Middleton Inn

176 Main Street, PO Box 254, Washington, Virginia, 22747, United States
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What neighbourhood to stay in (which is served by the metro)

by samtin

Sorry, this is probably another variation on the theme of so many previous posts but I wondered - if I can't afford to stay in downtown DC but am willing to ride in on the metro each day (for a five day spring vacation), which line/area is best for relatively priced reasonable accommodation and not too long a commute. I am interested in visiting the usual - monuments, Smithsonian and other museums. Thanks,
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Re: What neighbourhood to stay in (which is served by the metro)

by angiebabe

I followed my Lets Go guidebook before my days of VT!,which I found to be excellent for the US and stayed at a hostel recommended - was quite easy to get to and from - but check out VT pages written here on your destinations and see what tips have been written on accommodation available and recommended.
Theres a ranking and rating system show you can show appreciation or acknowledgement for whats been helpful and helps the next person find whats been read and regarded.

all the best loved WAshington DC! and the Smithsonian museums were just awesome amazing places to spend time!

Re: What neighbourhood to stay in (which is served by the metro)

by bocmaxima

If you still want a hotel (not a hostel), I would suggest staying in Pentagon/Crystal City/Reagan Airport area, across the river in Arlington. When we were there, we ended up getting a pretty nice hotel (3.5*, I believe) for about $60 per night. It's right on the metro line and, if it's not, many of the hotels have free shuttles to the airport where there is a station. It's maybe 15-20 minutes into the city from there. The restaurants around there weren't incredible (but there are quite a few) and the area dies at night, but it's still pretty safe and we saved a ton of money by staying there. Our other hotel in the city was running about $250 (5*, comped by my partner's work) and was in an area that also really died at night but had a further walk to the metro.
Alexandria is also on that metro line, and that's a better area, but it's a little further out and also a little more expensive for the hotels.

When in spring are you talking about? Spring can be a great time to visit DC but, if you go too early, you run the risk of hitting some snow and some otherwise really nasty weather.

Re: What neighbourhood to stay in (which is served by the metro)

by TexasDave

I'll second the Crystal City/Reagan Airport area for good rates. Get an unlimited metro pass and it's practically like staying right in D.C. itself.

Re: What neighbourhood to stay in (which is served by the metro)

by OiKnow

You can even go a couple of metro stops farther out on the Yellow or Blue lines to King Street or Eisenhower Avenue for better prices, adding 10-15 minutes each way to the metro ride (I live near the Huntington Metro station and ride this line everyday.) A couple of years ago I stayed near the Van Doren station on the Blue line - the hotel supplied a shuttle van and that worked fine for about $100 a night.


Re: What neighbourhood to stay in (which is served by the metro)

by karen_mo

We stayed at "Super 8 Camp Springs/Andrews AFB DC Area" in September. It was reasonably priced and clean and tidy. They throw in a breakfast but we never had it. The hotel is just over a mile from the end of the green Metro line, at Branch Avenue. We walked to and from the metro station, the area seemed safe enough though there's not a lot immediately round the motel. It was a very short train ride in to the centre of Washington.

Travel Tips for Washington

Comfortable Walking Shoes are a MUST

by tracylacie

If you plan on traveling the Metro from the airport to your hotel pack light. The Metro is not as crowded as Londons' Tube but it can be at times. COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES....I cannot stress this enough!! On a map it may not seem far from one monument to another but it is....I walked 15 miles in one day of touring. There are several places to stop and take a rest but you will do a lot of walking! A light waterproof jacket in spring and fall. Not much need for sunblock unless you come in the middle of Summer. A small first aid kit isn't a bad idea for when out touring especially if you are walking (don't forget pain medication for the leg cramps and sore feet). Bring lots of bottled water. Most of your shots will be distance shots as the monuments here are large. I suggest an extra flash for fill lighting as some of the interiors of the monuments tend to run a bit dim. A second memory card and battery is a must, also, would suggest a tripod to steady those long shots if you are using a large lens.

A child-friendly coffee shop - At Play Cafe

by Ingeborga

Are you in town, have seen all the major sights, your kids are wearing you out and you just want to find a nice place to sit down, read your e-mails and have your kids play with some toys and well, leave you alone for a while?

Well come no further, there are a lot of child-friendly places in DC, but my favorite coffee shop with a self-installed play area for kids is At Play Cafe. Located in Reston, not too far from Reston Town Center, this place offers a nice play area for kids, coffee and biscuits for the parents and a free wifi (wohoooo!). Your kids can be watched by the coffee shop's attendant and will be entertained in case they get bored. The place also offers good snacks and meals for kids (e.g., quesadillas, cupcakes, muffins) and adults. No alcohol, sorry folks:)

Arlington Cemetery

by tracylacie

Arlington Cemetery is a regular stop on most of the tours. It is a moving expeience to see all the crosses and realize the loss of life that came to erect them. The Tomb of the Unknown with its stowic guards is mesmerizing. The tombs of JFK and Jacie O are, also, moving. This is a experience you will not soon forget!

Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier happens every half hour in the summer and every hour the rest of the year. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April - September.

During all hours the cemetery is open the Arlington National Cemetery Metro stop is regularly served by highspeed subway trains.

There is parking available at the rate of $1.25/hour for the first three hours and $2.00/hour thereafter.

Getting around D.C.

by barbskie

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion is a great place to visit. It is probably the largest Catholic Church of America. Its Byzantine and Romanesque architecture, and the elaborate collections of mosaics and arts are very fascinating.

Arlington National Cemetery

by percy961

Overlooking the nation's capital, Arlington Cemetery is the last resting place of more than 260,000 soldiers and civilians and attracts over four million visitors each year.

It was created in the grounds of Arlington House, Robert E Lee's home until the outbreak of the Civil War, and contains the remains of veterans from every American conflict from the Revolutionary War through to the Gulf War and Somalia, with the pre-Civil War dead being reinterred after 1900.


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