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“Clean, very good location, reasonably priced” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Upper Northwest)   |  
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Ranked #91 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Clean, very good location, reasonably priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

The title sums I up. I stayed here on a short overnight trip. Clean room, quiet as you can be in a city. Location was great, just north of the metro. It's close to restaraunts and smaller shops.

On business, I would stay there again. I might want a little more luxury on vacation, but the lower price compared to other closer hotels makes me think twice.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed at the hotel for just one night. Room was clean, spacious. Location is very good. Just a few blocks to the White House and 4 or 5 to subway. Whole Foods around a corner :) The only problem we had was with breakfast. Since we were traveling with 2 and 6 year old kids we chose the breakfast included option. When I called the hotel to confirm I was told that only 2 adults per room will get the breakfast vouchers and that it would be a full buffet breakfast. Kids eat free. When we got to the restaurant the hostess informed us that kids do eat free but NOT from the buffet but from a special kids menu. By the time the waitress arrived my sister and brother-in-law got up and served themselves. Since the kids were hungry my sister gave them some of the food from her plate. When the waitress came she was visibly upset and wanted to charge us $8 for each kid for eating from the buffet!!!!! They didn't even have plates for god's sake! They were eating from my sister plate! Can you see a 2 year old serving himself from a buffet bar! When I told the waitress we would order breakfast for the children from the free breakfast menu she got offensive! At the end we were not charged extra for the 2 kids. She took it off the bill but made us feel like she gave us some kind of favor!!! The whole breakfast thing was unnecessarily confusing and could have been altogether avoided. Otherwise our stay was OK.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear TinaFox,

We appreciate your feedback regarding our property. I am happy to know that our location worked suitably for your needs and found our rooms to be comfortable. While I am pleased with your good comments, I would like to apologize for the issues you encountered with breakfast. Rest assured this will be forwarded to the appropriate departments to consider for enhancements needed at our hotel.

Despite your disappointment, I do hope you will return to stay with us again at some future date when you can be assured of our very best attention.

Regards,

Pam G.
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IHGCare
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London UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We recently spent 4 nights in the Central White House Holiday Inn in Washington DC and had a very good time.

From the moment we walked through the hotel doors for the first time the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful and the same was so in the hotels dining room as well.

We were on a sightseeing trip to DC and the hotel's location was great. We were in easy walking distance of local restaurants and convenience stores and when we felt energetic we could walk to the White House in 15-ish minutes, Capitol Hill in 20 minutes and numerous other memorials, sights, subway stations and downtown restaurants in a similar time.

For our time and the season we were in DC the hotel and our room were good but I wouldn't have wanted to be in the hotel in the summer needing air conditioning. Our room had A/C but it was one old fashioned style unit / room, the noisy type of unit that gives you the option of having it on and not being able to sleep because of the noise or having it off and not being able to sleep because of the heat.

The hotel offers WIFI but to get a reasonable signal you need to be in the reception area. Wifi in our room was very hit or miss, sometimes it worked and sometimes not. In the ground floor dining area it was normally impossible to pick up a signal so overall the internet facility was poor.

All things considered I would return to the hotel but not in the heat of the summer and not if I needed guaranteed WIFI access

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear Valencian's,

Thank you for your feedback and for choosing our hotel. I am glad that you liked our location. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the room condition and the unsatisfactory WiFi connection. Your comments are being reviewed by the hotel's management and appropriate action will be taken. We take our guest comments very seriously and always strive to provide comfortable and friendly accommodations. We hope to have the pleasure in welcoming you back again very soon.

Sincerely,

Karen G.
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed there for a week and was positively surprised. I expected an OK mid-range hotel but experienced something better. The room was great and clean and the bed was comfortable. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Breakfast was included in the price and was not bad either. The location is great and there are lots of good restaurants nearby. While small, the gym was ok for my needs. Overall, excellent value for money.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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128 hotel reviews
Reviews in 121 cities Reviews in 121 cities
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

It's a nice DC hotel in a decent location. The value is good, especially for families.
The rooms were good size, we didn't feel cramped at all. The rooms didn't feel "old". You can definitely hear the street noise and the hall, but it wasn't too terrible. We were on the 6th floor and the view was pretty nice. Housekeeping was excellent. We didn't use the hotel restaurant. There's a McD and a Whole Foods very nearby, as well as a few restaurants.

The hotel was pretty convenient for kids with a car. There's a little driveway where you can pull up, wait, etc. Hotel parking was pricy, but there's plenty of street parking nearby, free during the late hours. There's a ramp for wheels into the hotel, and annoyingly, they closed it off when we were leaving. There's a 7-11 down the street and a Caribou coffee. There's a freebie coffee machine in the lobby, but it doesn't seem to be looked after much (ran out of coffee / water a couple of times).

The location is "not too far" from everything, which for DC, means "not too close". The White House is a few blocks away, just like Dupont Circle, but those DC blocks are long (6-7 blocks to the WH takes 15 minutes). The area is nice and quiet.

There's a pool at the hotel, but we didn't check it out as it was cold. The front desk staff were pretty nice. There's an electric car charging station at the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Nothing exciting to say really. The hotel is relatively good, a bit old but maintained. Service was very good and location wise I was very pleased.
My only comment is the Wi-Fi – It is so difficult to get a descent signal (especially on the top floors), I had to go down to the Lobby In order to work.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Casillero_del_Diablo,

I would like to thank you for your review and apologize that your experience with our hotel did not meet your expectations. I greatly appreciate you calling out the good qualities also. We are continually striving to improve the hospitality we offer, and comments from our guests are always welcome. I would like to express our sincere apologies for the shortcomings you experienced during your stay and for the inconvenience this has invariably caused you. We appreciate the feedback that we receive as this is crucial for us to improve the products & services that we offer.

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Brenda J.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My wife and I stayed for a long weekend over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. We managed to get an upgrade to a massive corner suite, which was great. We were able to have our friends meet us at the hotel, without having to awkwardly cram into a room and sit on the edge of the bed for seating. Our friends lived in Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan, and this location was very conducive to both. My wife went for a run on the Mall, which she said was great. There was also a Whole Foods nearby for some weekend provisions, and plenty of restaurants and bars. We used the Metro stop in Dupont Circle, which was close enough and gave us a chance to grab a bite to eat there on the way to or from any of our destinations. The hotel was also a pretty cheap cab ride to the airport, which made it easier than having to go to the Metro. We go to DC to visit friends about once a year, and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20005
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #91 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House is conveniently located on the corner of 15th St and Rhode Island Ave, 6 blocks from the White House. The hotel is within walking distance of 2 Metro stations, within 1 mile of Amtrak, and 4 miles from Reagan National Airport and the Pentagon. The Holiday Inn Washington offers free high speed Internet and fitness center.The Holiday Inn is minutes from Washington DC area attractions, including the Smithsonian museums, Library of Congress, National Zoo, MCI Center, Washington Monument, US Capitol, Washington DC Convention Center, and Washington National Cathedral.As a proud recipient of the Quality Excellence Award for guest satisfaction and impeccable service, the Holiday Inn Central combines the elegance of mahogany with the sophistication of rich Italian marble. Dine at Avenue CafA(C), our full-service restaurant that specializes in American cuisine and where Kids Eat Free! Enjoy a specialty drink in the lounge, or go to our rooftop to swim in the outdoor pool or delight in a panoramic view of the city.We offer flexible meeting space ideal for business and social events. The Holiday Inn in Washington, DC has a gift shop, game room, underground parking, and self-laundry facilities. We invite you enjoy our stylish comfort, convenience and excellent hotel service. ... more   less 
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