Hotels Near Smithsonian Metro

1484271751_08_thumbs_upRecommended Hotel: Capitol Holiday Inn
Why: Good Rates, Walk to All Monuments & Museums

There is one hotel located near the Smithsonian Metro station and it is a great choice for all travelers especially families. The Holiday Inn stands out for excellent access to the National Mall. It is easy to walk from the hotel to all the major monuments and museums. In addition the hotel is one block away from the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station that connects with all Metro lines. Families will like this hotel especially because of the outdoor rooftop pool. The Hotel was renovated in 2014 and rates average $160 per year. This is usually cheaper than the nearby Residence Inn and Hyatt House. Parking is not cheap and hovers around $40 per day. Another drawback is that the surrounding neighborhood doesn’t have much to offer in terms of nightlife. If you’re coming to DC as a tourist consider this hotel.

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About Smithsonian

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