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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/Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown - Washington
+1-888-389-4121
815 14th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • A luxury, boutique hotel in Washington, D.C., the Hilton Garden Inn provides guests with a convenient central location in the nation’s capital during their stay. The hotel comes equipped with a sitting lounge, complimentary beverage service, and cookies at no cost during the evening hours. This property is ideal for business travelers and vacationers alike.
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
From$159
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Oakwood at the Lexington at Market Square
+1-888-675-2083
400 8th St., Washington, DC 20004
  • Mid-scale property
  • Hotel has 135 rooms
From$90
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Conrad Washington Dc
+1-800-716-8490
950 New York Ave. Nw, Washington Dc, DC 20001 ~0.63 miles north of Washington
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown hotel
  • 10 floors in property
From$150
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Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square : 806 15th St. Nw
+1-800-805-5223
806 15th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Luxury 5 star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 pm
From$179
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Canopy by Hilton Washington DC | The Wharf - Washington (District Of Columbia)
+1-888-965-1860
975 7th St. Sw, Washington (District Of Columbia), DC 20024 ~0.94 miles south of Washington
  • High-end Riverfront property
  • 14 suites in hotel
From$129
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Waldorf Astoria Washington Dc - Washington
+1-888-788-5576
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$200
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Global Luxury Suites at the National Mall - Washington
+1-888-897-9207
565 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • Hotel has 12 floors
From$155
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC, an IHG Hotel in Washington
+1-888-311-4278
700 F St. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 4PM
From$153
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JW Marriott Washington Dc in Washington
+1-888-469-4795
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 22 meeting rooms
  • Bar: yum
  • Waitstaff were attentive and friendly
From$129
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Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington
+1-888-734-9421
1000 H St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • The Grand Hyatt Hotel is located in Penn Quarter (Old Downtown) in Washington, D.C., only a few blocks from the White House and the city’s famous monuments. Guests looking for cheap hotels in Washington DC have come to the right place. Guests can choose either a city or lagoon view from any of the hotel’s 888 guest rooms.
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • 12 floors in property
From$111
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Washington Marriott at Metro Center
+1-888-841-5292
775 12th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • 3 star hotel
  • 454 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Location was fantastic
  • Nice hotel for kids
From$459
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Willard InterContinental Washington, an IHG Hotel : 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. Nw
+1-888-455-5160
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Luxurious 5 Star Downtown property
  • Has environment-friendly policy Read more
  • Most guests enjoyed the friendly atmosphere
  • Lobby and bar were gorgeous
From$189
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Washington DC / Downtown : 500 H St. Nw
+1-888-965-8297
500 H St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Washington DC / Downtown is in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s bustling activities. The hotel is located in Chinatown, easily accessible and in the heart of the entertainment district of the nation’s capital.
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Read more
From$79
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Hotel Washington
+1-888-906-6358
515 15th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Luxurious 5 Star Downtown property
  • 31 suites in property
From$179
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Citizenm Washington DC Capitol
+1-888-749-6785
550 School St. Sw, Washington Dc, DC 20024 ~0.63 miles southeast of Washington
  • Three Star hotel
From$90
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Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, a Marriott hotel
+1-888-878-9982
999 9th St., Washington, DC 20001
  • High end Convention Center property
  • 13 suites in property
  • For only 50%, the tv was ok
  • Great location
From$499
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Hampton Inn Washington Downtown Convention Center Dc - Washington
+1-888-389-4485
901 6th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Three Star Convention Center hotel
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy See more
From$80
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. – Convention Center : 900 10th St. Nw
+1-888-389-4121
900 10th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Mid-scale Convention Center property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • The majority of guests said the reception staff was great
  • Exceptional Service at the Front Desk
From$89
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Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. - Washington
+1-888-675-2083
1330 Maryland Ave. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • Luxury 5 star property
  • Check in: 3pm
From$250
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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington
+1-800-716-8490
400 New Jersey Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • For visitors looking to explore the sights of the nation’s capital, the Hyatt Regency Washington offers an ideal location on Capitol Hill. A cheap hotel in Washington DC, the facility boasts 834 guest rooms, including non-smoking rooms. A spectacular ballroom with 18’ ceilings is included, and features a breathtaking atrium style lobby. Guests can also take advantage of special amenities like a glassed-in lap pool and concierge desk.
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
  • Rooms need regular maintenance
  • 1 out of 2 guests thought the wifi quality was ok
