Hotels Outside of D.C. in Maryland & Virginia Near the Metro

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The #1 Resource for Finding Hotels Outside of Washington, DC

As longtime residents of Washington, D.C. my wife and I are always being asked by travelers how to save money on hotels around Washington, D.C., and avoid the expense of staying downtown. Travelers who are looking for hotels near D.C. with good Metro access to Smithsonian Museums and downtown will find that there are over 75 hotels outside of Washington, D.C. on the Metro lines. This website will help you find the best towns and cities in Maryland and Virginia with hotels close to Washington, D.C.’s Metro system.

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#1 Hotel Outside Washington, DC

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#1 Maryland Hotel near the Metro

The most popular hotel outside Washington, DC in Maryland is the Courtyard Marriott at the New Carrollton station. Parking is free, and across a vast majority of reviews the hotel is well liked by all types of travelers. New Carrollton is also a MARC station and Amtrak station so travelers coming from Baltimore and the East Coast will appreciate the location.

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Avg. Fri & Sat - $155
Avg. Sun-Thu - $122
Hotel Website
Courtyard Marriott
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Blocks to Metro - 1
Parking - Free
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - Not Include, Available
Airport Shuttle - No

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#1 Virginia Hotel near the Metro

In Virginia the most popular hotel is the Courtyard Marriott at the Dunn Loring station along the Orange line and off of I-66 in suburbs. This hotel is well liked by all types of travelers for its FREE underground parking, free wifi, up to date decor and immediate Metro access.

Avg. Fri & Sat - $184
Avg. Sun-Thu - $89
Hotel Website
Courtyard
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Blocks to Metro - 1
Parking - Free
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - $5-$15 A La Carte
Airport Shuttle - No

Washington, D.C. & Using the Metro

Why The Metro is a Must

The Metro is the best method to get around primarily because Washington, DC traffic is a nightmare, there are no options for affordable parking downtown, or near the National Mall. There are no hotels in downtown that offer free parking.

The Metro is not the best if you only need to move a short distance, say 5-6 blocks, but, for commuting between the suburbs and downtown Washington, DC it is a big time saver.

The Metro does get crowded in the mornings, but the afternoon is not as concentrated. Trains typically run every 15 to 20 minutes with increased frequency during rush hour. The Metro shuts down at midnight. In the mornings, the Metro reopens at 5am on weekdays and 7am on weekends. Up to two children under 5 can ride the metro for free with their parent or guardian.

Overview of Areas Outside D.C.

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The greater Washington, DC area can be divided up into a few categories; downtown, the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia and D.C.’s urban neighborhoods. In Maryland and Virginia you can further divide up neighborhoods into urban pockets or everyday bland suburbia.

The small cities near Washington, D.C. like Bethesda, Crystal City, Alexandria, Silver Spring, Rosslyn, Ballston and Clarendon appeal to tourists because they offer up the ability to walk to restaurants and nightlife along with the Metro. Hotels near Washington, DC in these areas sometimes have free parking, and are usually more affordable than in downtown.

The outer suburbs of Washington, DC are the best alternatives for tourists who want to be able to park for free and stay at a brand name hotel for much less than it would otherwise be downtown. This is also an excellent way to avoid traffic.


Best Hotels in Virginia on the Metro

Station#1 HotelWhyCommuteAvg. WKAvg. WKD
RosslynHoliday Inn#1, All Around10 mins$196$101
Crystal CityHampton InnDCA Access15 mins$226$142
Crystal CityAmericanaDCA, Free Parking15 mins$115$112
BraddockBest WesternAlexandria w/Free Parking20 mins$143$136
Falls ChurchEcono LodgeFree Parking, Best Value20 mins$97$85
Franconia / SpringfieldWingateFree Parking, Best Value30 mins$96$87
Spring HillQuality InnFree Parking, Best Value30 mins$113$102
Huntington-EisenhowerHoliday InnFree Parking, Best Value30 mins$133$119
BallstonHoliday InnLocation, Rates, All Around15 mins$163$107
BallstonComfort InnLocation w/ Free Parking15 mins$154$118
Dunn-LoringCourtyardFree Parking, Best Value30 mins$183$89

