Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street
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... stopping to get from the Capitol building, up to the Washington Monument, around the White House, then across to the Jefferson, Eisenhower, MLKJnr and Lincoln monuments. By this stage there was a strong police presence which was daunting at first, however I came to realise that because Obama was out and about for a lot for the different ceremonies, they were just preparing the road blocks. One thing that astounded me was the use of marble in this place, there must be ...
... to see everything. As always the kids are hungry so it's decided that we will eat at hot dog stand on the side of the road -everyone has to do it at least once when your are travelling the USA.
Following this museum we head over to National Museum of American History. This is part of Jamie's heritage so he is really keen to see what it has to offer. Again huge, again displays are amazing. Nathan and Indi were a part of a re-construction of the first black ...
... the First Lady has her office with the secret service and the West wing is where the Oval Office is located. After that we were dropped off at the mall at 12.30pm where we were let loose for the afternoon until 5.00pm when we will be picked up again. We went to the Natural Museum part of the Smithsonian, we had some lunch there and split our time between the Museum of Flight and Space. The Museum of Natural History is massive. It had been a long morning, so we headed downstairs ...
... special to see the actual Apollo 11 command module and other spacecraft and aircraft that were actually used.
We then hiked most of the length of the mall to visit the Lincoln Memorial. It's still very moving to see that statue and to reflect on what that president accomplished.
By this time it was raining really hard (we had been getting rain showers off and on all day but now it was really dumping). Nonetheless, we took a ...
... of the history of Quebec to help them understand the '’complexity’’ of Canada. LOL! They were also curious to know if it really is dangerous to drive during the winter with the snow. I answered that our rate of car accident is the higgest in Canada... Hihihi :)
Then, I will probably return to this conversation group because I met new people and want to learn more about their cultures. :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street
Comfortable Digs in a Classic City
The photos posted at various travel sites and the Marriott sites are outdated. The rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The staff was friendly and accomodating. The location feels safe and is central to shops and cafes. Note that parking in their garage is $17 and if you park on the ground level, you will need a key card to get into the garage to retrieve your car- something to keep in mind when checking out.
I always like to research a hotel well before I stay because it can ruin a trip. This hotel had good reviews so I choose it because of that and the location. I was not disappointed. This hotel was close to metro stop, King Street Station, and within walking distance to all things on King Street. Breakfast was plentiful and good and you could get free drinks all day. In the evening the food was good enough you didn't even have to venture out of the hotel which we didn't one night because of snow. Room was clean and staff was attentive. Only complaint was the bed sunk in and wasn't all that comfortable. Maybe it was just our room. Over all I would highly recommend this hotel.
We stayed for 6 nights at the end of May for family vacation. We had the 2 bedroom / 2 bath suite right in the top floor corner of the building. There were four of us: me, wife and our 2 kids 9 and 11.
Convenient and good value
We stayed here for 2 nights and enjoyed being able to walk into Old Town (10-15 minutes) and to the metro 5 minutes. I hadn't stayed at a Residence Inn in a while and was amazed at the free breakfast buffet and all the healthy options (oatmeal, plain yogurt, fresh fruit) that were available. THe room was clean and quiet and the staff were friendly and helpful. Especially liked the free Sunday Washington Post!
Would definitely stay there again.
We decided on short notice to head to DC for Spring Break with 3 kids and my mom. The RI Alexandria was PERFECT! We had a 2 bedroom suite w/ 2 bathrooms. Breakfast is now the new upgraded one that RI has implemented all over. It was great! Eggs every day, waffles, bakery goods and cereal. Even after 5 days we did not get sick of the offered food.
Great Hotel-Fabulous location
Just got back from DC after viewing the Cherry Blossoms. Chose this hotels because of the positive reviews. We were not disappointed. Fine staff, clean large rooms and a great location enhanced our visit. The location provides a quick 3 block walk to the King Street station for a trip to almost anywhere in the area. If you like to walk, you can amble down King street (about 14 blocks to the River) passing a variety of eateries and shops. Was great fun...people watching and enjoying the sites. Plenty of restaurants in the area and we ventured out at 9:00pm one night and found them to be crowded at that time. Hope to go back soon and do more exploring...of course Residence Inn will be our choice!
Very Good But Not Excellent.
Everything was almost perfect. The food was very good, the facility condition was excellent. The staff with one exception friendly and accomodating.
We were told upon checkin that there was a shuttle to the train station. However, when we inquired about it at 9am the next morning, we were told that it did not start until 10:30am due to rush hour and insurance regulations?? My 5 yr old son had a leg injury and could not put alot of weight on his leg. My husband had to carry him 2-3 blocks.
Parking was $15 per night in a very tight, cramped garage.
Otherwise, all was great! Would stay here again, perhaps not at the published rate of $229 plus tax (we stayed on points) as the room was small and just a studio. Would likely first look around for a better deal.
I just got back from a weekend stay at this hotel. Quite frankly, the Residence Inn was not our first choice. My fiance and I wanted to book a hotel near Old Town Alexandria for a nice little weekend getaway. We booked through AAA Getaway Vacations. We first tried to get the Sheraton Suites but they were booked solid. I am certainly not disappointed we got "stuck" with the Residence Inn.
My husband and I and another couple went to Washingotn DC to sightsee. We reserved a 2 bedroom suite for the 4 of us. We loved it. It was huge and had everything we could imagine in it! We were a five minute walk to the Metro, which was very nice. The hotel staff was so kind and helpful. The hotel even has a free shuttle service. We enjoyed a complimentary breakfast every morning! This hotel was so clean, also! I highly reccomend for ANYONE!!
**The only thing I caution visitors on is that the hotel is in Old Town Alexandria and we could not find much to do after 9:30 PM--even the resturants close then!
Home Away from Home
I checked in to this absolutely beautiful brand new hotel in Old Town Alexandria last night and I must say, I am impressed. The entire staff is very friendly and ready to assist me with regular offers of help. The building is architecturally stunning and holds 240 suites, each with a full sized kitchen. I am here on business and can definitely save on my out of pocket expenses because of their complimentary grocery shopping service (to cook meals in my suite), the daily hot breakfast, and the dinner buffet during the week. This is definitely the place to stay if you want a homelike atmosphere but with additional amenities like housekeeping service every day. Hats off to the Residence Inn!
-D.S. Fredericksburg, VA