Hilton Alexandria Old Town Room 604 A review of Hilton Alexandria Old Town
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!