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Washington, DC: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find accommodations in Washington with the hotel list provided below. Find cheap and/or discounted hotel rates in or near Washington, DC for your upcoming personal or group trip. Discover the most popular Washington, District of Columbia motel and hotel rooms. Browse the Washington area hotels to find the perfect lodging! Please use the provided map of the Washington hotels. Planning a group? Lock in Washington Group Hotel Rates or See the best Washington meeting hotels

The Washington center is about the area of National Museum of Natural History and the area of National Archives.

Washington, DC is a major destination for tourists ranging from curious schoolchildren to powerful politicians. Whatever your agenda, it's important to explore your hotel options carefully, so you can find the right fit for your agenda while you're in the capital. More from this guide...

"Visit in the March and April months"
Author: , a Hotel Planner from , reviewed on 07-Nov-2013
Score of City:
5.0 / 5

Washington DC is absolutely gorgeous to visit in the March and April months. With the cherry blossoms in full bloom around the mall and with the monuments as a backdrop, the city is beautiful. The Metro makes transportation easy as you travel to see all that the city has to offer. The Smithsonian Museum, Capitol Hill, the White House and other rich historical monuments make this city one of a kind. Looking to shop? Visit Georgetown, with cute boutiques and your favorite shops aplenty. Catch a show at the Kennedy Center or Constitution Hall. See one of your favorite musical acts or your favorite team at the Verizon Center, located at Gallery Place. The city has much to offer, including top restaurant options. DC has something for everyone!

Washington Hotels/Motels & Accommodations

Hyatt Place Washington DC / National Mall - Washington 400 E St. Sw, Washington, DC 20024 Website
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
Cambria Suites Washington DC Convention Center in Washington
899 O St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001 Website
  • Affordable Convention Center hotel
  • 182 rooms in hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Comfort Inn Downtown DC / Convention Center 1201 13th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005 Website
  • Inexpensive Convention Center hotel
  • 100 rooms in property
Doubletree by Hilton Washington Dc 1515 Rhode Island Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20005 Website
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • 10 meeting rooms in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5Read Reviews Call
The Jefferson
1200 16th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20036
  • Four star hotel
Excellent 5.0 /5Latest Reviews Call
Monaco Hotel / a Kimpton Hotel Washington Dc in Washington
700 F St. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Four star Downtown property
  • 20 suites in property
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Courtyard Washington Convention Center
900 F St. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • 3-star Convention Center hotel
  • 10 floors in hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Washington Marriott at Metro Center : 775 12th St. Nw
775 12th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Four star hotel
  • 454 rooms in hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
Willard Intercontinental Washington Dc - Washington 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Luxurious 5 Star Downtown hotel
  • Gym is available on property
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Mandarin Oriental Washington Dc in Washington
1330 Maryland Ave. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • Four star hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
Hampton Inn Washington DC Convention Center 901 6th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • 3 star Convention Center hotel
  • Free breakfast
Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown in Washington 815 14th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Check in time: 03:00PM
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
Residence Inn Washington DC / Capitol
333 E St. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Free breakfast available
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Sofitel Lafayette Square in Washington 806 15th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Luxurious 5-star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 pm
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
The Hotel George a Kimpton Hotel
15 E St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 5 meeting rooms
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
The Hay Adams 800 16th St. N.w., Washington, DC 20006
  • Luxury 5-star Downtown hotel
  • 21 suites in hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Donovan House - Washington
1155 14th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Hotel has 193 rooms
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
The St. Regis Washington D.c.
923 16th & K Streets Nw, Washington, DC 20006
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown hotel
  • 25 suites in hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Residence Inn Washington DC / Vermont Avenue - Washington
1199 Vermont Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
Aka White House
1710 H St. Nw, Washington Dc, DC 20006 ~1.01 miles northwest of Washington
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • 140 suites in property
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
Mt. Vernon Square Bed & Breakfast in Washington 400 M St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Hotel has a green policy See more
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Hampton Inn Washington D.c. / White House : 1729 H St. Nw 1729 H St. Nw, Washington Dc, DC 20006 ~1.09 miles northwest of Washington
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington
200 C St. Se, Washington, DC 20003
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 152 rooms in hotel
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
JW Marriott Washington Dc : 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. Nw
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • Check in time: 4:00 PM
Very Good 4.0 /5Latest Reviews Call
Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Four star Downtown property
  • Check in: 3:00pm
Very Good 4.0 /5Hotel Reviews Call
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When to Visit

Washington, DC has two distinct busy seasons. The first is from mid-January to June when Congress is in session. The city is packed with business visitors during the first half of the year. This is compounded by families and school groups visiting from mid-March to June. The city's famous cherry blossoms emerge during this time as well, making Washington, DC a particularly alluring, if busy, destination. Congress is in again from the second week in September until Thanksgiving, bringing a new surge of people to DC.

