Hotels in D.C. Area with Metro Stations Nearby

The Ultimate Guide to the Greater Washington, D.C. Area

washington_dc_neighborhood_guidePlanning a trip to DC? Did you know the Washington, DC Metro system is the second most used rapid transit system in the U.S.? With over 100 miles of total track the Metro spans deep into the suburbs and satellite hubs of greater Washington, DC. There are over 100 hotels near the DC Metro. With public transit access to so many areas in DC travelers may find it difficult to select the right neighborhood, let alone hotel. This guide will make it easy!

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DC Urban Neighborhoods

Charming  residential urban pockets in DC.

Dupont Circle

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Dupont Circle is a trendy, urban area in the heart of DC. Close to downtown and to the major tourist destinations, this neighborhood is a mix of many things—high rise buildings and massive row homes, young professionals and seasoned diplomats, local boutiques and national chains. A bustling area full of embassies and wealthy residents, this area is comfortable and safe, though you may find some of the city’s homeless taking up residence inside the park at the center for Dupont Circle. Hotels near Dupont Circle Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Staying in the area to be pricey, but for those not traveling on a budget the proximity to downtown DC and the vibrancy of the neighborhood is worth the money. Hotels near Dupont Circle Metro.

Woodley Park

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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.

Van Ness

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Van Ness is a neighborhood in upper northwest DC located on the red line. Along Connecticut Avenue, the main drag through the neighborhood, is mainly high-rise apartment buildings that are home to young professionals, though as you’ll also find neighborhoods of single family homes. This is an affluent area that is generally safe. While within the borders of DC, Van Ness does start to have a more suburban feel. Hotels near Van Ness Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Van Ness lacks the distinct neighborhood atmosphere that many of DC’s neighborhoods—like Dupont Circle or Capitol Hill—possess, but it is still a great option for travelers looking to stay within the city and have convenient access to downtown. Hotels near Van Ness Metro.

Mt. Vernon

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Mount Vernon Square is a rapidly revitalizing urban neighborhood in central DC. Located on the green and yellow lines, this area is home to DC’s Convention Center. This neighborhood is home to a diverse mix of residents from young professionals to longtime DC residents. This area is a hotbed of construction as new commercial ventures and apartment buildings go up daily. However, there is still a cluster of low-income housing blocks in Mount Vernon so caution, especially at night, is advised. Hotels near Mt. Vernon Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up With its proximity to the convention center, Mount Vernon is the ideal location for conference attendees. It’s also a great neighborhood for those visitors who are a bit more adventurous and are looking to explore some of DC’s lesser-known neighborhoods. Hotels near Mt. Vernon Metro.

Downtown DC

Walk to the Mall, downtown offers it all.

Chinatown

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Chinatown in DC is a very busy urban neighborhood. Populated with businesses, apartment buildings, shopping, and nightlife, Chinatown never shuts down. Being at the crossroads of major metro and bus lines, this area is a big hangout for the city’s teenagers, so it can get quite rowdy. Mostly home to young professionals, this area also includes a few low income housing complexes and a large homeless shelter. While generally a safe neighborhood, visitors will notice a higher amount of panhandling in Chinatown and should be cautious in the area at night. Hotels near Chinatown / Gallery Plaza Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Visitors not interested in a noisy, rowdy neighborhood should look elsewhere, but Chinatown is a great option for those attending an event at the Verizon Center or who are looking to party like a local. It is also easy to walk to the National Mall from this location. Hotels near Chinatown / Gallery Plaza Metro.

Foggy Bottom

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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.

Metro Center

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Metro Center is a business district at the heart of Washington, DC. At the junction of almost all of the metro lines—Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver, it is also a major transportation hub in the city. The National Mall is going to be a 15 to 20 minute walk or quick ride on the Orange line. Foot traffic dies down on weekends as you won’t find many who actually live in this area, though upscale condos have started going in at various spots in this neighborhood, such as City Center. While Metro Center is generally a safe neighborhood, you will find panhandlers on the corners and should take care when walking around at night. Hotels Near Metro Center.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Metro Center is an ideal location for those looking to stay in the heart of DC and desire convenience to all that the city has to offer. Tourist will appreciate the upscale hotels during the weekend when rates drop. This is a popular spot for business travelers. Hotels Near Metro Center.

Union Station

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Union Station is a neighborhood adjacent to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. To the west, the neighborhood is made up of businesses and government buildings, as well as being home to Georgetown University’s law school. To the east, you’ll find traditional DC rowhomes. This is an area that has been rapidly revitalizing, and the more residential areas are fairly safe. However, the area in which the hotels are located is in close proximity to one of the city’s biggest homeless shelters. That, and the bustling nature of the train station that gives the area its name makes this neighborhood one in which visitors should exercise caution. Hotels Near Union Station.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up The area immediately surrounding the hotels in Union Station is pretty lackluster. This area is ideal for those wanting close proximity to the Senate side of the Capitol. Otherwise, this area’s virtues lie in the transportation hub that is Union Station—here you have access to the metro, MARC trains, and Amtrak. Hotels Near Union Station.

