District of Columbia Hotels

by Edwin Thomas

While the District of Columbia is the center of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, that does not mean all of D.C. proper consists of high-rise buildings. Both the northwestern and the southeastern parts of the city offer tree-lined residential districts that have convenient to areas such as the K Street business corridor or the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall via the Washington Metro. For visitors who want their lodgings set away from the hustle and bustle, hotels in these areas are a logical choice.

Considerations

The farther a visitor chooses to stay from the center of Washington, D.C., the more important having convenient access to the Metro from a hotel becomes. Using a car to drive from the outer residential areas of the District of Columbia means paying for expensive downtown parking, which in the end might even exceed the cost of pricey, round-trip taxi fares. The city's bus routes in these areas are also spotty and sometimes confusing, making the Metro the cheapest and most reliable way to travel into the city center.

Adam's Inn

Three conjoined red brick houses form Adam's Inn, which offers moderately priced lodgings in the midst of Adams Morgan, a neighborhood packed with restaurants, bars and nightlife. While the inn is not adjacent to any Metro station, it is a 10-minute walk to either the Columbia Heights station (Green Line) to the west or the Woodley Park station (Red Line) to the east. Rooms at the inn come individually furnished in a simple, Victorian fashion. On the downside, shared bathrooms are the standard at Adam's Inn. Some rooms do have en suite bathrooms, however, so be sure to book one if having a private bathroom is a priority.

Embassy Suites Chevy Chase

Situated in Upper Northwest in the Friendship Heights neighborhood, this hotel is just one block from the Friendship Heights station (Red Line) and the neighborhood's shopping and dining strip. As an all-suites hotel, this branch of the Embassy Suites is a logical choice for families and long-stay visitors who insist on reliable chain hotel amenities such as flat-screen TV, kitchenette and high-speed Internet access. As an added plus for the environmentally minded, the hotel underwent an efficiency-oriented renovation that cut its energy bills by one-third.

Marriott Wardman Park

With well over 1,000 rooms, the Marriott Wardman is the biggest hotel in the city and occupies what is almost its own complex in Woodley Park, just across the street from the Woodley Park station. Despite this, the Marriott Wardman Park blends in seamlessly with the stately apartment buildings lining that part of Connecticut Avenue. The oldest part of the hotel dates to 1918, and the rooms reflect the grandeur of 1920s Washington, D.C., with high ceilings, plaster moldings and antique furniture. The hotel's wings are more modern, decorated in a contemporary fashion, while the overall complex offers every amenity one might expect from the Marriott chain.

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