Marriott does it again A review of Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town
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.