The staff seems genuinely happy to see you come through the door at this hotel just a mile-and-a-half from the cobbled streets of Old Town Alexandria, and if you don't need or want to be in D.C.—only 20–25 minutes away by Metro—you'll get more for your travel dollar here. Decorated in blues, wood tones, and imported Jerusalem stone, the lobby and public areas have something of a Frank Lloyd Wright feel. Most of the rooms have fantastic views of the George Washington
Masonic Temple and Federal Courthouse and offer standard Westin features like flat-screen TVs and the signature Heavenly Bed. The studio suites, with nearly 600 square ft and sleeper sofas, are ideal for families.