If possible, plan your visit around the end of August or the beginning of September. Crowds are at their lowest during this time, and hotel rates take a dive during these weeks as well. July is another option if you're looking for low crowds, but the weather is hot and humid, which is part of why the capital is so empty during this month. Winter is another low season for DC, but the weather is typically a deterrent, particularly for leisure travelers. You can find freezing temperatures and the occasional snowstorm during winter.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Washington, DC:

seasonality of hotel rates in Washington

Washington by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Washington, DC. You can use these illustrations to determine the most cost effective dates to make a reservation in Washington for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Washington, DC

4 Star Average Prices: $195.51

If you're looking for elegant hotels in Washington, DC with exclusive amenities, you have several options that take hospitality to new levels. Book a room at the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square and enjoy complimentary in-room mineral water, a fully stocked mini bar, and a soothing rain showerhead. Book in-room spa services for a truly pampering experience, or head down to the ICI Urban Bistro for a contemporary bite with a French twist.

For a boutique experience, try The Jefferson where you can lounge in front of the fireplace in the private book room or peruse the extensive collection of art and historical documents on-site. Elegant dining options at The Jefferson include The Greenhouse, Plume, and Quill.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row offers stunning historic accommodations. Elegant features like original crown molding and floorboards, cherry wood furniture, Fili D'oro linens, and Frette bathrobes offer an opulent experience. On-site dining is available at The Capitol Room. Formerly The Jockey Club, this location has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, and John and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Omni Shoreham Hotel has served the elite of Washington DC since 1930. The hotel sits on 11 expansive acres just four blocks from the National Zoo. It offers a picturesque pool, spa and health club, and elegant on-site dining at Robert's Restaurant. Head up to your room and relax in style with your granite-topped wet bar, stainless steel bathroom fixtures, and plush bedding.

With a room at The Dupont Circle Hotel, you'll find so many elegant amenities you may never want to leave. Heated bathroom floors and a spacious walk-in shower make any morning routine a pleasure. Soft 300 thread count Irish linens beg you to lounge in bed. Head down to Café Dupont for local organic dishes with French-American flair.

Whether you're interested in lounging poolside or perusing stunning art during your stay, you can find luxury accommodations in DC that will suit your needs.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Washington

Cheap Hotel Options in Washington, DC

3 Star Average Prices: $141.48

Planning a budget trip to Washington, DC can be easier than you might think. If you're looking for low-cost accommodations where you don't have to sacrifice space for affordability, the Best Western Pentagon-Reagan Airport offers spacious suites and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet. The Comfort Inn Ballston helps you pad your budget by providing a complimentary breakfast each morning.

The Days Inn Alexandria is another cheap hotel option in the DC area. This is an ideal pick for business travelers with complimentary shuttle service to the Van Dorn Metro Station and free Wi-Fi in both the rooms and the lobby. A continental breakfast and morning coffee in the lobby offer a convenient start to the day that won't put a dent in your travel budget.

The Days Inn Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue puts you within just three miles of the White House, Smithsonian Museums, and Washington Monument. An on-site Italian Restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi offer added perks for this budget pick.

Other picks with some of the lowest prices in DC include Econo Lodge Takoma Park, Days Inn Arlington Pentagon, and Red Roof Inn Washington DC – Oxon Hill. Though these options have fewer amenities, they can offer a handy solution for parties who need to keep their travel budget as small as possible.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Washington

2 Star Average Prices: $99.41

2 Star Hotel Prices in Washington

Washington, DC Hotels with Discounts

If you know where to look, you can find special deals for nearly any type of party in Washington, DC. Whether you're looking for affordable military or government rates, or you simply want a handy package that rolls several of your travel expenses into one, you can find a property that caters to your party's needs.

