Recommended Hotel: Pod Hotel
Why: Simple Room, New Hotel, Savings Over Nearby Options
There are four primary hotels within a short walk to the Gallery Plaza / Chinatown Metro station. This is the heart of downtown and a premium location for tourist. We recommend Pod Hotel over the nearby Courtyard, Hotel Monaco and Fairfield Inn & Suites because it offers a basic room with an inviting rooftop bar. The premise of Pod is that you get the essentials. The hotel doesn’t have a gym, pool, or free breakfast, nor does it offer parking. What you get is a basic room, and being a new hotel those rooms while spartan are up to date. The hotel also boasts a rooftop bar, coffee bar, restaurant and whiskey bar. Since most tourist won’t be spending a majority of time in the room we like Pod Hotel for its lower rates than nearby competitors. Still don’t overlook the nearby hotel Monaco for a charming boutique option, just don’t book Monaco when they are hosting a wedding, and avoid the basement rooms. Until Pod we usually suggested Fairfield Inn & Suites, they offer free breakfast and free wifi. Altogether, you’ll still find better deals outside DC than in the heart of the city, but Pod is the best shot at saving some cash while being able to stay in the heart of it all.