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About Alexandria, Virginia
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!
For Old World Charm
- The Morrison House is a boutique hotel with plenty of old world charm, close to the Arlington National Cemetery, The Pentagon, the National Harbour and the Mount Vernon Estate. Plus its location near the mighty Potomac, makes it ideal for evening riverside strolls.
For a modern vibe
- The Lorien Hotel & Spa is a great value, modern hotel with large, comfortable rooms and a buzzy bar and restaurant. The vibe is relaxed and it is popular with weekenders and the wedding market. Plus it boasts one of the region’s best-regarded chefs, who offers a French and Belgian twist on classic contemporary American fare.
Best Hotels in Alexandria, Virginia
Lorien Hotel & Spa 107 rooms from $130Alexandria, 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.Sights nearby - George Washington Masonic National Memorial.Local markets - King Street's Market Square and City Hall.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Morrison House 45 rooms from $219Alexandria, Virginia
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.Sights nearby - Arlington National Cemetery, Gunston Hall Plantation, Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Harbor and The PentagonGreat walks - Stroll around the beautiful and historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.