Best Hotels in Maryland on the Metro

Station#1 HotelWhyCommuteAvg. WKAvg. WKD
New CarrolltonCourtyard by MarriottFree Parking, Best Value30 mins$155$121
Shady GroveComfort InnFree Parking, Best Value40 mins$130$117
BethesdaBethesda CourtLocation & Boutique20 mins$164$100
BethesdaAmericana InnLocation w/ Free Parking20 mins$112$103
Branch Ave.Country Inn & SuitesFree Parking, Best Value30 mins$105$107

Cities Near Washington, DC

Find Hotels that Balance Location & Savings

There are a few cities near Washington, D.C. that some people might refer as satellite towns. When the Metro was built these small towns have grown around their Metro stations. The two primary cities close to Washington, D.C. are Alexandria, VA and Arlington, VA. All of these locations have a unique vibe and attract a certain type of residents. Below is a brief overview of each location and neighborhood vibe.

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Arlington, VAArlington, VA is primarily two areas, the area by the DCA airport is called Crystal City, and the other area is made up of the Ballston, Clarendon and Rosslyn neighborhoods along the orange line. Arlington has a yuppie vibe and attracts young professionals. It has good nightlife.
Alexandria, VAAlexandria, VA sits along the Potomac River and is home to main street shopping and many restaurants. Alexandria attracts a middle aged crowed, a trail connects Alexandria with Mt. Vernon and Washington, DC.
Bethesda, MDBethesda Maryland is adjacent to NIH medical center. The urban pocket is populated by families and young professionals. The area is regarded as a mecca for restaurants.
Silver Spring, MDSilver Spring Maryland is much like Bethesda. It has a town square and the same overall vibe, but with less overall restaurants and charm than Bethesda.
Tysons Corner, VATysons Corner is home to lots of shopping including two mega malls. Tysons Corner is often congested with traffic and located at the intersection of I-495 and I-66.

Ballston – Arlington, VA


nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Ballston Hotels. With good proximity to downtown, highways, airports and the National Mall it is hard to go wrong at Ballston. This is one of the best locations in Arlington, VA. There is a yuppie vibe to it, but with that affluence brings charming squares and over 40 restaurants.  A commute to the National Mall is about 20 minutes via the Metro. The urban area around the Metro quickly drops off into charming parks, and suburban Virginia. The Mall nearby has an ice rink which is an excellent way to beat the heat in the summer. Use the local Custis trail to ride a bike into DC in 30 minutes.

Braddock – Alexandria, VA

nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Braddock Hotels. The Braddock station is location Alexandria. All the hotels are a five block walk to the station. On the upside the hotels are also close to most of the attractions in Alexandria. Alexandria is home to many unique restaurants, riverfront parks, and will be appreciated for its easy access to downtown DC, DCA, and Mt. Vernon. It is hard for any tourist to go wrong with Alexandria. For a nicer night out that won’t break the bank, The Majestic and Columbia Firehouse both offer slightly upscale takes on American classics and terrific service. You’ll also find that the bars run the spectrum from divey sports bars to upscale cocktails. Old Town also offers its share of shopping. While you’ll find a number of national chains, such as Anthropologie or Lululemon, you’re more likely to find locally-owned antiques shops and clothing boutiques.

Courthouse / Clarendon – Arlington, VA

nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Clarendon Hotels. The Clarendon and Courthouse metro stations form the heart of bustling Arlington. A little less than a mile separates these two stations, but the area is a vibrant, urban center, and the section of Arlington that has the most to offer visitors. Full of luxury high-rises and single-family homes, Clarendon/Courthouse is home to affluent families and young professionals. hoppers will enjoy the mix of major retailers, like Ann Taylor and Pottery Barn, and independent shops, like South Moon Under, a local clothing boutique. Though the area can get a bit rowdy on weekend nights, this neighborhood is safe and welcoming.

Rosslyn – Arlington, VA

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Rosslyn Hotels. Rosslyn will be appealing to all travelers for its quick access to downtown, the National Mall and Georgetown. It is easy to walk to Georgetown, just cross over the Key Bridge. The Metro ride to DCA is about 10 minutes, and there is an express bus that can take you directly to Dulles airport. Active travelers will enjoy riding their bike to Smithsonian museums along trails. Rosslyn is home to mostly young professionals. This area is the commercial center of Arlington; you’ll find better nightlife and activity options in the Clarendon neighborhood one stop away, but can expect plenty of fast casual restaurants around Rosslyn.

