living room and other bedroom was quiet. The air conditioning was way too cold even if we turned it up to 72. My husband likes it cold so he wasn't complaining. We were on the 3rd floor and the pool is on the 2nd. Our room must have been above the pool because you could hear the kids screaming through the air conditioning vents in our room and bathrooms. Luckily the pool closes at 10pm. Parking costs 15 dollars a day which stinks but you park in a lot in back of the hotel. Whole Foods is a short walk down the block on Duke Street. The prices are high there but the food is good. The brick oven pizza was really good. There is also a restaurant right next door to the hotel which we never got to try but everyone says it is very good and reasonably priced. All in all, we would return here if we ever wanted to visit DC again. I would recommend it because of the great location. It is in a safe neighborhood. There is a free trolley that takes you down to Old Town. There are many cute shops and great restaurants. You can visit the wharf and check out the boats. You can even take some great boat rides from here. It is a very nice town.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank tony9000
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Reviewed July 24, 2009

We picked this hotel because it had a kitchen and wasn't right next door to the Metro, which we thought would be noisy. It's actually about 2-3 blocks away from the Metro and the main drag, King Street. As it turns out, Duke street is a fairly busy and noisy street and with the windows open, we heard a lot of traffic as our room was right up front. But windows closed, it was fairly quiet, except for the occasional ambulance/firetruck. (Oh, and there is also construction going on outside....but it only kept us up one night when they were burying cable in the street.) We picked a room with a separate bedroom and a sofa sleeper in the living room (for my son.) It was like a little apartment. The queen bed was really comfy, my son couldn't say the same about the sofa bed -- pretty thin mattress. A flat screen tv in both rooms. The bath was decent, the kitchen had a full size fridge, a microwave, toaster, coffee maker (broken) and a small cooktop. You can't fry eggs or anything in there, but with Whole Foods a block away (really good pizza by the way), we stocked up on healthy foods and breakfast items especially. Because unless you're downstairs by 9am, you're not gettin' any breakfast. (definitely geared for the business traveler, not a family on vacation). Other than that, our only other main complaint was that there was a hallway air vent located just outside our door, and it blasted arctic cold air at our door 24/7. We literally had to block the door jamb with a bath towel and hang a coat on the door handle as freezing air was coming through the door opening! (the front desk said there was nothing they could do.) Oh, and it takes two people to open a bedroom window with all the safety locks, which I did find annoying. The staff was courteous enough but nothing exceptional. The "market" they have mainly stocks drinks and convenience snacks -- no personal items but you can get a toothbrush and paste from the desk. There is a shuttle van that will take you down to King St. if you want to hit the shops, restaurants or wharf. Came in very handy last night when we got caught in a torrential downpour 16 blocks away from the hotel -- the shuttle came and got us w/in 20 minutes! But mostly, we walked to the Metro every a.m. to hit the D.C. sights and walked to King St. (If you have bad feet, or like me, a bad hip, that walk to the Metro gets old after a couple of days, so take advantage of the shuttle.) The Starbucks is in the lobby of the Hilton that's right next to the Metro, so that is very handy. And if you don't feel like going down to King Street for dinner, or eating in your room, the La Porta restaurant next door was surprisingly good, with a well-rounded menu, good service and live jazz. Overall, this hotel was fine, but didn't quite live up to the expectations I had after reading some of the reviews.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank pickyguest
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

The location and price (for a gov't traveler) were pretty good. The hotel is located a few blocks from the Metro, so you can get nearly anywhere in town easily. I was at a meeting in downtown DC in about 35 minutes from door to door during morning rush hour. The stop is near the end of the Yellow Line, so the cars aren't too full by this time.

The staff had good and bad. Our room had no Internet (which was very important). The night clerk said he would look for a new cable and call back... 30 minutes later, we called and he said he was "still looking" and would put in a repair order. Next day: nothing had been touched. We found the engineer (terrific guy) who said they never heard, but let's fix it now. Turned out to need new cables run in the ceiling, and he tried to do everything he could. The desk clerk this night offered to comp our room, and I asked for a coupon for a future stay instead; she said it would be waiting for us at checkout. They actually gave us a $50 off 2-consecutive night weekend stay (Hmmm, not quite the same thing).

Rooms were fine - no real problems. Beds could use some updating, but were good enough. Half of the staff we dealt with were friendly and helpful, half were worthless (pretty typical for D.C.). The breakfast was fine - nothing worth bragging about, but OK.

I'll check "recommend", but if you have another choice, look into that as well. We have stayed at the Embassy Suites about a block away and prefer that hotel (but it's usually more full and expensive).

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank professorroyhinkley
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

We got a great rate and needed the 1 BR suite for a trip to some Northern VA events.
For all of the good- there was a bad:
so I will review the hotel aspects with a good/bad format
Room: G: Clean and comfortable
B: It was 125 yards (!!) from the elevator and the 3rd floor was strangely humid in the hallway- maybe pool proximity?
Pool: G: There was one
B: Small with bizarre hours (opens at 6 am on the weekdays and not until 10 on the weekends and closes for a period in the afternoon. Do you people know what time children get up??)
Location: G: pretty decent- 1 long block to the metro, 2 blocks to Whole Foods, nice park/ jogging trails behind the hotel
B: again- a LONG block to the Metro; Metro ride= 20 min minimum to the Mall Not in the heart of DC nor overly close to Old Town (20 min walk)
Breakfast: G: There was one with a large selection
B: Its a zoo!- go EARLY
Service: G: Very flexible- we needed to chek in early and out late due to our son and it wasn't an issue
B: Noticible lack of a doorman or ANYONE to help when loading a lot of stuff into and out of the hotel on a dolly.... not a requirement for this rate- but a nice touch
Parking: G: On site and easy
B: $15 cost

Overall a very pleasant stay though and know what you are getting.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

A little off the main drag, but still within a walk to most of what you will want to see in Old Town, Va. Had enough room in the suite that I invited family that lives in nearby VA to join me for a couple days while in town. They enjoyed the property and free breakfast for the couple days and really thought the hotel was great. This property is better appointed and fancier than the stanard residence inn, it is almost a Marriott Suites with a free breakfast. The room was very modern and large and in DC or around DC a large room is as rare as a honest... So I give this property a two thumbs up and would recomend that if you can stay there as it always seems booked, do. It is a nice option to DC downtown, as Old Town is more user friendly and you are only a short distance from the Metro or even a short boat trip from the Mall.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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