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Old March 9th, 2013, 02:32 AM
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So my wife and I are looking to take a quick trip down D.C. to see the sights. Do any of you guys have suggestions for where to stay? We are hoping to not rent a car and be able to walk/use public transportation, so it needs to be close(ish) to the monuments
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Old March 9th, 2013, 05:49 AM
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So my wife and I are looking to take a quick trip down D.C. to see the sights. Do any of you guys have suggestions for where to stay? We are hoping to not rent a car and be able to walk/use public transportation, so it needs to be close(ish) to the monuments
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We used a Holiday in years ago close to the train station.
But staying a little further out of the center but close to a subway line would have been much better.
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There is a thread on this exact subject. I'd stay in Crystal City/Arlington near a Metro stop.
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There is a thread on this exact subject. I'd stay in Crystal City/Arlington near a Metro stop.
That what I do. I usually stay at the Embassy Suites in Cristal City. There is a metro stop under the Marriott down the road.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 07:59 AM
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Maybe shop around to see what you can get in town. Try to stay around F, G, H streets. Get a number in mind that you don't mind spending, keeping in mind that you will be in town and not in Virginia and ask for it. The cheaper hotels this time of year might be full of springs breakers. There's lots if smaller non franchise hotels that you can do with some research and negotiation.

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I'll plug the Holiday Inn near my office again. It's one block from Air and Space museum. Main drawback is lack of places in the immediate area for dining. In house restaurant there sucks. Staying in outside of town may be cheaper, but you are not within walking distance of anything.
For absolute knockout cute/hip factor there is the Capitol Hill Hotel which is behind the Library of Congress. It is not a cheap place, but you may stumble upon a drunken senator or two in the gutters nearby. If you want to be even hipper, there is the Hotel Monaco across from the Verizon Center. This puts you at the nexus of activity, and you are only a couple blocks away from all the touristy stuff. Pricey but a memorable experience. Spendy.
Staying in the city is just like anywhere else. The hotels are expensive and you usually feel like you got reamed when the final bill arrives. If you want to save money and stay in Virgintucky, you will spend a lot of time getting to where you want to be.
If you want the cheapest best way to get around, sign up for http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/
Parking is also expensive. The street parking is enforced by hunter-killers from the Matrix. Parking in residential areas is restricted without a permit. Hotels charge your actual left nut (they have a surgeon on staff), so what do you do? Park at a Metro garage. You will probably want to get a Metro Smartrip card anyway, so you should plan to park at the garage (look online for locations) take the train to your hotel and when you leave you pay a fiver using your last few bucks on your smartrip card to bust out. Metro garages are covered, patrolled and safe. Yeah if you forgot your camera you have to take the train back to your car, but really you don't need to drive around to see all the major attractions. DC cabs are still pretty cheap.
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You need to stay in DC to get the experience. Try looking at the smaller european type hotels around Foggy Bottom that are surprisingly priced like the boring budget chains in VA. Search booking.com and look for the non-refundable options. Those are typically 30-40% less than the best rate you can find on hotels.com or similar. That, or call the hotel directly to ask what they can do for you. Don't underestimate the discretion the front desk has. Enjoy your visit.
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Hotels to avoid like Jeeps:
The Hotel Harrington (official fleabag hotel of the we-got-here-on-the-church-school-bus set) The W hotel (filled with pretentious douchebags) anything Hilton.
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I had posted this question and got a lot of help from board members last summer and had a great trip with the family. We stayed at the Westin Arlington gateway. A great hotel with lots nearby and very convenient being a few blocks from the metro. It was a 15min metro ride to the sights I think, but had to change trains. It has a pool for the kids which helps. I kick myself for not doing D.C. sooner, we really enjoyed it. Have a great time.
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Figures. I always search when I have a problem with the truck, but didn't think there would be a thread on DC.
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Hotels to avoid like Jeeps:
The Hotel Harrington (official fleabag hotel of the we-got-here-on-the-church-school-bus set) The W hotel (filled with pretentious douchebags) anything Hilton.
Ease up with the "W", maybe they did not like the old cranky bastard asking 100 times for a non smoking room *LOL*
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