Hotel overview

One block from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and one mile from the White House, this classic hotel appeals to families and active travelers on a budget. Located in the heart of Washington's tourist district, guests are treated to a convenient Starbucks connected to the lobby, a selection of dining options, a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center and comfortable guestrooms complete with a refrigerator.


Washington, DC, USA - Washington National Airport (DCA) : 5 miles
Washington, DC, USA Dulles (IAD) : 30 miles
Baltimore, MD, USA BaltimoreWashington International (BWI) : 60 miles

Property information

Year Built: 1980
Last Renovation: 2014
Accessible rooms: 26
Floors: 9
Total rooms: 536

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Hotel advisories

Advisory A minimum Overnight onsite self-parking fee of $53.10 per room, per day, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due.
Current Renovations: Description: Newly renovated guest rooms, lobby area and banquet rooms.

Important information for our guests:
Smoke-Free Policy - All public areas within the vicinity of Washington D.C. are smoke-free.

General policies & fine print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies: Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:

Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information:

Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 3Maximum child age: 17
Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.0 3072 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    I was ROBBED!!!

    I made a reservation 2 weeks ago. I cancelled because it is obvious NOTHING IS OPEN!!! They will not refund my money even though I have cancelled 6 weeks before my reservation! I am so MAD! I was ROBBED....

    Aug 05, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great location

    The hotel is located right in the Federal plaza. It’s a close walk to the National Mall and The Capital. I appreciate they required masks, and our room was nice and clean! It was excellent for the price!

    Jul 12, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Excellent Location

    This hotel is an excellent place to stay if you want to be close to the many wonderful museums and attractions in the National Mall. The rooms are not the roomiest but they were clean and the beds were really comfortable. The Lobby was busy and noisy so we stayed away for the most part. They do have parking for a fee in an underground lot. I would stay here again if visiting D.C.

    Jul 10, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    We Didn’t Like the Location

    My spouse and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Washington Capitol for two nights in early January 2020. We reserved our room online. We are IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Rewards Group Gold Elite members, but we do not feel that we received any special recognition. The Holiday Inn Washington Capitol is located south of the Mall just 0.1 mile from the Air and Space Museum. Although the hotel’s name includes “Capitol”, it is about 0.8 mile southwest of that famous building. The hotel is located near the offices for the Smithsonian Museums, as well as near other governmental offices like the Department of Education and the Office of Special Education. This means that the area is busy during the workweek/workday but is a bit desolate in the evenings and on weekends. It also means that the few meager restaurants within a block of two walk of the hotel are more geared toward office workers grabbing a quick self-service casual lunch than hotel guests looking for a more relaxing full-service evening meal. There’s a McDonalds, Quiznos, deli, and Starbucks in the same block as the hotel, with varying hours of operation. A CVS pharmacy (which sells other sundry items) has mostly daytime hours. Fortunately, the hotel offers two full-service restaurants called the 21st Amendment (see our separate review) and the Capitol Bistro, as well as a more casual grab-and-go daytime Coffee Kiosk and an adjacent Starbucks. The hotel is located just a block from the L’Enfant Metro station, so it is easy to reach other areas of the city, although taxis and ride services (Uber, Lyft) are also readily available. Hotel public areas include a large lobby, seasonal rooftop pool (which we imagine is a hit with vacationing families in the summertime), fitness center, business center, and guest laundry. The hotel offers self-parking for a fee of $45 per day. This hotel has conference and event space, which is why we stayed here; my spouse was presenting at a work-related trade show in the hotel. The hotel offers 536 rooms spread over eight stories. We booked a one-bedroom suite, but it was not particularly conducive to a relaxing stay. Although our room was technically located on the second floor, due to the elevation of the land, it was actually on the ground floor/street level because our rooms faced an interior outdoor courtyard. Because we visited in the wintertime, that courtyard was relatively unused, but we could see the tables and chairs that office workers and guests must occupy in the warmer months, which would provide no privacy for our suite of rooms if the curtains were open. Upon entering our room, we immediately encountered the bathroom, which was long and narrow, with an expansive vanity (but only a single sink), shower/bathtub combination, and toilet. A long hallway led to the cozy living room, with a small loveseat, TV, mini-refrigerator, and counter with a wet bar and coffee maker (our room had no microwave). The bedroom was spacious, with a king-size bed and nightstand on each side, a desk and rolling chair, a second TV, and a padded bench suitable for holding a suitcase. We were assigned a handicap-accessible room (even though we try not to occupy such rooms because we have a mobility-challenged relative who truly needs one), so the closet in the bedroom had a low hang bar, which was too low for some of our clothes. The bathroom area near the toilet and the bathtub contained the required grab bars, as well as a shower chair that could be attached as necessary. The other accommodation were long plastic handle pulls on the draperies so that someone in a wheelchair could open and close them more easily. Our room had lots of windows, but we were not totally comfortable having the curtains open, nor did we have any sense of security that someone from the outdoors could not access our room. However, our main issue with the suite was the heating system; it was very difficult to maintain adequate temperatures on the very cold week (probably the only one this winter) that we visited. It seemed that the unit in the large bedroom was always blowing cold air, whereas the one in the small living room was overly hot. Unfortunately, we really did not enjoy our stay at this hotel; we did not like the location, and we did not find our room comfortable.

    Mar 26, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Perfect location!

    This hotel is in the perfect spot. Only 2 blocks from everything. The rooms were very clean and the beds were comfy. Nice restaurant and Starbucks on the first level. Parking was a bit expensive at $40 a night. At least we didn't need to park around town. We were able to walk to everything.

    Mar 22, 2020