Hilton Alexandria Old Town
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First off, we had to take the bus. 45 minutes down the freeway.
B U S: Better Use Subway, Being Uncomfortable Standing, ... Okay, you get it?
I really dislike to a great degree the thing called BUS. No offense to those who have to ride them, or those who have driven them (Dad). I cannot fully express the space issues realized on …
What a day spent amongst the monuments in DC! Our day started with a visit to the Capitol Building, which, for my money, is the quintessential U.S Government structure. Beautifully detailed, as all of these buildings are. Next came Noah's definite highlight: the National Air & Space Museum. I can really only give you a summary of what we saw, …
Chicago was a really good time, but off we go to the next stop on our cross country (and back) tour. Washington, DC. Flew into Reagan National and used the DC area Metro. Noah was not impressed. Worst transit system he has seen, ever. Because of the fare policies -- which are highly confusing and expensive. Cost so far $5.70 to ride 2 stops, and we …
Well, Tonight we took another step closer to our transatlantic trip. One of our biggest concerns with the trip was leaving Winston behind for almost 3 weeks. We have never been away from him for that long, and usually, it meant leaving him in a kennel.... At 9 years old, the thought of leaving him in the kennel was too much. Thankfully, Henry and Wayne volunteered to watch him while we are on our journey. When we had the 2 Bassets, ...
... had to buy the cheapest ticket I could get them to find.....a $300 dollar ticket to London. A ticket purchased directly from American Airlines from Paris to DC cost almost $4000. How does travelocity get them for so much cheaper?
Next, my flight was delayed for an hour.
Then, my flight was canceled til the next morning.
Then American Airlines gave me a direct flight from Dulles Airport ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Hilton Alexandria Old Town Room 604
I spent Mon-Thurs in room 604, which faces the train tracks. This worried me a bit when I first looked out the window, but to my happy surprise the train noise didn't disturb my sleep (maybe the 3 hour time difference from the West Coast just had me so exhausted a bomb wouldn't have woken me!) The hotel was very quiet even though all the rooms on the floor were in use (all those USA Today papers tell that story). Seemed to be mainly business travelers. The hotel amenities described in the book in the room seemed to need updating. There is a refridgerator that is described as a mini-bar, but there was no food nor drink in the fridge. There is high speed HHonors wireless access available for $9.95 per day or $49.95 per week.
The hotel was a basic Hilton. Location next to the King St metro stop made it easy to get to National Airport, The Mall, etc. The service was probably the worst I've experienced at a Hilton. The "concierge" had no clue about restaurants in the area. The hotel restaurant doesn't open until 6:30, so if you have to leave earlier than that, good luck finding breakfast somewhere. Parking is expensive ($18/night.) Front desk staff was more interested in chatting amongst themselves than helping people, but that seems to be the case at most D.C. hotels.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant was good, and not nearly as expensive as I thought it would be. I had the Champagne/Brie fondue for a light dinner, and it was very good (served with bread, apples, and grapes.) Joe Theisman's restaruant is just across the street, but I'm not a fan, so I skipped it.
I had thought that on my next stay I'd try the Embassy across the street, but after reading the reviews about how it's overrun with families and noisy kids, I'll probably stick to the quiet Hilton!
Overall, Very dissapointed
This hotel is in a great location and within walking distance to many shops and restaurants on King Street. The indoor pool was nice if traveling with children and the fitness center was good. However, we were very dissapointed with the service at the Hilton and the outrageous fees for so many things. Parking is $18 a day, breakfast is not included as we had expected because other hilton owned hotels (Homewood, Hampton inn) usually have quite a nice free continental breakfast included. Breakfast at the Hilton was $15 for the buffet and it was the same all three days we were there. Our one bedroom suite did not even have a door on the bedroom which kind of defeats the purpose of paying for a one bedroom suite when traveling with children. Also, if we wanted a refrigerator in the room, it was $30 a day. This was the first time ever that we stayed in a one bedroom suite that didn't have some kind of kitchenette or at very least a small refrigerator which is necessary when traveling with small children. The volume on the TV ,in the living room, was not adjustable. I also found a previous guests' clothes in the night table which left me wondering whether housekeeping thoroughly cleaned the room. The concierge was not very helpful, seemed overwhelmed, very busy, and not very informative once you got his attention. Overall, we were very dissapointed with our stay and will probably stick to Hampton Inns or Homewood Suites in the future where you get more value, better service, and nicer accomodations.
Nice, Quiet Hotel
Stayed here in the middle of July. The Hilton Alexandria was a nice, comfortable hotel. It's for the most part a basic Hilton property. The rooms were your average hotel room. They were clean and had nice furniture. The bathrooms were of decent size and had good amenities. The beds aren't "heavenly" but they make do. Front desk staff were ok, but not extremely helpful or nice. Lobby is well decorated and has places to sit and relax. They have a small indoor pool and a work out facility which we did not use. They also have an on-site restuarant which we did not eat at. The best part of the hotel is the location! It is a quick walk to the Metro, which takes you all over the DC and Virginia area. If you walk down King Street for about a mile, you will arrive at the potomac river (a very relaxing place to go sit and people/boat/airplane watch). There are also shops and restuarants located all along King Street. I would stay there again and would recommend it to people looking for a nice hotel with a great location.