From$169
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Hyatt Place Washington DC / National Mall
+1-800-805-5223
400 E St. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Read more
From$89
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Global Luxury Suites at the White House
+1-888-965-1860
733 15th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
From$159
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Moxy by Marriott Wash DC Dwtn - Washington
+1-888-788-5576
1011 K St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • 3 star Convention Center property
  • Check in: 15:00
From$200
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Residence Inn Washington DC / Capitol in Washington
+1-888-897-9207
333 E St. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • 233 suites in hotel
From$179
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AC Hotel Washington DC Convention Center - Washington
+1-888-311-4278
601 K St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Midscale Convention Center property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$150
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Eaton Dc
+1-888-469-4795
1201 K St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has a green policy See policy
From$112
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Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill
+1-888-734-9421
525 New Jersey Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
From$109
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Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
+1-888-841-5292
901 Massachusetts Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Expensive hotel
From$69
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Kimpton George Hotel, an IHG Hotel
+1-888-455-5160
15 E St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • Has environment-friendly policy Learn more
From$75
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Courtyard Marriott Washington Downtown Convention Center - Washington
+1-888-965-8297
901 L St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Three Star Convention Center property
  • Check-in: 03:00pm
From$99
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The Eldon Luxury Suites
+1-888-906-6358
933 L St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Midscale Convention Center property
  • 2 meeting rooms in hotel
  • No workout facility
  • Laundry service can be improved
From$98
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Phoenix Park Hotel
+1-888-749-6785
520 North Capitol St. N.w., Washington, DC 20001
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$109
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Morrison Clark Hotel
+1-888-878-9982
1011 L St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$99
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InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, an IHG Hotel
+1-888-389-4485
801 Wharf St. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • Four-star Airport hotel
  • Hotel has 278 rooms
From$269
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The Hay-Adams : 800 16th St. N.w.
+1-888-389-4121
800 16th St. N.w., Washington, DC 20006
  • Luxury 5 star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 145 rooms
From$295
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Homewood Suites Washington DC Convention Center : 465 New York Ave. Nw
+1-888-675-2083
465 New York Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Read more
From$77
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Hyatt Place Washington DC / White House : 1522 K St. Nw
+1-800-716-8490
1522 K St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Comp. Breakfast
From$80
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Hotel Harrington
+1-800-805-5223
436 11th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • Low priced hotel
  • Hotel has 260 rooms
From$150
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Holiday Inn Washington Capitol National Mall in Washington
+1-888-965-1860
550 C St. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 536 rooms
From$99
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Global Luxury Suites at Chinatown : 825 10th St. Northwest
+1-888-788-5576
825 10th St. Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • Gym is available on property
Hamilton Hotel Washington Dc - Washington
+1-888-897-9207
1001 14th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20005
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
  • Good location, close to public transport
  • New rooms
Oakwood Lansburgh at Penn Quarter in Washington
+1-888-311-4278
425 8th St., Washington, DC 20004
  • 3-star property
  • Check-in time: 15:30
From$90
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Riggs Washington DC Lvx
+1-888-469-4795
900 F St. Nw, Washington, DC 20004
  • 4 star Convention Center property
  • Has environment-friendly policy See more
From$251
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Pelican Residences - Washington
+1-888-734-9421
825 10th St. Nw, Washington, DC 20268
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • 4 suites in hotel
From$169
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L'enfant Plaza Hotel : 480 L'enfant Plaza Sw
+1-888-841-5292
480 L'enfant Plaza Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 15 floors
From$109
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Motto by Hilton DC City Center in Washington
+1-888-455-5160
627 H St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Check in: 12 PM
From$100
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Yotel in Washington
+1-888-965-8297
415 New Jersey Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Four star Downtown property
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$100
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The Henley Park Hotel
+1-888-906-6358
926 Massachusetts Ave. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • High-end Downtown property
  • 8 floors in property
  • Affordable parking
  • Most guests enjoyed the lobby entrance
From$75
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Holiday Inn Express Washington D.c. Downtown - Washington
+1-888-749-6785
317 K St. Nw, Washington, DC 20001
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 247 rooms in hotel
From$80
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Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf in Washington
+1-888-878-9982
725 Wharf St. Sw, Washington, DC 20024
  • 3-star Riverfront property
  • Check in: 3:00pm
From$80
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Graph: Next 20 Days of Washington Hotel Prices

