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Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House 3.0

Downtown, Washington, D.C., United States

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Pros

  • Near Dupont Circle, a short walk from the White House
  • Polished, bright rooms with Keurig coffeemakers, some with sofa beds
  • Avenue Cafe and Lounge serving all three meals (kids eat free)
  • Rooftop swimming pool (open seasonally)
  • Guest laundry facilities open 24 hours
  • Underground self-parking available for a fee
  • On-site electric vehicle charging station 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Public spaces are dated and dowdy compared to rooms
  • Parking is relatively expensive
  • Room service is not 24-hours
  • Fee for breakfast

Bottom Line

Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House is an affordable mid-range hotel located a short walk from Dupont Circle and the White House. Its 212 rooms were updated in 2016 and feature bright decor, in sharp contrast to the glaringly dated lobby and all-day restaurant. On-site features include a seasonal swimming pool, a modern fitness center, meeting space for rent, a business center, and expensive (but secure) underground parking. Guests are a mix of business and leisure travelers, and kid-friendly perks such as free dining for children and sofa beds in some rooms make it a good choice for families. Travelers willing to spend a little more may want to consider the nearby Washington Plaza Hotel, another kid-friendly hotel with an extensive breakfast buffet.

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Dated, affordable property popular with tourists and business travelers alike

Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House is a mid-range hotel housed in a bland 10-story building on the corner of a wide avenue. Public spaces are on the dated side, with granite floors in the lobby and lots of dark-wood paneling paired with gaudy sectional sofas and patterned 1970s-style curtains. The on-site restaurant -- Avenue Cafe & Lounge -- sits off to one side and has a similarly dated feel, with black-and-brown granite floors with magenta splashes and matching wooden chairs. Thankfully rooms did get a refresh in 2016, but that look hasn't extended anywhere else yet. The property attracts both business travelers on a budget and tourists, including families (pull-out sofa beds in rooms and free dining for kids add allure for parents).

Location

Between the White House and Dupont Circle on the outskirts of downtown D.C.

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The Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House is located just off Massachusetts Avenue on the edge of downtown, a 15-minute walk to the Dupont Circle Metro stop (Red Line), with direct access to Downtown, The Mall, the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Zoo. The surrounding Dupont Circle neighborhood is filled with hip restaurants, bars, and nightlife options, particularly on P Street between Logan Circle and 15th Street. The White House is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, while Union Station takes 10 minutes to reach by taxi. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the Reagan National Airport (traffic permitting) and up to an hour to get to Dulles.

Rooms

Bright, simple rooms with Keurig coffeemakers and mini-fridges

Thanks to a 2016 renovation, guest rooms are a highlight of this Holiday Inn breathing some fresh air into this slightly stale property. Breezy neutrals like gray-and-tan carpeting and blond-wood furniture are offset by rectangular prints of turquoise seascapes. Every room contains either one king bed or two doubles. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, irons, and mini-fridges, and some rooms add pull-out sofas and microwaves. Bathrooms come with large vanity areas, hairdryers, magnifying mirrors, and shower/tub combos.

Features

Restaurant open for all three meals, modern fitness center, expensive self-parking, and guest laundry

This Holiday Inn has a good range of amenities for an affordable mid-range property, including secure on-site parking (for a relatively pricey fee), 24-hour guest laundry facilities, a small gift shop selling snacks and basic sundries, a business corner, and meeting space for rent. There's also a restaurant -- Avenue Cafe and Lounge -- which serves food from all over the world. Breakfast and dinner buffets are available seasonally and kids eat free. Room service is also available, but not around the clock. The fitness center was updated in 2015 and features modern cardio equipment and free weights in a brightly lit space. Wi-Fi is fast and free throughout the property.

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Address

1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20005-5504, United States

Phone

(202) 483-2000

Also Known As

  • Holiday Inn Washington
  • Holiday Inn Washington Dc
  • Washington Dc Holiday Inn

Room Types

  • One King Leisure Room
  • Standard Room

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