The Room (815): The room is probably average in size for a hotel in downtown Washington DC but for overall hotel room sizes it’s a bit small. They didn’t have a king sized single bed so I have two doubles; no stretching out for me! The room does have a refrigerator but no microwave. The office desk is a bit small but matches the somewhat small room (grin). It is updated with a 32-inch flat screened TV. There’s also free Internet access so I didn’t need to use my HotSpot enabled cell phone.
The Lobby: The lobby is laid out in regular fashion; is pretty modern with the kitchen right off to the left when standing at the front counter. There was an issue with the key issuance system; it crashed so somebody had to let me into my room. Hopefully they’ll have it fixed before I head out later this evening. It was a bit of a headache but hey, when depending upon PCs to get work done they do tend to fail from time to time.
Breakfast Kitchen: They have a restaurant so no free breakfast. I left right at the time of their opening so I didn’t eat.
Building: The hallways are nice and large, the carpet in very good shape. The hotel has 9 floors and have three elevators so the wait wasn’t too long.
Location: Where do I begin? Let’s start of by me sitting on my ‘shrink’s’ couch re-telling my life’s story from age 5. What was I thinking? Business trip, grab a hotel that’s smack downtown DC. Yes, I need to start from the top. Getting to the hotel? Tragic! Absolutely tragic! Construction, two lane roads WITH cars parked next to the curb, several round-a-bouts…..did I mention construction? Even with Google Maps’ sexy voice chatting in my ear, I made several wrong turns, couldn’t get back on track with all of the one-way streets and had to jump lanes several times from busses, pedestrians, bikers, USPS stops and people generally getting in/out of traffic. Pasted the hotel…..DRAT! I had to round the block and try again; darting across incoming traffic since the hotel was on the left-side of the road. Sweaty palms, shaking knees and several minor heart palpitations later I made it to the front door; whew! Getting to the hotel isn’t for the faint of heart. Parking? Well, that’s back out to the street, left turn into an alley that’s no bigger than what a SmartCar can fit into (well, it was bigger, maybe it was my nerves?), around the side, then back and then down into an underground parking garage. Six foot five inch entrance and I’m in a SUV. Yea, I was ducking in the driver’s seat while inching forward; parking is not free by the way. Ok, will all of that said, you can walk to the White House and other DC sights once your car is nestled deep underground. I was too busy dodging things while looking for the hotel to pay attention to see if there were any restaurants and other attractions around a corner.
Cons: The room was a bit small, it takes nearly an act of God to get to it, and the bathroom is tiny. The room is pretty clean if you don’t give it a thorough inspection like under the sink faucet or the little bit of grime around the silver drain in the tub.
Final Thought: If this was a site seeing DC vacation I believe this hotel is situated in a nice spot for people who don’t mind spending lots of time walking to the sites DC has; a bike would definitely be faster and better. This was a business trip so I didn’t take advantage of the location. Not sure if I’d book this hotel again in the future since my business wasn’t in downtown DC. I booked the hotel due to the nearness of the airport.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Washington - Central / White House Hotel Washington Dc
- Holiday Inn Washington Dc
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