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Washington, DC discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Washington hotel for each day and each star rating category.

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: $177.52

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: $151.00

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: $96.62

2 Star Hotel Prices in Washington

Best 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.

Travel overview of Washington, DC

Visiting America's capital, Washington DC, is like entering a large classroom to learn about American History 101. The nation's most revered monuments and landmarks are showpieces of a living museum that date back towards the end of the 1700s. The country's political powerhouse, the White House, draws the most awestruck visitors to the capital. The breadth and size of the National Mall covers some of the most visited museums in the country, if not the world, such as National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian Institution alone has 16 of its topnotch museums in Washington DC, showing visitors that the city is steeped in cultural artifacts. The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are just two of a series of monuments adding more to the patriotic pride of this premier city. Washington DC's bars and restaurants provide another reason why a visit to the nation's capital is a worthwhile endeavor. From one Zagat-rated establishment to another, you're faced with an endless range of culinary treats.

'Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company. These wise words were said by George Washington, the first president of the Unites States.

The Capital of Free and Brave

As you probably already know “ Washington is the capital of the United States. The city was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. Even though the local life is unstoppable in Washington, there are thousands of tourists, who come to this city not only to see the famous capital, but also visit some lovely historical places that make America as one of the greatest and richest cultures in the world. If you are traveling to this city you will probably want to pay a visit to Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, Library of Congress, National World War II Memorial and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In addition to this, you will probably need a place to stay during your visit, as it is almost impossible to see all the famous sites in one day. That is why we are giving you this short list of some great Washington hotels. Even though it is not that hard to find hotels in Washington, there are so many of them that you may get lost between the prices and their quality levels.

How to Stay on the Budget in Washington?

Let's begin with some great and cheap hotels in Washington. Yes, you have read it correctly. There are some pretty good and cheap hotels in Washington that will provide you with the basic needs while on your stay. So if you are looking for some budget accommodation, go ahead and read more about these hotels: Kimpton Hotel, Hampton Inn Washington, Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hotel Harrington or Holiday Inn Washington. 

The Best Places to Stay in the Capital of the United States

Nevertheless, some of you may want to forget about counting each and every dollar on your vacation. If you are one of those kinds of people, go along and check out these Washington hotels: The George, a Kimpton Hotel, Omni Shoreham Hotel, The Dupont Circe or Four Seasons Washington. These hotels in Washington are known for their high quality, picturesque views and lovely staff to help you while on your stay. 

The Historical Roots of America

But what else can you visit despite those famous sites already mentioned above? Well, you should definitely not forget to visit some great national galleries like National Portrait Gallery, The Phillips Collection, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. What is also so great about Washington is that you can see some monuments or other places of interest almost in each and every corner of the city. So if you are really willing to spend a thoughtful holiday in the capital of the Unites States go ahead and start to pack your bags right now!

FAQs about hotels in Washington

What are the best rated hotels in Washington?

Oakwood at the Lexington at Market Square, Conrad Washington Dc and Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most up-scale hotels in Washington?

Conrad Washington Dc, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square and Waldorf Astoria Washington Dc are the top 3 luxury hotels near Washington city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Washington?

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown, Oakwood at the Lexington at Market Square, and Conrad Washington Dc are the properties closest to Washington city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Washington cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Washington can be as cheap as $96.62 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Washington cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Washington has been $151.00 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a high-end hotel in Washington cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Washington has been $177.52 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Washington?

Global Luxury Suites at the National Mall, Hotel Washington and Citizenm Washington DC Capitol are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in Washington?

JW Marriott Washington Dc, Washington Marriott at Metro Center and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Washington DC are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in Washington?

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC, an IHG Hotel, Willard InterContinental Washington, an IHG Hotel and InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, an IHG Hotel are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the Government Per Diem Hotel Rates in Washington, DC?

