Nestled between Maryland and Virginia on the scenic Potomac River, Washington, D.C. squeezes an amazing list of attractions into 60 square miles. It is a stately hub of government, history, business, education and entertainment, and visitors from around the world dive into the unique citywide culture. Regardless of your reason for visiting Washington, D.C., a memorable experience surely awaits. Let IHG help you find the ultimate Washington, D.C. hotel for your stay in the nation’s capital.
Things to See The White House tops many D.C. visitors’ must-see lists. A great way to plan your visit in advance is to reserve tickets through a member of Congress.
Taking a stroll along the National Mall, a swath of land rife with famous monuments, museums and memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, is a high-priority for visiting history buffs. Also on the Mall are the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Castle. Spend a day exploring fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History, including the immaculate Hope Diamond and the equally larger-than-life, taxidermied elephant in the museum’s rotunda.
You’ll also find golden opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hillwood Gardens and the Franciscan Monastery Gardens are both home to thousands of lovely plants. The National Arboretum, which you can walk, bike or jog through, is another highlight. You might also stop by the National Zoological Park and meet its most famous residents, panda couple Mei Xiang and Tian Tian.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, sample the cuisine scene at restaurants like Ayse, Bangkok Golden, Barlett Pear Inn, and Old Ebbitt Grill.
Hotels in Washington, D.C. The D.C. area is home to a variety of hotels offering historic luxury, convenience and budget-friendly pricing. When looking at our listings, consider not only price and location but also things like pet policies, and whether the hotel has unique characteristics that add extra value to your vacation. For example, history lovers may be drawn to the 1920s-era facades of hotels near the White House, while design hounds might prefer the sleek boutique hotels of the West End.
Where to Stay Capitol Hill, which is close to the National Mall and other attractions, is a good place to stay if you have government business in Washington, or just want to find yourself in the thick of the city action. Penn Quarter is full of restaurants, businesses and a thriving nightlife, with close proximity to the Verizon Center. Dupont Circle is for those seeking a calmer neighborhood atmosphere. If you intend to stay outside of D.C. proper, look at accommodations in nearby Alexandria, Virginia; it has a lovely Old Town and is accessible via the Metro.
How to Get to Washington, D.C. The D.C. area has three airports: Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport, with Reagan being the closest to downtown. Before booking your flight, compare rates between the three airports and look at available ground transportation options. Hailing a taxi, finding a shuttle or taking a bus from both Reagan National and Dulles International are easy, and there is a train station near Baltimore-Washington International.
The Willard is known as the Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue. The hotel has been the center of the social and political life in Washington DC since it first opened in 1818. We are located two blocks from the White House and are internationally known as one of the best Washington DC hotels.
This hotel's perks in Washington, DC include free Wi-Fi access. A seasonal rooftop pool, Fitness Center, gift/sundry shop, 24-hour coffee & tea service and full-service dining make us the #1 choice. We offer secure underground self parking to our guests at a fee of $31.50 per night (inclusive of DC taxes).
Not only does our Georgetown - Washington, DC hotel have a free shuttle with a one-and-a-half-mile radius, but it's also on the Circulator Bus Line route and under two miles from the Red Line Metro.
Complimentary scheduled shuttle daily to National Mall area ( Smithsonian Museums ) from April to August. Please see Front Desk for details.
Minutes from Washington, DC and less than a mile from Reagan National Airport (DCA), our Arlington, VA hotel's location is ideal if you have business at the Pentagon or other federal agencies. Not traveling on business? No problem, there is plenty to do in Arlington and DC and we are just minutes from it all. Also located near a metro stop to offer convenience and ease as you tour the city.
This Arlington, VA hotel is 5.2 miles to Downtown Washington DC. Minutes from DCA Airport, Holiday Inn provides a free shuttle to and from Reagan National Airport every 30 minutes and to local businesses. Metro stop (Orange Line) shuttle picks up/Drops off. Hotel completely renovated in February 2015. Large flexible meeting space, new restaurant "Fresh Kitchen", Pub/lounge "O'Malleys".
Located in the vibrant urban neighborhood of Ballston, walking distance to many shops, restaurants and the Metro, just minutes away from Georgetown and Downtown Washington DC. Featuring spacious guestrooms with King or two Queen-sized beds, Flat-screen TVs, Refrigerators, and Keurig Coffee makers. Complimentary amenities include: Internet, Fitness and Business centers, and Area Shuttle (1mi.).
I find it hard to review Holiday Inn Express locations because they are all the same for the most part. Staff was friendly, room was clean and comfortable, breakfast was simple and free, etc.
here's some additional info that might help someone else make their booking decision. The hotel is located on a very busy main road. There are a bazillion restaurants, stores, and hotels nearby. Your typical fast food and chain restaurants, a grocery store, and any other type of store you might need.
The hotel is about 5 minutes away from the major highway, about 15 minutes outside of downtown DC, and about 15 minutes from the airport (DCA). It's a good place to stay if you are intimidated by staying in DC proper. Easy enough access to the Metro to get you downtown without worrying about having to park.
Lastly, as an FYI. The hotel room doors slam shut. When someone leaves or enters their room, you hear it. It repeatedly woke me up from a sound sleep several times throughout the night. And when I tell you it's loud, I mean loud. This hotel definitely needs to invest in a better door hinge system. [Less]
Went to DC to see the muesems and monuments. Flew into BWI at midnight. Called HI-express as we deplaned. He said the shuttle would meet us at Door 2 of the terminal in 20mins. That is about how long[More]
it took us to walk it, we waited maybe 3 mins. for the shuttle. The next morning, the normal good HI Express breakfast....I'm a fan. Asked about the shuttle to the Marc train at the front desk, and he said they could take us when ever we were ready. It was a 5 min ride to the Marc train station, they dropped us about 10:15am and it just cost $6 a person to ride to Union Station....very smooth start to a holiday weekend. [Less]
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Tysons Corner Mclean has been the hotel where I have received the best value and the warmest welcome. They are doing everything right, the staff is perfect, the service is[More]
superb, the performance and price value is, without a doubt, the very best I have seen in this class of hotel. Excellent breakfast, nice location, free car parking. Highly recommended. [Less]