Historical Traveller Reviews of Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel
Nice family hotel for a stay in DC
We stayed at the Holiday Inn-Capitol on our way back from Myrtle Beach. What a great choice for a family! We had stayed at other hotels in the D.C. area before, including much more expensive ones, but this Holiday Inn was definitely the best! The location is great for sight-seeing, with lots of stuff in walking distance and a Metro stop two blocks away. The rooftop pool was very clean and has an unbelieveable view. The restaurant is also great for casual, family dining, which is hard to find in D.C.
We will definitely choose the Holiday Inn - Capitol again for our next visit to D.C.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here July 24-27 and as many reviewers have already stated the location is perfect for its location to the museums. We traveled the town via Metro system which was ideal for us. Rooms were clean, A/C a bit noisy, but then again you aren't there to sit in the rooms all day. Didn't have too much interaction with the staff, but what little we had was very pleasant. Tour desk downstairs sells tickets for the trolley which gets you around the town very easily. Unlimited on and offs for each day purchased.
Ate dinner in Foggy Bottom one night at Tony and Joes. Ambiance was very nice but prices were too high for the quality of food received. There is no childrens menu.
Getting access to the free computers downstairs was a task, fortunately we were able to access the internet via our wireless Sprint card. Had great cellphone access in the area with Sprint.
Food downstairs is mediocre. Ate pizza twice (we have 3 kids) and at the museums. Went out to the mall in Pentagon City via the Metro.
Overall would be willing to stay here again once their renovations were complete.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Jul 8 through 12, 2004. My parents and sixteen year old accompanied us on this trip, so everyone had different places they wanted to visit. The location was perfect and served as a base for our exploring. The Trolley Tour stop was right outside the hotel, the Air and Space Museum and Mall were within walking distance for everyone. The Metro stop was only a block away, however, when we asked the staff, we were given wrong directions and ended up walking to the next stop near the Bureau of Engraving. Although the staff was very nice and responsive, they were not very helpful about the general area. One person I asked for restaurants in the area stated they did not live in the area. Our best restaurant suggestions came from the cab drivers and AAA Tourbook. The hotel restaurant was so-so, and we ended up eating our meals in the museums, Chinatown ($10 cab ride away or 4 stops on the Metro), the Deli and McDonalds next door. We did walk to the seafood restaurant several blocks down (not for small children), however, with older parents, we had to walk slower in the dark. At that time of the evening, the area did not have alot of activity, but the Police Station and Fire Dept were right there and we felt ok walking back. The rooms were very adequate and the pool stayed open until 10:00pm. Good location for familes, however, we suggest eating your main meal before returing to the hotel or taking a cab or Metro to the restaurants. CVS (drug store) is right next door where we bought our water, soft drinks, snacks and disposable cameras. We will stay again on our next visit and look forward to the completed renovations at the end of the year!
You couldn't get any closer to the National Mall or the Smithsonian unless you camped on the mall. The room was typical of other places we've stayed at. Very clean, and the noise from the A/C was usually enough to drown out the train noise. I'd advise skipping the hotel food. Other reviewers have mentioned the McDonalds and deli just outside, and there is at least one restaruant within walking distance that served very good steaks and crabcakes. A short cab ride gets you to better restaurants. There were a couple computers in the lobby to connect to the internet for those of us without laptops. Overall, a very good value, and a great place to stay to visit our national treasures.
Would stay again!
I expected to be disappointed. The price was noticibly lower than similar downtown hotels, so I assumed there would be something wrong with it.
Other than the cold service in general (This seems to be true for almost all businesses we dealt with in DC, the people weren't rude, for the most part, but were obviously not interested in being friendly), the room was very nice, the housekeeping excellent.
They are currently remodeling the lobby and courtyard area, but it didn't effect our use of the hotel at all.
The location is great, one block from the L'Enfant Metro Station. Not many places to eat (Fast food-wise), but you can actually get to a McDonald's without actually going outside. It's located in the back corner of the same building as the Hotel. There's also a Quiznos Subs in the building too.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed from 7/1 to 7/5. Location was excellent 2 easy blocks to nat'l mall and just around corner from subway station. Staff seemed caring and accomodating. As we left the hotel to view fireworks, mgmt was standing at the door to hand out trash bags to sit on due to the heavy rains. Upon returning to hotel, mgmt was at door directing and assisting the heavy crowds. Room was basic yet clean and acceptable. Pool was small and crowded, but wasn't there for extensive pool time anyway. Food was acceptable, but nothing great. Only ate there once as kids didn't like it too much. Check in was quick, simple, and staff was very helpful and polite. We were basically in the room only during late evening and nights, but had no problems....would stay again.
2 Adults + 2 kids in this room. Great value compared to what we got for our money in New York City and Philadelphia on this same trip. Room and bathroom were very comfortable size. Parking fees were reasonable and you could come/go without being charged multiple times. Pool on rooftop is outside and I heard it was not very large. No complaints about this property.