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Applies to Washington DC (also the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax, and the counties of Arlington and Fairfax, in Virginia; and the counties of Montgomery and Prince George's in Maryland)

Season BeginSeason EndLodging RateMeals & Incidentals
July 1, 2022 August 31, 2022 $172.00 $79.00
September 1, 2022 September 30, 2022 $257.00 $79.00

Recent traveler guest reviews of Washington, DC

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

"Beautiful place to visit with lots of transportation options."
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful place to visit with lots of transportation options.

Pamela C., from 04-Aug-2022
"Free Museums"
Score 5.0 / 5

Washington is always a great place to visit. One can spend two or three days just visiting the museums on the mall, and they are free.

Madine F., from 02-Aug-2022
"Loved It!"
Score 5.0 / 5

We loved it!

Carlotta A., from 01-Aug-2022
"Good location near bars and restaurants."
Score 4.0 / 5

The area surrounding hotel. Bars and restaurants.

Michelle C., from 26-Jul-2022
"So Much to See & Do in DC!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Love that the Smithsonian Museums are free and there are many to choose from. There are lots of food choices in DC as well (check out Rice Noodle House, Spice 6, Oohhs and Aahh's, Carmine's to name a few). Love the beautiful Library of Congress (did the self-guided tour and there were many volunteers throughout answering questions). The capitol tour is always nice. Also toured Howard University and George Washington University which were great!

Lalla E., from 23-Jul-2022
"Medstar Hospital & Union Market"
Score 5.0 / 5

Only thing I can comment on is Medstar Hospital and Union Market. Again filled with wonderful, kind people!

Kathleen M., from 17-Jul-2022
"Great restaurants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful buildings, friendly people, great restaurants and the history that comes with the city!

Ronald C., from 07-Jul-2022
"Amazing sites to see in DC"
Score 5.0 / 5

The sites are always amazing. Love seeing the monuments and buildings. It's very rich with history and architecture.

Faith H., from 27-Jun-2022
"We enjoyed DC"
Score 4.0 / 5

The city itself was great. Historical. Too many homeless. With it being our nations capital, it leaves a bad look on us as a society in my opinion. The subway workers all were amazing and patient and helpful. The city was fairly easy to navigate. There were taxis everywhere if needed. The city was clean. The earlier you get out to see the monuments, the better. The museums open at 10 and each vary on what time they close. I felt fairly safe in the city. Police were seen in many areas. Families were enjoying themselves, reading the monuments. We had a picnic in front of the White house. All in all, we enjoyed the city.

Amber S., from 26-Jun-2022
"Great Location"
Score 4.0 / 5

The proximity to African American Museum very easy get to the capital and musuems. We took train.

Samantha D., from 20-Jun-2022
"Fantastic"
Score 4.0 / 5

Good accessibility to metro from anywhere. Love electric scooters.

Brianna S., from 17-Jun-2022
"It was clean, beautifully landscaped, well taken care of."
Score 4.0 / 5

It was clean, beautifully landscaped, well taken care of.

Linda H., from 16-Jun-2022
"Room was comfortable and clean."
Score 4.0 / 5

Best city for the tourists .

Harjinder M., from 13-Jun-2022
"Smithsonian & Art Museum"
Score 4.0 / 5

Smithsonian and Art Museum.

Thacarli B., from 08-Jun-2022
"So much to see in DC"
Score 5.0 / 5

All the history and seeing the wall. Changing of the Guards. The museums were very enjoyable.

Michal Z., from 30-May-2022
"beautiful buildings"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great museums and beautiful buildings.

Yelena G., from 29-May-2022
"The Smithsonian and Arlington National Cemetery"
Score 5.0 / 5

The city is easy to navigate with lots of sidewalk maps. The Smithsonian is one of a kind that I never get tired of. Loved Arlington National Cemetery.

Brian P., from 27-May-2022
"Very accommodating and gracious! Will come again!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The hotel is within site if every attraction

B. J., from 23-May-2022
"Great Museums"
Score 5.0 / 5

Museums are great. Good for walking.

