Hotels Near Smithsonian Metro

1484271751_08_thumbs_upRecommended Hotel: Holiday Inn
Why: Rooftop Pool, Newly Renovated, Walk to Mall

Keep in mind that the Smithsonian Metro is located directly on the National Mall and while there are hotels within a few blocks of this station it is not necessary home to a group of hotels. However, there are two hotels that stand out for tourists that want to be within 3-4 blocks of the Smithsonian Metro station. Of the two we like the Capitol Holiday Inn for its rooftop pool, newly renovated rooms (as of 2015), and location for families who want an easy walk to the Monuments and Smithsonian Museums. If you can stomach the rates this is one of the best hotels for seeing Washington, DC.

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What Smithsonian Hotel is Right for You?

As mentioned, the Smithsonian Metro is located on the National Mall without a number of hotels directly around the station. However, several groups of hotels at L'Enfant, Chinatown, Metro Center, or Farragut Sq. will suit travelers who want to walk to the National Mall from their hotel. As for hotels closest to the Smithsonian Metro, either Hotel Harrington or the Capitol Holiday Inn standout. As mentioned above, we suggest prioritizing Holiday Inn. However, Harrigington Hotel is located in downtown Washington, DC on the north side of the Mall, this location may appeal to those who want restaurants and attractions closer to the hotel. Hotel Harrington is a basic older hotel that has much cheaper parking rates, and room rates relative to its nearby competitors. It has a good reputation as an adequate place to stay in downtown Washington, DC.

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Is Smithsonian Station Right for You?

nieghborhood_vibe_48Smithsonian Neighborhood: Since the Smithsonian Metro station sits on the National Mall chances are that you are either going to stay south of the National Mall toward the L’Enfant Plaza station or north of the Mall in downtown DC near the Chinatown, Metro Center, or Farragut Sq.. The National Mall is major divider in terms of the type of neighborhood. South of the Mall is dead at night. This can be welcome for those who enjoy a peaceful walk through the National Mall, or families who want to be in a less chaotic atmosphere. The area is surrounded by massive government buildings and when five o’clock rolls past commuters travel home leaving the area bland and sterile. North means that your stay in downtown with lots of restaurants, attractions and nightlife options to choose from. Of course, much more hustle and bustle. Travelers who want the easy walk to and from the National Mall will be happy being south. Travelers who want to be able to walk from their hotel to more things to do will appreciate being in downtown. There will be lots more hotel options north of the Mall in downtown.

things_to_do_48 Smithsonian Area – Where to Eat, What to Do, Pictures

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  Holiday InnHarrington Hotel
Hotel WebsiteHotel WebsiteNA
TripAdvisorHoliday InnHarrigington Hotel
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Avg. Sun-Thu$169$132
Avg. Fri. & Sat.$160$126
Parking$40 / Day$17 / Day
WifiFreeFree
Breakfast$16-$20 A La Carte$5-$25 A La Carte
Walk to MetroDirectionsDirections
Blocks to Metro23
PicturesRoomsRooms
RoomsStandard & Suites AvailableStandard & Suites Available
Airport ShuttleNoNo
Hotel ShuttleNoNo
RestaurantCapitol Bistro (American), 21st Amendment Bar & Grill (lounge)Harriet's Restaurant (American), Harry's Pub (American)
GymCardio machines and free weightsNone
PoolRooftop, Outdoor SeasonalNone
PetsNoYes. Dogs and Cats. Up to 50lbs.
SmokingNoYes. Designated smoking areas

Holiday Inn

Avg. Fri & Sat - $169
Avg. Sun-Thu - $160
Hotel Website
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Blocks to Metro - 2
Parking - $40 / Day
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - $16 - $20 A La Carte
Airport Shuttle - No

Harrington Hotel

Avg. Fri & Sat - $132
Avg. Sun-Thu - $126
Harrigington Hotel
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Blocks to Metro - 3
Parking - $17 / Day
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - $5-$25 A La Carte
Airport Shuttle - No

Smithsonian Area - What To Do, Where to Eat

Is…Easy Walk to the Museums & Monument


Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is best for families who want to prioritize the museums and intellectuals reluctant for nightlife.

nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: 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.

getting_around_48Getting Around: The Smithsonian metro stop (blue, orange, and silver lines) lets off riders onto the heart of the National Mall, home to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and many of Washington, DC’s famous monuments.

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things_to_do_48Things to Do: 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. 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.

what_to_east_48What to Eat: 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.

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Holiday Inn – L’Enfant

Weekday Avg. Rate $169
Weekend Avg. Rate $160
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$40 Per Day
Breakfast$16-$20 A La Carte
RestaurantCapitol Bistro (American), 21st Amendment Bar & Grill (lounge), Starbucks
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsNo
SmokingYes. Designated smoking areas

Harington Hotel – Metro Center

Weekday Avg. Rate $132
Weekend Avg. Rate $126
metro-center-harington-hotel

Hotel Specs

Closest Station3 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$17 Per Day
Breakfast$5-$25 A La Carte
RestaurantHarriet's Restaurant (American), Harry's Pub (American), Ollirburger & Fries (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymNo gym
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Dogs and Cats. Up to 50lbs.
SmokingYes. Designated smoking areas