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a VirtualTourist member from Canterbury asked on Dec 13, 2010


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

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,
from England

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answered on 12/13/10 by
a VT member from London

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

answered on 12/13/10 by
a VT member from Marina

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 about60 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 about250 (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.

answered on 12/13/10 by
a VT member from Atlanta

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.

answered on 12/13/10 by
a VT member from Arlington

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 about100 a night.


answered on 12/15/10 by
a VT member from Bournemouth

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.

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