Donna R., from 20-May-2022
"Hanks Oyster Bar on the wharf was the best!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Hanks Oyster Bar was the best! Its located on the wharf.

Yolanda M., from 15-May-2022
"Safe, Convenient Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

As a 72 year old woman I felt safe. Food was good, taxis plentiful and being at the Beacon I could walk to several of the monuments.

Nancy K., from 28-Apr-2022
"Beautiful city with many attractions."
Score 4.0 / 5

It's a beautiful city. All the attractions, the water, Georgetown, free museums, great restaurants. Will definitely go back soon.

Armin B., from 27-Apr-2022
"Love the location!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Love the location!

Shama F., from 24-Apr-2022
"Great Location!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The best hotel location.

Shama F., from 22-Apr-2022
"Free and family friendly museums, monuments and open park spaces within walking distance."
Score 5.0 / 5

Free and family friendly museums, monuments and open park spaces within walking distance.

Laurie J., from 14-Apr-2022
"Tons of places to eat! Always something to do."
Score 5.0 / 5

Tons of places to eat! Always something to do.

Stephanie G., from 11-Apr-2022
"The children's museum is amazing!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The children's museum is amazing!

Mindy B., from 28-Mar-2022
"Cherry Blossoms!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Restaurants and cherry blossoms, monuments and museums!

Chrystian A., from 25-Mar-2022
"DC has so much to offer that's free."
Score 4.0 / 5

DC has so much to offer and much of it is free. The metro system is easy to navigate, so you don't have to stay in a super expensive hotel. You can stay outside the city or in Virginia and get into town in minutes. The food options are amazing and you can always find something to suit your budget.

Debra L., from 21-Mar-2022
"So much to see and do in DC!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I enjoyed visiting all: the Smithsonian, state buildings and memorials. Parking is a pain especially if you use a wheelchair.

Angela H., from 20-Mar-2022
"Almost Everything Within Walking Distance!"
Score 5.0 / 5

You can walk to "almost" everywhere that you need to go!

Dylan B., from 08-Mar-2022
"Love the Shopping!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Love the National Mall, great transportation. Love the shopping, Tyson Corners Mall is very nice. China Town.

Diane P., from 20-Feb-2022
"Clean Hotel & Safe Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

Hotel was very clean and seemed safe to walk about after dark.

Karen G., from 15-Feb-2022
"Clean"
Score 5.0 / 5

Clean

Peter S., from 01-Feb-2022
"So much to see and do!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Visiting the Library of Congress, the Planet Word Museum and the Spy Museum.

Mary B., from 27-Nov-2021
"Love DC!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The mix of history, art, modern and cultures is what DC one of the best cities in the world.

Andrea V., from 23-Nov-2021
"Awesome!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great architecture. The Smithsonian museums are fabulous (and free). Still a better subway system than other U.S. cities.

Terry S., from 15-Nov-2021
"Beautiful & Quiet"
Score 4.0 / 5

Clean, quiet and beautiful.

Arlene G., from 12-Nov-2021
"Wonderful Area!"
Score 5.0 / 5

People are polite, friendly and diverse. The National Mall is a masterpiece!

Rita C., from 06-Nov-2021
"Awesome!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The city of DC reeks of power and importance. We discovered that very few people are around at 8:30 on a Sunday morning so we had the whole place to ourselves. It was awesome!

Constance R., from 01-Nov-2021
"Interesting Place"
Score 5.0 / 5

It's an admirable city.

Pauline M., from 15-Oct-2021
"Trip"
Score 4.0 / 5

We were here over Veterans Day - also enjoyed the museum circuit.

Lisa H., from 10-Nov-2019
"Convenient cab"
Score 5.0 / 5

cab service was convenient

Charles R., from 02-Nov-2019
"Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

We came to meet friends at the National Museum of African American History and Culture! Hotel Harrington was a very short walk away from the Museum!

Derrick C., from 31-Oct-2019
"Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

We came to meet friends at the National Museum of African American History and Culture! Hotel Harrington was a very short walk away from the Museum!

Derrick C., from 31-Oct-2019
"My visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

I live and work in DC. I love my city for its culture and unique community.

