A Local’s Guide to Holiday Inn Hotels in Washington, DC

Holiday Inn is an extremely popular hotel choice for those looking for decent lodgings at an affordable rate. There are seven Holiday Inns that are close to a DC metro station, scattered throughout the DC area.

Branch Ave., Braddock and Vienna Holiday Inns are inconvenient for exploring the sights in DC. The metro stations are far and Braddock is quite expensive. Vienna Holiday Inn also requires a car to get anywhere, which can be difficult with the heavy traffic in that area. Although L’Enfant is a great location right in DC, the Holiday Inn in that area has an extremely expensive parking fee, coupled with pretty heavy rates for both weekdays and weekends (compared to other Holiday Inns).

For weekdays, the best option is the Holiday Inn near Eisenhower metro station which offers affordable weekday rates, close proximity to the metro station, great location and free parking. For weekends, I suggest looking at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn. The weekend rate is very cheap and the hotel offers lots of perks similar to the Eisenhower Holiday Inn, but with a faster commute into Downtown DC and all the sights.

Washington, DC Holiday Inn Hotels at a Glance

StationCommuteStateBlocksAvg. WKAvg. WKDParking
Ballston15 minsVA3$163$107$14 Per Day
Braddock20 minsVA7$189$125$20 Per Day
Branch Ave.30 minsMD7$123$135Free
Eisenhower30 minsVA2$133$119Free
L'Enfant5 minsDC2$169$160$40 Per Day
Rosslyn10 minsVA1$196$101Free
Vienna30 minsVAShort, Drive$124$95Free

Why Find a Holiday Inn Near the Metro?

airbnb near the metro
The Metro system in DC is fast, convenient and cheap. In fact, it’s cheaper to take the metro than to drive around, whether you’re in DC for business, vacation or just visiting.

Parking anywhere in the DC area can be expensive and frustrating. Add on the hectic traffic and limited street parking, and you’re looking at spending more time and money than it’s really worth.

The DC metro system can take you anywhere you need to go, usually within a 15 minute ride (30 if you’re out towards the suburbs). Be sure to stay at one of these hotels close to a Metro station and save the hassle.

Holiday Inn – Ballston

You’ll find this Holiday Inn only a few short blocks from the Ballston Metro station in the Alexandria area. Ballston is a fairly affluent and business minded area with plenty of restaurants and nightlife available. From the Ballston station, a ride into DC only takes 15 minutes via the orange and silver line. Rates are moderately priced and the short commute is a huge plus. However, the parking fee can add up, and there are other options available with cheaper weekday rates.

Holiday Inn – Ballston

Weekday Avg. Rate $163
Weekend Avg. Rate $108

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Hotel Specs

Closest Station3 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$14 Per Day
Breakfast$14 Buffet
RestaurantSilver Leaf Restaurant (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 1 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines only
PoolOutdoor pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsNo
SmokingNo

Holiday Inn – Braddock

The Braddock area is found in Old Town Alexandria, near the shops, restaurants and Alexandria’s tourist attractions. The holiday inn is a hefty 7 block walk to the Braddock metro station, with a 20 minute commute to Downtown DC. This Holiday Inn has both an indoor and outdoor pool, and offers complimentary shuttle to the nearby Airport, which is a bonus. However, weekday rates are high compared to other Holiday Inns and the parking rate is $20 per day. Overall less convenient and more expensive than other Holiday Inn options.

Holiday Inn – Braddock

Weekday Avg. Rate $189
Weekend Avg. Rate $125
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station7 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$20 Per Day
Breakfast$14.95 Buffet
RestaurantBistro On First Restaurant (American)
Shuttle to AirportYes
Hotel ShuttleYes. 1 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines only
PoolIndoor and Outdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $50/Stay.
SmokingNo

Holiday Inn – Branch Ave.

The Branch Ave Holiday Inn can be found southeast of DC in a suburb of Maryland, at the end of the green line. This hotel is 7 blocks to the Branch Ave metro station, and a commute into Downtown DC takes 30 minutes. The area is quiet and fairly typical of a suburban sprawl. This Holiday Inn has a seasonal outdoor pool, free parking and free breakfast. FedEx field, Nationals Park and Six Flags are relatively quick drives away. Weekday rates are also the lowest at this Holiday Inn than any other, with slightly more expensive weekend rates. The biggest downsides are the distance to the metro and long commute to DC.

