The Safest Neighborhoods, Hotels, & Places to Stay in Washington, D.C. for Families & All Travelers


By and Large Washington, DC is Safe City

By in large Washington, DC is safe city. It probably has more types of police roving around than any other city in the U.S. With so much money flowing into this area many of the urban hubs surrounding, DC are well liked by travelers and populated by affluent professionals. It will be challenging to find too many areas in downtown, or elsewhere that make the average traveler feel uncomfortable. This makes it pretty easy to find a safe place to stay when visiting DC, but the hard part then comes finding the right neighborhood.

Ask just about anyone who has lived in DC and they will tell you the Metro will make your life easier when visiting. Considering, it’s popular to seek hotels close to the DC metro in safe neighborhoods.

Unsafe Areas, Places, Hotels & Neighborhoods to Avoid

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. As far as finding a safe hotel in Washington, DC the most popular areas / Metro stations will be Foggy-Bottom, Dupont Circle, Gallery Place, and Metro Center.

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Families Who Want a Kid Friendly Safe Hotel in DC


Without question the best hotel for families who want a safe hotel near Smithsonian museums and the National Mall is the Capitol Holiday Inn. 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. The location is not busy at night, so this will help parents keep an eye on their children. The only drawback is a lack of restaurants around the hotel, but most families may not mind that nuisance. Read our full article about where to stay in Washington, DC with a family.

2018 Editor's Choice Hotels

AlexandriaBest Western20 mins
AlexandriaHoliday Inn30 mins
ArlingtonHoliday Inn10 mins
DCMt. Vernon B&B5 mins
DCEmbassy Row Hotel10 mins
DCHoliday Inn5 mins
DCFairfield Inn0 mins
AirportHampton Inn15 mins
AirportAmericana15 mins
MDBethesda Court20 mins
MDAmericana Inn20 mins
MDCountry Inn & Suites30 mins
MDCourtyard by Marriott30 mins
MDComfort Inn40 mins
VAComfort Inn15 mins
VAHoliday Inn15 mins
VACourtyard30 mins
VAEcono Lodge20 mins
VAWingate30 mins
VAQuality Inn30 mins

Cheap Safe Places to Stay in Washington, DC


Finding a cheap and safe hotel, or place to stay in Washington, DC can be tricky. For starters, it’s helpful to know hotel prices fall between $50 and $75 on the weekends. If you are visiting on the weekend expect to set a budget of about $175 per night at hotels near Foggy-Bottom. That will be the cheapest neighborhood most desirable neighborhood in DC. A good back up plan might be the Days Inn near the Van Ness Metro station. It will be difficult to find a hotel under $200 per night during the week in DC. Travelers who want to find affordable hotels during the week under $150 need to venture out into the suburban areas.

Safe Places to Stay in Arlington, VA


Arlington, VA is made up of two separate areas. The area near the airport / Pentagon called Crystal City, and the stretch of urban hubs along orange line. The better neighborhoods are Ballston and Clarendon. While most any location in Arlington will be classified as comfortable and safe by the average traveler Ballston and Clarendon stand out. These are affluent small urban hubs surrounded by affluent suburban neighborhoods. Hotel prices will be steeper here than in areas further out in Virginia, but the ride into DC on the Metro is under 20 minutes. Crystal City will make most travelers feel comfortable as well, but the area is not as charming as Ballston and Clarendon. Travels looking for the best deal in this area should look into the Comfort Inn near the Ballston Metro station

#1 Arlington, VA Hotel

Free Parking, Affluent Area, Young Professionals

Comfort Inn – Ballston

Weekday Avg. Rate $154
Weekend Avg. Rate $118


Hotel Specs

Closest Station7
WifiFree Wifi
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines only
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available

Safe Places to Stay in Maryland Near Washington, DC


Finding a safe place to stay in Maryland near a Metro station outside of Washington, DC is great a way to save some cash and feel comfortable in your surroundings at night. The best destination of this sorts would be Shady Grove, New Carrollton, or Branch Ave. All of these Metro stations have hotels that offer free parking. The best destination for a safe neighborhood with excellent restaurants and charm is Bethesda. However, don’t anticipate saving a whole lot over downtown DC hotels in Bethesda. Bike riders might appreciate that Bethesda is connected to downtown DC and the monuments through the Capital Crescent trail. Silver Spring is a runner up to Bethesda. One of the best choices for a hotel in Bethesda is the Bethesda Court.

#1 MD Suburban Hotel

Great Restaurants, Walk to Metro, Bethesda

Bethesda Court – Bethesda

Weekday Avg. Rate $165
Weekend Avg. Rate $101

Hotel Specs

Closest Station1.5 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$15 Per Day
Breakfast Free Buffet. Cold Items
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard. King, Queen, Doubles

Safe Places to Stay in Virginia Near Washington, DC


Virginia offers many safe places to stay and hotels outside of Washington, DC. There are many neighborhoods near Virginia Metro stations that the average traveler will feel safe staying nearby. Probably the best mix of affordability, comfortable surroundings and access to the Metro is Dunn Loring, East Falls Church, Eisenhower, or Spring Hill Metro station / neighborhoods. All of these hotels offer free parking, which is an nice way to save additional cash. Ballston and Clarendon in Arlington, VA will offer the best blend of vibrant urban hubs, but on average cost more. The Comfort Inn at Ballston is a popular choice. The Courtyard near the Dunn Lorning Metro is one of the most popular hotel choices on this website and is directly of I-66, right across from the Metro and 30 minutes outside DC.

#1 VA Suburban Hotel

Underground Parking, Off I-66, I-495

Courtyard – Dunn-Loring

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


Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
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