The Beacon Hotel has a diverse selection of special offers including a union-preferred rate, AAA member rate, and government value rates. Simply booking ahead will save you money at this hotel. You'll enjoy 30 percent off for booking 45 days in advance, 25 percent off 21 days in advance, and a 20 percent discount when you book 14 days ahead. Customize your romantic weekend away with a date night package, or use the family value package for added savings on extended stays.

Book a stay at a Hilton Garden Inn and you can take advantage of discounts for AAA members, AARP members, military families, and seniors. Business travelers can enjoy packages for meetings of up to 25 people, while spontaneous leisure travelers can book a weekend getaway package with breakfast and a late checkout.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row offers some of the best rates for active military members and first responders with rates up to 50 percent off. Booking in advance at The Fairfax can help you net up to $50 in savings. Additional deals include savings for booking two or more nights in a suite, or cashing in on special offers for AAA members.

Washington, DC Neighborhoods

Washington, DC has several distinctive neighborhoods to consider when you're booking a hotel in the area. If you want to stay in the center of the city, look for a hotel in Penn Quarter. Though crowded, this area gives you easy access to restaurants, museums, and theaters. Midtown is one of the best choices for historical hotels. You'll still enjoy a central location here, but the traffic is somewhat milder than Penn Quarter.

If you want to be within easy reach of the National Mall and Union Station, head for Capitol Hill. If you have business at the Capitol, this is a particularly convenient pick. Dupont Circle is packed with hotels ranging from major chains to boutique finds. Art galleries and embassies abound in this area.

Take the time to explore your options in Washington, DC, and you're sure to locate a hotel that fits all your needs. Whether you're looking for a sleek conference room or a swanky spa, you can find it here at a price that fits your travel budget.

Best Value Options in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is packed with mid-range hotels that offer great value for your money. The Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown puts you just blocks from the US Capitol, While House, and Convention Center, making it a prime choice for business travelers. The hotel offers flexible meeting space for up to 155 people, and features complimentary Wi-Fi, so it's easy to get work done while you're on the road.

Book a room near the National Mall at the Holiday Inn Capitol. Here, you have access to value-added amenities like an on-site Starbucks and soothing courtyard garden. With three on-site restaurants, you'll never go hungry. Guests enjoy a Keurig coffee maker and refrigerator in each room, making it easy to grab a quick snack or beverage. A seasonal pool offers added entertainment in the summer.

If you're looking for a historic hotel that won't break your budget, the Hotel Baron Washington is an excellent pick. The building dates back to 1914, but 2011 refurbishments ensure that today's guests enjoy all the essential amenities. Guest rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi. This hotel offers rooms with two twin, double, or queen beds, making it a versatile pick for all types of travelers.

Perhaps you have a bit more to spend, but you want to make sure you're getting great value for your hotel dollars. The State Plaza Hotel is an amenity-packed option. This suite hotel offers spacious accommodations that are ideally suited to long-term travelers. If you're going to be in town on business for an extended stay, you'll feel right at home in some of these suites, which can be as large as some apartments. The hotel's concierge ensures that all your needs are met at this hotel, while nightly turndown service provides that finishing touch that makes for a truly special stay.

Recent traveler guest reviews of Washington, DC

Below are reviews of the city of Washington, DC from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Great Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

Lincoln Memorial at night is a great, must-see location.

, from 16-May-2016
"Such an Entertaining Place to Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

The energy was amazing

, from 09-May-2016
"Great Options"
Score 4.0 / 5

Monuments and option of food.

, from 04-May-2016
"Must Visit!"
Score 4.0 / 5

So much to do in DC and the Metro makes it so easy to get around. A great city to visit!

, from 02-May-2016
"Perfect for Students "
Score 4.0 / 5

The metro was conveniently located near the hotel. My students really enjoyed the White House.

, from 28-Apr-2016
"Very Nice"
Score 4.0 / 5

Historic and clean street.

, from 25-Apr-2016
"Great Area to Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

The National Mall and monuments, the National Gallery of Art, Pentagon Mall, Old Town Alexandria, Chinatown, American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery

, from 23-Apr-2016
"Would Recommend Doing The Tours"
Score 4.0 / 5

The tours were my favorite part

, from 30-Mar-2016
"Really Great"
Score 5.0 / 5

The monuments, the tour of the White House and the shopping.

, from 26-Mar-2016
"Must See!"
Score 5.0 / 5

It is one of the most beautiful and important cities in this country, a must-see for foreign and domestic travelers.

