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The hotels I recommend are either in the heart of Old Town or near the King Street Metrorail station. Another good option near the Metro is the luxurious Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King St. (tel. 877/956-7436 or 703/894-3434; www.lorienhotelandspa.com), which opened in 2009. It has the only full-service spa in Alexandria. Also here is Embassy Suites Hotel Old Town, 1900 Diagonal Rd. (tel. 800/362-2779 or 703/684-5900; www.embassysuites.com), where every unit has a kitchen.

In the less convenient northern end of Old Town are the Best Western Old Colony Inn, 1101 N. Washington St. (tel. 800/528-1234 or 730/739-2222; www.bestwestern.com); Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 625 First St. (tel. 800/465-4329 or 703/548-6300; www.holiday-inn.com); and the Executive Club Suites at 610 Bashford Lane (tel. 800/535-2582 or 703/739-2582), where every unit is an apartment. Nearby, Sheraton Suites Alexandria, 801 N. St. Asaph St. (tel. 800/325-3535 or 703/836-4700; www.starwoodhotels.com), provides nothing but suites, while the high-rise Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, 901 N. Fairfax St., at Montgomery Street (tel. 800/972-3159 or 703/683-6000; www.crowneplaza.com), stands near the river, giving some of its 258 rooms water views.

Bed & Breakfasts -- Several private Old Town homes, many of them historic properties, offer B&B accommodations under the aegis of Alexandria & Arlington Bed & Breakfast Networks, P.O. Box 25319, Arlington, VA 22202 (tel. 888/549-3415 or 703/549-3415; www.aabbn.com), which also represents properties in adjoining Arlington and as far away as the Hunt Country. Check the website for a complete list and rates.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.