7 Best Hotels in Washington, DC Greater Area

thumbs_upBelow are top 7 hotels selected by our website users. Its without question a majority of people on our website are seeking affordable hotel rates and access to free parking. All the hotels mentioned below are situated within a 10 minute walk to the metro.

#1 DC Hotel

VA Suburbs, Off 495 & 66, Free Parking

Courtyard Marriott – Why People Like It. The most popular hotel on this website. Its ideal because of easy access off 495 and I-66 near Tyson’s corner. The Courtyard Marriott has secure free underground parking and is a short walk to the metro. The hotel doesn’t have a free breakfast, but it does offer free wifi, a gym, and pool. All Courtyard’s have a Bistro style restaurant which offers lunch, dinner and breakfast. Online reviews are rarely negative and many reviews appreciated several casual dining options within walking distance to the hotel.

Courtyard – Dunn-Loring

Weekday Avg. Rate $184
Weekend Avg. Rate $89


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Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
Breakfast$5-$15 A La Carte
RestaurantThe Bistro (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsNo
SmokingNo

#2 DC Hotel

Affordable hotel with shuttle to DCA

Americana – Why People Like It. Affordability is the main selling point. The Americana offers guests several freebies like free parking, grab and go breakfast, and free wifi. For those who think its too good to be true, make sure you set a modest expectation. There is no gym at this hotel, or restaurant. More often than not online reviews are positive, but people frequently comment about the dated look. Regardless, this hotel is price nearly $100 less than all other nearby alternatives near the airport. There is a free shuttle to the airport, and guests will have an easy time taking the metro into downtown or the National Mall.

Americana – Crystal City

Weekday Avg. Rate $115
Weekend Avg. Rate $112

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Hotel Specs

Closest Station3 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportYes
Hotel ShuttleYes. To Crystal City and Pentagon City.
GymNo gym
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsNo
SmokingNo

#3 DC Hotel

Smithsonian Museums / National Mall / Families

Capitol Holiday Inn – Why People Like It. This is the ideal hotel for families who want to spend almost all of their time in DC at the National Mall seeing museums and monuments. The hotel location is within walking distance to the Air and Space Museum. This is not an ideal hotel for business travelers or couples because there are no restaurants or nightlife attractions nearby. Families will appreciate the rooftop pool, and free meals for kids. As of March 2014 the hotel is undergoing renovations. One nagging complaint was that the hotel backs up to the train tracks and this does cause noise. Ask for a hotel room away from the tracks.

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

#4 DC Hotel

All around good choice in Arlington, VA

Holiday Inn – Why People Like It. The Key Bridge Holiday Inn in Rosslyn is one of the best locations for a variety of travelers. Walk across the bridge to Georgetown, or catch the metro and be downtown or at the National Mall in under 15 minutes. The hotel is located right off I-66, the bus stop to Dulles airport is nearby. This hotel is at the nexus of every DC bike / jogging trail.  Recent reviews point out that the hotel is not suited for travelers seeking luxury accommodations, some people remarked about issues with the wifi, and consistent mentions were made about the dated look of the rooms. Beware this hotel is right under DCA’s flight path, but we didn’t see too many negative remarks about airplane noise.

Holiday Inn – Rosslyn

Weekday Avg. Rate $196
Weekend Avg. Rate $102
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastAvailable at hotel restaurant
RestaurantVantage Point Restaurant (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $25/Stay.
SmokingNo

#5 DC Hotel

MD Suburbs Amtrak, MARC, BWI Access, I-95, Fedex Field

Courtyard Marriott – Why People Like It. This hotel offers convenient access not only to the Metro but MARC and Amtrak. If you are flying into BWI and using the MARC to get to DC this is the most affordable hotel within walking distance to the Metro. Fedex field is also close by. There is free parking, free wifi, along with a modest gym and indoor pool. All Courtyards include a restaurant called The Bistro which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (breakfast usually not included with booking). The hotel setting is a suburban office park and guests pointed out there isn’t much within walking distance.

Courtyard by Marriott – New Carrollton

Weekday Avg. Rate $155
Weekend Avg. Rate $122
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastAvailable at hotel restaurant
RestaurantThe Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.® (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsNo
SmokingNo

#6 Hotel

Alexandria, VA Suburbs South, I-95 South

Holiday Inn – Why People Like It. Like other hotels on this page the selling point for this hotel is direct access to the metro along with free parking. The Holiday Inn will treat guests with modest expectations well, one of its finer points is a large pool. The in hotel restaurant was not raved about often, and guests won’t find a whole lot to do nearby, but they will save hundreds on hotels only one stop away in downtown Alexandria.

Holiday Inn – Huntington-Eisenhower

Weekday Avg. Rate $133
Weekend Avg. Rate $119
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Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
Breakfast$10-$25 A La Carte
RestaurantBistro Eighteen 90 (American), Lounge Eighteen 90 (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 3 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolIndoor
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsYes. Dogs. Fee $25/Night.
SmokingNo

#7 DC Hotel

I-270 N, Maryland NW Suburbs, Red Line

Comfort Inn – Why People Like It. It is routine for this Comfort Inn to pickup positive reviews from its guests. Free parking, breakfast and wifi are offered in addition to a shuttle that will take guests to and from the Metro station. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the Shady Grove station. The hotel sits on the last stop of the Metro’s red line and getting in and out of DC will take 45 minutes. The location is also ideal from people who want to commute into Bethesda and save on their hotel.

Comfort Inn – Shady Grove

Weekday Avg. Rate $130
Weekend Avg. Rate $118
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Hotel Specs

Closest StationShuttle, Drive
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingFree
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
RestaurantNone
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes
GymCardio machines only
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles
PetsYes. Fee $15/Night.
SmokingNo

#8 DC Hotel

Downtown in the Heart of it All

Pod Hotel – Why People Like It. 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. 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.

Pod Hotel – Chinatown

Weekday Avg. Rate $220
Weekend Avg. Rate $181
pod hotel near washington dc metro

Hotel Specs

Closest StationGallery Plaza / Chinatown
WifiFree Wifi
ParkingNone
BreakfastAvailable at Coffee Bar
RestaurantCrimson Diner, Rooftop Bar, Wiskey Bar
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymNo
PoolNo
Room TypeStandard Room (Pods) Twin, Queen
PetsNot Allowed
SmokingNot Allowed