Instead of lodging in DC, some people prefer to pick a hotel or rent in surrounding areas in Virginia and Maryland. The pros of these options is that both the rents and the prices in these places are cheaper than in DC. Besides, several locations, like Alexandria, Arlington, Rosslyn, Courthouse, or Falls Church (Virginia) or Silver Spring, Bethesda and Rockville (Maryland) are well connected to DC and easily reachable by metro and bus. Plus, some areas like Arlington or Alexandria have attractions on their own, which makes the experience more enriching.
The only cons would be the distance (it takes a while to go from Rockville or Alexandria to DC), and dependability on metro and bus for your daily activities, especially for nightlife (once the metro stops running, you gotta stay in DC until the metro reopens again).
We chose the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge after checking out hotel rates in downtown D.C and found the prices way above our budget. At first we were a bit worried that the hotel might not be close to D.C but we were told that there was a subway station less than 2 blocks away so that clinched the deal for us. We were able to get 2 rooms with great views of the Potomac River for about $80 per night per room which wasn't all that bad considering that location of the hotel, the amenities (indoor pool, wireless hi-speed internet, business center, fitness center, complimentary parking, etc.) and the free breakfast. Hotel staff was also very friendly. The only thing that wasn't so great (but wasn't so bad that it sucked either) about the location of the hotel is that its located in a business area so there aren't a lot of malls or shops to go to and restaurants/coffee shops/bars/fast food restos to eat at during your down time. But then again, I'm sure like us, you'll be spending most of the day in D.C. anyway!
I would say the best thing about this hotel is the view you're provided with when you have breakfast/lunch/dinner at their Vantage Point Rooftop Restaurant. It is simply breathtaking. Also, true to its word, the subway (Rosslyn Metro Station) that goes to D.C. is a walking distance away.
No matter your age, if you wish to mingle with people, local and foreigners, living in Washington, then Craigslist is the best bet. I used it to search and find my current accommodation and I found it safe and reliable. You can find places, either independent apartments or shared townhouses, all around the city with all types of prices and the most diverse roommates. They also have options for all types of stays, regardless if it is for a few days, a few weeks, months or years.
Renting in any place advertised at Craigslist is more convenient than getting a hotel / hostel room (very expensive here, the cheapest you might gt is US$120 per night). In 2007 I found via Craiglist, a US$800-per-month room in a shared townhouse in Adams Morgan, near Kalorama Road, in an area where the price of renting is much higher than that. And, in 2008, I also found on Craiglist a fully furnished, independent basement in Georgetown at US$1000 per month.
I recently visited Washington DC for a business trip with the firm I work for. I was staying at the Double Tree hotel before a conference when I realized that I had left my bag of prescriptions back at home and was starting to feel sick. I called the front desk to be connected to the local hospital. Instead they referred me to a service they had called OnSite that sends a doctor from GW Hospital to me. Instead of spending my night in the ER waiting to see a doctor, I was seen in the comfort of my own hotel room and got the prescriptions I needed. I have got to say I was impressed and relieved by the service I received.
Nestled among a small community college in Takoma Park, Maryland, is a lovely Victorian Bed & Breakfast called the Etta Mae Inn. It is within walking distance to the local metro center, and you can be downtown within an hour.
The area is quite safe to walk.
The proprietors are extremely hospitable. They have gone to great lengths to assure that visitors are comfortable. They even have a heated floor in the bathroom, so your feet don't get cold in the morning!
Quiet, charming. Certainly not the place to stay if you are looking for active night life.
But if you want to hear birds chirping in the morning, and be at easy access to the capital, this is well worth checking out.
This tip should really be in the destination pages for Vienna, Virginia, but the are is in the Washington Metropolitan Area and would most likley be used by people visiting DC.
The Marriott at Tyson's Corner is a modern hotel, in a modern area. However, it is a long way from anywhere and is primarily a business hotel serving this high-tech area and the large Tysons Corner mall.