Holiday Inn Express – Branch Ave.

Weekday Avg. Rate $123
Weekend Avg. Rate $136

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Hotel Specs

Closest Station3 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 3 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsNo
SmokingNo

Holiday Inn – Eisenhower

The Holiday Inn near Eisenhower metro station is located near the edge of Alexandria, not far from Old Town Alexandria. The hotel is only 2 blocks from the Eisenhower metro station, and taking the yellow line into DC takes about 30 minutes. Although a bit farther from the Old Town attractions, the distance is negligible and the area surrounding the hotel offers its own selection of restaurants and shopping. The hotel also has an indoor pool and offers free shuttles and parking. The best part is the price, with low weekday and weekend rates, it’s a great deal without compromising the location or convenience. This is our top pick for any traveler looking to visit DC on a weekday.

Holiday Inn – Huntington-Eisenhower

Weekday Avg. Rate $133
Weekend Avg. Rate $119
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
Breakfast$10-$25 A La Carte
RestaurantBistro Eighteen 90 (American), Lounge Eighteen 90 (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 3 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsYes. Dogs. Fee $25/Night.
SmokingNo

Holiday Inn – L’Enfant

Extremely close to the National Mall and the major popular attractions DC has to offer, L’Enfant Holiday Inn is right in the heart of DC. The L’Enfant metro station is a short 2 blocks away, and conveniently located for any traveler to get to any DC attraction they want. Aside from the location, this Holiday Inn also has a well stocked fitness center and outdoor seasonal pool. Hotel rates for both weekdays and weekends are relatively similar, being somewhat high because of its prime location. But, the biggest drawback is the expensive $40 parking rate, making this location expensive for any traveler with a car. Staying slightly farther from DC is preferable and more cost effective.

Holiday Inn – L’Enfant

Weekday Avg. Rate $169
Weekend Avg. Rate $160
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$40 Per Day
Breakfast$16-$20 A La Carte
RestaurantCapitol Bistro (American), 21st Amendment Bar & Grill (lounge), Starbucks
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsNo
SmokingYes. Designated smoking areas

Holiday Inn – Rosslyn

The Rosslyn area is a great location in Arlington and very close to Arlington Cemetery, Georgetown and Downtown DC. The neighborhood is primarily full of young professionals and high-rise buildings. You’ll find that weekdays are busy and active in Rosslyn, and quiet down significantly on weekends, with mostly restaurants and only a few bars around. The Holiday Inn in Rosslyn is only a block away from the metro station, and the commute into DC proper only takes 10 minutes. Due to the high influx of business travelers, weekday rates are the most expensive at this Holiday Inn location. But, the extremely low weekend rates, as well as the indoor pool, free parking and convenient location makes this Holiday Inn the best choice for weekend travelers.

Holiday Inn – Rosslyn

Weekday Avg. Rate $196
Weekend Avg. Rate $102
rosslyn-holiday-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastAvailable at hotel restaurant
RestaurantVantage Point Restaurant (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $25/Stay.
SmokingNo

Holiday Inn – Vienna

Vienna is a typical suburban sprawl in Northern Virginia, west of DC. The area is somewhat affluent and very safe. Nearby, you’ll find the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy museum, filled with real fighter jets and the space shuttle. You’ll also find a number of trails and parks for those who enjoy active hobbies. This Holiday Inn boasts the cheapest weekend rates, and also has very cheap weekday rates and free parking, but don’t expect easy access to DC. The Vienna metro station is too far to walk so driving will be necessary, and the commute to Downtown DC by metro can take 30-40 minutes.

Holiday Inn – Vienna

Weekday Avg. Rate $125
Weekend Avg. Rate $95
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Hotel Specs

Closest StationShuttle, Drive
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolNo Pool
Room Type Standard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsNo
SmokingYes. Designated smoking areas