, from 21-Mar-2016
"Free Fun For All"
Score 4.0 / 5

Amazing, free museums and monuments! Also, go see the tour of how our paper money is made at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. It sounds a bit boring but it's really fun and interesting. Our teenagers even thought so, and that is a hearty endorsement!

, from 17-Dec-2015
"Dream Living"
Score 4.0 / 5

Everything was great! A very historical city!

, from 16-Nov-2015
"Grand Time"
Score 5.0 / 5

Visiting the National Mall was a highlight of my trip. I enjoyed the walk.

, from 16-Nov-2015
"A Beautiful Town"
Score 5.0 / 5

So much beauty and history worth multiple, repeated trips.

, from 15-Nov-2015
"Lifetime Experience"
Score 5.0 / 5

The Holocaust Museum and beautiful landscape will be cherished.

, from 09-Nov-2015
"Group Trip To DC"
Score 5.0 / 5

I didn't like that it was short on diverse foods in the area. Absolutely could not get over the amount of homeless all over the place which was very sad.

, from 12-Oct-2015
"A Grand City"
Score 4.0 / 5

We were able to walk to most of the attractions we were there to see. We also loved the atmosphere of the city.

, from 25-Sep-2015
"Exciting Trip"
Score 4.0 / 5

Our visit to the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles was the high point of our trip.

, from 01-Sep-2015
"Family Reunion"
Score 5.0 / 5

We spent our family reunion in Washington, DC and it was great. Plenty to experience for the whole group.

, from 28-Jul-2015
"Excellent Experiences"
Score 4.0 / 5

Scouts had excellent experiences with the sites and museums around DC and area. This was our 5th trip to DC and plan to bring a new group again in a few years. THANKS!

, from 26-Jul-2015
"Budget Friendly"
Score 4.0 / 5

So much history and things to do for free.

, from 12-Jul-2015
"Meetings in Washington DC"
Score 5.0 / 5

Washington, DC, our nations capital is a beautiful city with many free activities to enjoy, including monuments, memorials,and museums. This modern city has lots of American history to explore but was also voted Americas coolest city in 2014. It is an easy walking city but also has a clean, safe and efficient Metro system. This city is perfect for both business and leisure groups with a wide variety of hotel accommodations,restaurants, night life and activities. The spring, including the cherry blossom festival in April and fall are very busy times. If you are looking for a good value try to plan your group in the summer or winter months.

, from 29-Jun-2015
"A Great City"
Score 5.0 / 5

The museums were very impressive. The White House was beautiful and close to the hotel. It was very clean on the streets and easy to get around.

, from 26-Jun-2015
"Very Inspiring and Uplifting"
Score 4.0 / 5

We love the history and magnificence of our country's monuments and important government buildings.

, from 22-Jun-2015
"An Enjoyable Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

First time visiting the city and the Metro rail was convenient and an easier method of transportation.

, from 20-Jun-2015
"All the Beauty the City has to Offer."
Score 5.0 / 5

We were here with a group of 5th graders. We loved the Monuments and Memorials, the Capitol, Mr. Vernon, Arlington, and Smithsonian Museums.

, from 26-May-2015
"Great for Couples and Families"
Score 4.0 / 5

The historical buildings are great and a variety of shopping opportunities.

, from 27-Apr-2015
"Our Group had a Wonderful Time"
Score 5.0 / 5

Carmines and Hard Rock were great restaurants for our group. We toured all the major attractions and our tour guide Linda was fabulous. We also enjoyed the Cherry blossom parade.

, from 24-Apr-2015
"Top Of The Line!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Fabulous food! Don't miss "MIO" or Lauriol Plaza.

, from 01-Apr-2015
"Great Group Trip"
Score 4.0 / 5

The Lincoln Memorial was amazing and visiting the Pentagon was a real treat. Weather was perfect (being from Florida, we thoroughly enjoyed it)! There was minimal traffic and getting in and out of the city was a breeze!

, from 23-Mar-2015
"Worth Every Penny"
Score 4.0 / 5

Ease of public transportation and a plethora of great restaurants.

, from 16-Mar-2015
"When in D.C."
Score 4.0 / 5

The Capital tour is well worth it.

, from 15-Mar-2015
"Everything Was Great"
Score 4.0 / 5

We had a visit at the Capitol, Senate, and House which was great. We toured the various monuments and on Friday, we toured the White House, Howard University and the National Museum.

