More about Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town
Excellent place to stay in DC area
The Residence Inn Alexandria is a great choice if you are staying in the D.C. area. The hotel is clean, rooms are large and comfortable, and the breakfast and evening buffet's are convenient and really good. The rooms have a partial kitchen (refridge, stove, microwave) and Whole Foods Market is 1 block away.
It is a short walk to all the shopping/dining in Old Town. The shuttle will take you and pick up after dinner if you don't want to walk.
The King Street Metro Station is about 4 blocks away. You can be anywhere in the beltway in 30-40 minutes using the trains.
The staff was great. We would definitely return.
Residence Inn is Top notch!
Absolutely excellent hotel. The rooms are large and well appointed. The staff was very accomodating and helpful. Great location....just a few block from the metro and a block from a Whole Foods market! The ride into DC on the Metro is a short 20 minutes or so.
The included hot breakfast is by far the best I have experienced at similar properties and the evening snack is a nice touch!
The hotel is immaculately clean.
I would highly recommend this hotel to others and honestly, would not consider staying anywhere else in the DC area.
I stayed here for a week in June while in Alexandria for a conference. I was blown away by how great this hotel was. First it is in a great location. If you're flying into Washington National, it's a short two stop metro ride from the airport to the station, then a two block walk, so you can save on taxi fare. It is also within walking distance of Old Town Alexandria, which is one of the most historic, beautiful cities in the US. The rooms were large and comfortable, with a nice, stocked kitchen area. Although I never needed it, the hotel offers a grocery shopping service for you. You simply leave your list and they pick it up. All you pay is the cost of the groceries, no service charge. The housekeeping staff did a great job. A friend who stayed across the hall didn't think so; however, I tipped the housekeeping staff daily, while she did it all at the end. Monday through Thursday afternoon they have a happy hour. I was impressed. Each person received two free alcoholic beverages and an "hors-d'oueve". Hwever, the food was enough to make a meal out of. The breakfast was also more than enough food to get one through the day. It wasn't your typical continental breakfast, but there was a large variety of hot options as well. My one complaint would be the price, but when you consider all that is included, it really is worth it, especially in the DC area.
Can't miss with Marriott!
Marriott's Residence Inn product is one of the best values around. The property is located close to the edge of Old Town, but is certainly close enough to walk to all sights. We biked on the Potomac Trail and into DC and fell in love with the ambiance of the area. The buffet breakfast offers a wide variety of hot and cold items and keeps restocking until 10 am. Parking is an add'l $15 per nt, but it is in a garage directly behind the property and well worth using. Like all Residence Inns, the kitchen is completely stocked with all necessary utensils, dishwasher, full size fridge, stove etc etc etc. This is not a new property, but it is very clean. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. I highly recommend this hotel.
Great Stay at Residence Inn Old Town
I just got back from staying 3 nights at the Residence Inn in Old Town. I thought it was a great hotel and will definitely stay here again! The room was very comfortable and having a kitchen ij the room was extremely convenient. The bed, itself, was probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on in a hotel. The breakfast selections were varied and very good.
The Metro Station is only a few short blocks away. Many sights, restaurants, and shops are within easy walking distance.
I really can’t think of anything that I would have changed for my whole stay!
Getting around DC, Georgetown & Old Town from this hotel
Hotel is fairly new. Our room was nice and clean. Staff was professional. This review is more about getting around DC and Old Town from this property if you are a tourist doing a week-end stay.
METRO - As discussed in previous posts, The King street metro is about two blocks away. . An all day pass is $6.50. This is the way to go if you are doing the "all dayer" in D.C. mall area.
In the event you want to go to Georgetwon from the Mall area and I highly recommend it, DC offers what is called circulator buses that will get you there. these are a little different then the regular metro bus routes in that they go to designated locations and circle back all day long and it is only a buck. Cheaper if you get a rail to bus transfer down at the subway train station. Then it is only .35 cents. Exact change for the driver please.
Downtown old town is about 1 mile down king street from the hotel.
The hotel offers a shuttle service to get to metro and downtown. Here is the kicker. On week-ends it only runs until 8:30 pm. Not sure why!
However there are alternative ways of transportation that is inexpensive.
During the week-end Old town runs what are called "Dash about" buses that are free of charge. They run from the King Street Metro station all the way downtown. I think they run til about midnight. If you are downtown after 8:30 just hop on the bus and get off at the corner of King & Peyton st. You can see the hotel from the drop off. It is about a block away from the hotel. The block walk does not have alot of lighting at night but I really never felt unsafe while walking it. Really nice area in my opinion.
