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Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle
The studio suite was big enough to be comfortable and clean as well. 7.33 Virginia ratingStar
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The Residence Inn Alexandria is a mid range, extended stay hotel that was built in 2008. The hotel has 15 floors and 181 suites. It’s a nonsmoking property but does accept pets for a fee. Parking is available onsite in a garage below the hotel for an $18 daily rate. A complimentary breakfast is served all week, and a light dinner is offered Monday through Thursday.

A subway line runs close by this urban hotel so if you are noise sensitive, you may want to get a room on the opposite side. The hotel is only a few blocks from a subway station, which is helpful to get around the Washington metro area. Also, there are half a dozen restaurants and a movie theatre a few blocks away. An Amtrak train station is within a mile. The Residence Inn has a spacious workout facility but no pool. The lobby was large enough to get some space, but seating in the breakfast area was inadequate when busy.

The first assigned room was located next to the elevator despite a request not to be, so that led to a trip back down to the front desk. After that the front desk service was better. The second room had a better location but smelled a bit like a wet dog. Aside from the smell, the room was clean and everything in the bathroom worked well. The mattress sagged slightly but was still comfortable. In the morning the air was a bit stuffy. Noises from other rooms such as doors closing and toilets flushing could be heard occasionally. Having to insert a room key into the elevator to get it to work was a total annoyance. This was very impractical when trying to maneuver luggage and get out of people’s way. Also, the elevators were slow and had longer wait times. A breakfast of eggs, potato cakes and salsa was tasty and good enough to get some seconds. The Residence Inn was suitable for a night or two, but the overall stay was not sufficiently impressive to strongly recommend the hotel. Weekday rates for a studio suite can range between $230-250 but on weekends can drop to $100-140.
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