My first time here back in 1994, the highways and bypasses were being built around this Holiday Inn, so it was noisy every day with workers and trucks starting at 6AM with the drilling and noise from the work trucks. My family had planned not to come back to this Holiday Inn.
Now, that almost 20 years had passed, we thought we'd try this place again, figuring all the construction is done. I have to say the only negative is that every night of my ten day stay is that We keep hearing cars and trucks driving by on the elevated highway. There was also that constant noise from not my air conditioner in our room but also everyone's air conditioners from my neighbors on both side of us. Problem is thin walls that you hear people talking as well as their TV. It kept us waking us constantly. We knocked on the walls and later in the day in the hallway, we told them we couid hear them. They apologized not realizing how thin the walls were. Rooms probably were the same walls 20 years ago, not insulated. Good thing bathrooms were updated.
I'm surprised that breakfast were not included in the high price We had to pay for the 10 day stay. Average out to be $159 a night. They wanted an additional $15 a person a day on top of that. We said we'll try the breakfast for 1 day. Good thing, what a rip-off! The so-called breakfast buffet was very small. You had to pay extra for a glass of juice or milk. There was a small heated container for rubbery eggs and bacon. The oatmeal was undercooked and runny with water. The few cut up fruit were canned peaches,canned pineapple, oranges. We ended up walking across the street to Starbucks for breakfast the other days where they have a nice inexpensive selections for breakfast (great oatmeal, breakfast sandwiches and good coffee for less than $5) I have to say the waiter (a short Indian man) who came to collect the check needs people skills. He was slow in getting us coffee and didn't appear until we had finished our breakfast and we waited a while for him to give us a receipt before we could leave.
But there were some good points which we gave an extra star...check in staff were very accommodating and helpful. Room was very clean with flat screen TV. Breakfast hostess was very friendly and helpful when the waiter wasn't present. Just a convenient 1 block walk to the Metro. Just 1 stop to Old Town Alexandria where there are great restaurants and shops to browse and eat.
Would We stay here again? We don't think so. We've been to better Holiday Inns up in DC and Arlington which were cheaper and included a sprawling buffet breakfast and only a few more stops on the Metro for Old Town Alexandria.
- 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