I've stayed at this hotel many times for business, but this trip was vacation with two of my children. This is a nice Holiday Inn, very clean, quiet rooms. Decent food at the restaurant, but there are multiple restaurants across the street, as well as a movie theater. The hotel has free shuttle service to the airport and Old Town Alexandria. The Eisenhower Metro Rail station is across the parking lot, which is important if you are coming to enjoy the sights of Washington, DC. You will not need a car to get around with the Metro located so closely.
My only complaint is with the indoor pool. The hours are only 3pm to 10pm, which is not convenient if you have kids and want to swim early in the day. The reason for these limited hours is because the hotel employs a life guard. I understand that a hotel may want to reduce their liability by hiring a life guard, but this life guard made the pool experience bad for my boys. Within seconds of arriving, the life guard spoke quite harshly with my boys about the rules. Within five minutes he was yelling at them for some minor infraction (probably running). I know that rules have to be obeyed, but his tone was very harsh. One of my boys flipped into the pool when I wasn't looking, and guard came over to me and said, "Did you see that? He just flipped! He could have hit his head!" As if I was somehow a bad parent for not controlling their every move. He then harshly chastised my son for the flip. I kept an eye on the life guard and saw his face periodically scowl while shaking his head. The end result is that my boys did their best to have fun, while I sat outside the pool nervously watching them to make sure they didn't do anything more to evoke the guard's ire. The hotel should either forget having a life guard, like most hotels, or hire one with a more pleasant demeanor who doesn't destroy the fun of being at the pool.
- 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
- Alexandria Holiday Inn