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Old 07-29-09, 04:40 PM
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Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

Heading on a family weekend this month, what's a good hotel? Any areas to avoid?

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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

I guess that depends on how much you want to spend, what you want to see and exactly how long you will be here.

There is a Marriott downtown that is close to everything (at least things in DC but you did not say what you wanted to see) but probably expensive.

There are hotels in Arlington, Alexandria VA that would cost less but then you would need transportation.

Need to know what you want to do to make a better recommendation. As for areas to avoid, I would have said Washington DC but that seems to be where you want to go.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

Holiday Inn Capitol....like 2 blocks from Air & Space
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

I always recommend the Crystal City hotels. Short Metro ride to The Mall/Smithsonian sights.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

As a general rule the less desirable parts of DC would be anything East of the Capitol, there isn't much you would want to see there anyway.

The Marriott is nice and there are tons of nice places in Georgetown, but as mentioned, pricey.

Like others have said, what's your transportation situation? What are you planning on doing/seeing? If your driving or even using Metro your options really open up, you then have crystal city, Tysons Corner/Reston and many other options.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

Originally Posted by Jeeden View Post
As a general rule the less desirable parts of DC would be anything East of the Capitol, there isn't much you would want to see there anyway.

There's some nice restaurants and bars down PA Ave east of the Capitol and in Barracks Row (8th st SE).

To be more specific, the less desirable parts of DC are east of Eastern Market and south of the SE/SW freeway (unless you're going to the ballpark).
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

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There's some nice restaurants and bars down PA Ave east of the Capitol and in Barracks Row (8th st SE).

To be more specific, the less desirable parts of DC are east of Eastern Market and south of the SE/SW freeway (unless you're going to the ballpark).
the part of NW DC north of Mass and east of 16th street is probably not worth exploring, either.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
There's some nice restaurants and bars down PA Ave east of the Capitol and in Barracks Row (8th st SE).

To be more specific, the less desirable parts of DC are east of Eastern Market and south of the SE/SW freeway (unless you're going to the ballpark).
had dinner there last Sunday at Cava.

Originally Posted by RoyalTea View Post
the part of NW DC north of Mass and east of 16th street is probably not worth exploring, either.
14th and P has some good restaurants and there's the Studio and Source theatres in that neck of the woods.

Also be on the look out for the 'Real World' folk and their camera crews.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
I always recommend the Crystal City hotels. Short Metro ride to The Mall/Smithsonian sights.
ditto. Also can walk to Pentagon and Pentagon City Mall. It's not a great area for night life (there are a couple places), but if you're in town for sightseeing, this maybe your best bet. I might also check Rosslyn too.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

All the good recommendations have already been made - I can't add much except emphasis.

1 - Avoid Anacostia and areas east of the Capitol
2 - Downtown/Georgetown walking-distance hotels may cost $300/night and up, and there's no Metro access to G-town unless you want to risk a bus.
3 - Crystal City/Rosslyn/Alexandria/Arlington hotels may cost as little as half that, and most are near a Metro station.
4 - Nothing to do in Pentagon City after dark.
5 - Driving to a Metro station is a pain, you have to have a prepaid farecard BEFORE you get there. Best is to park a car at your hotel and leave it there when you go sightseeing. If you want to visit Georgetown, Tysons Corner or Fair Lakes, the car will come in handy.
6 - If you like getting your stool pushed in by stangers, visit DuPont Circle.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

Originally Posted by kenbuzz View Post
All the good recommendations have already been made - I can't add much except emphasis.

1 - Avoid Anacostia and areas east of the Capitol
2 - Downtown/Georgetown walking-distance hotels may cost $300/night and up, and there's no Metro access to G-town unless you want to risk a bus.
3 - Crystal City/Rosslyn/Alexandria/Arlington hotels may cost as little as half that, and most are near a Metro station.
4 - Nothing to do in Pentagon City after dark.
5 - Driving to a Metro station is a pain, you have to have a prepaid farecard BEFORE you get there. Best is to park a car at your hotel and leave it there when you go sightseeing. If you want to visit Georgetown, Tysons Corner or Fair Lakes, the car will come in handy.
6 - If you like getting your stool pushed in by stangers, visit DuPont Circle.
again on the hill there's some good restaurants, and there's eastern market

true there's no subway access but bus' are safer than the subway the little blue bus from Dupont (for $1.50 one way) goes to G-town.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
I always recommend the Crystal City hotels. Short Metro ride to The Mall/Smithsonian sights.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

JW Marriott near the White House is $129/night on the weekend of 8/21-8/23. I stayed there last December. Very nice. Very close to everything, too.
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

You definitely should stay near a Metro station. Parking sucks in DC. And the trains are cleaner than the ones in Queens. And carpeted!
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Re: Washington, DC - What's a good family hotel close to everything?

A buddy of mine recommended the Harrington at 11th and E. I dug it. It's an old school hotel where a comfortable room can be had for well under $150 a night and it's within 3 blocks or so of just about everything.

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