Location - directly on Mt Vernon Trail. Great breakfast spot across the street (called Extra Perks). 8 blocks to King Street and wharf. 2 blocks to Giant grocery store and Holiday Inn where Crowne plaza guests have access to pool. Stop at holiday inn front desk, present Crowne Plaza room key and they will give you guest pass to access pool on 2nd floor. To get to holiday inn and grocery store, walk out front of Crowne Plaza and walk through park. Cross next street and walk through parking lot. You'll be on the side of the grocery store. Look to you right and that's the Holiday Inn.
We booked using Priceline Express Deals and chose a 3.5 star hotel in Alexandria Old Town area. Using this method, you wont know exact hotel, until you pay. I studied Priceline pretty thoroughly. I concluded Priceline gave 3 hotels a 3.5 rating in that area. Crowne Plaza, Embassy Suites on Diagonal Rd, Sheraton Suites Old Town, all of which were a similar distance from the wharf at King St which was my target location. The rate was $56 plus tax per night for 4 nights - Wednesday night through Sunday morning. You can't beat that rate so I selected the 3.5 star hotel for $56 and the result was Crowne Plaza. We were not disappointed.
Our room had a fridge, a view to the south of Potomac River and National Harbor in the distance. Our friends had a view to the north with Jefferson memorial, Washington monument and Capitol bldg visible.
There was a restaurant/bar in the hotel. I peeked in, it looked nice but we never went there. Too much to do around Old Town to warrant hanging inside.
One day we walked to the National Mall and the Nationals Park for a baseball game. The Mall was only about 7 miles away, approx 6 miles north on the Mt Vernon trail to the Twin bridges, then cross the Twin bridges and arrive at Jefferson Memorial. Then a few tenths of a mile to the mall. After checkin out the museums, we walked about another 1.5 miles to ball park (cabbed back for about $25 cab fare). All flat walking. People who visit DC usually enjoy walking a lot so I thought I'd throw that info in. It's also possible to continue north on Mt Vernon trail to Arlington Nat Cemetery, statue of Iwo Jima and then on to Georgetown via the Key Bridge.
Also, we were able to rent bikes and ride the Mt Vernon trail south to Mt. Vernon (approx 10-11 miles south). Took a boat back.
Although we never needed it, the metro was an easy walk to the west of the hotel.
I hope to stay here 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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