Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town
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The photos posted at various travel sites and the Marriott sites are outdated.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.
Definately would stay here again
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.
Staying here was a last minute change. We actually were booked at the Homewood Suites in Old Town. But after thinking about it, we figured it would be better to stay at a place close to the metro. In addition, the Residence Inn had an indoor pool and Homewood had an outdoor which was not open yet.
The room was very clean: spotless and smelling fresh every day. Everything was in working order.
There are 3 televisions in the room: one in each bedroom and one in the living room. It had a full kitchen with fridge, stove, microwave, sink, dishwasher, utensils, plates, glasses, coffee maker, you name it.
The beds were comfortable. They have those memory foam mattresses. We all slept well. My son, 9 years old, slept in one bedroom and my daughter slept on the pullout couch. The pullout was clean and looked comfortable. Unfortunately they only have queen beds available though. It would have been nice if one bedroom had two twin beds.
Each bathroom had a hair dryer and full combo tub / shower.
The metro is two blocks away and could be seen clearly from our room. It's about a 5 minute walk. They have a complementary shuttle that takes you there; no reservation needed.
The full breakfast buffet is all that you could ask for in a breakfast. Scrambled eggs daily with all sort of sides. Usually a meat and potato side. French toast on a couple of days. Bisquits and gravy one day. Taco shells one day to make your own scrambled egg tacos. Make-your-own Belgium waffles daily was a nice touch. Yogurt, fresh toppings for yogurt, fresh fruit, mini-muffins, DONUTS, cerial, juice, tea, fresh coffee and flavored coffee from a machine thing. The buffet is definately the best thing about this place! In fact, we would tank up on breakfast, hit DC and have a drink and/or snack for lunch, then have a good dinner. So we only paid for one meal a day.
They also have a manager's reception Monday - Thursday in the evening. We did not partake in this so I can't really comment. I did see free wine and beer one day though!
The staff was always helpful, cheerful and pleasant.
Pool was on the small side but definately large enough for all ages to have fun in. I went in with the kids every day. They have a full time lifeguard. They tracked the water balance daily, however, the water was always a little cloudy. Its probably a filter thing. It is not over-clorinated.
Parking was easy. Most of it is enclosed. It is gated. Its a bummer you have to pay $15.00 a day to park though.
One complaint I have is the high speed internet access. It was intermittent at best. It hung often. It was a frustrating experience. I would not count on it to do any kind of real work.
Another complaint was the white noise level. The ventilation system could always be heard. The central air condition was quite loud. You had to turn up the TV every time it went on. It would startle you when it came on until you got used to it. There was only one fan speed: high. If you are used to a place with lots of background noise this will not be a problem.
Other than that, the place is highly recommended. I couldn't rate it exellent because of the white noise and internet problems.
I would definately stay there again!
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.
Staff here is amazing. They knew us after a couple of days and would ask about where we went and how we were getting around. I'm sure that this was because on our first day we asked a lot of questions about the Metro.
Easy 2 block walk to Metro OR ask for the free shuttle. We never waited for our driver to take us to the station when we asked, but most of the time we just walked.
Another easy 2 block walk to King Street. We had our choice of many restaurants and cute shops. The only bad thing was that shops all closed pretty early.
Hotel was VERY clean. Housekeeping was very quick in bringing us towels, pillows and more shampoo. Never had to ask twice. Pool was on the smaller size, but was clean without that overpowering smell. Kids had fun. I used the laundry facilities and they were located on the second floor. The only thing lacking here was a change machine. Everytime I ran out of quarters I had to run down to the Front Desk. Otherwise the laundry room was very nice and roomy w/ tables and chairs along with a TV. Even had a shelf stocked w/ magazines and books to read while you waited.
All in all if we went back I would not hesitate to stay here again! A great hotel in a good area.
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.
Marriott does it again
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.
The customer service was outstanding. The front desk was very helpful and accomdating. Our package through AAA included parking and 2 all day Metro passes. Normally parking is an additional $15/day. These amenties were not listed in our reservation. Luckily I had the email that showed what was included along with my confirmation. I simply showed it to the front desk and they accomdated the requests without question. The hotel offers a shuttle into Old Town as the main area is about 10-15 blocks away. Be aware though that you may be able to take it into town but the shuttle doesn't run very late (10:30pm on Friday and 8:30pm on Saturday). This was not a problem as we managed to find a cab back to the hotel without problem.
The room itself was very spacious. There was a full kitchen complete with stove, full size fridge, and dishwasher. There were 2 TV's, one in the living area and another in the bedroom, and high speed internet. We purchased a bottle of wine and conveniently enough a corkscrew was included with the utensils. The hotel even includes a service that will go grocery shopping for you. There is no fee for the service and they will apply the cost to your room. They seemed to think of just about everything.
Parking was not a problem at all. There were plenty of wide spaces available. It is a private locked garage that can only be accessed with a room key. It is gated with a metal garage door, very secure. With the shuttle and the Metro being 2 blocks away, we parked and forgot about the car for the duration.
There is a breakfast buffet that is provided every morning. Nothing special here. Its better than the basic continental breakfast though. It was the same both days we visited. The main fare was scrambled eggs, greasy sausage patties and oatmeal. They also had waffle makers to make your own Belgian waffles. There was a toaster with bread, bagels and english muffins as well as cereal, yogurt and muffins.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel. The service is top notch and it has a relatively good location. It is not in the middle of Old Town Alexandria but it is a good comprimise between convenience of access to downtown DC and its attractions as well as Old Town. The hotel has thought of everything to try to make it your home away from home.
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