Washington Suites Alexandria
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Almost Like Home
An above average accommodation with good shuttle service to the efficient Metro trains into Washington. We had a clean and modern suite which housed four of us and a pet comfortably. Daily maid service was very good. Our air conditioning broke down the second evening, but their maintenance service repaired it within the hour, and we had no more problems. A nice breakfast buffet which we could take back to our suite. A plus was that the friendly staff went out of their way to make us feel at home. Another plus was their pet policy - no deposit or papers to sign to guarantee damage costs (Our pet behaved herself .... even made friends with the maid) We would certainly stay their again....
Overall Good Hotel
We were very pleased with our stay. The rooms are large, with a nice kitchenette, full-size refrigerator and small microwave. It is not a fancy place, but clean and very nice staff. The free shuttle service was great for getting to the Metro or even to the grocery store. The continental breakfast was also good (unless you are on a low carb diet?!? - all high carb food!) We even enjoyed the small restaurant for dinner a couple of nights. The only drawback was the happy hour crowd that was a little loud and smokey, so we took the food back to our room to eat. Overall, we would recommend this hotel.
For the price, I would not go back...
I was mightily disappointed in the Washington Suites. Although the rooms are huge, the furnishings are old and sad. The TV in the living room did not work. There was no cold water in the bathroom sink. There were crumbs in the hallway during my entire 3 day stay. The drapes were half hanging off the rods. Most discouraging for first impressions was the lobby. The rug was literally patched in huge areas with duct tape! There are only 2 elevators for a very large building, which means very long waits. Bathroom tiles were old and discolored. The bedspread was noticeably worn. Overall, not acceptable.
Not so good
We stayed at the Washington Suites Alexandria in July 2003. Rooms large, but tacky style. The fire alarm went off ever so often.
Breakfast was "Breakfast", unhealthy food, and CROWDED. Shuttle... the cars were from the Civil War era. Broke down to and from the station...
Friendly but very busy, somewhat 'distant' staff. Pool was uninviting.
No charm. Sorry.
Loved the Washington
I felt really comfortable at the washington. Here's why:
-the environment was very laid back to the point of family -very comfy atmosphere -clean room -clean bathroom -clean bed -clean kitchen The rooms are huge, its like a mini studio apt. I didnt have a problem with the air condition, bc duhh you can control the tempt. from inside of your room. I had a balcony view which was nice and you also get a complementary breakfast which was tasty, overall, i give it a 7 out of 10. And the only reason why it isnt perfect because hey it isnt ont of those swanky hotels but its very nice and i was very pleased and not to mentioned i paid a total of 160 dollars for 2 nights (expedia.com).
Check in was a breeze and everyone was nice even the foreign housekeepers. so i give it a thumbs up!!
Washington Suites was horrible. It is a very old hotel. When we first came, there were dishes on the floor outide our room for two days. We had ants crawling all over our room. When we reported it to the front desk, they blamed us for leaving food out. We also had ants in our bed and we never brought food in there. It rained hard at one point and the rain water was coming through the roof. When I called the front desk..they asked me if my windows were open like I was stupid and bothering them. When maintainance came up to my room they just threw towels under the areas that were leaking and they told me that the floor above me was leaking more than me. Like that was supposed to make me feel better? I stayed here for two weeks and I wouldn't reccomend this place to any of my friends or family. And I will never come back here at all. It is not worth it. You don't pay all this money for a place like this. They need to do some serious work!
Great for families
This is a great place for families. We had a one bedroom suite for 2 adults and 2 children and that suited us just fine. Very spacious! Full kitchen was nice for a few times we cooked our own dinner. We had a ground floor unit which actually turned out to be nice because I noticed the elevators were slow and people were always waiting (especially in the am). The breakfast buffet (bagles, muffins, pastries) was nice and was a good start to our day before setting out to see the sights. Close to Van Dorn metro (they have a shuttle to take you) and easy access to 395. We lived in DC 10 years prior so we knew where we were going, etc., so we never used the shuttle but saw lots of people using it. Pool is a nice option for the kids after a long day of walking. Wish they would have stayed open an hour later. Free parking is a nice option as well. Saw lots of families staying here. Good value for what you get. Rooms cleaned every day. If you want to get more value for you $$ and want to avoid staying in DC and dealing with parking fees, etc., this is a good option.
Break from the heat!
This hotel was a good break from DC! When you are walking all day, you need a comfortable place to relax. DC can be expensive when visiting a week, this place has good $$ deals. The Restaurant service at night was slow and the food was cold, but the continental breakfast was great to take back to your room. Granted the hotel is older, but housekeeping was meticulous (we tipped, it's worth it). AC was great and with it on you slept like a baby. Quick trip to DC on 395. Space galore, hubby said it was like having an apartment (if you tried vacationing in a one room before you're in for a treat). We ate out somewhere different every night w/ the savings!
Washington suites a good trip to dc
Excellent hotel. Easy access to metro. They will shuttle you there and back. Huge suites! Had a 2 bedroom suite. Had a huge kitchen, eat in area, familyr room, 2 large bedrooms. Definately the place to stay with a big family. Breakfast was included. Nothing fancy but it was good for a continental breakfast. the hotel is old but it was very comfortable. Nice not to have to squish a family of 5 into one room!
Fits the bill
We "lived" at the Washington Suites while our home was completed, and it was a fine experience. While not the prettiest building, the inside was clean and comfortable. The front desk help was polite and ready to assist. Our one bedroom suite was HUGE with a very comfortable bed, large living room, dining area and kitchen. The bathroom area was large and there were tons of shelves just outside the bathroom for my 2 year-old's toys, etc. For an extra fee we were allowed to have our large dog with us. We took advantage of the outdoor pool (summer only) and the putting green out front. There is plenty of parking around the building, and they offer a shuttle service to the Metro. The location is not good for those expecting charming shops, etc., but King street is only a short Metro ride away. The area is generally safe, but one should be cautious in any metropolitan area. There is very easy access to 395 which leads directly into Washington DC (about 8 miles away).
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