Crystal City – Next To DCA Airport

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Crystal City Hotels. Crystal City offers tourist and business traveler’s immediate access to DCA Airport with a short commute to downtown DC, or the National Mall. Located in Arlington, VA altogether the area is a welcoming urban pocket. The neighborhood can empty out after business hours. Often the local residents are young professionals making their home in one of numerous luxury high rises that blend in with office buildings and hotels. Families should note Crystal City straddles a major highway, so those with small children should be cautious of traffic while walking around. With plenty of restaurants and access to the Mt. Vernon trail, DCA, Alexandria, and a short commute to all the tourist attractions Crystal City should always be considered when visiting Washington, DC.

Eisenhower – Alexandria, VA

nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Eisenhower Hotels. Sitting just outside Alexandria, the Eisenhower station neighborhood will appeal to travelers who want to sacrifice a little bit of location for savings. Hotels near the station offer free parking. There are still restaurants within walking distance, but the location won’t have the same appeal as other Alexandria stations like Braddock or King Street. The area is still in an urban setting, and restaurants are still within walking distance. Try Montana Ted’s Grill only a block or two away from the station for an excellent bison burger. Most people staying near the Eisenhower are saving on hotels compared to other options in Alexandria. With that being said, Eisenhower can still be considered a part of Alexandria, but you’ll have to walk a little further to all the main attractions.

Bethesda, Maryland

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Bethesda Hotels. With welcoming main streets and amazing restaurant selection Bethesda provides a comforting urban pocket surrounded by affluent single family homes. Bethesda will appeal to both families and couples, but may not appeal to younger couples. Mature couples who want to experience good restaurants after a day of sightseeing will love this location. Families will feel at home surrounded by other D.C. families taking and evenings stroll to get ice cream. You can ride your bike to D.C. long a paved trail in about 45 minutes. Bethesda is also a shopping mecca. Its streets are lined with specialty shops and high-end boutiques.

Silver Spring, Maryland

nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Silver Spring Hotels. Silver Spring much like Bethesda and will appeal to families and all types of travelers for its charming downtown area and abundance of restaurants. Compared to Bethesda the Metro is usually a bit further of a walk for most hotels, but the commute into Washington, DC is about the same at 20 minutes. Silver Spring is a suburb of Maryland just north of DC. A bustling urban downtown is surrounded with typical suburban developments, home to a wide range of people—from young professionals to families to established retirees. Located on the red line, this area is home to a lot of commuters, so traffic can be overwhelming. The downtown area is vibrant and comfortable for visitors.


Suburbs North on the Metro

Greenbelt, Maryland

nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Greenbelt Hotels. This is an ideal location for visitors who are looking for a basic hotel to sleep in after a long day in DC. Many people will take a look at Greenbelt if they are flying into BWI because transportation from Washington, DC to BWI flows through Greenbelt. There are no hotels within walking distance, but the Greenbelt station is flush with over 200 spaces of parking available at $5 per day. Visitors should be prepared for a no-frills neighborhood and a 30 to 40 minute commute into Washington, DC on the Metro. Greenbelt, Maryland is located at the end of the green/yellow metro lines, north of Washington, DC. Close to the University of Maryland, this area is suburban, with groups of townhouses, neighborhoods of single family homes, and the requisite office parks and strip malls. This is a safe area, but not very walkable. A car is really a must to stay here. Greenbelt is conveniently located off of the Capital Beltway and there is a bus to Baltimore-Washington International Airport from the metro station.

Shady Grove, Maryland

nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Shady Grove Hotels: Shady Grove is the best location to consider for travelers coming north down either I-95, or I-270. There are no hotels within a short walk to the Metro, but the local hotel offer shuttle service to and from the Metro. If that is not appealing then parking is available at the station for $5 and there are 77 spaces available. While the commute into on the Metro D.C. is about 40 minutes the savings on hotels is usually consistent. Some of the hotels are within walking distance, but most people will want to utilize the hotel shuttle or drive over to the station where parking is available. The area is suburban Washington, DC. The Shady Grove metro stop is at the very end of the red line in between Rockville and Gaithersburg, Maryland. This area is suburban, filled with office parks and housing developments. Convenient to I270, this metro stop offers free and plentiful parking on weekends. However, the ride into downtown DC will take approximately 45 minutes.


