Post # 1
We’ve been thinking about going to the Rally and I’ve been looking things up on expedia but I’ve never booked anything like this online and I really have no idea what I’m doing. We really want to/need to book within tonight or tomorrow.
I was looking at the Gaylord Hotel and the Georgetown Hotel (both of which are near the National Mall which the rally is at) I’ve spent hours comparing prices and reviews and location. Since i don’t know the area I’m driving myself crazy. My FI says as long as we are near the metro it doesn’t matter where we stay. I’m really worried about finding a hotel that is in a good area of town and that is preferably less than or at $165 a night. Can I just look up the rails and surrounding hotels? I’m just really scared that we’re gonna get lost or end up in a rough neighborhood (is there such a thing?)
Post # 3
If the hotel costs upwards of $200 a night, i’m sure it is in a fine area of town :-). DC has rough neighborhoods, but not right by the mall. You’ll be fine!
Post # 4
We stayed RIGHT outside DC last year with the intention of attending a rally. Of course the name is escaping me, but it was right next to Arlington Cemetary. Anyway, I can find the name…
We stayed in a nice chain hotel, possibly a Holiday Inn? It was about $90 a month I think. It was a bit of a walk to the main downtown DC area, (about a 20 minute walk) that we chose to take…but it was also really pretty close to a train, and really didn’t require the walk.
So, I’d suggest checking areas surrounding DC directly…it may be less expensive, and will be as accessible. And let me know if you want actual detailed info…I can try and figure it out. 🙂
Post # 5
Yes there are rough neighborhoods, but Georgetown definitely isn’t one of them! The DC metro is pretty easy to get around on. Stay away from SE and stick with NW or NE if you want to generalize areas. Penn Quarter, Dupont Circle, Chinatown/Gallery Place are all good convenient areas. Georgetown doesn’t have a metro stop exactly so you’d have to do a little more walking.
Post # 6
@judithsr: that’s a good idea if you want to save money (and don’t mind hopping on the metro), look either in Alexandria or Arlington, VA, or Silver Spring, MD. I’d go with Silver Spring, probably because I grew up there 🙂
Just make sure to check how many blocks they are from the nearest metro station. Silver Spring has a big revitalized area right next to the metro station with at least one or two hotels.
Post # 7
If you are getting the Gaylord at 165$ that’s a steal in my opinion. 😀
I agree with folks that want to generalize-NW is a pretty good area. Georgetown is not metro accessible and so may be a huge pain. And Penn Quarter/Dupont will probabley be mad expensive.
I would also recommend looking in Crystal City VA. It’s right across the river in VA and is right off the blue/yellow line which would make it easier to get into the city.
Post # 8
Hey there, I live right outside of DC so hopefully I can be a little help. As the PP mentioned, Georgetown is not metro accessible so you would be taking cabs everywhere. The Gaylord is not metro accessible either and is even further out than Georgetown (it’s actually in MD). If you don’t want to stay directly in DC, and want cheaper, I would suggest Rosslyn (part of Arlington directly across the river from DC) which is a very safe area and is on both the blue and orange metro lines, both of which will take you to the Smithsonian stop, where you would get off for the National Mall.
Post # 9
If you are talking about the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor, do not pick that one. It is not even close to a metro station. Georgetown is kinda far from a metro station too.
You should check out Arlington: Crystal City, Rosslyn, Ballston, and Clarendon, would all be good for metro access and they are good areas.
Post # 10
I agree with @lolo. The Gaylord is not as close as you think. It’s close but there is no Metro service (subway) that goes out there. At least there wasn’t when we were in town for July 4th. Crystal City and/or Roslyn are by far your best bets. They are in Arlington and just a skip away from the Mall. Also look into Clarendon, Virginia Square and Ballston areas for hotels. These are also in Arlington and a short metro ride into the District.
Post # 11
I second all the previous posters…Do not pick the Gaylord – too far, no Metro. Arlington areas are probably best for you – cheaper, most convenient to ride Metro to the National Mall area.
Post # 12
VA suburbs or MD suburbs will be the cheapst. I actually really like Silver Spring – it has a really nice downtown with lots of restaurants.
I live in Dupont, so am partial, but the hotels nearby tend to be about $200 a night on a good day.
Georgetown is boring.
Post # 13
I second or third or whatever Arlington–I’ve stayed there for DC trips a couple of times, and it is super convenient and much cheaper than downtown.
Post # 14
Now that you have recommendations re what area to stay in, find your best deals online then look up the hotels on http://www.tripadvisor.com for reviews.
If you want better prices, after you get comfortable with what area you want to stay in, look at http://www.hotwire.com or http://www.priceline.com where you can get much better prices.
For hints on how to bid on priceline, go to http://www.betterbidding.com .
We just returned home from a holiday in the USA and never paid more than $45 per night for any hotel room and all our hotels were 4 star or greater.
Post # 15
Check out the Hotel Monaco in Chinatown. It’s easy to get anywhere (walking distance to the mall, or metro accessible), and it tends to be cheaper than a lot of the other hotels in the area. It’s kind of funky and modern, and has a free happy hour for guests if you want to mingle.