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If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Washington, D.C., you should consider visiting during the low season. You'll find cheaper hotels in Washington, D.C. in November and December.
Hotel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll most likely find the best hotel deals in Washington, D.C. if you stay on a Friday. The opposite is true for, Monday, which is usually the most expensive day.
Book more than 90 days before your stay begins to get the best price for your Washington, D.C. hotel.
The cheapest 3-star hotel room in Washington, D.C. found on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $106, while the most expensive was $566.
How long should you stay? KAYAK users usually book their hotel in Washington, D.C. for 4 days.
If you’re planning on spending your trip visiting different monuments and attractions, look for hotels in Washington, D.C. that are in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, such as the Capitol Hill Hotel. You can find many interesting places to visit in this area, including the US Capitol building and the Supreme Court.
Many of the city’s restaurants can be found in the neighborhood of Columbia Heights, making this a great place to stay if you want to be close to several different dining options. The U Street Hostel will put you in this neighborhood and only a 5min drive from the White House.
Travelers that want to be in an area that is particularly central and also well connected to public transportation should select lodging in downtown Washington, D.C. The Madison Hotel is a chic place to stay that is a short walk from bus lines 52 and 54.
To stay in a quiet and residential neighborhood that is just a short distance from many other neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill and downtown, opt to stay in Dupont Circle. The Suite Classic at Oakwood Suites & Studios Dupont Circle can be found in the center of this quarter.
Those that want to be in a neighborhood that provides access to nature and lush greenery should look for hotels in Woodley Park, an area that is known for its greenspaces and foliage. The Omni Shoreham Hotel can be found here and has an on-site business center.
Many neighborhoods in DC are spread out, so it is better to book a hotel in the general downtown area specifically near a metro stop, such as The Westin, than to insist on staying right by the Mall, which is home to Washington’s iconic monuments.
If you are traveling with your family and will need more than two beds, make sure to specify with the hotel ahead of time. Hotel rooms in Washington generally do not have space for roll-away beds for children. For large groups, it might be best to look at hotels with suites, like the Embassy Suites by Hilton at the Georgetown location.
Tours usually leave very early in the morning, so it might help to select a hotel that offers a buffet breakfast for a quick start to your day. The Capitol Hill Hotel offers a quality, free breakfast and is only a block away from the metro.
Interested in staying in a charming local neighborhood that is still close to downtown? Book a hotel near Dupont Circle, such as The Embassy Row Hotel. This area features DC’s famous colorful row houses, and it has a large selection of both chain and boutique hotels. It’s also within short walking distance of the White House and other famous monuments.
DC is not a particularly large city, and when it fills up for events, conventions, and festivals, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival or a protest march, it becomes harder to find a hotel, use the metro, or make a restaurant reservation, particularly downtown. However, if you book in advance, you shouldn’t have any problems.
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Adam’s Morgan is a neighborhood that is known for having lots of bars and clubs, making this a convenient place to stay if you want to experience the city’s nightlife. The Line Hotel DC is a nice choice that will put you right in the center of the action.
For particularly affordable hotels, look for lodging that is in the northern part of the city, near Silver Springs, Maryland. The Travelodge by Wyndham Silver Spring is a budget-friendly option that has an on-site fitness center and also offers free parking.
Families may want to select a hotel that is in downtown Washington, D.C., as this is where you will find the National Children's Museum, which has a variety of exhibits related to art, math, science, and engineering. The District Hotel is not far from here and is around a 5-minute drive from the Smithsonian Institution.
To do plenty of shopping during your trip, stay somewhere in Georgetown, as this neighborhood is filled with high-end shops and charming local boutiques. The Graham Georgetown will place you right in center of this district, as well as a 5 minute drive from Georgetown University and a 6min drive from the Kennedy Center.
The Kimpton George Hotel, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill and Grand Hyatt Washington are upscale, yet affordable, hotels located near Union Station. Each one has an on-site restaurant.
Parking prices are expensive in the District, so it is best to find a hotel that provides this service for free. Both the Capitol Hill Hotel and The Liaison offer free parking, and they are centrally located near Union Station. Most of the hotels near the Dulles International Airport, like Washington Dulles Airport Marriott and The Westin Washington Dulles Airport, also offer free parking.
The W Hotel is an upscale choice that has a rooftop bar providing panoramic views of the District. The Club Quarters Hotel is more affordable, but still keeps you centrally located.
If you’re bringing your furry friend along on your vacation, you have several hotel options. The Kimpton Carlyle Hotel is a luxury hotel that is pet-friendly and does not charge any additional fees. The Kimpton Rouge Hotel is conveniently located downtown and allows big dogs to stay in their rooms.
Hotels in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and near White House have the most searches on KAYAK.
If you are looking for a hotel close to White House, you should consider staying at Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Hamilton Hotel - Washington DC and Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC, as they are the most recommended by KAYAK users.
The average price of a double room in Washington, D.C. is $473, but it varies considerably depending on location, facilities, and seasonality. In the last 3 days, KAYAK users have found double rooms for as cheap as $46.
Hotels are safe environments for travelers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Washington, D.C.. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel.
In the last 3 hours, users have found Washington, D.C. hotels for tonight for as low as $46. Users have also found 3-star hotels from $51 and 4-star hotels from $164.
Looking to spend the weekend in Washington, D.C.? Here are the best deals found by KAYAK users within the last 72 hours: 3-star hotels from $62 and 4-star hotels from $159. The cheapest deal overall was for $62 per night.
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