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Did you know that hotel pricing in Washington D.C. is driven not by tourism but by business, government, and convention trade? This translates to high “rack rates’’ (a hotel’s published room rate). Even in the suburbs, where you might expect lower rates to be the trade-off for commuting into town, there are few bargains, because no matter how far you are from the Capitol, you are apt to be close to some agency, airport, university, or research complex. The Bethesda Marriott near Grosvenor/Strathmore, for example, is 30 to 40 minutes away from the Mall but stays full because it’s close to the National Institutes of Health. Nevertheless, there are a few tricks that may help you secure a better deal. Even if you are considering a chain hotel rather than an independent establishment, call the specific Washington location, not the toll-free number, which is likely to be located in some other city. While the central operator may not even be aware of local specials, the in-town reservations desk may be able to offer a few incentives.
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