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SpringHill Suites Alexandria Old Town/Southwest is a mid-range hotel with 155 rooms/suites and 6 floors. It was built in 2011. The first floor is mainly a parking area and the hotel entrance. The front desk and breakfast area are located on the second floor. The Springhill Suites is nonsmoking and does not accept pets. Rates for a standard suite typically range from $100 to $230 depending on the time of year and occupancy levels. Parking is free.

As for hotel amenities, there was a workout room and guest computers, however the hotel did not have a pool. There was a small but comfortable lounge section next to the breakfast area. While a hot breakfast was included with the stay, it was more limited than what you can get at Residence Inn. There are a half dozen restaurants are about a mile away near a local subway station. The hotel offers a free courtesy shuttle to the subway station from 6:00am to 10:45pm, and the subway provides easy access to the Washington, DC area. Hotel transportation is also offered to a free local trolley, which can get you around most of Old Town Alexandria.

The big drawback of this hotel is its location. It’s sandwiched between Eisenhower Avenue (a four lane road) and the Capital Beltway (a major highway). As a result you can see and hear traffic from both sides of the property. When a quiet room was requested, the front desk clerk advised that the Beltway side was quieter. The room windows were double pained to reduce noise, but traffic could still be heard in the room. As for the service, it was very professional and courteous, so the hotel gets good marks for that. The room was clean, and the AC kept the temperature at just about a perfect balance between cold at night and warm in the morning. The bed was also fairly comfortable but was somewhat lumpy as well. No issues to report with any of the bathroom equipment. Room furnishings were also in good order. There was some room noise in the hallway, but having a room at the end of the hallway helped. Breakfast was kind of skimpy. It included scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, muffins and cheese. The absence of potatoes was keenly felt. The eggs and a muffin sufficed to provide sustenance; taste was acceptable but not extraordinary. Since the highway noise killed the joy of staying here, this will be a one-time visit, but otherwise the hotel was slightly above average in overall quality. Note that the covered parking spots in the garage under the hotel were quite narrow.
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