Homewood Suites Alexandria
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We were only able to stay here for one night but it was fantastic. The most wonderful pillows I have ever had -- and there are four on every bed.
Very good location for getting into D.C. quickly. The breakfast they have in the morning is varied and very good.
Great for families
We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in early August. It is great for families because you have extra space in your room, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, 2 TVs in the room, etc. The overall appearance of the hotel was good, I think it is fairly new.
The free breakfast buffet was adequate. It had the same items each day-yogurt, cereal, muffins, bagels, fruit, pastries, waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and sausage. The lobby was large enough to accomodate the number of people eating at the same time.
During the week (Mon-Thurs) there is a free afternoon snack served from 5-7pm. The food changes daily. While we were there they offered Make-your-own sandwiches, hotdogs, and fish. The kids liked the first two nights and it provided a good snack to hold them over until we could go out to dinner later. Just before 7pm they cook assorted cookies in the lobby oven. The smell is irresistable and they taste good too!
The pool is small but clean. It is shaped like a duck which is the hotel chain's logo. There was a lifeguard on duty the 3 days were went swimming, don't know if she is there every day. There is also an exercise room and a jacuzzi. The jacuzzi's water was so hot I could not put my foot in it so I did not find out much about it. I did not go in the exercise room but it looked nice.
The laundry room is busy even late at night since there are only 2 washers & 2 dryers. I wish they had more because I had to make several trips to the basement before I was able to get a free washer. I had to wait til the next morning to dry the clothes because the dryers take 1 hour to finish a cycle.
The only thing I did not like about this hotel was its location. We were staying in Alexandria in order to visit the old part of town and Mt. Vernon. Olde Towne is 4.5 miles from the hotel but it took 20-25 minutes to make the drive due to traffic and traffic lights. We drove from our hotel to Olde Towne at least once per day & sometimes twice. If I ever visit Alexandria again I will try to stay in a hotel actually in Olde Towne just for convenience.
Another nice thing about Homewood Suites is that parking is free.
Best Homewood Suites by far
We stayed at this property the week before 4th of July. The room was extremely large--full kitchen, living area, seperate bedroom. Perfect when you are staying for 5 days. The good point of the room--seperate dressing/vanity area outside the shower room that could be closed off from the living area and the bedroom. A great advantage to let the kids sleep while you are getting ready. The rooms were quiet, also. The breakfast was large--great selections (not all "grown-up stuff" as my 7 yr. old said) and a well laid out flow to the breakfast. The two ladies in charge kept everything full and there were no waits for anything. It was a great advantage and budget saver to have the manager's reception in the evening (M-Thr). Usually, this means some veggies and dip but here it not only had veggies and dip, but a full salad bar, and a hot entree and side dish (veal parmigiana and rice, BBQ sandwiches and baked beans, hot open faced turkey sandwiches and mashed potatoes). This saved us a lot of money on food. The location was good. We were on the main drag to go to 395 and Washington.
We had a problem with the washing machine at the hotel and it was taken care of promptly and they even came back to check on it again later. We felt very lucky to have found this hotel. We have stayed at other Homewood Suites in the past, but this one has been the best. I would highly reccommend it for your trip to the DC area.
My family and I stayed here for Father's Day weekend while visiting Washington DC. We had a 1 bedroom suite which was very spacious and modern. Housekeeping came in every day to make the beds and tidy up. The fitness area and hot tub were open 24 hours. The breakfasts were awesome. Not your typical continental breakfast, but a nice assortment of hot and cold food.
This hotel is very convenient to DC. We got a good deal with a summer rate, but not sure I would care to spend what it typically costs to stay there, though if you can, it is DEFINITELY worth it.
I left my cell phone charger in our room when we checked out and didn't realize it until we were half way home (PA). I called the next day and by the day after they had located it and mailed it back to me.
Great Hotel in Alexandria!
We stayed here during the Memorial for the Police. Great place! Friendly, professional staff attended to our every need without hesitation. The buffets were tasty and plentiful. The rooms were spotless and always tidied upon our return. Every request was met with courtesy and gracious manners. We really, really loved this hotel. (TIP: If you have your car, drive it to the Pentagon City Mall which is about 3 miles and park in the mall parking garage. Take the Pentagon City Mall Metro into D.C. and upon your return, purchase something at Macy's - they will validate your parking ticket and you will pay nothing for parking). Also, there's a great grocery store about 2 blocks away as well as a number of restaurants. We will definitely stay here again.
Highly recommended - you get your money's worth and then some!
We got a special deal on a room via the Hilton website for the holidays while we had relatives visiting from out of town. We spent every day in the hotel with them, and they simply loved it. Plenty of space, friendly staff, and tons of food at breakfast and during the manager's reception (they only paid for meals on weekends). Breakfast had eggs, sausage, cereal, pastries, waffles, french toast - not your standard continental, for certain. The evening 'reception' had veggies and dips, soup and salad bar, some prepared salads, and a main dish - sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken stir-fry, etc.
I was skeptical going into it as my husband had previously stayed at a Homewood out in Fairfax, VA and while there was extra space, the rate was almost twice as much; the rooms were worn down and ugly; the manager's reception was hardly appetizing with only a small amount of food; and the breakfast was pitiful. The Alexandria Homewood restored my faith in the entire chain. I highly recommend this and in fact, think we might get these relatives back as frequent visitors because they loved their stay so much!
