Christmas Vacation - Great Location
We found great holiday season rates for both the Holiday Inn Tyson's Corner and the nearby Doubletree. Doubletree is supposed to be ritzier, but Trip Advisor reviews have noted that the service isn't all it could be at Doubletree, so we chose the Holiday Inn.
I must say that from the initial contact with the front desk to checkout time at the end of a 6-night stay, the service was friendly, prompt, excellent. We were quite pleased with our hotel choice.
The hotel is nothing special architecturally, just a nicely-maintained city-style Holiday Inn. We had a room in the "Tower", which overlooked a view of the Tysons 2 mall. Our tower room was right near the elevator and because the parking lot was not full over the holiday, we had a very quick trip from room to car.
There are many amenities and dining options, which we didn't get a chance to try because of our busy schedule.
Our room, our floor and our building were in very good shape, well maintained and not showing signs of wear. In-room we had a standard CRT TV (no flat screens yet...), low-hassle wired high-speed internet, or the option of wireless high-speed internet - both network connections were free.
Unlike some hotels, this Holiday Inn didn't restrict us to a single computer on the connection per night - this was a relief as both wife and hubby each wanted to hook up our laptops at one time or another, and I had some office chores to do on a third machine.
There was a nice desk area with a 3-prong outlet at desk-level. Note to all hotels offering desks: We could use about 6 3-prong outlets at this level, and a way to handle wall-wart power supplies for phones, PDAs, external hard disks, printers, etc.
We had a single king bed, a little soft for hubby's tastes but in good shape, as was the bedding. The room was furnished with a chair for reading as well. Would've been nice to have a fridge. (The desk offers them for rent at $10/night).
We asked the front desk for an extra blanket and delivery was quick and friendly. Ditto for room-service food (two separate late-evening orders). The hotel could use a little better beer selection on room-service - Heineken was the top brand offered, with no local microbrews (strange since Dominion Brewing - a major regional craft brewery - is in the area).
Only negatives are little ones: Our toilet needed you to hold the handle to complete a flush (we had the desk take a maintenance note), and the high-speed internet connection renews your lease and breaks your connection at about 9AM daily. This means if you are doing a long network operation overnight, it's going to fail.
Note to driving travelers: Outside of rush-hour and peak shopping-times, you have VERY quick access to: I-66, Dulles Airport Toll/Access road, 495, 123, 7, Westpark, Tysons 1 and 2, Gallows Road and the Tysons/Vienna/McLean area. This is fantastic. However, if you're at the hotel during rush hour, you may be pinned down just getting out of the Westpark area. Plan accordingly.
We liked this place and would stay again given a great rate!