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“Good base for DC” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good base for DC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights.
I would say this is one of the better Holiday Inns around, and for the money I am satisfied that we made the right choice.
The hotel is about 10 blocks walk from the town centre, but this is a nice walk along the waterfront through an affluent neighbourhood. A few blocks inland is slightly less well-off, but we didn't see a 'poor' area anywhere; I suspect this part of the town is all pretty expensive. Alternatively you can use the hotel's free shuttle into town (half hourly but not 24hrs)
The hotel also runs a half hourly shuttle to Ronald Regan where you can jump on the metro into DC - very easy. Or jump on the free King street trolley to the Metro two stops earlier.
The hotel itself was clean and welcoming, much more of a hotel than a motel. Parking underground is adequate, but they should do something about the parking fee of $20 (I'm not sure we were charged??) You can park in the street nearby for free, and it is safe enough.
The room was clean, with good facilities. Curtains were a touch tired, but otherwise we we're very happy with the room.
This is neither the Waldorf Astoria, nor your own home, but it is certainly not a cheap motel on the freeway. All round I would recommend this as a great base for anyone visiting DC on business or exploring the city.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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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West Lothian, Scotland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed here in September for 3 days while we went sight seeing in Washington DC. The hotel itself was excellent. Huge rooms, extremely comfortable bed, free fast wireless internet, working AC (although a little noisy, tended to switch it off overnight), clean bathroom, friendly staff. Pretty much everything you could ask for!

The hotel is situated in a very safe, pretty area about 15 to 20 minutes walk from King Street, where all the cute shops and restaurants are. However there's also a decent supermarket right across the road, and a decent steakhouse half a block away (TJ Stones). For the metro it was about a 15 minute walk to Braddock Road. Walk felt very safe despite going through a slightly less upmarket housing estate. There was also a free, and very useful shuttle to Ronald Reagan airport, useful both for the metro (avoiding the walk with luggage) and the airport itself. We found it a great base for exploring both Arlington and DC, and was great value in comparison to the hotels in town (which we were slightly nervous about location-wise).

The only let-down was the breakfast which was average quality and over-priced. And don't order tea - they make it in the coffee jugs (coffee flavoured tea, yuch!). Best to head out for breakfast.

Room Tip: Other reviews had commented on slightly damp smelling rooms and corridor. However we were on floor 7...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Hattiesburg
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154 reviews 154 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We loved staying outside of dc. It was just a short scenic ride into anywhere. Hotel was beautiful & right across from grocery store to pick up goodies for room. Had fridge & microwave. We didn't dine there but took shuttle again to historic Alexandria. Tons of quant restaurants & shops. Will stay again when in dc area.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed here one night and that was enough. Haven't stayed at a Holiday Inn in a long time and should have kept it that way. Our room was large, but not clean. An upholstered chair in our room had huge stains on it and on the throw pillow that was there. Would not sit on it as it looked like it had not been cleaned in a long time. The sheers too looked like they might have been white, however looked gray in appearance and dirty. We found a large smashed bug on them that looked like it had been there for a while. The walls were dirty as was the tile under the bathroom sink, the air conditioner did not work well and it felt cold and very damp. There is no complimentary breakfast and the continental breakfast is $9.99, we just had oatmeal and coffee off the menu, which cost us over $12. The front desk people, however, were very kind and accommodating and adjusted our bill after our complaints. It looks like it could be a great hotel if they updated by painting and doing thorough cleanings. I guess you get what you pay for as this was one of the cheaper priced hotels there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Historic District Alexandria, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Dear Harmony_peace,

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts and concerns. I am pleased that you found our front desk staff to be kind and accommodating. Please accept my sincerest apology if you found your stay less than satisfactory due to the room accommodations received. I appreciate you bringing this matter into our attention as this is our best resource of improving guest services.

We take the confidence our guests place in us very seriously and work diligently to rectify any unsatisfactory experiences. Thank you again for your comments.

Sincerely,

Pam G.
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USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Had a nice pleasant stay at this hotel. There were 4 adults and we were placed in 2 rooms that were adjoined by a door for privacy and it was great! Room is standard pretty big size though and comfortable does need some updating and deep clean of the carpeting which is usual in any hotel I've stayed in you get slobs who stay in rooms and just dont care and trash places unfortunate but true! Restaurant on site is very pricey only had breakfast there twice all other meals we ate at restaurants along King Street and Prince Streets, very good restaurants especially Chadwicks!! The hotel does have a pool but unfortunatly my mother could not use it because it did not have steps for a person who is older and cant climb the wall to get out of it, so we didn't use it. There is an area you can sit outside by the pool there are tables and u can sit and have a nice cocktail. The bartender Bill was an absolute pleasure to sit and talk with all week and he made damn good drinks!!!! My mom is still raving about her cocktail of choice that he made her and no bartenders here back home in NJ can compete with!! We took a cab back and forth to DC for around $22 bucks each way, we thought it was much easier than having to take a shuttle to the airport then the MEtro in much to busy. Restaurant is across the street from a Giant food store AKA Stop and Shop, the cabs are lined up there every morning. They say theres a $ 20 parking fee for the underground parking garage however we did not get charged to use it. The hotel is a few blocks away from King and Queen streets in Ole Town where all the action is, but if you have a car theres a parking area on Prince street for $ 5.00. Would stay here again we had a very nice stay.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Tucson, Arizona
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The holiday Inn in the historic district of Alexandria is a quality place to stay. The rates are good, the facilities are adequate but the service is the BEST anywhere in the area. Manager Delgado does a superb job of overall customer service but the two most important areas...reception and bar/restaurant service are what sets this hotel apart from others. Alex at the front deak is the epitome of a reception clerk and manager. Everything is ready for you when you arrive and check in takes less than 2 minutes...and he provides all the amenities you could ever need. He simply thinks of everything and provides it. Bill at the bar is the perfect bar tender. If you have been there once he remebers what your favorites are and it is on the bar before you can sit down. A very pleasant person, he will engage you to the extent you want and no more...A perfect place to stay for value and great service. S. Wallace

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Ft. Lauderdale
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Great location, nice desk staff, poor tired hotel. This is another holiday Inn property that needs some renovation. Room had a bad smell, found hair on the floor in the bathroom and the carpet in the room had many red stains through out the room, needless to say, I kept my flip flops on. Room had a fridge, which is a great amenity, but wasn't really well thought out, sitting in the corner on the floor. Rooms need to have additional power outlets or a power strip, Had to unplug the floor lamp to plug in my ipad and computer at the same time, phone I had to plug in, in the bathroom, hmm, gross. Free internet, also a great amenity.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
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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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