On the waterfront within eyesight of Washington, DC and National Harbor lies an alluring mix of historic authenticity and urban sophistication. This beautifully-preserved waterfront city, frequented by presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama, is nationally recognized for its rich history and 18th and 19th century architecture, but has all the upscale, top-rated amenities of a major cosmopolitan city. Nestled in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, major brand hotels, regionally-acclaimed restaurants, unique boutiques and historic sites are all within a leisurely walking distance, or just a quick ride on the Free King Street Trolley. Just minutes to Ronald Reagan National Airport and served by four Metrorail stations, getting to and around Alexandria is easy.
Named by Forbes as one of "America's best cities for Millennials" (2015) and ranked among America's safest and most romantic cities, it's easy to see why Alexandria is a perfect host for small to midsize meetings up to 800.
Alexandria holds a strong business presence and is home to the 4th largest number of professional associations in the United States. Named the #1 Most Exciting City in Virginia (Gogobot – 2015), Alexandria is home to such associations and corporations as the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, American Diabetes Association, National Science Foundation (coming in 2017), the Society of Government Meeting Planners, Convention Industry Council, United Way of America, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Several universities and colleges, including Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Commonwealth University have branch locations in the city. Also ranked as one of America's Top 50 Greenest Cities, Alexandria benefits from eco-friendly mass transit, high park density and city-wide sustainability programs. Alexandria hotels are committed to sustainability and proudly display such notable certifications as TripAdvisors' GreenLeaders Program, MPI's Green Key's Eco-Rating Program, and more.
Tucked beneath the nation's capital, Historic Old Town Alexandria is eight miles from the Walter Washington Convention Center and Capitol Hill, less than one mile from Ronald Reagan National Airport, 20 miles from Dulles International airport and 40 minutes away from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Located in historic Old Town, the Alexandria Station serves five Amtrak routes from its Federal Revival-style terminal. From there, passengers can access the Metro King Street station as well as Alexandria DASH and WMATA bus lines. Once in Alexandria, groups will enjoy its walkability, which has been lauded in AAA's travel publications, as well as Prevention magazine, or visitors can take advantage of the free King Street Trolley that runs from the Metro to the waterfront.
Award-Winning Meetings Facilities: Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure for outstanding hospitality, Alexandria's distinctive hotel collection ranges from a 4-diamond boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the historic district to a convention hotel boasting 55,000 square feet of extraordinary meeting space. Representing most major brands, Alexandria's hotels and unique venues offer 23 meeting-friendly properties, more than 4,500 guest rooms, and 175,000 square feet of amazing function space, many of which are situated within an easy walk to Alexandria's incredible restaurants, shops, and historic sites. Most offer complimentary airport and Metro shuttle service or are within walking distance of a Metrorail station.
Of these, the largest is the 496-room Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. This 30-story hotel offers 55,000 square feet of meeting space, 33 meeting and breakout rooms and a 10,200-square-foot ballroom in a retreat-like setting with lakeside dining and jogging paths. Other full-service meeting properties include the Hiltons of Alexandria, representing Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Embassy Suites Alexandria, and the Hilton Garden Inn directly across from the King Street Metro; the recently renovated Westin Alexandria; Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Crown Plaza Alexandria, Sheraton Suites and the newly re-opened Holiday Inn Carlyle. Some of the most sought-after smaller, boutique properties are the three Kimptons of Alexandria – the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, Lorien Hotel & Spa, and the stately Morrison House , which completed a multi-million dollar redesign expanding meeting facilities to accommodate up to 80 people in April 2016.