Hm....Where to begin...
Firstly, I used to live in the Washington, D.C. area so I have a bit of an idea what else is available, hotel-wise. Whomever said this hotel is located in a "bad neighborhood" hasn't spent much time in Washington. It's not Chevy Chase, but it's not Southeast D.C. either. I'll agree it's not a great idea to walk by yourself at night, but that's true of a great many portions of super-large cities like D.C. and its suburbs.
It's also not the most sparkling new hotel I've ever seen, but it's certainly not a dump. The room I was assigned (408) was large, with a huge closet and two full size beds. It had a view of some lovely trees and the nearby grocery store.
Transportation was easy to use - it's a 0.8 mile walk to the Metro according to my GPS device. In addition to the free hotel shuttle, the Route 5 DASH bus stops not even one block from the hotel (corner of Madison & St Asaph) and runs every half hour. The cost to get to the Metro is only a dollar (Route 5 turns into Route 2 on the way back from the Metro...don't let the number change throw you off.) There's also a cab stand outside should none of these options work out.
In addition to the grocery store a stone's throw from this property, there's a Wendy's restaurant a block away on Washington. There's also a shopping mall (Brickyard Plaza) a couple of miles and an easy cab ride away (Old Navy, Target, a movie theater, etc.)
I paid $130 per night on Priceline, high for this property but I stayed the costly Monday-Wednesday date range. (Use Priceline for this area - hotels closer to the airport can easily run over $300 per night.)
The hotel was super quiet, the beds were quite comfortable, there was plenty of hot water. Drink machines on every floor, the room darkening shades worked great. The desk staff was very helpful after the airline I took from Amsterdam lost my suitcases. There's also no foolishness of charging big bucks for local phone calls, which are a flat $1 fee.
The ONLY negative remarks I have: The free wireless Internet is extremely variable and subject to interference - going from five bars to one inside the space of a couple of minutes, which makes uploading large files or maintaining a consistent connection difficult (but it IS free). Also, there's no fridge in the room, which would be nice.
I would stay here again, and I probably will soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town 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 - Old Town be your home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Historic District Alexandria
- Holiday Inn Alexandria
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