I had a hard time rating this hotel...it IS better than average (ok), but not VERY good...it's just good. The rooms are clean, quiet and comfortable with all basic amenities....coffee maker, shampoo, conditioner. Bathroom doesn't have a lot of counter space but plenty of soft towels. A/C worked well and ran quietly. Check in was quick, personnel very welcoming and professional. We were only there for an early morning flight and the Holiday Inn is maybe 5 minutes away so it is very convenient for that.
BUT, there's no wireless in the rooms...they provide ethernet and it's free but you have to turn the computer on and off to connect...it took us 3 times to get on the internet. In this day and age, I just feel any basic hotel should have wireless.
Another thing I didn't like was that when looking at prices for hotels, this Holiday Inn appears to be a bargain but it doesn't tell you that it is $16 to park there for the night, so that bumps up the price to comparable hotels. And the parking is not ample. When we got there, there were no spaces left...we squished into an area that was for pedestrians and hoped we wouldn't get towed.
Also they only offer double beds, no queens so if you have more than 2 people, it's going to be pretty cozy.
General advice for the area.....bring a map if you are driving to the airport. We just happened to see a sign to the airport when driving to the Holiday Inn. You can only exit right from the Holiday Inn and from there there is no signs. (You have to do a U-turn at the light, then take a left at, I believe, the second traffic light.) From there, you're pretty much already at the airport. Also we had started looking for gas stations when we were approaching the DC area and seriously couldn't find one! The ONLY one was a block away from the Holiday Inn...so that was convenient.
Since our only purpose for choosing this hotel was for airport convenience, I really couldn't comment if this would be a good hotel for visiting the area. I'm not sure what all is around it except the airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Nation's Capitol and the Holiday Inn National Airport, the best hotel in Arlington Virginia! This full service Crystal City hotel is located minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport, the Pentagon, and 23rd Street restaurant row. Take advantage of our free wireless high-speed Internet. For government, contract and military travelers, the Holiday Inn offers a unique per diem package, the best of any Arlington hotel. Our hotel is also a great business location, convenient to many Northern Virginia companies, including IBM, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, EPA, Raytheon, USPTO and Navy Elite. We offer the amenities and meeting room services a business traveler needs for a productive visit. Our Arlington hotel offers accommodations that are great for vacations too! The monuments, museums and attractions in Washington, DC and historic Old Town Alexandria are easily accessible by Metro or car. Shop at the Pentagon City Mall and Fashion Centre Mall. For dining, guests can choose to enjoy Fresh Kitchen for breakfast and lunch and O'Malley's Sports Pub for dinner! We offer free high-speed Internet in our guest rooms and wireless Internet in our public areas. Our finest attribute is our professional and friendly staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn National Airport / Crystal City Hotel Arlington
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