Natalie H., from 29-Oct-2019
"History"
Score 4.0 / 5

There were a lot of historical sights very close together which made it easy to see a lot in a small amount of time

Sarah C., from 28-Oct-2019
"Very Nice"
Score 5.0 / 5

Many employees were very hospitable. Enjoyed the senate chambers, Washington monument, the Smithsonian museums and zoos, capital, White House. Overall I think our group enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.

Lucas R., from 19-Oct-2019
"Quality Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

Museums and friendly people.

Glenda B., from 16-Oct-2019
"Lovely Area"
Score 5.0 / 5

I loved the Museums and the fact that the shopping area was accessible.

Glenda B., from 15-Oct-2019
"Informative"
Score 4.0 / 5

We visited two museums the NAMMAHC and the NMAH they were both wonderful and overwhelming. We enjoyed each exhibit, and plan to return.

Glenda B., from 15-Oct-2019
"Great Exhibit"
Score 5.0 / 5

The Africa-American museum was awesome and very historic covering areas that are not taught in our American history classes.

Glenda B., from 14-Oct-2019
"Informative"
Score 4.0 / 5

Visit to the Bible Mueseum was very informative !!

Kim R., from 07-Oct-2019
"Lots to do"
Score 5.0 / 5

Busy and many things t see and do

Donna J., from 02-Oct-2019
"Love it"
Score 5.0 / 5

Nice clean city. Feels safe

Edgar M., from 30-Sep-2019
"It's rich culture and roots."
Score 4.0 / 5

Nickeya C., from 25-Sep-2019
"Revisit"
Score 4.0 / 5

Not our first visit . Well we come specifically to go to the holocaust museum. We had scheduled tickets. So much information to take in I realized I will have to revisit soon again.

Paulette N., from 25-Aug-2019
"Awesome stay! "
Score 5.0 / 5

Public transportation was easy to navigate, everywhere we went was accessible, clean & fun. The Smithsonian zoo was one of our favorites.

Katy W., from 31-Jul-2019
"Great Museum "
Score 4.0 / 5

The Smithsonian museums were fun to see.

Tammy T., from 28-Jul-2019
"Awesome Scooters"
Score 5.0 / 5

The scooter travel was amazing. The hotel was about a mile away from the conference I attended, and the army of scooters made it a breeze getting back and forth in the heat of summer.

Ryan A., from 25-Jul-2019
"Great Food!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The food! Tons of great options.

Sarah H., from 22-Jul-2019
"Great Places in DC"
Score 5.0 / 5

All of the monuments and the Smithsonian's. And that it free to the public.

Kelly K., from 22-Jul-2019
"Great Area with Museums "
Score 5.0 / 5

The museums were exquisite.

Shannon M., from 19-Jul-2019
"Wonderful Attractions "
Score 4.0 / 5

We enjoyed doing all of the Museums, Monuments and Zoo.

Kelly K., from 15-Jul-2019
"Great Location "
Score 4.0 / 5

This hotel was close to Capitol One arena. Very convenient with many restaurants nearby.

Carla M., from 14-Jul-2019
"Fabulous One Night Stay "
Score 5.0 / 5

The stay was only one night. However, I lived in Washington DC for 21 years and I'm well acquainted with the city and suburbs. DC will always be a part of my life.

Leticia M., from 13-Jul-2019
"Worth the Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

A lot of beautiful buildings and a lot of things to see!!

Vera F., from 11-Jul-2019
"Great time "
Score 5.0 / 5

Ride sharing is quite inexpensive. The museums are amazing. The exhibits seem to go on forever, specifically in the Natural History and American History museums.

Pushan L., from 08-Jan-2019
"The City has wonderful attractions"
Score 5.0 / 5

I loved Washington, D.C. The Spring like temperatures in Fall; the cleanliness, the transportation facilities including the Circulator, Buses, & Metro.

Paul S., from 07-Nov-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Visiting landmarks.

Wesley S., from 24-Jul-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Visiting landmarks.

Wesley S., from 24-Jul-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I was in the middle of everywhere we wanted to go drive was not far from hotel

Antionette C., from 22-Jul-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

It was very nice but not much charter bus parking.