South DC, National Mall

Access to Smithsonian Museums & Monuments.

Capitol South

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Capitol South sits at the heart of American politics. It is the metro stop most convenient to the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court; in fact, it lets riders off in the midst of the office buildings that are home to the House of Representatives. Beyond the government buildings, you’ll find a safe neighborhood full of picturesque row houses home to affluent families and young professionals. The character of the neighborhood scene can be dependent on what’s going on in Congress—a late vote and you may find yourself dining next to faces you recognize from CSPAN or Meet the Press. Hotels near Capitol South Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up A pricey neighborhood, Capitol South may not best serve budget-minded travelers. But for those willing to splurge, you’ll be rewarded with being within convenient walking or metro distance to all of the key tourist attractions. This location is also ideal for anyone with business on the Hill. Hotels near Capitol South Metro.

Federal Center

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The Federal Center metro stop lets off a few blocks from the National Mall in the midst of mainly government buildings. This area is home to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and many of Washington, DC’s famous monuments. Travelers who choice one of the few hotel options south of the National Mall away from downtown DC will give up easy access to restaurants, bars and nightlife. The neighborhood around the National Mall is dead at night. This can be welcome for those who enjoy a peaceful walk through the National Mall, but not welcome for others. The area is surrounded by massive government buildings and when five o’clock rolls past commenters travel home leaving the area bland and sterile. Hotels near Federal Center Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is best for families who want to prioritize the museums and intellectuals reluctant for nightlife. Hotels near Federal Center Metro.

Smithsonian / L’Enfant

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The neighborhood around the National Mall is dead at night. This can be welcome for those who enjoy a peaceful walk through the National Mall, but not welcome for others. The area is surrounded by massive government buildings and when five o’clock rolls past commenters travel home leaving the area bland and sterile. Hotels near Smithsonian / L’Enfant Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is best for families who want to prioritize the museums and intellectuals reluctant for nightlife. Hotels near Smithsonian / L’Enfant Metro.

Arlington, VA

Fun urban pockets, airport access.

Ballston

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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.

Crystal City

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Crystal City is an urban area of Arlington, VA, mostly dedicated to business. While its close proximity to the Pentagon means you’ll find a number of high-rises filled with young professionals and military personnel, the neighborhood can empty out after business areas. This is a safe neighborhood and the metro is in close walking distance to the hotels. Crystal City does, however, straddle a major highway, so visitors, especially those with small children, should be cautious of traffic while walking around. Hotels near Crystal City Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Crystal City is a great location for those visiting on business who need quick access to DCA and the Pentagon. It is generally more affordable than neighborhoods in DC proper, so is a great option for tourists. Hotels near Crystal City Metro.

Clarendon

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: 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. Though the area can get a bit rowdy on weekend nights, this neighborhood is safe and welcoming. Hotels near Clarendon Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This neighborhood is ideal for all visitors. Families and those traveling without children will all find something about this comfortable area to recommend. Shoppers will enjoy the mix of major retailers, like Ann Taylor and Pottery Barn, and independent shops, like South Moon Under, a local clothing boutique. Hotels near Clarendon Metro.

Rosslyn

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Rosslyn is a neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, located just across the Potomac River from DC proper. Rosslyn lies on the blue, orange, and silver lines and is notable for the high-rise buildings that make up the Virginia skyline as viewed from DC. Rosslyn is home to mostly young professionals taking up residences in the high-rise apartment buildings. This area is really the commercial center of Arlington; you’ll find better nightlife and activity options in the Clarendon/Courthouse neighborhood just a bit south. Rosslyn is bustling on weekdays; while still safe on the weekends, you’ll find it much quieter. Hotels near Rosslyn Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Being the heart of commercial Arlington, Rosslyn is the ideal place for business travelers to northern Virginia. Those looking to stay in a vibrant neighborhood should look to nearby Clarendon/Courthouse, but Rosslyn is a good option for visitors looking to stay outside the city, but retain easy access. Hotels near Rosslyn Metro.

Alexandria, VA

Historical charm, main street, restaurants.

Alexandria (Old Town)

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Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up The Old Town area is a great location to stay for visitors looking for charm and the opportunity to see some non-traditional DC sites. It is very walkable, well-connected to DC by public transportation, and convenient to Reagan National Airport, so if you are not driving, this location is an ideal one. There are three Metro stations in Alexandria. We recommend taking a look at Braddock or Eisenhower over King Street.

Braddock Metro

1487828236_metro There are four hotels within walking distance to the Braddock Metro station. Braddock is a new Metro station in Alexandria and staying here is preferable to the King Street station in Alexandria because on average hotels are cheaper, plus the location is close to most of Alexandria’s main tourist attractions. The one drawback however, is that each hotel is 5-6 blocks away from the Metro. Hotels near Braddock Metro.

Eisenhower Metro

1487828236_metro Eisenhower Metro station. We recommended the Holiday Inn because it is closer to the Metro, just one block away, and on average has lower rates during weekdays. Hotels near Eisenhower Metro.

