I travel to the DC area about once a year, usually for business and usually to attend events at the Washington Convention Center. Hotel costs in the DC area are so expensive I always seek to stay outside of the core to reduce costs. After staying out on most arms of Metro before, this time I sought the Yellow line because it stops at the convention center.
Based on a good price, what I could glean from Google maps, and (of course) reviews here, I chose this hotel for my 7-day stay.
This hotel could not be easier to get to the Metro. It is about a block away on the same side of Eisenhower. Good sidewalks, no drama.
Across Eisenhower has a number of restaurants (the Mexican restaurant right next to the AMC Theater doors is the cheapest). I would avoid the in-hotel restaurant for anything other than a convenient breakfast. The food is mediocre and they won't charge it to your hotel room despite their system clearly being able to handle that. Service is iffy, too. Maybe the impending closure and remodel of the restaurant will help that.
The hotel is currently being remodeled, but there isn't much impact to guests I saw.
The hotel is dated, but not in a way business travelers will care about. The rooms are clean, closet space and hangers are plentiful, and the noise from the adjacent freeway is manageable. I was given a room right next to the elevator -- which is usually a sign of disaster for a light sleeper like me -- but I never heard the elevator. Climate controls worked well. Bed was soft, but comfortable enough not to interfere with sleep. Wireless was at the low end of acceptable. I had to use some tricks to get access to really big pages, but I was able to accomplish all of my work with no major dramas.
The shower was.... interesting. I'm 5'11" and could put my palms on the ceiling of the shower without fully extending my body. It made for some awkward contortions for me, so anyone who is tall should keep this in mind. As with other DC hotels I've stayed in, this one had a slow drain so the shower water was around my ankles the entire time. I don't consider this a reason not to stay here, just a note that very tall folks might want to prepare themselves for.
They have a shuttle that runs 24 hours to DCA, so if you come in late don't bother with taking Metro to get to the hotel your first night. The hotel hosts airline people from many airlines, which is a good indicator of a baseline quality of service.
I will stay at this hotel on all my future trips to DC. Ease of access to the Metro, and therefore everything else in the area, is the huge draw. Combined with the relatively good rate and acceptability of the property itself make that decision a no brainer for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn - Alexandria - I-95 hotel at Telegraph Road, a full service hotel conveniently located near the Capital Beltway/I-95, and minutes from Old Towne Alexandria, Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport (DCA), and the Eisenhower Metro Station. Our hotel has many features designed with you in mind: well appointed guest rooms, free high-speed Internet access, complimentary airport shuttle, indoor pool, fitness center, and ample free parking. The Holiday Inn Alexandria also offers the Eisenhower Station Restaurant & Lounge where Kids Eat Free, meeting facilities able to accommodate up to 350 guests, and much more.Area attractions include: the Smithsonian museums; Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington; Washington DC area memorials such as the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the WWII Memorial, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum; Arlington National Cemetery; and the White House. This Alexandria hotel is approximately one mile from Michael Baker Engineering, the Federal Courthouse, the Hoffman Buildings, AMC theatres and Strayer University.We look forward to meeting all of your lodging needs when your business or pleasure travels bring you to the historic Alexandria, Virginia area and our nation's capital ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Alexandria Sw Eisenhower Ave Hotel Alexandria
- Holiday Inn Telegraph Rd
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