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Where Can We Find Good Hotel Deals in Washington, DC?

I’m searching for advice on a mid-range hotel in Washington DC for me and three kids. We’ll hit museums and the mall. Any ideas? 

‪Our Advice:

Dupont circle in Washington DC

On weekends I have had good luck finding Washington, DC hotel deals *downtown, around Dupont Circle and Foggy bottom, and also across the river in *Arlington.

The hotels in these neighborhoods cater to business people during the week and are often under-booked on weekends, even in the summer.

The Westin Georgetown has a pool kids like in Washington, DC

I’ve gotten a good rate on the *Westin Georgetown (above, not actually in Georgetown proper), which has an outdoor pool and the *St. Gregory, which is close to a Metro station and Dupont Circle dining and shops.

The latter is a better choice with teens or babies and the former is better with kids and tweens, who will want to swim.

Hotels in *Alexandria also tend to offer good value for their rates because they are a bit outside the city. The town has plenty of shopping and dining and some sightseeing.

Alexandria is a pretty alternative to staying in Washngton, DC

You can drive or take the Metro into Washington and water taxis across to the National Harbor. It’s also convenient to Mount Vernon.

We’ve stayed at the *Kimpton Lorien Hotel, another option that’s best with babies or teens.

There are frequently good deals to be had in Crystal City area, but I don’t love the area. It empties out on the weekend and there’s not a lot you can walk to from the hotels but there is easy Metro access to the Mall and the Capital.

If you don’t mind driving in to the city for sightseeing, there are plenty of budget and value hotels in Tysons Corner, Virginia, which has Tyson’s Corner Center, an outdoor plaza with shops, restaurants and seasonal outdoor events.

the Washington DC metro pullin into a station.

Chevy Chase, Silver Springs and College Park, Maryland also have good size clusters of inexpensive hotels. You can take the Metro or drive into downtown Washington from these neighborhoods (but please, not at rush hour).

They each have pedestrian zones with stores and restaurants, some of which are organic towns and others closer to open-air malls.

Resources:
Find the best rates available for your ideal hotel.
Rent a Washington insider’s apartment for a weekend.

Alternative:

There are a good number of apartment rentals open on the weekend, too.

They tend to be studio and one-bedroom pied de’terres owned by people who commute to Washington during the week and go home on weekends.

But you might find something that will work if you mostly need a place to just sleep.

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