Great Location For Sightseeing - Not Much Nightlife In The Area
We spent 5 nights at the hotel from March 17 through March 21. Other reviewers have already mentioned the hotel renovation and the train noises. Neither created any problems for us. The accomodations were clean and typical Holiday Inn. Not extravagant but certainly functional. My only complaint (not related to the hotel but its location) was the lack of restaurant options (especially at night). For those interested in doing something after the local attractions close (around 5 pm during the time frame we visited), I would recommend selecting a hotel closer to shops and restaurants. The Metro is very easy to use and could inexpensively bring you into the Mall area during the day to sightsee. Other than the hotel food offerings (average but not bad), McDonalds, and a bakery/sports bar in the Wachovia building, there are NO restaurants in the area. NONE. If you are visiting in season when the museum hours are extended, the location would be a more significant asset. Since nearly all of the buildings in the Mall area closed at 5 or 5:30 pm. I would have personally traded the proximity to the Smithsonians, etc. for more dining options at night.
Great value and location
from A TripAdvisor Member
I would highly recommend the Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel. I found the best rate through www.Holiday-inn.com. We stayed 4 days, March 17 to March 21 at the Holiday Inn Capitol with my husband and 3 kids, 9-year-old twins and 7 year old. The hotel itself is being remodeled, our floor was already finished and it was very nice and comfortable. The ongoing construction didn?t make any noise that we could hear. They don?t start until 9am and stop by 6pm. If you are a light sleeper you may want to ask that your room not face 6th street or D St. as there are railroad track located across the street from the building and the freight trains rumble by at about 6am and 10 pm. They also have commuter trains that stop across the street throughout the day. We had a standard room with 2 double beds, a desk, dresser, and small table and chair. Having an extra kid we had to order a roll away bed ($10 a day extra). Even with all that furniture we pushed it aside and still had plenty of room to move around. There were two computers in the lobby to access the internet for free. Although only one seemed to be working at a time. The parking is located under the hotel and unless you have a very small car you will find it a tight fit. We drove a mini van and squeezed it between a support beam and another car. That too is and extra $18 a day.They have two choices for food in the hotel. The dinning room is a little pricey for adults traveling without kids. But seeing kids eat free, we made out okay. A family of 5 can eat dinner for under $50. Breakfast was under $20 for all of us. The food was good-tasting and fine after a long day of sight seeing. The other choice was a fast-food counter. This is the one you want to go to if you want to get your day started early and fast. They offer quick meals, like egg and cheese tortilla wraps, danish, muffins and fresh fruit platters for breakfast and deli sandwiches or chef salad for lunch and early dinner. The only draw back is they are only open until 5 pm and we usually didn?t get back until after that. There aren?t many choices for casual dinning nearby and the only restaurants are fast food, McDonalds and Subway.The driving directions to the hotel provided via their web site were right on. The hotel is only one block from the National Air and Space museum. It was great to be able to walk to all the sights that DC has to offers. If you don?t want to walk the metro is close by, but the weather was so nice that we opted to walk the whole time. If you want to visit the Capitol, Holocaust Museum, Mint (a.k.a.: Printing and Engraving), or the Washington Monument plan on getting up early to get passes. They hand out passes starting at 8, but you should be in line no later than 7:30, they go really fast. We found out too late that the Mint isn?t open on weekends. If you plan 3-6 months in advance you can contact your congressman or senator to arrange passes. We didn?t have that much time to plan our trip and were lucky to get a tour of the capitol.
All-Around Awesome 2/16/04
from A TripAdvisor Member
Highest recommendations!!! Just got back from a 4-night stay at the Holiday Inn Capitol. Our family of 4 was pleasantly surprised with our accomodations in every way possible. Everything was exceptional--immaculate rooms, courteous staff, quiet and close proximity to attractions. Metro station (L'Enfant Plaza) is within a one-block walk. This is the only station where all four lines intersect; no tranferring from one line to another. Can't comment on the hotel restaurants, ate elsewhere. Trains were not a problem, as we were on the courtyard side of the building.
Top Local Tips for Washington DC
The memorials and monuments were great, but the highlight of the trip was the Ford Theatre and house where Lincoln died. We stumbled upon it while looking for food/beers (the Hard Rock Cafe is right next door). The Ford Theatre has a great museum in the basement. Entrance is free and there is some great, interesting stuff in there. The actual gun used to shoot Lincoln, the clothes he was wearing at the time (complete with actual bloodstains still visible) and lots of other artifacts. The actual theatre part was closed when we went, but I'm guessing you can see the booth where he was when he was shot. If you walk directly across the street you can see the house where Lincoln was taken after being shot and where he eventually died. The room is recreated to look as it did then (not the original bed, etc...but still very cool). An unexpected and very cool attraction that we hadn't planned to see.
Little India, across from Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro stop
Great Fish Curry!