9 Washington, DC, Area Hotels to Stay Safe on a Budget
You don't have to give up luxury to get a good night's sleep in America's capital. Here are nine affordable, comfortable, and safe hotels in Washington, DC.
Washington DC is a great place to visit. It's full of history, science, government, art, and much more. Unless you live in DC or the surrounding areas, you will need a place to stay. Finding a good place on a budget is not always easy. In fact, it rarely ever is, especially when you have to consider the safety of the area. This list hopes to alleviate some of your worry by giving you some great suggestions on where to stay during your next trip to the capital of the United States.
Bethesda Court Hotel
7740 Wisconsin Avenue
Eight miles from Downtown Washington DC is this Bethesda, MD, hotel boasting 74 rooms with holiday rates as low as $89 and regular rates as low as $149. Each room offers free wi-fi, on-demand movies and games, dual-line phone with dataport, extra large refrigerator, Keurig coffee machine, USA Today delivery, and an in-room safe. The comforters and pillows are goose-down. The bathrooms have been newly renovated with granite-topped and pedestal sinks, marble floors, and walk-in showers with My Earth Bath amenities. Extras provided are $15 self parking, the Zin hair salon, the Tips and Toes salon for nails and massages, free limousine service, fitness room, and complimentary deluxe breakfast. The property is no smoking. Reservations can be made online.
Comfort Inn Ballston
1211 N. Glebe Road
Three miles from Washington, DC, in the Virginia town of Arlington, is the Comfort Inn Ballston. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the Ballston Metro Station. With rates starting at $99, this hotel offers good sized rooms and great amenities for you to have a relaxing stay on your trip. Each room contains free wi-fi, refrigerator upon request, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, microwave upon request, rollaway beds, and are entirely non-smoking. You have three choices of a room with one queen bed and a sofa bed, two double beds, and the executive king suite with a separate sitting area. Amenities provided are a free hot breakfast buffet, fitness center, free newspapers, rental car service, wake-up calls, dry cleaning, free self parking in garage and outdoors, and handicap access. The hotel is a non-smoking property.
Courtyard Marriott Dunn Loring Fairfax
2722 Gallows Road
One block from the Dunn Loring Metro Station is this wonderful Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA. With weekend rates at $86 and weekday rates at $226, this is a little more pricey on weekdays, but it is in a good, safe location. 197 rooms and 9 suites make up the Courtyard Marriott. The guest rooms offer either one king bed and a sofa bed or two queen beds. The suites are one king bed and one sofa bed. Each room has free wi-fi, coffee maker, mini fridge, and 32-37 inch LCD screen TV. There is a fitness room and an indoor swimming pool. Reservations can be made online. On the property is The Bistro open for breakfast, dinner, cocktails, and Starbucks.
Courtyard New Carrollton Landover
8330 Corporate Drive
Near an Amtrak station and the DC Metro Rail station with complimentary shuttle between 7AM and 10PM, the Courtyard New Carrollton in Landover, MD is a great place to stay when visiting Washington DC. Rates start as low as $109. The guest rooms come with one king bed and a sofa bed, two queens, or two doubles. The suite offers one king bed and a sofa bed or two doubles and a sofa bed. All rooms have windows that open, mini fridge, coffee maker, free wi-fi, and a flat screen TV. Some rooms also have an oversized chair with an ottoman. The suite also has a pantry area. Also on the property is a fitness center, indoor pool, meeting rooms, and a new lobby. There is onsite parking and express check-in and check-out. The attached restaurant is The Bistro serving breakfast and dinner in a casual atmosphere. The hotel also has its own convenience store. Reservations can be made online.
Days Inn Washington DC/Connecticut Ave
4400 Connecticut Avenue
Rates start at $59.95 making this is the cheapest hotel on the list.It is located in the Forest Hills section of the city and is three miles from the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, and the White House. Rooms vary in size with king, queen, and double beds. All rooms have free wi-fi and flat screen TVs. Some rooms also have refrigerators and microwaves. The hotel contains a business center and meeting rooms, restaurant delivery service, copy service, on-call doctor, gift shop, safety deposit box, wake-up calls, and computer printing. There is an 18% tax on parking. On the property is the Italian restaurant Tesoro open Monday - Sunday 11AM-11:30PM, serving lunch and dinner.