If you don't have a car, you will rely heavily on the hotel's Shuttle Van but they are happy to run you around to nearby places, within reason.
The weekend rate is USD99 per night and around US270 per night during the week, which felt expensive given its location and the wide variety of hotels in this area.
Unusually, the hotel is entirely non-smoking (all rooms).
I particularly enjoyed the bed, which was fabulous with masses of soft pillows. However, some may not enjoy soft beds that plunge you deep into the mattress.
The official name of Tysons Corner bugs me because it should be Tyson's Corner, but that's how it's spelt here.
The Dunn-Loring/Merrifield metro station (on the Orange line) of the Washington Metro is about 10 minutes away by car from the hotel (free ride in the van), from where it takes less than 30 minutes to go downtown.
I stayed for one week here. It's located just 5 minutes from Dulles Airport. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport.
It has a complete health club, indoor pool, hot tub, business center (2 PCs and one MAC).
There's internet access inside each room (Wi-fi and wired), but you've got to pay for it (USD10.00 for 24 hours).
It has a nice bar with billiard, food is delicious, and service is OK.
Room is spacious, if you're there for work is very comfortable, large bed.
- 5 min. from the international airport. Complimentary shuttle
- Indoor swimming pool and hot tub
-Spacious and comfortable room
-Service OK (Good but not as good as a Hilton )
There is a pool shared with the qualty inn next door but with short open hours. The only other things that stand out are the bad neighborhood, advertising on the room keys, and police hanging out far too much.
I'm very suprised I can't find any other reviews for this hotel. It was one of the best priced hotels I found, I paid $67 a night (plus tax). It's right in Crystal City, 3 blocks from the subway, same line that takes you to the Mall, Pentagon and Arlington cemetary. Nice hotel, friendly staff, outdoor pool, good shuttle service, microwave and fridge in room (saved me some restaurant money). I liked it.
This was a good place to stay while visiting Washington D.C. It's only a few Metro stops from D.C. proper, and close to many restaurants, bars, clubs, etc., including the waterfront (Potomac River).
Not cheap, but worth the price, and for $10 extra, it included 2 full breakfasts every day -- quite a deal.
Being a Hilton HHonors member (Silver VIP), they upgraded us to a top floor (7th floor) room.
Good exercise facilities, 2 full double beds, good-sized room, across the street from the Metro station.
This was one of my three bad experiences in American hotels (the other were in Los Angeles and New Jersey). The hotel itself had nothing particularly good or bad, it was a common mid class hotel, but its location by the railroad, transformed the night in an impossible sleep.
From times to times the noise and vibration of the passing train neutralised any good intention to sleep.
I admit that some rooms... in another location... maybe... but this, was my experience.
The Hampton Inn was only about a mile away from downtown, but a metro stop was located 4 blocks from the hotel. This is nice for those who like to leave their car at the hotel and ride the metro in. The hotel offers a free continental breakfast, swimming pool, and a gym. I thought the service was good, granted we did only stay one night. The rooms offered cable, internet service, and reallllly comfortable down comforters and pillows:)
Nestled in Bethesda, one of those convenient office parks dedicated to government contractors and condominiums, the Bethesda Court hotel can be had at right around a hundred bucks a night, a decent rate in the overheated DC market.
Another good looking hotel.
Great location near Metro line for daytrips downtown, ample restaurants and nightlife for the evenings.
Recently upgraded, this is my choice when I travel to Crystal City on business. Very friendly staff, great service, and awesome cookies at the front desk. If you have an Entertainment Card and book ahead you can save a considerable sum on your stay.
They have a shuttle that will take you to the Crystal City metro station or the airport. Both are approximately a half mile away.
A precious find in the very pricey Crystal City area. As long as they continue to take the Entertainment Card, then you can get at room for approximately $120/night. This is a steal compared to other area hotels.
The Sheraton Crystal City Hotel is located next to a metro station that brings you to the heart of DC. It's a quiet hotel, even if at the time I stayed here in March, the hotel was rebuilt.
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