Marriott Residence Inn-Old Town
For signing up for the Marriott Rewards Visa credit card, I received numerous bonuses. One earned me a free night at any qualifying hotels in their level 1-4 categories. Another gave me 20,000 free points for my first transaction using the card. So when planning a trip to Washington D.C. for my husband and me, the Residence Inn in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia was perfect, as our two nights would be completely covered.
I hadn’t been to Alexandria in many years but I remembered its colonial ambience in the city’s old town section and its convenient location to downtown D.C. Although I looked into staying in D.C., between parking double what it cost outside of the city and points needed for redeeming a free night’s stay that much higher, it made all the more sense to stay in Alexandria. It wasn’t a bad thing since there are a lot of neat sites and shops along with some wonderful dining options.
At the time we stayed there, the Residence Inn was only a year or so old. Although some newer hotels, while still looking shiny in the public areas, tend to show their age in guest rooms, our guest room looked as sparkling as the lobby and breakfast nook area. The room (a studio) was extremely spacious and featured a kitchenette, perfect for those doggie bag leftovers.
There is a parking garage on-site, although if you drive a sports utility vehicle, be sure to check with the hotel regarding height restrictions before you go. (We had borrowed my father-in-law’s SUV and were extremely concerned for a minute that it wouldn’t fit). Parking was fifteen dollars a day with in and out privileges.
It’s an eight to ten minute walk to the King Street metro station from the hotel, which is wonderful since D.C.’s metro is terrific in terms of convenience, safety, and cleanliness. We solely used the metro since it will take you just about anywhere you want to go to in the metropolitan area.
Breakfast is included with the price of your room and features the standard Marriott options found at other Residence Inns and Springhill Suites-eggs, sausage, waffle station, fruit, various breads, cereal, and oatmeal, along with a juice machine, coffee, and tea.
While it’s certainly nice to stay in D.C., I almost prefer staying in Alexandria. The benefits of doing so outweigh the cons, especially since Alexandria is a tourist destination too.