I prefer to provide the facts first then my review so fellow travelers can make an educated decision. I hope my review helps in your decision.
DATE: 30 July 2009
COST: $65 USD discount booking (The normal rate might be $160 USD +)
INCLUDED AMMENITIES ADVERTISED: Free Internet, non-smoking.
FALSE PROMISES: None. Everything advertised was supplied.
STAFF: Excellent. Friendly.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Medium awareness. No criminal activity observed in front of property. Low income housing nearby but the hotel is on the edge of the tourist zone of downtown Alexandria, VA.
LOCATION TO TOURIST SITES: Walking distance a couple blocks to King Street area for restaurants/pubs, and attractions in downtown Alexandria, VA.
TRIPADVISOR UTILIZED PRIOR TO BOOKING: Yes, but booking through Hotwire you can’t choose which hotel you will get. I was happy to find out I got this one.
CHECK-IN/OUT: Too easy.
REVIEW: I recommend this hotel if you’re on vacation or business. It is very clean and the lobby has a restaurant and bar. There is also a café-coffee shop. Parking is charged but there is plenty of free parking on the street out front. The front desk reported the neighborhood is safe. King Street of downtown Alexandria is walking distance by a few blocks which could take ten minutes.
THE GOOD: Location, price on Hotwire, cleanliness, professional staff, lobby bar, grocery across the street, lots of free parking on street out front, location, convention and conference facility located inside hotel. The gym and pool were nice, and there is a coin-op laundry located on the 4th floor. There is a small business center located off the lobby.
THE BAD: The room did not have a refrigerator, the a/c struggled and the room was a bit muggy upon check-in. The free wireless Internet had a very weak signal which forced me to reconfigure the room with the desk to gain a better signal...that did not work. Some rooms had microwave ovens placed outside the room on the floor in the hallway…Maybe they were broken? The gym closes at 10 p.m. and is locked.
Overall the room was very comfortable after I got the a/c working right, and the maids did not attempt once to disturb me in the morning. I would stay here again and would recommend this hotel to friends. If I can sleep in without maids bothering me, then I usally rate the hotel a little better on the comfort and value scale. This hotel scored a homerun! The maids were in the hasllway but never knocked or parked a cart in front of my room.
TIP-1: Priority Club members get extended check-out at 2 p.m. so take advantage of that free program. You can sign up online in the room and then call the front desk for late check-out.
TIP-2: The hotel charges for parking in the garage, but you might be able to find a free spot out front on the street which does not have any time limits.
TIP-3: I saved a lot of money booking on Hotwire, the only problem is you can’t select the hotel by name.
Happy travels. I hope this was helpful.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Historic District Alexandria
- Holiday Inn Alexandria
- Alexandria Holiday Inn
- 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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