A Local’s Guide to IHG Hotels in Washington, DC

IHG has five hotel brands near DC metro lines: Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Kimpton Hotels, Even Hotel and Crowne Plaza. Holiday Inn hotels have the most variety and are typically affordable, located throughout the DC area and the suburbs surrounding it.

Holiday Inn Express is cheap and suitable as just a place to sleep. The Kimpton hotels are more expensive and are classified as boutique luxury hotels, with modern aesthetics and amenities at moderate to moderate-high prices. Even Hotel is affordable and has the cheapest weekend rates, and the hotel is geared towards fitness and exercise. Crowne Plaza is about the same as Kimpton hotels with less contemporary aesthetics and slightly cheaper weekend rates.

Of all the InterContinental Hotel Group hotels, our recommendation stands with the Eisenhower Holiday Inn, which combines convenience, location and affordability. For anyone looking to stay in the Downtown DC area wanting a more luxurious experience, take a look at Kimpton’s Hotel Madera. The rates are higher, but you get the offerings of a luxury boutique hotel at a fraction of a typical luxury hotel. The Dupont Circle location is also highly regarded for its restaurants, nightlife and close proximity to typical DC sights.

Why Find an IHG Hotel Near the Metro?

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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.

Holiday Inn

Read the full article on Holiday Inn around Washington, DC. Holiday Inn has six locations that are close to these DC metro stations: L’Enfant, Rosslyn, Ballston, Braddock, Eisenhower and Vienna. L’Enfant is right by the National Mall in DC, two blocks from the metro station and has rates similar for both weekday and weekends. This location also charges the most for parking, so it may not be a good choice for anyone with a car.

Rosslyn Holiday Inn has great weekend rates and free parking, but also has the most expensive weekday prices of all the Holiday Inns. This location is in Arlington, only a block from the metro and a quick ten minute commute to DC. The Holiday Inn in Ballston is also in Arlington, within three blocks to the Ballston metro and a quick 15 minute metro to DC. Rates are fairly typical with cheap offerings on weekends and a moderate parking fee. The area is upbeat and fairly affluent with a mix of suburban families and young professionals.

The Braddock location is in Old Town Alexandria, close to all of its restaurants and businesses. This Holiday Inn has good weekend rates, but fairly expensive weekday averages. Although the commute into DC only takes about 20 minutes, the metro station is seven blocks away and the parking costs $20 per day. The cheapest rates are in Vienna, at the end of the Orange line 30 minutes out from DC in a quiet Virginia suburb, but travelers will want transportation to the metro station.

The Eisenhower Holiday Inn also takes 30 minutes to get to DC, but also boasts great rates, free parking and close proximity to the Eisenhower Metro station. The location is on the edge of Alexandria’s Old Town and is suitable for all travelers.

Holiday Inn – Huntington-Eisenhower

Weekday Avg. Rate $133
Weekend Avg. Rate $119
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
Breakfast$10-$25 A La Carte
RestaurantBistro Eighteen 90 (American), Lounge Eighteen 90 (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 3 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsYes. Dogs. Fee $25/Night.
SmokingNo

Holiday Inn Express

There’s only one Holiday Inn Express near the metro line at Branch Ave., a suburb in Maryland 30 minutes away from Downtown DC, about seven blocks from the metro station. Rates are affordable and the hotel offers plenty of amenities including free parking and indoor pool. In exchange, the area itself is somewhat lacking and is suitable as just a cheap location to sleep.

Holiday Inn Express – Branch Ave.

Weekday Avg. Rate $123
Weekend Avg. Rate $136

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Hotel Specs

Closest Station3 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 3 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsNo
SmokingNo

Kimpton Hotels

The Kimpton Hotels near the DC metro consist of: Kimpton Lorien at King Street, Hotel Monaco in Chinatown, Hotel Madera and Palomar Hotel in Dupont Circle, and finally Hotel George by Union Station. All Kimpton hotels are moderately priced and tend to be slightly more expensive than other IHG hotels. All locations have high parking fees, and are within 3 blocks to the respective metros.

Kimpton Lorien, Palomar Hotel and George Hotel have similar weekday rates, which are higher than Hotel Madera and Hotel Monaco. Kimpton Lorien is the only Kimpton hotel that is outside of Downtown DC, located in Old Town Alexandria. The rest are all centrally located and within walking distance to DC sights. Overall, the best deal and location is Hotel Madera in Dupont Circle, which boasts easy access to all of DC, plenty of restaurants and nightlife.

Hotel Madera – Dupont Circle

Weekday Avg. Rate $221
Weekend Avg. Rate $191
dupont-circle-hotel-madera

Hotel Specs

Closest Station Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$47 Per Day
Breakfast$12-$15 A La Carte
RestaurantFirefly (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymNo gym
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsYes
SmokingNo

EVEN Hotels

The only Even Hotel near the DC metro line is in North Bethesda, two blocks from the Twinbrook Metro station and 25 minutes away from DC. The Even Hotel has decent weekday rates and extremely cheap weekend rates, with an $8 parking fee. Overall the location is more suitable for travelers who have business with one of the conference buildings in the area, other travelers may find the area a bit dull.

Even Hotel – TwinBrook

Weekday Avg. Rate $161
Weekend Avg. Rate $96
twinbrook-even-hotel

Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$8 Per Day
Breakfast$6-$20 A La Carte
RestaurantCork & Kale™ Market and Bar (wellness)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 3 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $50/Stay.
SmokingNO

Crown Plaza

Read the full article on Crowne Plaza’s around Washington, DC. There are three Crowne Plazas by the DC metro line. Specifically in Braddock, McPherson Square and Tysons Corner. The most expensive Crowne Plaza is a block away from the McPherson Square metro station, right in DC. The Parking fee is also the most expensive at this location, but the area is convenient for people looking to stay in the city and don’t mind splurging.

The Braddock Crowne Plaza is close to the fun part of Old Town Alexandria, and has more affordable weekday rates, as well as low weekend rates and a short 20 minute commute into DC. The metro station, however, is eight blocks away.

Tysons Corner Crowne Plaza has similar weekday and weekend rates, but also has the cheapest parking fees of all Crowne Plazas. The metro station is only a block away, and the hotel is close to two major shopping centers and plenty of restaurants. Tysons Corner is in a suburb of Virginia about 30 minutes from Downtown DC. Car and foot traffic can be hectic on weekends.

Even Hotel – TwinBrook

Weekday Avg. Rate $161
Weekend Avg. Rate $96
twinbrook-even-hotel

Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$8 Per Day
Breakfast$6-$20 A La Carte
RestaurantCork & Kale™ Market and Bar (wellness)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 3 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $50/Stay.
SmokingNO