A Local’s Guide to Comfort Inn Hotels in Washington, DC

There are three Comfort Inns along the DC metro lines. The best one is the Ballston Comfort Inn in the Arlington area, which has a short commute and great location offering plenty of restaurants and nightlife near the Ballston Metro station. You’ll find the Franconia-Springfield Comfort Inn is cheaper, but bare and less convenient without a car. Shady Grove’s Comfort Inn is also a decent choice with good rates, but takes 45 minutes to commute to DC – which can limit sightseeing. All three Comfort Inns offer free parking and shuttles to metro stations, saving you extra money for DC fun.

HotelStationCommuteStateBlocksAvg. WKAvg. WKDParking
Comfort InnBallston15 minsVA7$154$118Free
Comfort InnFranconia30 minsVAShort Drive$111$100Free
Comfort InnShady Grove40 minsMDShort Drive$130$117Free

Why Find a Comfort Inn Near the Metro?

airbnb near the metro

The Metro system in DC is fast, convenient and cheap. In fact, it’s cheaper to take the metro than to drive around, whether you’re in DC for business, vacation or just visiting.

Parking anywhere in the DC area can be expensive and frustrating. Add on the hectic traffic and limited street parking, and you’re looking at spending more time and money than it’s really worth.

The DC metro system can take you anywhere you need to go, usually within a 15 minute ride (30 if you’re out towards the suburbs). Be sure to stay at one of these hotels close to a Metro station and save the hassle.


#1 Ballston

Comfort Inn in Arlington, VA

You’ll find the hotel right in Arlington just off I-66 and 7 blocks from the Ballston metro station. The area is fairly affluent and has tons of restaurants and bars. Walking to the metro station takes about 10-15 minutes, but from there getting into Downtown DC is a quick metro ride on the Orange and Silver line. The free parking and breakfast is a great benefit, as well as the free wifi. The distance to the metro station is the main downside, but the cheap rates make up for it.

Comfort Inn – Ballston

Weekday Avg. Rate $154
Weekend Avg. Rate $118



ballston-comfort-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station7
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines only
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsNo
SmokingNo

#2 Franconia

Comfort Inn in Virginia, I-95

Franconia-Springfield is at the end of the blue and yellow lines in suburban Virginia. Typical to suburbia, you’ll need a car to get around the immediate area. Drivers should watch out for traffic, and stick with the 30 minute metro ride instead to avoid standstills. This Comfort Inn is a good basic hotel with low rates. Like with other Comfort Inns, they offer free parking and breakfast. The shuttle is free and can save you the hassle of driving to the metro station. Unfortunately, the location isn’t too exciting and might be better for people who have business near the area.

Comfort Inn – Franconia / Springfield

Weekday Avg. Rate $111
Weekend Avg. Rate $101
franconia-springfield-comfort-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest StationShuttle, Drive
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes
GymNo gym
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room Type Standard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsNo
SmokingYes. Designated smoking areas

#3 Shady Grove

Comfort Inn in Maryland, I-270

Shady Grove is a suburban area between Rockville and Gaithersburg, Maryland. There are lots of family activities nearby that kids will love like mini golf, adventure courses, tons of parks and the water park. Situated at the end of the red line, you can expect the commute to DC to take 45 minutes to an hour, depending on delays. The walk to the Shady Grove metro station can take 20 minutes, so driving to the station or taking the shuttle is ideal. This Comfort Inn is great for families with kids or travelers who have business nearby. If you’re main goal is to see DC, I suggest you look towards the similarly priced Ballston Comfort Inn instead for convenience sake.

Comfort Inn – Shady Grove

Weekday Avg. Rate $130
Weekend Avg. Rate $118
shady-grove-comfort-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest StationShuttle, Drive
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes
GymCardio machines only
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsYes. Fee $15/Night.
SmokingNo