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Alexandria, VA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 42
Total Sleeping Rooms 6,278
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 496
Committable Meeting Rooms* 43
Largest Exhibit Space 4,845 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 10,200 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $209
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $212
*Maximum for a single hotel

Alexandria, VA Meeting Planning Overview

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.

About Alexandria, VA / Additional Info

As Washington, DC’s most historic neighbor, the small, 15-square-mile city of Alexandria runs the risk of being dwarfed by its political and commercial giant. However, this is anything but the case. In fact, Alexandria is held in high regard for its strong economy, historical significance and its lower crime rate, not to mention its national recognition as a culinary hotspot and entertainment district fit for presidents, celebrity chefs, and masters of mixology. Old Town’s stately 18th- and 19th-century architecture makes it the perfect setting for private events, dine-arounds, and fun pub crawls. Enjoy waterfront dining at the new Blackwall Hitch, catch live music at one of the many pubs, and end your evening with a late night cocktail at PX speakeasy. With over 90 dining establishments in Old Town, entertaining your delegates is easy.

Alexandria is home to more than 250 18th-century buildings and a staggering 4,000 19th-century buildings within city limits. Founded in 1749, Alexandria's colorful past has included everything from serving as a vital seaport during Colonial times to being home to first U.S. President George Washington to remaining the Confederacy's longest-occupied city during the Civil War. In fact, it was the people and events of Civil War Alexandria that inspired PBS’s new American Drama, Mercy Street, airing a second season in 2017. Part of DC as late as 1852, Alexandria was re-chartered as a separate city in 1852.

Today, it is the third oldest locally designated historic destination in the country and DC’s oldest neighborhood (as it was once part of DC).Lucky for visitors, a number of Alexandria's historic treasures can be explored by the public (and many rented for private functions). The Athenaeum, once home to the Bank of the Old Dominion, and the Carlyle House, built in 1753 by city founder John Carlyle, are both open for tours and private events. Learn about the inventions that have shaped our lives through history at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Museum, or explore medicinal bottles, pill rollers, prescription books and other related artifacts at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, whose clients included Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular historic attractions near Alexandria is George Washington’s Mount Vernon, easily accessible via boat, bike, or automobile. Having served as home to George and Martha Washington for roughly 40 years, this historic estate and surrounding gardens offer an excellent insight into the former president's life and times. Explore the mansion, Washington’s Tomb and the stunning gardens.. Visit Washington Distillery for an up-close look at this recreation where whiskey is actually made today and the Gristmill that used the cutting-edge technology of its time.

Alexandria is certainly not a destination to be enjoyed by history buffs alone. Filling its streets is also a dizzying number of unique boutiques and creative art galleries. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former World War II munitions factory available for private rental, visitors are invited to explore three floors of 82 open artist studios and six galleries, all of which showcase original pieces for purchase. Enjoy the best musicals, comedies and dramas of American contemporary theater at MetroStage, or catch a performance by top name country, folk, and rock music performers at the legendary Birchmere.

Dining venues in Alexandria offer a stellar experience, and access to countless choices is easy in this walkable city. From award-winning celebrity chef driven restaurants to locally-owned favorites and friendly pubs, Alexandria's culinary scene has served US presidents and Washington elite dating back from George Washington to President Obama. According to the New York Times, "[In] recent years, young chefs and ambitious restaurateurs have planted their knives in Old Town." With more than 90 restaurants in the historic district, many with private rooms or available for buyouts Alexandria is the perfect place to sink your fork into.

 
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