Suburbs South on the Metro

Franconia / Springfield, Virginia

nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Franconia / Springfield Hotels: The Franconia-Springfield stop is located at the very end of the blue and yellow metro lines in suburban Virginia off I-95. The savings here on hotels will be significant over downtown for guests coming to DC on weekdays, thus making it an attractive destination for those driving from the South. This area is best suited for travelers who don’t mind using a hotel shuttle or driving their car to get to the Metro because no hotels are within walking distance. The location offers up chain restaurants and strip malls. While its proximity to the interchange leaves the neighborhood lacking in many ways, its convenience to all of the area’s major highways cannot be denied and allow travelers driving to Washington, DC to avoid further madness as they head north on I-95, or I-495 toward Washington, DC. This is mainly a commuter area where you’ll find your typical suburban sprawl. The Metro station has 48 metered stations and parking is $5 per day if you can’t wait around for a hotel shuttle.

Branch Ave., Maryland

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Branch Ave. Hotels: The Branch Ave. Metro station is in a suburban setting particularly good for families on a budget who are looking for a base to launch their vacation. Hotel prices here are routinely lower than most other areas in Washington, DC. The location won’t excite or distress, but that is okay for most travelers who just need a reliable hotel for sleeping and breakfast. A suburban area that is home to quite a few government buildings, most travelers will feel safe if they chose to walk the short distance from the hotels to the Metro. There is parking available at the Metro for over $5 per day.


Suburbs West on the Metro

Spring Hill, VA (Tysons Corner)

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Spring Hill Hotels. The Spring Hill station is one of three stations in Tyson’s Corner a suburban area in northern Virginia. This is the western most station. The immediate area is made up of office buildings, shopping centers, and a few apartment buildings. A bustling hub, Tyson’s Corner can be very congested, even on weekends when the malls are very busy. It’s location on the silver line has made this area much more accessible to downtown DC and welcoming for those who are not driving. While Tyson’s is generally a safe area, the amount of traffic in the area, and the multi-lane highways, mean that pedestrians should always exercise caution.

Vienna, Virginia

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Read About Vienna Hotels. Vienna is a suburb in northern Virginia located at the end of the orange line. Here you’ll find typical suburban sprawl—multi-lane highways, strip malls, and a mix of townhouses and single-family homes. The biggest upside to this area is proximity to the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy museum that features hundreds of real fighter jets, and the space shuttle. This is a fairly affluent area where the biggest struggle will be the traffic and the area’s general lack of walkability. Expect to spend over 30 minutes commuting in the city. or bikers and joggers, the W & OD Trail conveniently runs through Vienna on its way to the rest of Arlington (and runs right by Caboose Brewing Company if you need nourishment on your ride/walk). Attractions in Vienna include nearby Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, which features trails, a pond, and a children’s garden.


Top 5 Motels Near Washington, DC

Travelers looking to stay in a motel near D.C. will be happy to know that there are a few options to choose from. Motels are typically close to a major highways, offer cheap accommodations than hotels and nearly always have free parking. When coming to Washington, D.C. we suggest prioritizing these five motels.

  1. Best Western – Rosslyn
  2. Quality Inn – Spring Hill
  3. Rodeway Inn – Vienna
  4. Best Western – Vienna
  5. Red Roof Inn – Shady Grove

The Best Motel Near the Washington, DC Metro

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The best motel near Washington, DC is the Best Western within walking distance to the Rosslyn Metro station. Rosslyn is a short Metro ride to the National Mall and downtown. We found that weekday rates at this Washington, D.C. motel can average $150 which is a little expensive, but for the location this not a bad deal.

Other Top Motels Near Washington, DC

The next best motel near Washington, D.C. is location in Tysons Corner within walking distance toe the Spring Hill Metro station. The Quality Inn averages rates around $100 per night. This location will be easy access from the highway and parking is plentiful.

The next motels we like are the Rodeway Inn and Best Western near the Vienna Metro station. The drawback to this location is that you cannot walk to the Metro and will need to drive or taxi to the station and pay for parking at the station which is $5 per day.

Tips for Finding Hotels Near D.C.

  1. Hotels in the Washington, D.C. area typically drop between $50 to $75 per night on the weekends. When business travelers leave rates on Friday and Saturday nights drop significantly. This makes staying downtown a lot easier.
  2. Even though hotels close to Washington, D.C. can be as expensive as their downtown counterparts, typically parking is discounted relative to downtown.
  3. Finding the best deal on a hotel around Washington, DC often simply comes down to where you look. Every website will claim the best deals, lowest rates. What can save you the most money is looking at different areas around D.C. and comparing rates.
  4. The Metro makes many areas more accessible, and essentially makes many hotels close to D.C. only 10 to 15 minutes away from downtown.