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Best area to stay and hotels in D.C.?

A friend and I are taking a trip to D.C. to see all of the historical monuments! It's our first time to D.C. so would love a rundown on the various neighborhoods? What are the best hotels in each area? Looking for something clean, safe, and centrally located.

5 Answers

top answer by
Faheem from Washington, DC

One Washington Circle Hotel is a good go to business hotel between Georgetown (Washington DC) and Downtown.  It is pretty close to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.  There are some good boutique hotels, such as Hotel Palomar but I have no idea how much they cost.

Only thing I would add to Polly's answer is U street- there is good night life and restaurants from 14th all the way down to Florida. Petworthhas some good treasures too

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. One Washington Circle Hotel (hotel)
  2. Georgetown (Washington DC) (neighborhood)
  3. Downtown (attraction)
  4. Foggy Bottom Metro Station (attraction)
  5. Hotel Palomar (hotel)
  6. Petworth (attraction)
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answered first by
Polly from Washington, DC

The National Mall is where you'll probably spend most of your time, surrounded by museums and monuments. That said, it's easy to burn out on sightseeing, especially if it's hot and humid, so luckily there's more to DC than this area.

 Foggy Bottom/K Street is mostly a business area. The The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is nearby.

Gallery Place/Chinatown is close to museums, sports and entertainment, also near the convention center and Union Station. Good central location, though maybe a little soulless.

United States Capitol, beyond the Capitol itself, is a more settled and sedate. Folger Shakespeare Library and Eastern Market are worth checking out. My friends stayed at Liaison Capitol Hill DC recently and had no complaints - it's a great location for sightseeing.

Georgetown (Washington DC) has lots of cute but overpriced stores and restaurants, nice old rowhouses, and a waterfront where you can go kayaking or paddleboarding. The downside is that there's no metro stop, so I wouldn't advise staying there.

Dupont Circle up to Kalorama Heights is a more neighborhood-y area with embassies, restaurants, and bars. You can find some good deals on hotels in this area (Hotel Palomar Washington DC is a decent bet), though you'll probably need to take the Metro to the Mall each day.

H Street Corridor is a recently revitalized area with good food and bars and a slightly hipstery vibe.

Basically, if you stay north of the Mall, west of Union Station, east of Georgetown, and south of Massachusetts Ave, you're in a decent area that's close to most of what you've come to see. Have a great time in DC!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. National Mall (attraction)
  2. Foggy Bottom (attraction)
  3. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (attraction)
  4. Gallery Place (attraction)
  5. United States Capitol (attraction)
  6. Folger Shakespeare Library (attraction)
  7. Eastern Market (attraction)
  8. Liaison Capitol Hill DC (hotel)
  9. Georgetown (Washington DC) (neighborhood)
  10. Dupont Circle (attraction)
  11. Kalorama Heights (attraction)
  12. Hotel Palomar Washington DC (hotel)
  13. H Street Corridor (attraction)
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answered by
Georgia from Long Island (New York)

DC is very easy to navigate via the Metro. You can scout for hotel bargains near a station, but I recommend the JW Marriott Hotel  on Pennsylvania Ave as the most central for walking everywhere.  there are a number of great locations, like the Gallery Place, but it is very crowded. Georgetown (Washington DC) is also really nice, but not Metro friendly.  Dupont Circle is pretty nice, but you will have to Metro to areas like the Smithsonian stop to access museums and monuments.  hotel bargains easier to find the further away. 

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  1. JW Marriott Hotel (hotel)
  2. Gallery Place (attraction)
  3. Georgetown (Washington DC) (neighborhood)
  4. Dupont Circle (attraction)
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answered by
Dani from Oakland

Stay in the downtown area near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center or near the Verizon Center.  There is a beautiful new Marriott Marquis Washington, DC next door to the convention center and very central- walking distance to the museums and lots of great restaurants.

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answered by
peggy from Washington, DC

Well you didn't mention when you would be traveling to D.C. If it is between now (May) and most of September the hotel prices are extreme! Since you did not say whether you had an unlimited budget I am going to assume you are trying to keep costs down.

I have two areas to recommend. One is Dupont Cir NW. This is a very fun area with many restaurants, bars and some shops. It is very popular and a good place to walk around and relax at night if you don't feel like sightseeing. The walk to the National Mall  is about a mile, not far, but if that is too much for you, use the Dupont Circle Metro Station You could always walk to the Mall in the morning and metro it back at night when you are tired, just don't get on the Metro during rush hour! There is also the D.C. Connector bus that does stop in Dupont Circle and goes to the Mall and some other areas you will be interested in. It is only $1.00 to ride. Check out their website.

The other area is Chevy Chase Pavilion in Chevy Chase, D.C. This is an area with many restaurants, bars and a ton of shopping. Don't let the designer shops in the area scare you. One of the best hotel deals in D.C. will probably be Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion The hotel is located on the top floors of a building full of shops and restaurants, such as the Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks and Maggiano's Italian Restaurant to name a few. The hotel offers a free breakfast and the Metro station is in the bottom of the building! Very convenient. Yes, you are further out but it will still be a quick Metro ride.

Both locations have restaurants from pizza and burgers to nicer sit down places. You will also easily find a small grocery, bakery or quick mart in both areas. Check out the menu for Bistrot Du Coin in Dupont Circle. This is a very fun and crowded casual Bistro with decent prices. If you enjoy mussels, this is the place to order them!

Most of your time will probably be spent on or around the National Mall and both these areas would be the perfect start point.

You may also be interested in the Hotel Tonight app. which givs discount rates for fairly last minute reservations. Also, I am not sure what airbnb has in our area, but it may be worth a look as well.

If you're not too tired, really enjoy the evenings in the city, it's a great time to visit the monuments. Have a great visit.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dupont Cir NW (attraction)
  2. National Mall (attraction)
  3. Dupont Circle Metro Station (attraction)
  4. Chevy Chase Pavilion (attraction)
  5. Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion (hotel)
  6. Bistrot Du Coin (restaurant)
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