The second night near DC was spent in Old Town Alexandria, VA at a new Autograph Collection property. Old Town is a top ten favorite place. If you haven't spent time there, add it to your list.
The hotel isn't new, but the flag as a Marriott brand is.....The Alexandrian. It is about six months since the rebranding. It was the Hotel Monaco, and the old signs are still here but painted black. "The Alexandrian" appears on a temporary banner above the front door. I've walked past this property a hundred times and always felt it would make a wonderful Marriott location....well, now it is!
I took Amtrak from Philly for the weekend, loaded $15 on a DC Metro Smartcard, took the yellow line to King Street Station, then an easy 15minute bus ride to National Harbor. For the return and the night at The Alexandrian, I used the Water Taxi ($8) back to Old Town. The boat drops you but a 5 minute walk to the hotel.
The hotel is a boutique style.... lavish mid-sized lobby. Comfy seating everywhere. Jackson 20 is the attached restaurant. Like many in town, it doesn't open until 8AM for breakfast, so I missed out. I was there on a bargain rate, but was still upgraded to a large terrace view room complete with balcony...felt a bit like New Orleans.
Old Town is the perfect walking town with more fantastic restaurants than you can count.