Budget Hotels in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area

by Meg Jernigan
Motel and hotel rates rise dramatically during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Motel and hotel rates rise dramatically during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Budget motel rates in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area fall into what would be the moderate range in less-visited parts of the country. In-town accommodations are expensive, but motels with free parking take some of the sting away when compared with properties with valet parking. The farther from the city’s attractions, the more economical the property. Unfortunately, suburban motels that are near subway stations carry higher prices. Rates are as of December 2010.

Quality Inn

The Quality Inn near Union Station and Gallaudet University in northeast Washington is an in-town motel offering free parking. A Metro station is a short walk away, so guests have the option of avoiding Washington’s often-difficult traffic and saving on parking fees. The motel’s seasonal pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Complimentary amenities include high-speed Internet access and continental breakfast. Quality Inn has a no pets policy, but smoking rooms are available. Rates begin at $80 per night.

Motel 6 in Capitol Heights

Motel 6, located about eight miles east of the city in Capitol Heights, Maryland, is just off the Washington Beltway near FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins. A Metro station is just over a mile away and the motel offers free parking. The no-frills motel offers Wi-Fi at a nominal additional daily fee, and pets are welcome for an additional daily fee. A coin laundry and vending room are on the premises. Motel 6 does not allow visitors in rooms after 10 p.m. Rates begin at $50.00 per night.

Inns of Virginia in Woodbridge

Inns of Virginia is a collection of former brand name motels that offers low- to mid-range rates at properties in the Washington suburbs. The Woodbridge location is the most reasonably priced. The motel, located off Interstate 95 about 20 miles south of Washington, is near Fort Belvoir and two national wildlife refuges. Renovated in 2006-2007, the motel offers free parking, continental breakfast and Wi-Fi. Standard rooms and suites, equipped with Thomasville furniture, have flat-panel televisions and premium cable. Rates begin at $70 per night.

Super 8 in Laurel

Laurel, Maryland, is west of Fort Meade and the National Security Administration, about 20 miles north of Washington. Super 8 offers free W-iFi, continental breakfast and parking. The motel’s outdoor swimming pool and sundeck are open seasonally, and the parking lot accommodates trucks and RVs. A casual American restaurant is a short walk away, and several chain restaurants, including a buffet and steakhouse, are less than two miles from the motel. Pets are not welcome. Rates begin at $70 per night.

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