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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.
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.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Alexandria experiences four seasons, ranging from warm, humid weather from April to October to winters seeing temperatures dropping into the 20s. Alexandria summers are hot and humid with average temperatures in the high 80s. The warmest month is July, with an average high of 88°F, while the coldest month is January, with an average low of 28°F.
Alexandria's average annual precipitation is 40 inches evenly distributed throughout the year. Occasional heavy snowfalls occur during the winter, though light snowfalls are more common. Fall and spring are the best seasons to visit the city, as temperatures range from the 50s to 70s, the skies remain sunny and the humidity levels are lower.
On the waterfront within eyesight of Washington, DC, find a magical place where authentic history and urban sophistication unite; where trendy restaurants, independent art galleries and chic boutiques pulse with creative energy; where picturesque cobblestone streets and genuine American heritage engage your attendees—and where every detail is taken care of by a team of destination experts.
Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor for outstanding hospitality, Alexandria’s distinctive collection of hotels ranges from mid-level to four-star luxury. From the trendy Kimpton hotels to major brands such as Hilton, IHG, Starwood and Marriott, over 4,500 guest rooms offer something for every style and budget. Boutique hotels nestled in the heart of Old Town offer the perfect venues for board and committee meetings while the newly renovated Westin Alexandria and Hilton Old Town are ideal for small conferences.
Of the 23 meetings-friendly properties in Alexandria, the largest is the 496-room Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. This 30-story hotel offers 55,000 square feet of meeting space, 32 meeting and breakout rooms and a 10,200-square-foot ballroom. Its executive meeting center provides 8,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space.
Other full-service 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.
Elevate every step of your meeting experience with Visit Alexandria’s Meetings Made Extraordinary assistance program. From the initial RFP to the fare-well festivities, the team will make your planning seamless, saving you time and money, and ensuring an extraordinary event.
Let our team streamline and expedite the RFP process, guiding you to only those hotels that are perfect for your meeting. Learn about Alexandria’s hidden gems and hottest happenings. We’ll tailor customized off-site activities, help you build buzz and excitement with digital and social media tools and leave you with an economic impact report for your meeting for future negotiations. Best of all, when you work with Visit Alexandria from the start, you’ll enjoy 15% discounts at Alexandria’s most popular attractions, group ground transportation and delegate amenities.
Alexandria is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. All the airports are easily accessible from Alexandria from ground and public transportation, and most hotels offer shuttle services.
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
Approximate taxi fare: $105 USD
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Approximate taxi fare: $24 USD
Located in Arlington, Virginia, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport sits across the Potomac River from DC. Built in 1941, the airport's original terminal, Terminal A, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Terminal B/C opened in 1997 as the first of its modernization efforts. In 2007, the airport saw 18.7 million passengers. With 44 airline gates, the airport offers non-stop service to 74 destinations.
Known for its impressive architectural elements and unparalleled views of downtown DC and key monuments, Reagan National offers a great welcome to visitors. To make their experience more comfortable, the airport features over 50 restaurants, lounges and shops. Eateries include McDonald's, Legal Sea Foods and Matsutake Sushi, while retail outlets range from Brookstone to Jos. A. Banks.
Reagan National has parking options in four lots: an hourly garage, a daily garage, an hourly and daily garage and an economy lot. Overall, space is available for over 7,500 vehicles. For easy access to downtown DC and its attractions, travelers can take advantage of the airport's Metrorail station or other ground transportation operators.
Airline carriers serving Ronald Reagan National Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Approximate taxi fare: $87 USD
Airline carriers serving Washington Dulles International Airport
A fine example of Beaux Arts-style architecture, DC's Union Station serves eight Amtrak routes: Acela Express, Capitol Limited, Cardinal/Hoosier State, Carolinian/Piedmont, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Service/Palmetto, and Vermonter. Traveling on Amtrak, guests from major cities such as Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami can reach DC.
Union Station is open 24 hours a day. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 4:30 AM to 10 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 5 AM to close.
Alexandria Union Station
Located in historic Old Town, Alexandria Station serves five Amtrak routes from its Federal Revival-style terminal. The Cardinal/Hoosier State, Carolinian/Piedmont, Crescent, Northeast Regional, and Silver Service/Palmetto routes all stop at the station. From there, passengers can access the King Street station of the Metro as well as Alexandria DASH and WMATA bus lines. Alexandria Station is open daily from 6 AM to 9 PM.
Metrobus serves passengers 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses covering 150 square miles in DC, Maryland and Virginia. In 2007, Metrobus provided 131.5 million trips.
Metrobus schedules vary based on route and location. Fares are $1.35 using cash and $1.25 using SmarTrip, Metro's permanent, rechargeable plastic cards. Express fares are $3.10 using cash and $3 using SmarTrip. Exact fare is required.
The 2nd busiest rapid transit system in the nation, Metrorail serves 86 stations and operates on 106 miles of track, both above and below ground. Its five color-coded lines service the downtown area and extend into Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia and Montgomery County and Prince George's County in Maryland. (4 stations in Alexandria on the blue and yellow lines) ( Alexandria is the first two stops from DCA)
Metrorail schedules vary based on time and day, with high frequency service being offered during peak hours weekdays from 5 to 9:30 AM and from 3 to 7 PM. Metrorail fares vary based on distance traveled. Regular fare, in effect weekdays from opening to 9:30 AM and from 3 to 7 PM and weekends from 2 AM to closing, is set at $1.65 minimum and $4.50 maximum. Reduced fare, applicable all other times, is $1.35 minimum and $2.35 maximum. Reduced fares are available for seniors. Children ages 4 and under ride free with each adult paying full fare.
DASH is Alexandria's own bus service and connects our neighborhoods to Metrorail and Metrobus stops. DASH also operates the Free King Street Trolley. For schedules and maps, visit the DASH website.
The trolley runs seven days a week from 11:30 AM to 10 PM. It departs from the Metrorail station and waterfront every 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour.
Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty service all three airports in the Washington, DC area. On-site rental car counters at Reagan National are located on the first floor in Parking Garage A. At Baltimore/Washington International, the car rental facility is accessible by a free shuttle departing from lower level terminal.
Taxis are located near the baggage claim exits of each terminal at Reagan National. Fares average $15 to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In DC, fares are set at $4.25 for the first mile and $1.50 for each additional mile.
Dulles International's Washington Flyer Taxis are located on the lower level of the Main Terminal. Charges are $2.80 for the first quarter mile and $0.45 for each additional quarter mile. Average fare to DC is $50; to Alexandria, $52; to Arlington, $45; to Tyson's Corner, $27; to Reagan National, $58.
The taxi stand at Baltimore/Washington International is located outside of baggage claim. Rates average $65 to Annapolis; $35 to Baltimore; $155 to Dulles; $100 to National Airport; and $90 to Washington, DC.
Potomac Riverboat Company offers seasonal water taxi transportation service.. There are two water taxis: one operates between Alexandria and the National Harbor, one travels up to the National Mall. Docking locations include: Alexandria City Marina, Georgetown and the National Mall in Washington, DC, National Harbor and Gaylord National Resort in Maryland, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.
Washington, DC is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. All the airports are easily accessible from the city by ground and public transportation, and most hotels offer complimentary shuttle services.
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