Hotels in Downtown Washington, D.C.

by Christina Hamlett
The nation's capital is breathtaking to visit year-round.

The nation's capital is breathtaking to visit year-round.

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When visiting Washington, D.C. for business or leisure, you will find diverse accommodations that offer smart value, home-away-from-home amenities and convenient proximity to shops, restaurants, Metro stations and sightseeing attractions. During non-rush-hour traffic, downtown is only a 10-minute cab ride from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and many hotels provide free airport shuttle service. Between taxis and trains -- as well as pedestrian-friendly streets -- you can easily get by without renting a car.

Luxury Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental, Willard Intercontinental and St. Regis Washington are worth checking into if you're seeking an elegant setting and luxury pampering. This trio of upscale hotels -- which all offer a wide choice of guest rooms and suites -- feature state-of-the-art fitness centers, spas, 24/7 business centers, concierge services, ballrooms and meeting rooms, refrigerated mini-bars, advanced in-room technology and complimentary newspapers. Each of the hotels offers multi-night discounts, spa treatment packages, food and beverage credits and weekend specials throughout the year.


The Grand Hyatt Washington is a good anchor for neighborhood sightseeing and has knowledgeable concierge staff to recommend family-oriented events and activities. Hyatt also is a participant in the Babies Travel Lite program that saves lots of pre-packing for your toddlers' basic needs by allowing you to order everything in advance of your arrival and have it waiting when you check in. If you want to save money on family meals, Marriott Residence Inn not only serves a complimentary buffet breakfast daily but also has a full kitchen in every suite. This hotel offers discount family rates as well as kids' activity books, toys and games. The Madison's reputation as a kid-friendly destination stems from its diversity of sports and recreation programs, Kidbanas pool fun and on-site childcare services. It's also the place to bring your family pet. For a one-time fee of $25, Fido or Tabby will be pampered with pet beds, bowls, toys, treats and even a special room-service menu.

Bed-and-Breakfast Inns

Washington has no shortage of cozy bed-and-breakfast inns tucked throughout the city. Adam's Inn is a century-old Victorian located in the multicultural Adams-Morgan district. In addition to complimentary continental breakfasts, the inn provides free Wi-Fi, use of the guest kitchen and laundry. You'll feel as if you've just stepped into the vintage French Quarter at Maison Orleans. This inn has three guest rooms and, for longer stays, a furnished studio. Complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and off-street parking are among the amenities. Capitol Hill is where you'll find A Capitol Place, a five-room apartment on the lower floor of a Victorian townhouse. This setting includes a fully equipped and stocked kitchen, as well as a dining room, living room, sitting room, master bedroom and full bath. The main house is available for long-term rentals.


Beacon Hotel is as much a value for budget-minded vacationers as it is for businesspeople on a tight travel budget. Special rates are available for government, military and union employees, and many of the hotel's package deals include sightseeing excursions. Corporate suites come with kitchenettes. Comfort Inn Downtown is a short walk to the Washington Convention Center, Verizon Center and the museums of the Smithsonian. Amenities include free waffle breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, free newspaper delivery, an exercise room and a business center. You don't have to be Irish to get caught up in the Celtic hospitality of the Phoenix Park Hotel, a Capitol Hill landmark since the 1920s. Penthouse and bi-level suites are available, and guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, sumptuous robes and bath sheets, and flat-screen televisions. Live nightly entertainment at The Dubliner bar is a draw for after-work politicos.


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  • "Top 10 Washington DC"; DK Publishing; 2010

About the Author

Ghostwriter and film consultant Christina Hamlett has written professionally since 1970. Her credits include many books, plays, optioned features, articles and interviews. Publishers include HarperCollins, Michael Wiese Productions, "PLAYS," "Writer's Digest" and "The Writer." She holds a B.A. in communications (emphasis on audience analysis and message design) from California State University, Sacramento. She also travels extensively and is a gourmet chef.

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