King Street Metro

1487828236_metroThere are five hotels near the King Street (Alexandria) Metro station. We recommend checking out the Wyndam if you are a family and driving to DC because the Wyndam offers free parking and has large suite style rooms. Hotels near King Street Metro.


Virginia Suburbs

Free parking, highway access, savings.

Dunn Loring

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Dunn Loring is a community in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is located on the orange line. While you’ll find shopping centers and high-rise apartments close to the metro, head a bit farther out for quiet streets filled with single-family homes. An affluent area home mostly to families, visitors to the area will feel comfortable and safe. Hotels near Dunn Loring Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is a great bet for those who don’t mind being a bit outside of DC or who have business in northern Virginia. This is a great family-friendly choice. Hotels near Dunn Loring Metro.

Falls Church

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Falls Church is a suburban area of northern Virginia with what residents refer to as “small-town charm.” Home to families in single family homes built mostly in the early 20th century, Falls Church as an area is not a walkable neighborhood, though the hotel is a short, walkable distance to the metro. Visitors should be prepared to drive to amenities. Hotels near Falls Church Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is a great bet for those who don’t mind being a bit outside of DC or who have business in northern Virginia. This is a great family-friendly choice. Hotels near Falls Church Metro.

Franconia / Springfield

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The Franconia-Springfield stop is located at the very end of the blue and yellow metro lines in suburban Virginia. This is mainly a commuter area where you’ll find your typical suburban sprawl. This area isn’t very walkable, so you’ll need a car to get around the immediate area. Visitors heading into the city should take the metro; traffic through this area can often be at a standstill. Hotels near Franconia / Springfield Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is best suited to travelers who don’t mind traveling for amenities and who aren’t looking for a lot of charm in the neighborhood. It is convenient for those needing access to both DC and areas further south in Virginia, such as Quantico. 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. Hotels near Franconia / Springfield Metro.

Vienna

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: 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 int the city. Hotels near Vienna Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Vienna is conveniently located to I66 for access to the rest of Virginia and into DC. This, plus its location on the orange line, which runs reliably into downtown, makes this area a good option for visitors who would still like access to all of the attractions but are looking to save a little money. Hotels near Vienna Metro.

Tysons Corner

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Tyson’s Corner is a suburban area in northern Virginia. 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. There are two stations in Tysons Corner. Hotels near Tysons Corner.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is great for visitors looking for excellent shopping and for visitors looking for easy dining options, if not a whole lot of neighborhood charm. Business travelers will appreciate its proximity to many of the companies headquartered in northern Virginia and the opening of the silver line makes this an increasingly viable option for those looking for access to the tourist attractions in downtown DC. Hotels near Tysons Corner.

Tysons Corner Metro

1487828236_metro here are five brand name hotels within walking distance to the Tysons Corner Metro. We recommend looking at Crowne Plaza as a first choice, and Courtyard by Marriott as a second choice. Hotels near Tysons Corner.

Spring Hill Metro

1487828236_metro There are four hotel options near the Spring Hill Metro station near Tysons Corner. We recommended the Quality Inn because of its very affordable rates and free parking. Hotels near Spring Hill Metro.


Maryland Suburbs

Free parking, highway access, savings.

Bethesda

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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.

Branch Ave

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Branch Avenue metro station is at the end of the green line in Maryland, just southeast of DC. A suburban area that is home to quite a few government buildings, visitors will 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 if the weather is not good. Hotels near Branch Ave. Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Branch Avenue is great for travelers, particularly families, on a budget who are looking for a base to launch their vacation from or for those with business at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility. Hotels near Branch Ave. Metro.

New Carrollton

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: New Carrollton is a suburban area located in Maryland at the end of the orange metro line. It is also located on the Amtrak and MARC train routes. This is a commuter town populated with families and older professionals. While New Carrollton is safe town, there is not much to distinguish it from other suburbs. The area around the metro and the hotels in New Carrollton are mostly office park and strip mall type places. You’ll mainly find national chains in the area for dining, such as IHOP and Stonefish Grill. Hotels near New Carrollton Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This location is a good bet for visitors who don’t mind being removed from the city and who don’t mind staying in a generic area get free parking a nice hotel and commute into the city. Hotels near New Carrollton Metro.

Silver Spring

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: 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. Hotels near Silver Spring Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Silver Spring is a vibrant neighborhood that itself will be appealing to visitors and is a great choice for those visitors not necessarily interested in the main DC attractions. It is convenient to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the tourist destinations in Washington, DC are about 20 minutes away on the metro. Hotels near Silver Spring Metro.

Shady Grove

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: 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, and the red line is notorious for its delays and issues. Hotels near Shady Grove.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Visitors looking to stay in this area should be prepared to drive to most of your destinations, and for a long metro ride into the city. With its proximity to quite a few government outposts, and convenience to NIH, this location will be ideal for some business travelers. Hotels near Shady Grove.

Greenbelt

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: 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. Hotels near Greenbelt Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This is an ideal location for visitors to UMD or those on business in the area. Otherwise, visitors should be prepared for a no-frills neighborhood and a good amount of effort to get into Washington. Hotels near Greenbelt Metro.