Faith R., from 21-Jul-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Monuments,Smithsonian Museums, African American Museum, circulatory city bus ride for $1 per person allowed for hop on hop off around the National Mall with Smart Trip card purchased at Union Station, Carolina's Kitchen Soul Food Restaurant, China Town.

Japonica D., from 12-Jul-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Cleanliness of the city and numerous points of interest, including historical sites, memorials and museums.

Dan R., from 04-Jul-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We were mainly at the National Cathedral ... amazing space!

Christina D., from 02-Jul-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Washington DC. Just has so much interesting things to see in one location. You can spend a week and still not see everything. Fantastic art museums, history museums, tours the zoo and the monuments just to name a few. The grounds at the Dc mall were clean and there was plenty of food choices to match anyone's palette

Renee R., from 04-Jun-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Visited the complete DC area of memorials/monuments. AS well as 911 monument at Pentagon.

Cynthia A., from 24-May-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We testified before Congress and the Senate. We loved the Loba Tours Night Monument Tours.

Mary Ann M., from 24-Apr-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The museums in Washington D.C. were absolutely amazing, particularly the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The college visits we did to Howard and Georgetown were also a great time.

Dalma S., from 23-Apr-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

So much to see and do.

Ellen M., from 13-Apr-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We took a group to tour Washington. The metro made it easy to travel large spans and cut down on our walking. We were able to pick and choose what attractions we wanted to see. We were a group of law enforcement officers and were routinely thanked for our service throughout the city which was an unexpected bonus.

Daniel J., from 10-Apr-2018
"Wonderful Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Excellent facilities room very clean. Breakfast great.

Rosemary M., from 08-Apr-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Lots of stuff to do in that area.

Adrianne M., from 05-Apr-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Washington DC is very convenient to move around, because metro is well developed. Decent restaurants are ample in the town.

Kenji K., from 15-Mar-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

All the monuments in that area were awesome, we had a splendid time there.

Stacey L., from 12-Mar-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Our group visited the Congress building and the new Museum of the Bible. Both were really interesting and the museum was liked by all. Whether you are into the Bible or not, I think you will find it a worthwhile visit.

Walt T., from 29-Jan-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Capital building and Bibal museum are great.

Walt T., from 29-Jan-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

There is such a variety of places to visit that fit everyone's interests. The city is simple, not crowded, and clean. The public transportation system is phenomenal.

Victoria H., from 22-Jan-2018
"Great Hotel!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Museums, food and people were top notch.

Mustafa S., from 01-Jan-2018
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Everything in proximity to where everything is. Also I like how lost places deliver to wherever you are.

Braxton B., from 19-Dec-2017
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Enjoyed the new African American History museum. It is massive and so filled with information that you really need several days just to take it all in. Also visited the Kennedy Center which is just magnificent.

Paul J., from 14-Nov-2017
"Fantastic Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The architecture of the city is powerful and moving. On our tour, the woman next to me kept saying, "It's so beautiful. It's so beautiful." Most people on our trip had no idea how moving DC is, with its solemn memorials, free museums, and thriving downtown area. One of the unexpected highlights, believe it or not, is the Forever 21 store building - worth a detour to see that! The personnel who work with the National Park Service are knowledgeable and friendly. The Navy Memorial plaza is gorgeous (and good for dog watching) and you should plan to stop into the museum via the doors on the corner near the statue of the sailor.

Twin Tiers Honor F., from 13-Nov-2017
"Great Hotel!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Everything was great. We love DC and everything that is there!

Antwan M., from 12-Nov-2017
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The array of attractions was great, had a good stay at the hotel.

Jammie P., from 31-Oct-2017
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Near by other restaurants, tourist attractions within close proximity where I needed to be.

Rodney P., from 28-Oct-2017
"Fabulous Experience!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The historic value of the area is why we came to visit. Had tickets to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Also toured other black history sites.

Crystal D., from 25-Oct-2017
"Great Stay!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Walking from the hotel to to the mall was good.

Freddie N., from 24-Oct-2017
"Great location and stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Easy access to the city and anywhere I needed to get by.

Freddie N., from 18-Oct-2017
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Major attractions, museums, and oarks.

Carole B., from 17-Oct-2017
The average traveler rating of the city of Washington, DC shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 101 reviews
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