We were in town for a family wedding, and the reception was going to be at the Crowne Plaza, so we decided to stay here. I was a little hesitant because of some of the reviews that I had read here, but we were pleasantly surprised.
Before our arrival, I had to call to change our reservation (add a day before and take away a day at the end). The person I spoke to was very short and unfriendly. However, she got it done, and I was happy enough.
Shuttle: They have a shuttle that goes from the hotel to the airport and back. It is very convenient as the DC Metro has a stop at the airport. So for a couple of days, we took advantage of the shuttle to get us to the Metro to visit DC. The only problem is that since the CP at Old Alexandria is so convenient, there are also a LOT of airline crew that stay there. If you are at the airport waiting for the shuttle, there are a couple of drivers who show preference to the airline personnel. One afternoon, we had been waiting longer, but when the shuttle arrived, some flight attendants ran out of the building and were served first. Some people who had been waiting (arrived after us but before the attendants) were told to wait for the next shuttle because there was no longer room on this one. So that's where I take the fifth star away.
Reception/Staff: All of the staff I encountered within the hotel was very nice. We arrived quite early (noon), but since they had a room available, they let us in. We had joined their reward program prior to leaving Dallas, so when we arrived, we were given a little goodie bag including bottled water, bag of popcorn and some other little things. They also let us know that we would enjoy free wifi as part of the program. So join if you plan on staying at a Crowne Plaza!
Room: Our room was great. Even though it's an older hotel, our room was clean and mold/grossness-free. The only problem with the room was that we had no refrigerator or microwave. I didn't think anything of it until I saw in my cousins' rooms that they had them. We all had the same type of room, but some rooms just don't get them. So if it's important to you, ask for one when you check in. When we got into our room, we had a nice little bag of lavender linen spray, earplugs and eye mask waiting for us. Nice touch. As part of a wedding group, we also enjoyed free parking throughout our stay.
Fitness Room:This was very nice. The room on the 2nd floor had treadmills, elliptical machines and weight machines. There were towels, water, and free weights as well. The air was cold, so it made running much more pleasant. Behind the hotel is a trail that goes for miles.
Area/Location: We were very close to King Street where you can find lots of bars, restaurants and shops. Right across the street are some tennis courts, a nail salon and a great breakfast place. A little further down is a cool Italian shop and a Thai place. Around a few corners is a grocery store. You can go for a quick drive and find shopping and restaurants. If you drive towards the highway, though, you encounter an area that isn't so nice. It's like one minute you are in a very seemingly safe area, then you cross the street, and there is trash on the sidewalks, unkept lawns and shady people hanging out at night. But right around the hotel, it's perfectly fine.
Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. The wedding reception turned out great. The food there was awesome, so if that is anything close to what you'd get in the hotel, then that's good news. We'd stay here again if we were to come to DC again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our New Old Town Alexandria Hotel You'll enjoy a convenient location and top-quality amenities when you stay at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza of Old Town Alexandria. Our hotel is only two miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Located near Washington DC, our Alexandria, VA hotel is in close proximity to many attractions. We're only eight blocks from the shops and historic homes on Old Alexandria's revitalized waterfront. Walking tours of the city of Old Town and Potomac River Cruises of the nation's capital's monuments begin just a few miles from our Alexandria hotel. Our hotel near Washington, DC is also ideal for business travelers because we're a short drive from many corporate offices, like Robbins Gioia, International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pentagon and the many museums, bureaus and government offices of Washington, DC. We also offer the convenience of eight meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center and high-speed, wireless Internet access. While lodging in Alexandria, Virginia, hotel guests can enjoy a relaxing setting with our fitness center, Sleep Advantage program with new, comfortable beds and spectacular views of the Potomac and city from many rooms. From our hotel restaurant, Chequers, to our complimentary shuttles to the airport, Metro/Subway and King's Street, a convenient stay awaits you at the Old Town Alexandria Crowne Plaza. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Alexandria
- Alexandria Crowne Plaza