Washington DC Family Friendly Hotels & Places
Families visiting Washington, DC usually have similar criteria for a hotel. Most families can agree finding a hotel that offers free parking, free breakfast in the morning, and has suite style rooms is a big help. Ask anyone who has visited Washington, DC and they will tell you that the Metro system will make your life easier. It helps families avoid expensive parking fees downtown near the National Mall not to mention avoid the snarling traffic in DC. It’s important for families to know that hotel rates typically drop $50 to $75 per night on the weekend. So if you are considering visiting on the weekend it might be possible to upgrade to a better hotel. Luckily for families there are several family friendly hotels near the Metro. There are also plenty of family friendly places to stay outside of DC in Maryland and Virginia. This article can help.
Best Hotel for Families Visiting Smithsonian Museums and National Mall
Without question the best hotel for families who want a safe hotel near Smithsonian museums and the National Mall is the Capitol Holiday Inn. Families will be able to walk to the monuments and museums without taking the Metro. The hotel has gone through renovations in 2014 and much is new. There is a beautiful courtyard and rooftop pool so kids can swim as well as run around close to the hotel. What you get in convenience you’ll pay for in two ways. For starters parking is over $35 per day, and breakfast is not free. Read more about the Holiday Inn near the National Mall, or check rates for this hotel below.
Where to Stay In Washington, DC With a Family
Broadly speaking families will be frustrated with finding an affordable hotel in Washington, DC because parking is expensive, and weekday rates skyrocket to accommodate business travelers. With the exception of the Capitol Holiday Inn, and hotels near the Woodley Park Metro by the National Zoo families might want to avoid DC in favor of staying outside the city in Virginia and Maryland. If your family can tolerate a 30 minute commute in and out of DC each day you’ll be happy to know there are great hotels within walking distance to the Metro in the DC suburbs for as much as one third of the cost of hotels in downtown. Some areas in Virginia offers more convenience in terms of commuting into DC, especially from Arlington. Read more about staying in Virginia while vising Washington, DC here. All together, the family will find better deals in Maryland. Read more about finding the best places to stay near DC in Maryland here.
Unsafe or Areas Families Should Avoid in DC
Washington, DC has a few areas that travelers continually comment on as making them feel uncomfortable. These neighborhoods and corresponding Metro stations are Union Station, the NoMa station, and neighborhoods near the Nationals Ballpark. As you start to drift east and north after the Mt. Vernon metro station the neighborhoods show signs of hard times. Another notable area in Washington, DC to avoid is hotels near the Federal Center metro station. This station is surrounded by massive government buildings and at night the areas become eerie and desolate. In the suburban areas some travelers remarked feeling uncomfortable in the neighborhoods near the Greenbelt, College Park, and Franconia Metro stations.
Best Family Friendly Affordable Hotel in Virginia Near DC
One of the best all-around hotels in Virginia near Washington,DC for families is the Holiday Inn near the Rosslyn Metro. The Holiday Inn is prefect for families driving to DC, or arriving from either the Dulles airport or DCA (Reagan National Airport). The Holiday Inn is well liked because parking is free, so is breakfast and rates are reasonable. There is a hotel pool at the Metro is just one block away. Rosslyn is just across from DC in Virgin and just off I-66. Commuting into the National Mall or White House via the Metro will take less than 20 minutes and will not require transferring lines. Suite rooms are available for competitive rates. Guests sometimes complained about the street noise and plane noise, as well as décor. However, some rooms have balconies overlooking Georgetown and all of DC. Read more about the Holiday Inn at Rosslyn or check rates below.
Best Family Friendly Affordable Hotel in Maryland Near DC
Families who are looking for hotels with large suite rooms and don’t want to spend more than about $125 per night should look into Country Inn and Suites near the Branch Ave Metro station. Parking, breakfast and wifi are free. There is a shuttle to the Metro station even though its walkable, and the hotel is just off I-495. Read more about Country Inn & Suites near the Branch Ave Metro, or check rates below.