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Hotel at a Glance: 2.5-Star Alexandria Hotel
In 1669, British tobacco merchant Robert Howson traded his 6,000-acre plot of land—where the village of Alexandria currently sits—to wealthy merchant John Alexander for 6,000 pounds of tobacco and cask. This 2.5-star hotel sits on 1 such acre, surrounded by colonial history. While here, you can take a guided tour along cobblestone streets, shop in quaint boutiques, or grab a bite to eat in Old Town Alexandria, just 2 miles away.
- Complimentary shuttle to Old Town Alexandria and a Metro station
- Free breakfast is served every morning. If you’re in hurry, ask for the complimentary breakfast bag to go.
- Notable praise: The hotel earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017.
- In-room amenities: refrigerator, microwave, and flat-screen TV
- Distance from DC: 13 miles
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.
To see even more of the city, hop on the Free King Street Trolley. The trolley runs every 10–15 minutes, stopping at 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.