Great Choice for the DC Area
My husband and I stayed at this hotel the first week of October while in the DC area for passport/visa business. We stayed for a total of 6 nights. I had been to DC before, but never to Alexandria and we were definitely happy with this hotel. It is a great find. The location is perfect. It is in a quiet area, but very close to the King St metro and bus stops and it is about 7-10 blocks to Old Town depending on where you are going there, just head down King St. The hotel also provides a shuttle that runs from 8-8 on the weekends and 6-10 weekdays. The walk is great though if you want the exercise.
To get to the hotel from the metro simply walk straight down Dangerfield from the King St Metro stop. It is about 2 blocks, a very easy walk in a nice area. There is a restaurant right next door that looked very nice however we did not eat here. There is a Whole Foods Market a about 2 blocks away, along with another restaurant that was always packed for breakfast and lunch. There is a Crate and Barrel Outlet right before the hotel on Dangerfield for some shopping. There is a Starbucks 2 blocks away at the Hilton that is across from the metro center. We also felt very safe in the area. It is well lit. We weren’t at all concerned about walking around at night to and from the hotel/metro/Old Town.
We found the staff to be very friendly. We arrived at about 11:30am after an overnight international flight and they were able to go ahead and give us a room. The breakfast and social hour staff were friendly and helpful. The maids were always quick to say hello when you passed them in the hallway. Our only complaint is that after the 2nd day our maid stopped refilling our soap/shampoo. We had to call down for shampoo which they quickly brought to us. We never ended up with anymore soap. It wasn’t a huge deal. We just weren’t sure why this continued throughout the week.
The rooms were excellent. The linens and towels were new and well kept. The beds were very comfortable with lots of pillows. The carpet was clean and vacuumed daily. The bathrooms were clean. We didn’t make too much use of the kitchenette, but it was well stocked with everything one would need to cook. There was a nice desk/work area. Internet was free. It was wired in the rooms and wireless in the lobby area. There was also a computer in the lobby to use if you needed to print something out. We really couldn’t have asked for a better room. We slept comfortably every night. The hotel was quiet as well.
The breakfast had a lot of selection and was very good. They rotated some things everyday but there were always breads, cereal, waffles, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt. We always left breakfast stuffed. It was great for a long day of walking around DC.
We also attended the social hour a couple times. On M-Th from 5:30-7, there was a meal provided and each guest was allowed 2 alcoholic beverages, beer or wine. It was a nice touch and a lot of people took advantage of the meal. Between breakfast and this dinner the hotel is ideal for someone on a budget. We just took advantage of the drinks before heading out to dinner.
If you have never been to Old Town, check it out for sure. It is a wonderful little, historic town. There is a lot of unique shopping beyond antiques. There was also a Gap Outlet and Banana Republic on the King St strip. The restaurant selection was wonderful there too. Almost every cuisine is available from Italian, to Irish, to Thai. We ate dinner on the outdoor terrace of O’Connell’s Pub one evening and it was delicious. They have a great bar menu for a late night meal.
We would definitely stay at the Residence Inn in Old Town again. We received good service with a very clean and comfortable room, and the location was perfect for us.
A Wonderful Anniversary Getaway
My husband and I spent our anniversary in Old Town Alexandria, VA - a delightful and very lively and interesting city. We stayed at the Residence Inn by Marriott which is on the north side of Old Town. From check-in and throughout our stay, all staff members we met were friendly, cordial and helpful.
We were surprised when the head of security, Pete Powers, knocked on our door shortly after we arrived in our one bedroom suite. It turns out that he was delivering an amenity from the hotel - a bottle of wine and two wine glasses - in honor of our anniversary! We also saw him the next morning at breakfast and he stopped to talk and made us feel so welcome.
The room itself is large with spacious living area with sofa, chair and TV. There is free wireless internet. There is a dining table and a well appointed kitchen with full size refrigerator and ice-maker, stove top, microwave and dishwasher. The bedroom is fairly small with one queen size bed and a TV. The bathroom is well appointed. Everything was perfectly clean and comfortable.
There is free shuttle service every half hour to the area near the Potomac River. The only negative thing is that there are no bedrooms with two beds. But we had a great stay and would go back in a minute!
Great Location to start trip to DC
Since we this was our first visit to Washington, we were not sure as to exactly where to stay.
Checked out other reviews on tripadvisor and decided on the Residence INN.
Glad that we did. The location is excellent with an easy walk to the King Street Metro stop where a quick 20 minute ride you are in Washington DC.
After a long day, you can take a easy stroll to Old Towne Alexandria which is just a couple of blocks away. Where on King street you will find all kinds of various foods to fill your appetite.
The room was clean and spacious.
The only complaint that prevented an Excellent rating was the mattress. I love my wife, but the sagging towards the middle of the bed was more togetherness than we would like for a good nights sleep.