Deciding where to stay in D.C.
Figuring out the details of a vacation can be hectic but one thing you should place importance on is where you’ll be staying. At the end of the day, you want to stay somewhere where you can go to relax and rest from the day’s activities. In The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C. we rated and ranked hotels for you, but before you start looking at the rankings, know what’s important to you.
If you like staying at historic hotels check out the Willard hotel where Lincoln stayed before his inauguration and Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the “I Have a Dream” speech. Also, try the Hay-Adams hotel. The Obamas spent some time there before the President’s inauguration.
If hotels aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of B&Bs in the area that offer a more neighborhood experience than the typical hotel. Ask a lot of questions when checking out B&Bs such as if children are allowed, is there is Wi-Fi, and especially what their cancellation policy is in case something happens. Just be sure you know exactly what type of “home base” you want to come back to at the end of everyday as you are booking.
Because the best way to get around Washington is on the Metro, and because most of the major attractions are also Metro-accessible, we highly recommend a hotel within walking distance of a Metro station. Penn Quarter, which is within a stroll of perhaps two dozen major attractions and many popular restaurants, is served by a handful of stations, giving you plenty of options to come in from farther out. Crystal City, for example, has its own Metro station in between Washington National Airport and D.C. itself – cutting commute time in both directions. Crystal City is home to a bevy of name-brand hotels and an impressive restaurant strip.
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The Willard courtesy Rdsmith4 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons