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Last weekend, I traveled to Washington DC to speak at the Family Travel for Real Life conference.  While there I stayed at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport, so I thought I’d give a brief review

Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport location

The Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport is right off the Sterling Boulevard exit of Virginia 28, just north of Dulles Airport.  The Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport hotel does have a free airport shuttle, though I didn’t use it myself (after my conference, I flew out of DCA).

Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport front desk and room

I arrived after a long day of driving starting off with my horrible experience at Dollar Rent-a-Car DCA and finishing up with a drive through Eastern Virginia and Southern Maryland.

Originally, I was planning on meeting up with some of the FT4RL crew near Tysons Corner, but since things took a bit longer than I intended and the night was getting a bit later, I decided to just stay near Dulles and make my way to the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport.

I checked in with no problem, and the agent at the front desk recognized me as a Platinum member (who isn’t?).  I tried a little bit of DYKWIA and asked if there “were breakfast vouchers available for Platinum guests” and he did score me a voucher, which was appreciated.

I was given a room on the ground floor right next to the lobby, which was a bit disappointing, since it was super loud both from the parking lot as well as the elevator / lobby. The hotel did seem fairly busy as there were 2 legions of “Honor Flights” as well as a author’s convention there at the hotel.

The room was nice, much nicer than the very very blurry picture I took 🙁


Man that is BLURRY!

Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport amenities

The Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport has pretty nice amenities as far as the pool and exercise room go


It has a full-size pool (though the door I was trying to go through was locked, which is why I had to take it through the window).  Also the exercise room had several different kinds of weight machines in addition to treadmills, bikes, and other cardio machines.

Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport breakfast

The breakfast at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport was nice, though as I mentioned it is not included in the regular rate (I believe it was ~$12 for the buffet).  I did manage to get a voucher as an IHG Platinum member but it was not offered to me up-front (I had to ask at check-in).


The breakfast was good (the regular source of cold and hot fare, though the hot food was definitely a step up from the types of hot breakfasts that you might find at a Country Inn and Suites or a Holiday Inn Express.  Still, while it was worth “free”, I wouldn’t have paid for it.

When I checked out, the associate at the front desk did NOT ask me how my stay was (I would have told him that I did not like my room assignment)

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