Happy With My Stay
I spent a Saturday night at this hotel in late October 2004. As it was the weekend, there was no Manager's Reception when I was there, and I do not offer that comment as a negative one. My stay was enjoyable. The hotel, and my room, were clean and quiet. I wanted a beer so I walked a few blocks down the hill to a 7-Eleven and took care of that. Note: the property is located in an area where I would not feel entirely comfortable walking at night. That having been said, I felt entirely safe at the hotel. The room was a large suite with a full kitchenette, i.e., 2-burner stove, dishwasher, sink, and refrigerator. The bed was firm and comfortable; the bathroom was clean. Free high-speed internet access was available in the room and it zipped along at the speed of a full T-1 connection. This location would not have been my first choice for a hotel room in Alexandria, however, I will say that I would stay here again.
Fantastic for DC family vacation
I stayed here on a vacation with my extended family, 6 adults and three children. I would highly recommend this hotel either for vacation or business.
On day one, the only room that I could book was a two bedroom/two bath unit overlooking the pool that rented for $200/night and was well worth it. The master bedroom had a king size bed and private bath. The living room had a pull-out sofa and kitchen area, and the second bedroom had two double beds. Nine of us fit very comfortably into the room.
For the rest of our stay, we split into two separate rooms at $100/night each. The rooms contained separate bedrooms with double beds and the same living room/kitchen setup as in the the two-bedroom unit.
All the rooms were very fresh, clean, and beautifully appointed. Carpeting was fresh and clean with little to no carpet cleaning solution smell. Although the hotel was fully booked, it was quiet. I also noticed many government employees and military personnel staying here.
We used the FREE in-room broadband to hook up our computer - nice.
Each day, we ate the wonderful included breakfast with waffles you can make yourself, and all the nice steam table breakfast eggs and meats, as well as cereals and fruit. In the evening (except for weekends), an extensive happy hour goodies time could pretty much serve as dinner (no alcohol). We sometimes augmented this with a delivered pizza. High quality tea and coffee were always available in the lobby as was fruit.
We used the outdoor pool that was very pleasant and attended to by a lifeguard. We also used the indoor Jacuzzi. Note that the rooms on the lowest floor might get some chlorine smell from this area - we noticed it when we were walking in the hallway. You might want to request an upper floor just to be on the safe side.
The immediate area is mixed residential and retail, although there aren't any restaurants within walking distance. There is a Hampton Inn next door. Parking can be a bit tight.
Sightseeing travel to DC is easy via car (a requirement with our large group of kids to senior citizens).
Arriving back at the hotel each day was truly pleasurable and made this family vacation wonderful. I would definitely consider staying at this hotel while in the DC area on business or vacation.
Highly recommend this hotel!!!
This is the place to stay while visiting the DC area!We came here for a family vacation and absolutely loved this hotel!!! The hotel is beautiful and spotless. The atmosphere is homey. The breakfast is everything you can ask for to get your sightseeing off to a great start. The staff is pleasant and knowledgeable. The rooms are spacious and immaculate and accommadate five easily. The exercise room actually has equipment to provide for a full workout. The pool was always warm. The meal provided from 5-7:00 was beyond expectations. The extra touches this hotel provides such as warm cookies out of the oven make you feel right at home. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
Homewood Suites top notch
We spent four days at Homewood Suites in Alexandria and the four of us couldn't have been more pleased. Lovely room, everything there we needed, grandaughter loved the pool, breakfasts were great, as was the one evening meal. Friendly staff, would certainly stay here again and also - based on our experience - try another Homewood Suite. Great job, guys!!
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... you pay for a room, the less you get. The $90 budget motels we have stayed at have free wifi and continental breakfast included. This $280 place, while beautiful, includes nothing. No free wifi or breakfast.We took the ride through the the leafy outer suburbs including Georgetown, and went via the National Cathedral which is a stunning building. Then it was down embassy row to check out all the foreign embassies here in DC. Have ...
... and came across JFK's grave and section 60 where the Afghanistan War dead are buried. This section has regular family visits and whilst I was there an old gentleman was sitting in a deck chair talking to one particular grave. Section 60 is also allowed to leave flowers, memorabilia etc whereas the rest of the vast cemetery is the simple, plain white tomb stone. I spent 3-4 hours walking and sitting and it was another one of those places that stays ...
... end said, "By the way, I like your accent." Oh dear, I realized. I have an accent. And I'm quite sure it's not a very good one.
For now, though, I wait. I wait until my visa gets stamped on my passport. I wait until the last of the boxes arrives in Spain. And I wait until someone buys this couch. But in the words of Tom Petty, "The waiting is the hardest part."
... of the capital. He was not the greatest tour guide in the world (he was an intern---freshman in college), but he was able to take us on the underground subway that connects the capital to the senator's building. I have been to the Capital a few times before, but I just did not appreciate the grandeur of the place until this visit. I just love all the buildings and architecture of Washington.
After our tour with the intern we ...
... reasons, it is also great to enjoy some of the traditional dishes prepared by the people you are living or even working with. The picture at the left shows some very yummy traditional dishes prepared by a couple of my Korean friends and the picture at the right side, is my attempt to provide my friends with a little taste of Belgium!