DoubleTree by Hilton - Washington DC - Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
With an overlook of the DC skyline and charging as low as $89 per night, the newly renovated Double Tree in Arlington is a place to consider staying while visiting the nation's capital. However, parking appears to be expensive, with self parking costing $29 and valet parking at $33.
The hotel offers guest rooms and suites. Every room has regular amenities including free wi-fi, 37 inch flat panel TVS, video games on TV, coffeemaker, and newspaper Monday - Friday. With the guest rooms, you can either get one king, one king bed and a sofa bed, or two doubles. The suites come in three levels. All suites provide one king bed for sleeping as well as a fridge. The Junior Suite does not have a microwave, but the Modern One Bedroom Suite and the President Suite do.
The largest fitness center in the area and a heated rooftop swimming pool are two of the extras this hotel maintains. They also have an ATM, baggage storage, bar area, coin laundry, concierge desk, gift shop, on-site convenience store, and safety deposit box. For dining, the hotel has DC's only revolving restaurant, The Skybox.
Hampton Inn Silver Spring
8728-A Colesville Road
Silver Spring, Maryland
Three blocks from the Silver Spring Metro in the Maryland town of Silver Spring is this hotel with rates starting at $99. Their 149 guest rooms and suites all offer free wi-fi. The rooms offer king or queen-sized beds and, of course, the suites have more space. Valet parking is $15 per day. They offer a shuttle upon request to the Metro station and anywhere in a three mile radius. The shuttle does not go to the airport. They do serve free breakfast in the lobby and during the week, Monday through Friday, with On the Go bags when you do not have time to sit. A small fitness center and an indoor pool are located on the property. Other amenities include use of the fax and printer, gift shop, and on-site convenience store. Reservations can be made online.
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street S.W.
Washington, District of Columbia
Located in downtown Washington, DC, near the National Mall and Smithsonian Natural History Museum is the Holiday Inn Capitol. They offer 536 rooms for as low as $99 in three different sizes, as well as handicap accessibility. All rooms have free wi-fi, lighted work desks, Keurig machine, 42 inch flat panel TV with premium channels and in-room movies, a safe, granite topped vanities in the bathroom, and video check out. Guest rooms give visitors a choice between queen and king-sized beds. Suites have king-sized beds in a separate room. They also contain a sleeper sofa. Executive Club Level gives complimentary bottled water, bathrobes and slippers, a phone with voicemail, and a free morning newspaper. Handicap accessible rooms have roll-in showers and doorbells. There is a pool with a poolside bar and a fitness room. The hotel is non-smoking. Express check-in and check-out is available. Reservations can be made online.
Holiday Inn Capitol provides three dining options on campus: The Capitol Bistro, 21st Amendment Bar & Grille, and Starbucks. The Capitol Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is the usual American fare of pancakes, french toast, waffles, eggs, oatmeal, cereal, and omelets. Lunch consists of soups, salad, sandwiches, and burgers. The dinner menu is made up of soups, salad, steak, seafood, and pasta. 21st Amendment is open for lunch and dinner, serving soup, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, steak, and seafood. Starbucks provides the usual coffee and coffee shop fare.
Hyatt House Gaithersburg
200 Skidmore Boulevard
(301) 527 6000
1.72 miles from the Shady Grove Metro Station in Gaithersburg, MD, is the Hyatt House. Rates start at $89. Enjoy your stay in one of their one or two bedroom suites with both wired and wireless internet. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and each suite has a fully stocked kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, small appliances, and utensils. Each suite as a flat panel TV and DVD player. The hotel also provides a fitness center, pool, and an outdoor fire pit. Other amenities are a 24 hour guest market, dry cleaning, laundry, complimentary shuttle, and a business center. A new addition to the hotel is the H Bar, serving cocktails, beer, and wine. Good news for pet owners—the hotel is pet friendly. Reservations can be made online.
There are plenty of great places to stay around the DC area that will not break your bank or your safety. Taking the subway into the city is not a bad idea as parking is something you probably don't want to mess with there. Park your car and go.
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