, from 12-Mar-2015
"Great Historical Museums"
Score 4.0 / 5

The Air and Space Museum was our groups favorite place to visit.

, from 27-Nov-2014
"Memorable City"
Score 4.0 / 5

We had a wonderful visit to the city. Our group took a 4 hour walking tour of all the monuments and paying for a tour guide was definitely worth it. Day 2 of our trip consisted of the Smithsonian Museums which we easily could have spent many days there.

, from 29-Aug-2014
"Diversity of Visitors"
Score 4.0 / 5

I loved going to the mall and visiting both the Washington and Lincoln Memorial. The city has a lot to offer with a diversity of visitors. The Potomac River is great to enjoy a nice scenic walk. Explore the quaint houses and sidewalks in Georgetown and shops in M Street. Eating experience was not that good, though.

, from 08-Aug-2014
"Excellent Location"
Score 4.0 / 5

Visited the monuments, memorials and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It is geographically situated for convenience to DC and Quantico, VA.

, from 02-Aug-2014
"Explore the city with adventure"
Score 5.0 / 5

We purchased tickets for Old Towne Trolley tours. The tour was phenomenal and the drivers were very informational! The trolleys were covered and they came quickly.

, from 29-Jul-2014
"Have fun and stay fit"
Score 4.0 / 5

The weather in DC is beautiful. There's great opportunity for outdoor exercise and sight seeing.

, from 26-Jul-2014
"Luxury by far"
Score 4.0 / 5 beautiful! The summer is like spring here! The best is the running trail, I saw a deer! I don't see beautiful green trees and deer in Houston. This was the best experience I ever had. I love the ability to walk everywhere or take the metro. Houston traffic is terrible, so it was definitely a luxury here.

, from 25-Jul-2014
Score 4.0 / 5

So much history. So much to do and see. The food choices compete with Chicago.

, from 15-Jul-2014
"Contemplate the History"
Score 4.0 / 5

The history in general that surrounds you is really amazing.

, from 14-Jul-2014
Score 4.0 / 5

Taking the metro was exciting for my children. We live in Detroit and only have bases for public transit.

, from 07-Jul-2014
"Plentiful and Pricey"
Score 5.0 / 5

There is always something to see and do in DC. It is easy to get around on foot and if you get tired, there is always a taxi close by. Be prepared for the cost of food and taxis, though. It is a pricey city.

, from 13-Jun-2014
"National Archives"
Score 5.0 / 5

The National Archives is recommended.

, from 28-May-2014
"Take as much time as you can for this city!"
Score 5.0 / 5

DC was awesome and cannot wait to return for another visit. Too much to do in a four day trip. You need at least six full days to see the sites.

, from 16-May-2014
"Free and Wonderful"
Score 5.0 / 5

Washington, DC is incredible! Lots of free things to do, and my students were able to keep costs down. The fact that the monuments/memorials are open until 11:00 pm made for a long, tiring walk our first night, which tired the students out, and made them more malleable for the rest of the trip.

, from 05-May-2014
"Free Sightseeing in US Capital"
Score 5.0 / 5

Scenic structures and Presidential atmosphere. Smithsonian Museums. Most attractions are free. Awesome trip. Thanks.

, from 29-Apr-2014
"Arlington National Cemetery"
Score 4.0 / 5

Arlington Cemetery and Washington, DC Mall area are a couple of notable sites.

, from 29-Apr-2014
"Sightseeing Aplenty in the Capitol"
Score 4.0 / 5

We loved our trip to the US Capitol, walking the various monuments, and the Smithsonian Air and Space museum. A special highlight of our time was the Spirit of Washington dinner cruise.

, from 07-Apr-2014
"Friendly and organized"
Score 4.0 / 5

The one thing I really liked about Washington besides all the wonderful historic places to visit was the kindness and friendliness of the people we had some type of contact with during our stay. Organization and the ease in which to move around the city even in bad weather was excellent.

, from 25-Jan-2014
"New Museum"
Score 4.0 / 5

Zoo is great. News Museum is unlike any other. We always love The Native American Museum. Walking almost any place is fun. Spy museum is great for kids. National Portrait Museum, especially their special exhibits are some of least appreciated in DC

, from 01-Dec-2013
"Too much traffic"
Score 4.0 / 5

I lived in area many years ago. Too much traffic and construction for my taste.

, from 27-Oct-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of Washington, DC shown above is 4.4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews
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