The Best Hotel Near the Eisenhower Metro:
Staying at either the Holiday Inn or Courtyard Marriott should please travelers who want to save some cash by staying close to Alexandria. Both hotels offer free parking and that is not easy to come by at other hotels in Alexandria. Rates at the two hotels are similar and average about $155 on weekdays, with weekend rates dropping by about $40 – $60. The Holiday Inn is the stronger candidate of the two because of its closer proximity to the Metro. Simply walk across the parking lot and you are there. With the Marriott you’ll need to walk across an overpass with a sidewalk. The Holiday Inn has a shuttle that offers transportation from the airport, the Courtyard Marriott only offers a lift to the metro. Beyond this the differences are small. The Holiday Inn has some inconsistencies across reviews with the staff. One review mentioned that their family of 4 was able to add breakfast for all $6 per night. Since both hotels are adjacent to 495 / 95 its helpful to book on a floor that is higher up facing away from the highway.
Recommended Hotel at Eisenhower Metro: Holiday Inn
Why: Walk to the Metro, shuttle to the airport and Metro.
About the Eisenhower Neighborhood
The Eisenhower Avenue metro stop sits on the edge of Alexandria. The Eisenhower neighborhood is in the midst of government buildings and a generic business district. The Eisenhower side is very quiet on weekends; and is home to affluent locals ranging from empty nesters to young professionals and new families. The area is still in an urban setting, and restaurants are still within walking distance. Try Montana Ted’s Grill only a block or two away from the station for an excellent bison burger. Most people staying near the Eisenhower are saving on hotels compared to other options in Alexandria. With that being said, Eisenhower can still be considered a part of Alexandria, but you’ll have to walk a little further to all the main attractions.
Old Town Alexandria offers a wide variety of dining options. If you don’t wish to wander far from your hotel, Joe Theissman’s Restaurant is a casual dining spot with something on offer for everyone, from families with children to anyone wanting to watch the day’s game. If you’re willing to explore the area a bit more, walk down King Street towards the water—or take the free trolley that runs from the metro station to the waterfront—and you’ll find something to satisfy your appetite. For a nicer night out that won’t break the bank, The Majestic and Columbia Firehouse both offer slightly upscale takes on American classics and terrific service. You’ll also find that the bars run the spectrum from divey sports bars to upscale cocktails. For a special night out, make a reservation at PX, a 1920s-style speakeasy offering innovative cocktails.
Old Town also offers its share of shopping. While you’ll find a number of national chains, such as Anthropologie or Lululemon, you’re more likely to find locally-owned antiques shops and clothing boutiques. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on King Street, hop a water taxi to Georgetown or across the Potomac to National Harbor. (National Harbor is also a short drive over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.)
The historic district here offers the opportunity for guided or self-guided walking tours of the landmarks, such as the church where George Washington worshiped. The waterfront is also a popular spot to take in the sights—here is also where you’ll find the Torpedo Factory Art Center with rotating displays of local art. And, of course, Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington, is just south of Old Town, a short drive or a scenic bike ride away.
The Mount Vernon Trail, which connects Mount Vernon to DC runs directly through Old Town and is a popular trail for runners, walkers, and bikers.
Holiday Inn – The Closest Hotel to the Eisenhower Metro
|Weekday Avg. Rate||$156|
|Weekend Avg. Rate||$111|
|Book Direct at|
Holiday Inn Website
Holiday Inn Hotel Specs
|Free Wifi In All Rooms|
|Yes to Airport|
|No Area Shuttle|
|Cardio & Free Weights|
|Smoke Free Property|
|Two Doubles, One King|
Courtyard – Near the Eisenhower Metro
|Weekday Avg. Rate||$151|
|Weekend Avg. Rate||$85|
|Book Direct at|
|Short car ride|
|Free Wifi in All Rooms|
|Not Included, Available at Bistro|
|Bistro (Breakfast & Dinner)|
|No Airport Shuttle|
|Shuttle to metro|
|Cardio Machines & Free Weights|
|Smoke Free Property|
|One King, Two Doubles|