It may be handy for the nation’s capital but never call Alexandria VA a suburb of Washington DC in front of the locals. This vibrant, independent Virginian city has a history all of its own, having been founded in 1695 by Scottish merchants looking for a base for the inspection and export of the tobacco crop. While much of Alexandria has the same clean lines as Washington, the Old Town, which is also one of the best places to stay in Alexandria, has its own atmosphere, and a wonderfully eclectic collection of boutiques, restaurants and quite a few theatres - but really it’s known for its numerous antiques shops.
Nowadays, although a short ride from downtown DC and Ronald Regan International Airport, Alexandria has its own vibe, and draws plenty of visitors for its own sake, either to see the sights or enjoy the famous cherry blossom, or to enjoy the cool and relaxed cobble-street ambiance amongst the city’s bars and restaurants.
Savvy visitors to DC know that this is the place to get the sophisticated atmosphere and relaxation at better prices than anything that the nation’s capital can offer (yet it's just a short Metro ride away). The best of both worlds in other words.
As well as putting you in easy reach of Washington, taking advantage of the best places to stay in Alexandria puts you in easy reach of attractions like
Mount Vernon – the historical plantation mansion owned by America’s first president and greatest hero, George Washington
Torpedo Factory Art Center – a former factory that is now transformed into a collection of cool exhibition and studio spaces
Del Ray – The old style main street district around Mount Vernon Ave with its own distinctive character full of artisan shops, farmers markets and trendy people.
The best places to stay in Alexandria are popular properties year round. So do yourself a favour - get organised and book early!
Alexandria, Virginia (Virginia)
This modern hotel is part of the Kimpton group known for their 5* hospitality. Large rooms exude comfort with all mod-cons and tiled bathrooms. BRABO Restaurant is a local hangout with contemporary cuisine and a buzzy bar. Business facilities, a spa with a range of treatments to relax and kick back.
Old world charm meets modern comfort and service at this luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy the unique charm of Old Alexandria Town, while only minutes from downtown Washington DC. The perfect destination to mix business and leisure.