Expert Tip – Align on a Neighborhood First
There are hundreds of hotels near and around the National Mall in Washington, DC. As long time DC residents we suggest considering what is most important to you and aligning on a neighborhood before selecting a hotel.
If savings is most important than looking into using the Metro to commute a short distance to the National Mall makes sense. Another important aspect is parking, there are no hotels within walking distance to the National Mall that offer free parking, and there are no hotels in downtown Washington, DC that offer free parking. Here is a map of hotels in Washington, DC that offer free parking. Thus, if you want to walk to the National Mall from your hotel anticipate a daily parking fee of about $30 or more.
If being able to walk to the National Mall and having immediate access to restaurants, bars and nightlife is important than staying downtown in Chinatown is best. If access to nightlife is not a priority than hotels south of the National Mall offer the shortest walking distances to the Museums and are in quiet neighborhoods.
One important factor to keep in mind is that weekend rates at most hotels drop by $50 to $75. This is a result of business travelers leaving the area. In summary, if you’re visiting DC on the weekend anticipate being able to explore more options due to lower hotel rates.