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“great location for DC” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle

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Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle
Ranked #25 of 52 Hotels in Alexandria
Tampa, Florida
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71 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“great location for DC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Overall:
This hotel is in good shape and in a great location for seeing DC. The Metro is very close (about 2 blocks), which is the best way to get into the city. Reagan Airport is close and the hotel offers a shuttle to the airport and places nearby. There is also a movie theater, Starbucks, Teds, Thai, Subway and several other restaurants about 2 blocks away.

Property:
This looks like an older property that has been remodeled fairly recently. The building is about 8 floors high, has a bar and restaurant, indoor pool, and nice meeting space.

Rooms:
The rooms were fairly large for DC, there was the typical mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, desk, TV, night stand, bathroom with shower/tub combo, and sitting chair. There were ice and vending machines in the hall way. Overall the rooms were nice, about what I would expect for a Holiday Inn. The beds were actually really comfortable.

Internet:
Free wifi is available, we found it fast and easy to connect to. The front desk will give you a code that you will need.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stephen Y
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Tracie R, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
I wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review about our property. You are correct, we recently underwent a nearly 4 million dollar renovation to our property that included everything from the meeting space, lobby, restaurant, lounge, and guest rooms and even the brand new beds! I am thrilled to hear you found them to be so comfortable!

It sounds as though you were able to take advantage of all that we have to offer within walking distance to the hotel such as the Starbucks, movie theater and variety of restaurants but if you only saw them in passing then perhaps the next time you stay here you might have the time to stop in and enjoy all they have to offer. Our complimentary shuttle would be happy to take you and pick you up once you are done.

Thank you again for your kind and personal words, we look very forward to your next visit!
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Columbus, Ohio
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90 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We needed a good location to stay for a 5 day visit to the DC area. This hotel was recommended by a family member. The room was very nice and clean. Each day the room was cleaned fresh as new. Breakfast was good both for the buffet and made to order. Only trick was to ask for toast or english muffin; they are not on the buffet but made fresh for each guest. Location was excellent since it was across the street from the Eisenhower Yellow line Metro stop. We also went one stop north to King Street and got the free trolley to Old Alexandria which was a good deal.
Others here have mentioned poor sleeping due to highway noise. True, it is next to the freeway, but we had no problem, perhaps because we were on the 7th floor. We also stopped in the bar for drinks on a Saturday before dinner. The bartender even changed the TV so we could watch our favorite football team play. Drinks were good and also cheap.

Room Tip: We did not eat dinner at the hotel so cannot comment on quality.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Papabuck49
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Tracie R, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
You did discover our 'freshness' trick with the bread at breakfast, it's true! We do prefer to make the toast or english muffins fresh upon request in order to ensure that they are warm and ready to eat upon ordering for each guest rather than stale and hard on the buffet and we are glad that you have shared this tip with other potential guests!

The free trolley from the King Street station is another wonderful little secret right in our historic neighborhood and our complimentary shuttle can take you directly there rather than having to transfer on the metro as well the next time you come to visit. Thank you for sharing your experiences with others and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Jacksonville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We booked adjoining rooms for one night to be in DC for the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon. Rooms were clean and pleasant, and well equipped with small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. Just right for a quick breakfast at 5am. And just a short walk across parking lot to catch Metro to race start! We booked this hotel before for a wedding and the staff were great. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Gary M
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Tracie R, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Being so convenient to not only the Amtrack, but two different metro stops really helps our guests get in and out of the city and to their other destinations. We are very happy to hear that we will be your hotel of choice the next time you are in town! Please feel free to let us know if there is anything you would like to see us improve as we try to keep our guests needs and wants in mind.

See you again soon!
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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232 reviews
60 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stayed for one night on the Labor day weekend! Catching the Amtrak the next morning. The room was clean and cozy, and the bathroom is compact but clean. This is our hotel of choice for a one night stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Denise C
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Texas
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51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Really nice for a Holiday Inn. Some of them can be run down ,but this was excellent. Rooms were super clean! Newspaper, coffee, juice, etc free everyday, free airport shuttle, and walking distance from metro! Great burger joint across the street called Bens burgers with buffalo sign. Great stay! Only 15 min by metro to all good downtown sights!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank flightkid
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Tracie R, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
We look forward to your next visit and thank you for the great feedback and work hard to set ourselves above the expectations anyone may have upon their arrival. You're the reason we do what we do every day!
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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. We came with friends from NY to sightsee in Washington D.C. We found this hotel to be the best choice! We were welcomed and made to feel at home immediately. Our rooms were clean, comfortable, and everything we hoped they would be! One person in our group had a birthday the day we arrived and the hotel staff went out of their way to make her feel special! The restaurant serves a wonderful hot & cold breakfast. We never expected such a wonderful breakfast buffet with everything we could have desired to eat. The staff was friendly and helpful too. The hotel is less than a block from the Metro, which we used each day we were there, and there are good restaurants across the street as well. Our stay there was a memorable one - we're already planning our next trip there next October. Don't hesitate to make your reservations at this hotel! ~Valeri Jantzen

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Valeri J
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Tracie R, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
We are so glad to hear you and your friends had such a lovely stay for a birthday weekend! Customer service is just second nature to our staff and we are always thrilled to see that shine through in comments such as these! Our team members are what make our hotel a destination, not just a location to stay. You feel welcome here because you are welcome here! Thank you for your feedback and come back again soon!
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DC
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This hotel was pricy for the average service, outdated decor and unfriendly demeanor of some (not all) employees. The beds were uncomfortable - one with a concave dent in the center and the other leaned to the right side of the bed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank SmartTraveler123DC
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Tracie R, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
While we understand that our newly completed renovations, as of January 2012, may not suit everyone's tastes, we do strive to ensure that everyone's needs our met. We are sorry to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations and hope that you will give us another try in the future. Thank you for your honest feedback, we can only improve when we know how our guests feel.
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Property: Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle
Address: 2460 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314-4607
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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 ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 52 Hotels in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle 3*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle welcomes each guest to its convenient location off the Capital Beltway / I-95. Our charming, full-service hotel is just a block from the Metro for fast & easy travel to Old Town Alexandria, Reagan International Airport (DCA) & the Washington, DC area. This hotel's location in Alexandria, VA pleases travelers who want the excitement of a big-city vacation & a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Alexandria is minutes from popular DC attractions like the Smithsonian Museums, the Lincoln Memorial & George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Head to the historic waterfront in Old Town Alexandria to stroll cobblestone streets or dine in a historic tavern. This Alexandria hotel is ideal for corporate travelers. We're near Michael Baker Engineering, Hoffman Town Center, the US Patent &Trademark Office and other businesses in the DC area. We offer FREE local shuttle service and FREE parking to all guests to save money on travel costs. We offer ample meeting space, free high-speed, wireless Internet access & a 24-hour Business Center. Our quality amenities make us a standout among hotels in Alexandria, VA. After a day of sightseeing, slip into the heated, indoor pool to unwind or work out in the Fitness Center; then enjoy a cocktail & appetizers at Bistro Eighteen90. You'll be charmed by historic Alexandria & this hotel. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Telegraph Rd
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