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

Residence Inn is a very popular hotel brand with 9 locations near the DC metro lines. Of those 9, we recommend the Ballston Residence Inn. Although rates are somewhat higher than options like Dunn-Loring or Spring Hill, the overall experience is better with short commute to DC sights and very high reviews. Pentagon City, Federal Center, Courthouse/Clarendon and Bethesda were more expensive on average, and had higher fees. Dupont Circle had comparable weekday rates but weekends saw no discount. Foggy Bottom is actually a close second because of their low weekday and weekend rates, but the high parking fee cuts the saving for anyone who has a car.

So, if you plan on staying in a Residence Inn for your DC trip, look at Ballston first. And, if you don’t plan on driving or renting a car for the trip, take a look at Foggy Bottom Residence Inn for good weekday rates.

Residence Inn Around Washington, DC Near the Metro at a Glance

StationCommuteStateBlocksAvg. WKAvg. WKDParking
Ballston15 minsVA2$239$149$16 Per Day
Bethesda20 minsMD2$276$147$25 Per Day
Courthouse15 minsVA1$274$164$17 Per Day
Dunn-Loring30 minsVAShort, Drive$180$93Free
Dupont Circle10 minsDC3$242$237$32 Per Day
Federal Center10 minsDC2$302$161$35 Per Day
Foggy-Bottom10 minsDC2$164$159$47 Per Day
Pentagon City15 minsVA2$270$173$29 Per Day
Spring Hill30 minsVA2$183$91$6 Per Day

Why Find a Residence Inn 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.

Residence Inn – Ballston

The Residence Inn near the Ballston metro is in Arlington, Virginia. Ballston is a fairly affluent and business minded area with plenty of restaurants and nightlife available. This hotel is 2 blocks away from the metro station. From the Ballston station, a ride into DC only takes 15 minutes via the orange and silver line. The Ballston Residence Inn was recently built in 2015, and many of the rooms are very nice. The average rates are more affordable than most other Residence Inns and the cheap parking is a plus. Guests enjoyed the indoor pool and free breakfast. Overall this Residence Inn is a good choice for all travelers.

Residence Inn – Ballston

Weekday Avg. Rate $239
Weekend Avg. Rate $150
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$16 Per Day
Breakfast Free Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $150/Stay. Up to 50lbs.
SmokingNo

Residence Inn – Bethesda

Bethesda is a vibrant urban center at the edge of DC, in Maryland. The neighborhood is affluent and trendy, with plenty of nice restaurants and interesting specialty boutiques and stores for any interests. The Residence Inn is 2 blocks away from the metro station, and the commute into Downtown DC takes about 20 minutes. The hotel is ranked highly among other Bethesda hotels, and the pool and breakfast are nice amenities. Weekday rates are expensive, however, and the parking fee can add up. Cheaper options are available elsewhere.

Residence Inn – Bethesda

Weekday Avg. Rate $276
Weekend Avg. Rate $147



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Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$25 Per Day
BreakfastFree Full Breakfast
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines only
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $175/Stay. Up to 50lbs.
SmokingNo

Residence Inn – Courthouse/Clarendon

The Courthouse/Clarendon area is a bustling neighborhood in the heart of Arlington.This area gets quite busy throughout the day and night because of the many shops, restaurants and bars, making it a prime location for nightlife and exploring. The Residence Inn is only a block away from the metro station, and a commute into DC takes about 15 minutes. Weekends are cheap for this hotel, and the reviews rate the staff and rooms very positively. The parking fee isn’t too bad at $17 a day compared to other hotels. Weekdays can be expensive though, so travelers should consider other locations for overall savings.

Residence Inn – Courthose / Clarendon

Weekday Avg. Rate $275
Weekend Avg. Rate $164



dupont-circle-residence-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$17 Per Day
Breakfast Free Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard & Suites w/Kitchen
PetsYes. Fee $100/Stay.
SmokingNo

Residence Inn – Dunn-Loring

The Dunn-Loring area is in Fairfax County, Virginia along the Orange line. The malls in Tyson’s Corner are only a metro stop away. Safe and close to plenty of restaurants and shopping, visitors will enjoy the mix of quiet residential streets and business. The Residence Inn in this location is about 20-30 minutes walk to the metro station, so a shuttle or driving may be more preferable. For those who will have a car, the free parking is a great bonus and is only offered at this location. Rates are very cheap, with incredibly low weekend rates and affordable weekday rates. They offer free breakfast, wifi and have an outdoor pool. Past guests have complained that the free shuttle can take a while and isn’t very consistent, and have had some minor issues with their rooms.

