The Best Hotel Near the Medical Center Metro
The DoubleTree is the closest hotel to NIH and also happens to be situated in downtown Bethesda. The hotel is equidistant between the Bethesda and Medical Center Metro station. Rates are very competitive here relative to other hotels closer to the center of Downtown Bethesda. The only hotel cheaper near the Metro is the Bethesda Court. Guests at the Doubletree praised the spacious rooms, rooftop pool and access to the Bethesda Circulator bus which stops outside the hotel making it easy to get around Bethesda. Common hang-ups dealt with parking fees, but this is the norm in Bethesda. The DoubleTree will satisfy tourist and business travelers for its competitive rates when compared with nearby hotels.
Recommended Hotel at Medical Center: Doubletree
Why: Walking distance to NIH and Bethesda
About the Medical Center / NIH Neighborhood
The Medical Center metro station is a 15 minute walk from downtown Bethesda along the busy Rockville Pike. Generally, no one uses this station unless they have business in NIH. There for anyone looking to stay near the Metro and NIH will be looking for hotels in Bethesda.
The Bethesda Neighborhood is a vibrant urban center just outside of Washington, DC in Maryland. Home to affluent young professionals and families, this neighborhood is a hot spot for excellent restaurants and trendy boutiques. While hotel rates are expensive the area will suit mature couples, families and business travelers well. The area around the metro station is very walkable and in good weather you’ll find locals enjoying the many outdoor patios and pedestrian walkways Bethesda offers.
Bethesda is easily accessible to downtown DC and Union Station via the red line metro, though you can expect the trip to take 20 (to Metro Center) to 25 minutes (to Union Station). Bikers and joggers can take the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) all the way into Georgetown. Bethesda is also a convenient area for those visiting American University or who are in the Washington area for business in Maryland.
Bethesda offers a wide-range of cuisines, from French at Mon Ami Gabi and Spanish tapas at Chef José Andrés’s Jaleo to Asian and sushi offerings at Raku. For groups with picky eaters, try Café Deluxe, where you’ll find a variety of classic dishes. Rock Bottom Brewery brews their own beer on-site while Caddies on Cordell offers a large outdoor patio and a great atmosphere to watch the day’s game. For a night out, check out Tommy Joe’s, which has a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, and offers karaoke and trivia nights throughout the week.
The area boasts a year-round schedule of festivals and other activities, such as summer concert series and outdoor movies. Taste of Bethesda, a food and music fall festival, and Imagination Bethesda, a children’s street festival in June, are highlights.
Bethesda is also a shopping mecca. Its streets are lined with specialty shops, like Big Planet Comics, and high-end boutiques. For the thrifty shopper, visit Mustard Seed, one of DC’s renowned consignment shops. You’re also a short drive or one metro stop (red line) away from the malls in Friendship Heights, where you’ll find stores like Bloomingdale’s, Anthropologie, and Sephora.
Who is Best for this Location?
Bethesda will appeal to upscale business travelers, and mature couples who want to experience good restaurants after a day of site seeing. Families might have a hard time finding the right hotel at the right price, but will like the neighborhood.
Doubletree – Closest Hotel Near the Medical Center Metro
|Weekday Avg. Rate||$193|
|Weekend Avg. Rate||$117|
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Doubletree Hotel Specs
|15 Minute Walk from NIH (Medical Center) or Bethesda Metro|
|Free wireless in all rooms|
|Valet only, $23/day ($12 on Friday and Saturday nights)|
|Not included with all booking, available at hotel restaurant, cost $16.95|
|Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro (American cuisine), The Cup (American cuisine)|
|No Airport Shuttle|
|Complimentary Bethesda Circulator stops in front of hotel|
|Cardio machines, free weights, some weight machines|
|Non-smoking property wide|
|Suite rooms with kitchenette, 1 king, or 2 doubles (2 queen)|
|No pets allowed|