Stayed here for Friday, July 5 thru Sunday, July 7th. In town for Nationals v Padres game on Saturday at Nationals Park. The hotel is directly across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station----amazingly convenient. The Station, like all Metro stations, has free parking on the weekends but the hotel is so close we did not even need to move our car. Hotel parking was free and seemed plentiful.
Check-in on Friday was nice yet humid. There seems to be a real lack of ventilation in the common areas of the hotel including the lobby and the hallways. Elevator is a mite better; exercise room had no real ventilation and was a bit steamy when I visited on Saturday morning. Further the exercise room had no water in the water cooler and no towels available. Perhaps I got there before housekeeping had a chance to freshen up the exercise room for the day; I sure hope that was the case.
Room was nice. Two double beds with plenty of pillows and well-heeled air conditioning unit. Microwave and fridge on hand. Shower drain seemed to stop up when I was taking a shower; not sure why this occurred. Nice sitting chair and ottoman along with office desk and comfortable accompanying chair.
Breakfast was pretty good but probably not quite worth the $12.95 "special" rate. If you were inclined and able to go elsewhere for breakfast going elsewhere may be a better deal. Food was good; fresh fruit and nice selection--pineapple, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, bananas (one day only), oranges (one day only). Milk and yogurt were availalbe as were bagels, toast, and English muffins. Scrambled eggs on bar and the ability to have eggs cooked your way----I enjoyed my three egg whites on the second morning of my stay. Meat is the usual pork products--bacon and sausage. Apple juice, orange juice, and grapefruit juice were good too.
Interesting occurence on second day of breakfast: after being seated the male waiter took my breakfast voucher and proceeded to point to the "gratuity not included" language thereupon. I thought this was a bit forward and unusual. Ironically the waiter never checked on me and my brother to ask if we wanted coffee, specialty eggs, or anything. The only time he even visited our table was to remove my plate after we had spent about 25 minutes eating and were about to leave. You can imagine how this was acknowledged in his meager tip. Ironically the hostess actually asked me if I had everything I needed and when I told her that I wanted three egg whites she went directly to the kitchen and placed the order. Within 5 minutes I had my egg whites and thanked her for checking on us. This service snafu---the waiter not really waiting on our table----can be easily fixed.
All in all a pretty good stay. The air flow and quality in the common areas does need to be improved since the summer is upon us and it will only get hotter. Great, fresh, and clean property with excellent location. I will probably return as this was actually my second visit to the hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Alexandria Sw Eisenhower Ave Hotel Alexandria
- Holiday Inn Telegraph Rd
- Alexandria Holiday Inn