Washington, D.C. Family Friendly Hotels & Neighborhoods

1488006836_07Families 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.

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#1 DC Family Hotel

Walk to Smithsonian Museums, Rooftop Pool


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.

Holiday Inn – L’Enfant

Weekday Avg. Rate $169
Weekend Avg. Rate $160

Hotel Specs

Closest Station2 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$40 Per Day
Breakfast$16-$20 A La Carte
RestaurantCapitol Bistro (American), 21st Amendment Bar & Grill (lounge), Starbucks
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
PoolOutdoor Seasonal
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
SmokingYes. Designated smoking areas

#2 DC Family Hotel

Best Family Hotel Outside DC in Virginia


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 breakfast is free 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.

Holiday Inn – Rosslyn

Weekday Avg. Rate $196
Weekend Avg. Rate $102

Hotel Specs

Closest Station1 Block
WifiFree Wifi
Parking$20 / Day
BreakfastAvailable at hotel restaurant
RestaurantVantage Point Restaurant (American)
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleNo
GymCardio machines and free weights
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Fee $25/Stay.

#3 DC Family Hotel

Affordable Family Friendly Hotel in MD Suburbs


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.

Country Inn & Suites – Branch Ave.

Weekday Avg. Rate $105
Weekend Avg. Rate $108


Hotel Specs

Closest Station3 Blocks
WifiFree Wifi
BreakfastFree Buffet. Hot & Cold Items
Shuttle to AirportNo
Hotel ShuttleYes. 5 Mile Radius
GymCardio machines only
PoolNo Pool
Room TypeStandard & Suites Available
PetsYes. Dogs. Fee $50/Night.

Where to Stay In DC with a Family




nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The Bethesda Neighborhood is a vibrant urban center just outside of Washington, DC in Maryland. Home to affluent young professionals and families, this neighborhood is a hot spot for excellent restaurants and trendy boutiques. While hotel rates are expensive the area will suit mature couples, families and business travelers well. The area around the metro station is very walkable and in good weather you’ll find locals enjoying the many outdoor patios and pedestrian walkways Bethesda offers. Hotels near Bethesda Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Bethesda will appeal to upscale business travelers, and mature couples who want to experience good restaurants after a day of site seeing. Families might have a hard time finding the right hotel at the right price, but will like the neighborhood. Hotels near Bethesda Metro.

Woodley Park

nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Woodley Park is an affluent neighborhood in northwest DC on the red line. North of Dupont Circle, Woodley Park is home to families and young professionals in a mix of apartment buildings and single-family homes. While Woodley Park is generally quite safe, Adams Morgan, the adjacent neighborhood across the Duke Ellington Bridge does attract rowdy crowds on weekends—you can except fights even with a heavy police presence, this is the most intense bar scene in DC. Hotels near Woodley Park Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Woodley Park can be an expensive area to stay in, but is a great option for families who are looking to spend some time at the Zoo, or for visitors looking to party with the locals. Hotels near Woodley Park Metro.



nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The Ballston Neighborhood is located just off of I-66 about 15 minutes outside DC in Virginia along the Orange and Silver lines. It is part of Arlington, VA. Ballston is a vibrant area filled with luxury apartments and office buildings. Walk 3 blocks from the Metro and the urban landscape turns to dense suburbia filled with townhomes. Ballston’s population is predominantly young professionals. There is a yuppie vibe to it, but with that affluence brings charming squares and over 40 restaurants. Most travels and residents will describe Ballston as as safe place with people on the streets late into the night and early in the morning. If Arlington is your destination Ballston is generally your best choice. Hotels near Ballston Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This neighborhood and hotel price point appeals to just about all travelers. With good proximity to downtown, airports and the National Mall it is hard to go wrong at Ballston as long as your budget can handle the high weekday rates. Hotels near Ballston Metro.

Foggy Bottom


nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Foggy Bottom is an urban neighborhood that is a mix of residential row homes and businesses. Home to George Washington University, you’ll find a lot of college students, making this a vibrant and safe neighborhood. Hotels near Foggy Bottom Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Foggy Bottom is a charming area for all types of travelers. Those with government business will enjoy close proximity to the Departments of State and Interior. Hotels near Foggy Bottom Metro.