The Best Hotel Near the Federal Center Metro
The Residence Inn is the closest hotel to Federal Center Metro, but not the only choice in the area. When compared to the nearby Holiday Inn the Residence Inn has a hard time standing out because rates are usually $100 more per night. One perk to the Residence Inn is that breakfast is free in addition to a free social hour each weeknight that encompasses drinks and appetizers. The Residence Inn will have a larger inventory of suite style rooms, so families might appreciate this relative to the Holiday Inn. Guests at this hotel routinely complained about the train noise, tight parking spaces and occasionally commented about the dated décor relative to other Residence’s Inns. Despite these hang-ups 87% of guests spoke positively of the hotel. Be thorough regarding nearby options before choosing this hotel.
Recommended Hotel at Federal Center: Residence Inn
Why: Free wifi, breakfast, evening cocktail hour and suite rooms.
About the Federal Center Neighborhood
The Federal Center metro stop lets off a few blocks from the National Mall in the midst of mainly government buildings. This area is home to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and many of Washington, DC’s famous monuments. Travelers who choice one of the few hotel options south of the National Mall away from downtown DC will give up easy access to restaurants, bars and nightlife.
The neighborhood around the National Mall is dead at night. This can be welcome for those who enjoy a peaceful walk through the National Mall, but not welcome for others. The area is surrounded by massive government buildings and when five o’clock rolls past commenters travel home leaving the area bland and sterile.
While the Mall is a major tourist destination, you’ll also find DC locals enjoying the recreational and cultural opportunities the area offers. The Mall is at its busiest during the day, but it is safe to stick around to view the beauty of the monuments lit up after dark—the only nightlife the area offers.
The National Park Service operates concession stands along the Mall and during good weather you’ll find food trucks lined up on 7th or 14th streets, as well as the ubiquitous hot dog and ice cream vendors. Many of the museums are equipped with cafeterias—Mitsitam Café at the National Museum of the American Indian has won multiple awards for its indigenous American cuisine—but they can be quite expensive.
In addition to the attractions along the Mall, this area also offers easy walking access to the Tidal Basin, where you can visit the Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials; the White House; and downtown Washington.
Runners and bikers will particularly enjoy the lack of traffic on the Mall and the easy access to other trails. Both the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution offer tips for visiting with children.
Who is Best for this Location?
This area is best for Families who want to prioritize the museums and intellectuals reluctant for nightlife.
Residence Inn – Closest Hotel Near the Federal Center Metro
|Weekday Avg. Rate||$251|
|Weekend Avg. Rate||$349|
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Residence Inn Hotel Specs
|Free wireless in all rooms|
|Self-park, daily fee of $35|
|Free buffet cold and hot items|
|No Airport Shuttle|
|No Area Shuttle|
|Cardio and free weights|
|Non-smoking property wide|
|Suite rooms available with living space, and standard 1 king or 2 queens (or 2 doubles)|
|Pets welcome for a fee of $200|