Grim and inconvenient to US Patent Office
Posted Mar 13, 2017
This hotel is a motel of the 50s design where the room has a window that faces the balcony along which all rooms are accessed. This means that unless you are OK with people looking in at you as they pass, you have to shut the curtains, which means that you have no view outside or daylight. The door itself is a door to the outside on the balcony. There is no hallway.
I did not have a car - do not stay here unless you do. I had selected this hotel as the least expensive in Alexandria for a business trip to the US Patent Office near the King Street Metro. It is in fact about three miles away, and there is not decent public transit except taxi. It is a mile from the Metro Huntington station, end of the Yellow Line, and pretty much out of the way unless you are driving a car.
The room was pretty cramped and the lighting was gloomy. The color scheme was a dark blood red, which gave the place a very sad feeling, although the bed was quite comfortable. The room had a the sink in the main room and nop, which i don't really like.
Worst of all, the TV was a decent flat screen, but it had a data error that required you to turn it off manually, and then if only gave you the RT channel and an infomercial station. Even worse than not having any actual channels on the TV, it turned itself on in the middle of the night! It would have been creepy, except I was too exhausted.
The staff were fine. There are some candy and soda vending machines, but nothing to really eat at the hotel.