Hawthorn Suites LTD Alexandria Hotel
Reviews - Hawthorn Suites LTD Alexandria Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Budget Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hawthorn Suites LTD Alexandria Hotel
Location is a pain in the neck--subway too far away and strict hours for vanfrom suzyq425
Had many laughs over this dirty hotelfrom macsue1
We had reservations for 3 days and were glad that we were gone all day and did'nt come back till after dinner. They actually have candy dishes in the room with a few pieces of candy and the candy dishes were smeared with food or dirt, we couldn't tell. Please do yourself a favor and choose another place. Even if you have to pay a few dollars more it would be worth it. I have never written a review before, but I couldn't let this trip go without mentioning our problems.
We had 11 people with us and made the best of a bad situtation, but please avoid this hotel at all costs!
Some ups and downsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
When we arrived back at the Metro station in the early evening, we were happy to see the shuttle waiting. We were even happier to see that the hotel served a simple, all you can eat, dinner until 7:30 PM. This included all the beer on tap, or wine, you wanted. The meals were simple, (salad, meatloaf, potatos, vegetable) but better than I expected. The breakfast was also simple, though not quite as good as I would have expected.
The next day (Wednesday) we arrived back at the metro station around 6:15 PM (in order to ensure there was food still available for dinner) but had to wait 25 minutes for the shuttle. In fact, we had to wait 25 minutes on Thursday and again on Friday. Although the schedule is every 15 minutes, the evening shuttles were more like every 30 - 40 minutes.
We also noticed that our used towels from the previous day were still hanging in the bathroom where we left them to dry. Ironically the cleaning staff knocked on our door at 7:15 AM that morning to clean the room. We were not out yet, and had asked them to come back later. Our room did not have a "Do Not Disturb Sign" to hang on the door.
After dinner I went to the desk and they provided me with clean towels. They told me that I had a "Do Not Disturb" sign in the room, but it was not there. I called the desk from my room and requested them to put one on my door during the night, which they did.
When we left I asked the staff member at the desk for the best way to get to Rt. 395 South. She had no idea. I showed her the Yahoo directions. Based on that she gave me partial directions which took me much further out of my way than was necessary.
I think a number of the hotels in the Van Dorn/Alexandria area offer similar services. Based on the shuttle frequency, I suggest that one compare Hawthorne Suites to Washington Suites. We would see 2-3 Washington Suites shuttles come and go while we waited for our one Hawthorne shuttle.
There were positive and negative aspects about our stay. Generally, for the price I thought the stay could have been a little better. The most positive surprise was the dinner Tuesday through Thursday...although the late shuttle pickups brought us back twice when some of the food was nearly gone.
Hated itfrom vchap
We were pleasantly surprisedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Breakfast was eggs, hash something, waffles (which were actually tasteless, I've never run across that before!) you make yourself, cereal, apples, juices, pop all day long, etc. We saw several small ants by the toaster and told the staff and they were calling maintenance as we walked away, so I'm assuming they were taking care of it.
The staff was friendly and helpful. There are two fast elevators. The bathroom was okay (worn), and the apartments themselves are not new, but were relatively clean (I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars). They had a nice swivel mirror in the bathroom with magnifier on 1 side (only women truly can appreciate this). parking was nearby. We were told the Metro was 1 1/2 miles away, and that they had a shuttle to take you there.
We booked only 1 night here, and then were booked for 4 nights at the Americana. After checking into the Americana, we called these guys back as we would have rather had the extra bed room, but they were not only solidly booked up, they told us they had over booked (yes, they had oversold what was truly available). I asked them what they would be doing and they said they'd have to help people, if they all came, find other accommodations! Good luck. it was cherry festival week in D.C. and believe me, nothing shy of $450 was left.....
Bottom line, we'd stay there again, but it wasn't super new or super clean, but the size really made up for it. We took a blow up mattress and everybody had their own bed, so it was great.....
Better Than Expectedfrom Drew48160
The hotel itself doesn't have many amenities. The pool wasn't open yet (we were there in early April), so I didn't get to try it out, but it looked decent. The dining rooms were nice enough, and the lobby was small but acceptable. That was about it for the common areas.
We did have one problem during our stay: the weather changed suddenly, and it took the hotel maintenance staff a full day to switch from air-conditioning to heat, so we had a chilly night one night.
Great Value, Great Stayfrom NeonJungle
That said, the rooms were huge! Rather than a kitchenette as in some suites, this room had a full kitchen, albeit a little small. In the bathroom, there was a vanity, and a padded stool to boot -- soemthing I've not found in other Suite hotels.
As others have said, the hotel offers a complimentary full breakfast in the mornings, and a light dinner in the evenings. On the refrigerator in my room was a schedule of the month's dinner offerings. The table was set with placemats, cloth napkins, etc.; and there was plenty of coffee, sugar, etc. in the kitchen. Additionally, as others have said, there was microwave popcorn and a jar of candy in the room.
The rate was fabulous, the location very convenient, and the plusses of the nightly light dinner and morning breakfast, along with there being no parking fee, make this hotel a great place to stay.
What made the stay even better was the helpfulness and attention of the staff -- from the representative who checked me in, to Mike, the Sales Manager on duty during my stay, and the representative who checked me out and went out of her way to help with directions, check me in on-line (the computer in the lobby was being tweaked by the technical guy), and print my boarding passes.
I have to give Mike some kudos; several times, I noticed him talking with many other guests, asking about their day, following up with them on things they'd mentioned to him -- he went the extra mile to remember the guests and make them feel welcome/at home.
I'd definitely stay here again.
Very convenient and a good value hotelfrom 130881
Perfect for familiesfrom beachcomber87
Hawthorne Suites - Outstandingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Alexandria
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- Address: 420 N Van Dorn St - Alexandria - Virginia - 22304 - United States
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