Pleasant if uninspired A review of Hilton Alexandria Old Town
We took an impulse visit to Washington at the end of our honeymoon in March 2003. We picked the Hilton mostly because of its location in Alexandria - it has always struck me as a bit better-kept and safer than some areas - and its location across from the King St. metro station. That was perfect for hopping over to the Smithsonian (absolutely no noise from it either). It's also relatively accessible to the Southern end of I-95. Parking was a bit high - $14/night. The dining room, Seegar's, is rather stodgy and overpriced (I'd recommend Stella's for American cuisine in very close proximity). Room service was extremely overpriced as usual. 19% service charge, 7.5% tax, and $2.50 delivery charge. And the listed prices were higher than in the restaurant itself. We figured that a filet mignon with spinach and a baked potato would be at least $50. The good restaurants on King St. were a bit of a hike but it's also a pleasant walk. The room was clean, consistently decorated in beige, beige and more beige, firm beds, substandard pillows (ask for extras), responsive temperature controls, tv/cable nothing exciting.The tiny pool did not go below 3 feet in height and was swamped with children at all times unfortunately. It did not seem worth the full-time lifeguard. Overall unobjectionable, but it's a place to stay, not a place to be.