An ordeal in travel and dining
This hotel may have cured us from ever staying at another Hilton.
Despite our reservations being made well in advance and confirmed-the hotel made a mistake. No suite available. Dining reservations were also confirmed for this special evening. The hotel made a mistake-no reservations. We were seated and received not only slow service (2 hours for dinner) but food that was terrible. The big mistake was staying at this hotel at all.
I organized a two-day business meeting at this hotel in November, 2003.
I was very pleased with the service. Rooms were spacious and comfortable. The hotel staff was very helpful and attentive. Catered food was very good. Can't beat the location (as noted by other reviewers). We'll probably have our meeting here again next year. No complaints!
Stayed here last week for 3 days for DC area sightseeing. Arrived late our first night, and our first choice of room was not available. Desk clerk personally showed us several room alternatives, and ended up upgrading us to a suite for our entire stay(no extra charge). Great location, across the street from Metro. We ate at in-house restaurant "Segars", and while pricey, food and service was excellent(dinner one nite, and breakfast each day). Close, easy walk, to other area restaurants. Safe location. We walked several times at night, and felt very comfortable. Only complaint: Felt parking fee @ $14 per night was high. But other excellent aspects of stay overshadows that complaint.
Would definitely stay there next visit to DC area.
No frills, alacarte
staff were unfriendly, not helpful. No freebies, you pay for everything upfront. Parking fee was outrageous, you actually pay more if you are staying at the hilton, than if you were just off the street.Pricey, yet convenient to metro. The roon was spacious and comfortable. The Hampton down the street was as nice. Parking was cheaper and you got a free breakfast.
Pleasant if uninspired
We took an impulse visit to Washington at the end of our honeymoon in March 2003. We picked the Hilton mostly because of its location in Alexandria - it has always struck me as a bit better-kept and safer than some areas - and its location across from the King St. metro station. That was perfect for hopping over to the Smithsonian (absolutely no noise from it either). It's also relatively accessible to the Southern end of I-95. Parking was a bit high - $14/night. The dining room, Seegar's, is rather stodgy and overpriced (I'd recommend Stella's for American cuisine in very close proximity). Room service was extremely overpriced as usual. 19% service charge, 7.5% tax, and $2.50 delivery charge. And the listed prices were higher than in the restaurant itself. We figured that a filet mignon with spinach and a baked potato would be at least $50. The good restaurants on King St. were a bit of a hike but it's also a pleasant walk. The room was clean, consistently decorated in beige, beige and more beige, firm beds, substandard pillows (ask for extras), responsive temperature controls, tv/cable nothing exciting.The tiny pool did not go below 3 feet in height and was swamped with children at all times unfortunately. It did not seem worth the full-time lifeguard. Overall unobjectionable, but it's a place to stay, not a place to be.
New and ~nice~
I stayed here late-March of '02. 2-night (weekend) stay was about $265 including tax & parking. Nice, comfortable room; the taller than usual ceiling made the room feel larger than it was. But like another guest mentioned, we had trouble with the toilet in our room, too! We didn't dine at the hotel, but did go to the lounge once and would agree that it's a bit too noisy for 1-on-1 conversation. There was a lot we didn't see or use here (pool, gym, etc.) because we spent 75% of our time in DC (a quick 12-15 minute ride on the Metro and you were there) and the rest in Old Town Alexandria, at the extreme opposite end of King Street from the hotel. And though shuttle buses run on King nearly all the time, it was great to step off the Metro at night and be just a half-block from the hotel. But if you plan to spend most of your time in Old Town (closer to the Potomac), then bring your walking shoes... or get good at timing the shuttle bus. In-room amenities: the usual mini-bar, 19" TV and VCR, and I think there were data-jacks on the phone... but there was a stiff surcharge on any calls made from your room, so I used lobby pay-phones and brought a calling card with me.
The Alexandria Old Town Hilton is a well-appointed, new hotel in a very convenient location, just a few blocks easy walk from Old Town Alexandria and directly across the street from the Metro Station. The decor is elegant, the rooms very comfortable, and the rates reasonable. My husband and I stayed there over Christmas while visiting relatives. We especially enjoyed the indoor pool and exercise room, although the hours are limited to late afternoon and evening.
The hotel is new and still has some rough edges to smooth out. We had plumbing problems with a toilet that continued to clog, although the staff was immediately responsive to the problem. The aroma of perfume in the lobby and elevators was cloying. Perhaps they had recently cleaned the carpets. Also, the music in the lobby was a bit loud and intrusive, not in keeping with the elegant atmosphere.
Be advised that overnight parking will incur an extra charge. Patio tables for cocktails in warm weather overlook the King St. intersection and Metro Station.
Otherwise, the Hilton was a pleasant place to stay. We would stay there again because of the convenient location and sensible rates.