Hotel at a Glance: Residence Inn Alexandria Carlyle
This family-friendly hotel is a stone's throw from Alexandria's Old Town neighborhood, a charming cluster of boutiques, art galleries, and historic buildings overlooking the Potomac River. It's also just a short drive or Metro ride from Washington, DC's famous landmarks.
- Notable awards: TripAdvisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence
- Eggs florentine and belgian waffles are among the complimentary breakfast's scrumptious items, which may rotate daily.
- King studio rooms offer full kitchens and free WiFi.
- Business travelers can take advantage of three meeting rooms and AV equipment to host meetings and conferences.
- Get fit with cardio machines and weights in the onsite fitness center.
Alexandria, Virginia: Stomping Grounds for Historic Icons near Washington, DC
Situated about 8 miles south of Washington, DC, on the banks of the Potomac River, Alexandria was once the home of some of America’s most legendary figures. In Old Town Alexandria, the city’s official historic district, George Washington surveyed his troops from the door of Gadsby’s Tavern. Years later, a young Robert E. Lee attended Christ Church, a Georgian-style church built in 1773 that still hosts services today. Today, guided walking tours pass by both of these landmarks, as well as a dozen other historic sites and museums. These tours head down brick sidewalks lined with more than 2,000 buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. And the city seamlessly merges the past with the present—it’s the kind of town with horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets.
To see even more of the city, hop on the Free King Street Trolley. The trolley runs every 15 minutes, stopping at 20 cultural and historic attractions. Along the way, you can stop at the salmon-colored Athenaeum, a 19th-century building that’s currently an art museum, or learn about old herbal remedies at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, a medical-remedies store from 1796. Hop off at the Potomac River waterfront, where you can walk along the hiking and biking trails that line the river.
From Arlington, you can easily get to many of Washington, DC’s best attractions via the King Street Blue Line Metro station, which stops at Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall, and the Washington Monument. The mall stretches 2.5 miles east from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building on the other end. Across the Tidal Basin, stop in to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which features a series of waterfalls, sculptures, and inspiring quotes from the 32nd president. To avoid crowds, tour the monuments after dusk, when they’re lit up.