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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Historic District Alexandria
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314   |  
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Ranked #30 of 50 Hotels in Alexandria
Moyock
2 reviews
“Great customer service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

Alex at the front desk is awesome and Bill is the best bartender ever. These two staff members are consistently professional and firendly. The hotel is in a great location, 10 min walk to King Street, and a Super Market right next door. I stay here all the time because of the location, but primarily because of the staff.

Room Tip: some rooms have balcony's
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

The staff was very friendly and helpful. Amelsa welcomed us to the breakfast buffet every morning, served us coffee and tea, and made sure we were taken care of. We were in town for the March for Life in D.C., so we did not spend a lot of time at the hotel--mainly sleeping & breakfast. Shuttle took us to Reagan where we caught the Metro. $20 parking per night, but we were able to find parking on the street our entire stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Really enjoyed the bar/lounge area. Food was good and inexpensive. Bill the barkeep was excellent. Never had to ask for a refill!

Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

This is a fairly OK place to stay, area is nice and appears safe at night.

Pros: Pet friendly

The manager is pretty cool

The rooms are just *OK (read below)

The room cleaners are nice folks - quite helpful

Bill at the bar is cool as well, very nice guy and is a good Bar Keep. Menu is very limited at the in-house restaurant, a bit over priced for what one gets.

Cons: (This is a biggie!!) $ 20.00 A NIGHT TO PARK CAR IN THE GARAGE, YES EVERY NIGHT OF YOUR STAY. That would be PER car so add that to any bill you would get, even with a rental. So if you have two cars like we did add 280 a week to the bill. The parking outside the hotel is 2hrs during the day. The below ground parking has 6'2 clearance, so if your car or SUV is any taller better find another place to stay cozzzz you are out of luck even if you want to pay. Every spot says COMPACT which means you take up 1.5 spaces when your using it.

The gym is a DISASTER, the female that works there is less that pleasing not raising her head, removing her earphones or stopping her texting barrage when someone comes in. She just kind of moves around a bit in the chair - kind of a bad vibe.
The gym equipment is at least 100 years old, like 5 VERY OLD weight machines that came from a 1960s gym, and they are not maintained. All the machines are hard pulls from no maintenance and there are a few treadmills as well. Bottom line don't go to the dungeon until they upgrade EVERYTHING including the gate keeper. Everything in there is junk basically.

The gym facilities are a serious need for people living a healthy lifestyle, this hotel's grade is F- you would get better equipment at the YMCA.

*OK about the room, the bathroom had a big void in the sheet rock cut out around the ceiling fire extinguisher port and the shower is tiny. There was another antique artifact in the kitchen that "looked" like a microwave but was 100 years old JUNK. The sink drained very slow and the faucet shot water all over the place from calcium build up (I fixed that!). There was also a BIG water stain and wrinkled material on the ceiling over the kitchenette. Looked like there was a water leak above at one time and they just painted over the damage. This alone drops the value of this place by 10%.

The TV reception SUCKED very hazy, and they had 10 or so bunny ears era TV stations there were NO FRILLS here.
No DVD player anywhere to be found BUT they had a Nintendo built into the wall that was just another vintage POS that should have been removed Looooong ago. Who plays 1990s Nintendo video games like Super Mario Bros?? Should I have asked where the penny arcade was.

Oh the remote was broken as well. :)

The beds were nice and the room, halls, and lobby were very clean!

All this place has to do is UPDATE; get some DVD players, clear up that reception, offer more than just a few analog TV stations, fix the "little" things that go wrong and look wrong in the rooms like WATER STAINS, OLD BROKEN APPLIANCES, REPLACE VINTAGE GYM EQUIPMENT, AND PUT THE PHONE BY THE BED, and you might up some of these poor reviews.

It's the small details that kill you not the fluffy beds...

Room Tip: Ask for a large room with a micro and refrig. All domestic animals are welcome Leave the pythons at...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

If you are looking for a place close to King Street and other Old Town attractions, this wasn't it. It also isn't particularly close to a safe Metro station that can be used at night. Upon check-in, I was told that I should ride the airport shuttle back to DCA and take the Metro from there. But the shuttle shares its transportation with another hotel, and one one rainy night, I was dropped off across the street from the hotel - not even under the awning of the hotel itself.
Service was generally pleasant.
The room was comfortable, and large, but the hotel is old and is beginning to show its age. There was only shampoo - no conditioner.
Upon check-in the television was not working.
One odd thing - there was no phone by the bed - so for a wake up call, you had to get up and answer the phone at the desk across the room.
The vending machines on three floors were always sold out, and the hallways had a musty odor.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, TX
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

Stayed 3 nights nd found ths property to be very nice, check-in to checkout. Rate included a full buffet breakfast. Located in a quaint and quiet area so if you're looking for 24/7 excitement this is NOTthe place for you. Property in what felt to bek a safe area, even for female business travelers traveling alone. Easily within walking distance from King Street District.

Room Tip: Rooms in vicinity of conference area very quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Danbury, Connecticut
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Stayed here one night in Oct. Can't think of anything to say really. It was fairly clean, easy to park, restaurant was closed. No ambiance whatsoever...

Do not eat at the Royal Restaurant nearby as the staff suggests - it sucks! Best place around was TJ Stones which is one block away.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 50 Hotels in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Historic District Alexandria 3*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria- Historic District is located in the heart of Alexandria, convenient to everything Old Town Alexandria and Washington, DC have to offer. The Potomac River and King Street's entertainment district, restaurants and boutique shopping are just blocks from the hotel. At our pet friendly hotel, we provide complimentary high-speed Internet and shuttle service to Reagan National Airport, Metro and King Street. Experience fine hospitality when you stay at the Holiday Inn. During your stay, dine in Traditions Restaurant and Lounge, featuring the specialties of Alexandria and light American fare. Kids Eat Free (with select rates and accompanied by an adult) in our restaurant and will enjoy our combination indoor/outdoor pool. Famed attractions in the Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA area include the Smithsonian museums, White House, Capitol Building, Mount Vernon, and the numerous monuments and cemeteries. This hotel in Alexandria, VA is also convenient to the Pentagon and Crystal City. Whether you are traveling on business or pleasure, let the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria-Historic District be your home away from home. ... more   less 
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