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Where to stay in Washington, DC

If you're a first time visitor to Washington, DC, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Washington, DC.


What's the best area of Washington, DC to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Washington, DC are: Crystal City, Rosslyn, Bethesda, Chinatown, Capitol Hill, Pentagon City, Dulles, Downtown, West End, and Rockville.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Pentagon City and Crystal City have a lot of hotels and are both on the Blue and Yellow line."  See More

"For a less-pricey option, try hotels in Crystal City, VA."  See More

"If your teens want to shop at a mall, go to Crystal City."  See More

"Georgetown Rosslyn (across the Potomac in Virginia) Most of the Smithsonian Museums on the Mall are between 12th and 4th Streets between the Washington Monument and the Capitol, so check out the maps on the Smithsonian site to get a sense of where things are located: http://www."  See More

"There tends to be more neighborhood activity and nightlife in the evening as you move away from the Mall, especially near Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, the 14th & U Street NW Corridor, Georgetown, and parts of downtown near Chinatown, and Capitol Hill."  See More

"The United States Botanic Garden is also not as well known and despite the uncool name is actually a green sanctuary in the city not far from Capitol Hill."  See More

"The National Air and Space Museum is very popular (but the one in Dulles is better - the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center & National Air and Space Museum) If you make the trek out to Dulles, you can combine it with a short hike and visit to Great Falls National Park."  See More

"Washington Convention Center"> The Washington Convention Center Union Station The US Capitol / Capitol Hill Foggy Bottom West End"  See More

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  1. Crystal City
  2. Rosslyn
  3. Bethesda
  4. Chinatown
  5. Capitol Hill
  6. Pentagon City
  7. Dulles
  8. Downtown
  9. West End
  10. Rockville
What are some good hotels in Washington, DC?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Washington, DC, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"The JW Marriott Hotel is in a good location downtown and easily accessible to the metro and lots of shopping."  See More

"Hilton Washington, Hotel Palomar Washington DC or Hotel Monaco Alexandria in Alexandria is the ticket."  See More

"Another parking option would be to make a reservation for "High Tea" at the The Willard which is walking distance from the White House."  See More

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  1. JW Marriott Hotel
  2. Hotel Palomar Washington DC
  3. The Willard
  4. W Washington DC
What if I want to explore Washington, DC further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are: Chevy Chase, Potomac, Mt Vernon, and Silver Spring.

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  1. Chevy Chase
  2. Potomac
  3. Mt Vernon
  4. Silver Spring
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

 Sandy Skapura from asked:
what are the must sees for a 3 day stay next week in washington dc ?  (4 answers)

 Michael F from New York City asked:
Where to stay outside of the city?  (10 answers)

 Ty Berger from Milwaukee asked:
What are the most popular neighborhoods in D.C.?  (6 answers)

 Rachel Gabler from St. Louis asked:
Best area to stay and hotels in D.C.?  (5 answers)

 Christine Klemmer from Austin (Texas) asked:
How many days do I need to visit Washington DC?  (4 answers)

 Thom Lehman from Philadelphia asked:
What to do with teens on spring break?  (7 answers)

 Jessica Franco from asked:
Best hotel near museums  (20 answers)

 Annemarie Dooling from New York City asked:
Getting from Union Station to National Mall?  (10 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Washington, DC.

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  1. National Gallery of Art
  2. Mitsitam Cafe
  3. Founding Farmers
  4. Rose's Luxury
  5. Pavilion Café
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.

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  1. National Mall
  2. National Air and Space Museum
  3. Washington Monument
  4. Museum of Natural History
  5. Lincoln Memorial
Where can I find out more about Washington, DC?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Washington, DC locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Washington, DC.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Washington, DC? There are 3 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Washington, DC.

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