Hotels & Neighborhoods Families Love in Washington, D.C.

My wife and I are always being asked about the best hotels for families in Washington, D.C. Most families can agree finding a hotel in a comfortable neighborhood that has suite rooms and offers breakfast is a big help. The most important tip we have for families with kids visiting Washington, D.C. is to utilize the Metro. The Metro avoids traffic headaches and parking headaches. Luckily for families there are several family friendly hotels near the Metro, and we have picked out the top five below.

Also, its important for families to know that hotel rates typically drop $50 to $75 per night on the weekend. So if you are considering when to visit try to position your stay around Friday and Saturday nights.


Where To Stay with Kids In Washington, D.C.

thumbs_up Here are the top five neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. we suggest families consider when choosing where to stay. These neighborhoods are comfortable, have several hotel options within a short walk to the Metro and hotels with suite rooms that will accommodate kids.

StationBest ForHotel RatesCommute
BallstonFamily$$15 mins
Foggy BottomFamily, Sightseeing, Shopping$$10 mins
LenfantFamily, Sightseeing$$5 mins
BethesdaFamily$20 mins
Branch Ave.Family, On a Budget$30 mins

Branch Ave. Family Friendly on Budget

hotels near branch ave.

nieghborhood_vibe_48Branch Ave. Neighborhood: 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. Parking at all the hotels are free and 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 families who just need a reliable hotel for sleeping and breakfast. The immediate area is home to government buildings and most travelers will feel safe walking to and from the hotel to the Metro. There are hotels with suite rooms that should accommodate large families. There is parking available at the Metro for over $5 per day.

Suite Rooms, Walk to the National Mall

hotels near lenfant plaza metro station Washington dc

nieghborhood_vibe_48South National Mall Neighborhood: The neighborhood south of the National Mall near the L’Enfant Metro, and Federal Center Metro stations are best for families who want to prioritize being able to walk to all the museums and monuments. This area is home to the Capitol Holiday Inn which has a rooftop pool for kids, and also a Residence Inn and Hyatt House that have suite rooms for families. The area is surrounded by massive government buildings and when five o’clock rolls past commuters travel home leaving the area bland and sterile. Sometimes this is welcomed for those who enjoy peaceful surroundings, but a burden for those who crave nearby restaurants and the thrill of locals heading out for nightlife. The Mall is at its busiest during the day, but it is regarded as safe to stick around to view the beauty of the monuments lit up after dark. Altogether this neighborhood won’t appeal to all, but is close by to downtown and the airport via the Metro. 395 runs adjacent to the neighborhood making for easy highway access.

5 Best Family Hotels In Washington, D.C.

thumbs_up These are the top six hotels we suggest in the larger Washington, D.C. area for families with kids. We chose these hotels for a variety of reasons. Some of these family friendly hotels have are affordable, and other are best of balancing cost location and amenities. In every case the hotel is within walking distance to the Metro.

Capitol Holiday Inn is Best for Location & Family Amenities


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.

Avg. Fri & Sat - $169
Avg. Sun-Thu - $160
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Blocks to Metro - 2
Parking - $40 / Day
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - $16 - $20 A La Carte
Airport Shuttle - No

Country Inn & Suites at Branch Ave. is Best for Families on a Budget

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.

Avg. Fri & Sat - $105
Avg. Sun-Thu - $108
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Blocks to Metro - 3
Parking - Free
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - Free Buffet. Hot & Cold Items.
Airport Shuttle - No
Hotel Shuttle to Metro - Yes

Residence Inn at Ballston for Large Family Suites

The Residence Inn at Ballston is an excellent choice for large families that want to stay at a newer hotel that offers suites rooms and free breakfast. The hotel is located in Ballston and the location is a nice blend of quick access to the National Mall and highways. The surrounding neighborhoods is a comfortable urban pocket that is busy during the day and quite at night. There are over 40 restaurants nearby.

Avg. Fri & Sat - $150
Avg. Sun-Thu - $239
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Blocks to Metro - 2
Parking - $16 / Day
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - Free
Airport Shuttle - No

Omni at Woodley Park, Resort Hotel in Washington, D.C. for Families

resort hotel in washington, dc for families

The Omni hotel at Woodley Park stands out because of its large grounds making this hotel feel more like a resort in the middle of Washington, D.C.’s urban neighborhoods. Families will appreciate the proximity to the Zoo which is a short walk away. Woodley Park is home to affluent families and professionals. Commuting to the National Mall will take about 15 minutes via the Metro. Families who want to a resort style hotel in Washington, D.C. will enjoy this hotel.

Avg. Fri & Sat - $276
Avg. Sun-Thu - $161
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Blocks to Metro - 2
Parking - $50 / Day
Wifi - $9.95 Per Day
Breakfast - $5-$21 A La Carte
Airport Shuttle - No

River Inn at GWU for Large Suite Rooms

The River Inn near George Washington University at the Foggy Bottom Metro station stands out for its large suite rooms that will accommodate large families. The location is technically within downtown D.C., but you’ll need to be prepared to walk an extra 10 minutes to get to the National Mall. Families will appreciate the that the neighborhood is filled with student. Unfortunately GWU is one of the most expensive schools in the country so don’t let your kids get too attached. Georgetown is a short walk as well. For these reasons this is one of the best locations for families with older kids visiting Washington, D.C.

Avg. Fri & Sat - $135
Avg. Sun-Thu - $156
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Blocks to Metro - 2
Parking - $40 / Day
Wifi - Free
Breakfast - $8-$12 A La Carte
Airport Shuttle - No