Residence Inn – Dunn-Loring

Weekday Avg. Rate $180
Weekend Avg. Rate $93
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Hotel Specs

Closest StationShuttle, Drive
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $100/Stay.
SmokingNo

Residence Inn – Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is an eclectic and affluent part of Downtown DC. The area is surrounded by high end retail and upscale restaurants/bars. The Residence Inn is 3 blocks away from the Dupont Circle metro station, and has easy access to many of DC’s major sights and attractions. As one would expect with the location, the hotel rates are moderately high, with little discount for weekend travelers unlike other Residence Inn hotels. The amenities are also lacking. You can find a more comfortable accomodation in Ballston and save more as well.

Residence Inn – Dupont Circle

Weekday Avg. Rate $242
Weekend Avg. Rate $238

dupont-circle-residence-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station2.5 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$32 Per Day
BreakfastFree Buffet. Cold Items
RestaurantThe Residence Inn Mix™ (Every Mon-Wed)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $100/Stay. Up to 50lbs.
SmokingNo

Residence Inn – Federal Center

Federal Center is in a prime location for those who want to prioritize the National Mall and Smithsonian museums. Right in DC, near many of the government buildings by the Capitol Building, this Residence Inn is also only 2 blocks away from the metro station. Weekend rates are fairly affordable, and the hotel has an indoor pool and free breakfast for added amenities. Reviewers rate this Residence Inn very highly. The main drawback is the extremely expensive weekday rates, which is the highest of all Residence Inns.

Residence Inn – Federal Center

Weekday Avg. Rate $302
Weekend Avg. Rate $162
federal-center-residence-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking $35 Per Day
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $200/Stay.
SmokingNo

Residence Inn – Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom is a convenient urban neighborhood that primarily consists of George Washington University students. There are plenty of restaurants around and Georgetown is a short walk away, as well as most major DC attractions like the National Mall. This Residence Inn has very good weekday and weekend rates, especially for its location. They also offer free cold items for breakfast and an outdoor seasonal pool. The biggest drawback is the expensive parking fees which can cut into the savings drastically. This hotel is better for people who don’t have a car.

Residence Inn – Foggy Bottom

Weekday Avg. Rate $165
Weekend Avg. Rate $160
foggy-bottom-residence-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station1.5 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$47.20 Per Day
BreakfastFree Buffet. Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites w/Kitchen
PetsYes. Fee $150. Up to 75lbs.
SmokingYes

Residence Inn – Pentagon City

The Pentagon City Residence Inn is in Arlington, Virginia, close to the airport, Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. Office workers and military personnel primarily occupy the area – making the neighborhood very safe and quiet after work hours. The main attraction in the area is the Pentagon, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and the massive Pentagon City mall. The Residence Inn is 2 blocks from the metro station, and a trip into Downtown DC only takes 15 minutes. The hotel itself is very nice and offers updated rooms, terrace, indoor pool and free full breakfast. You pay for those luxuries, however, with high rates and moderately expensive parking fees.

Residence Inn – Pentagon City

Weekday Avg. Rate $271
Weekend Avg. Rate $174
pentagon-city-residence-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$29 Per Day
BreakfastFree Full Breakfast
RestaurantNo
Shuttle to AirportYes
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines only
PoolIndoor With Hot Tub
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $200/Stay. One-Time Cleaning Fee $200
SmokingNo

Residence Inn – Spring Hill

This Residence Inn is in the Tysons Corner neighborhood, west of DC, in northern Virginia. Spring Hill Metro station is conveniently located near Tysons Corner, well known for shopping ranging from regular brands to high-end apparel. The area can get pretty busy, and walking around should be done with caution due to the high volume of traffic. The Residence Inn is conveniently 2 blocks away from the metro station and the commute into DC takes about 30 minutes. The biggest advantage of this Residence Inn is the incredibly low weekend costs, where many travelers will find savings that they won’t find anywhere in DC. The hotel also offers a great list of amenities many travelers will enjoy. Some guests have noted the rooms could use some updating, and the location makes getting into DC more difficult than other Residence Inn locations such as Ballston.

Residence Inn – Spring Hill

Weekday Avg. Rate $184
Weekend Avg. Rate $92
spring-hill-residence-inn

Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$10-$20 Per Day
BreakfastFree Full Breakfast
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites w/Kitchen
PetsYes. Fee $75/Stay.
SmokingYes. Designated smoking areas