Post # 1
My husband and I are looking at planning a trip to Washington, DC for our first anniversary in September. I’ve been once and he’s been 3 times, but each time we had friends who lived in the area to stay with.
This time around we want a hotel that’s relatively close to all the action, or at least near a metro station so we can get to the action lol. I’m struggling to find a hotel for less than $150/night. Maybe I’m dreaming if I think I can get it any cheaper than that. Trying not to blow the bank on the hotel alone.
Any suggestions for cheaper hotels in non-scary areas of town? (One hotel I looked into had multiple reviews mentioning hookers hanging out in the lobby!)
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I don’t know your dates but you may want to look at Topaz on 17th and N, it’s usually kind of pricey but they have good sales. Also the Days Inn around ~4300 Connecticut Ave NW has decent rates although it’s not overly posh. $150/night doesn’t go too far in DC unfortunately.
Post # 4
Tsis airbnb.com. We used it recently & had a great experience.
Post # 5
We just went for our last dating anniversary (before we get married and have a new one!) We stayed at The Liason at Capitol Hill, which was really nice- we booked through sniqueaway.com because they have special pricing for certain cities etc. I wrote a review on yelp if you want to read specifics.
Also, If you do book through there, please go through this link so I get a $25 credit for referring you. https://secure.sniqueaway.com/invite/KaleneM Thanks and good luck!
PS: if you like beer, go to Churchkey- they have a two sided beer menu that is fabulous, they have things from all over the world, 500 bottles, two sizes of draft and they serve in 3 temperatures dependent on the beer. So cool! I had a bunch of 2$ 4oz ones that were neat. They get busy at night so go earlier if you don’t want to be around a lot of people. Good luck!
Post # 6
If you stay in Virginia, look at hotels in Arlington, Crystal City, or Alexandria with metro shuttles.
Post # 7
I stayed at the Americana Hotel. 1 mile from DC and right next to the metro (crystal city) The pentagon was directly behind us as well. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone. Its not a 5 star super fancy hotel but it was a nice stay.
Its an older hotel but has this really cool 1960s retro feel in the lobby; most of the rooms have been renovatedupdated. The bathrooms are TINY though! Everyone there was super nice and helpful! Very close to lots of nice restaurants and downtown DC!
Post # 8
Check Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. They provide a free shuttle to the nearest metro. Their rate is less than $100 per night.
Post # 9
Thank you so much ladies! Things have been crazy at work so I haven’t been able to sit down and look at your suggestions. So is it really necessary to stay right in the middle of DC, or is it fine to be in the outer areas as long as there is a metro station or bus nearby?
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
We pricelined a great deal for under $100 near the zoo but we also Pricelined closer to the White House for around $150. Both were near Metro stops which made getting around super easy.
Post # 11
It depends on what you want to do. All the museums and downtown activities are in pockets… Make a list of activities and then take a look at a map. I would suggest seeing a show at the Kennedy Center, the museums, Eastern Market, the zoo, Georgetown, the memorials, and Old Town Alexandria to start.
Post # 12
I second the Crystal City area of Arlington – it’s safe, less expensive than the city, and really easy to get downtown!
Post # 13
Do not stay in Crystal City. It is a stopover location and not a destination. The area at night is not nice, nor particularly safe for walking around.
If you decide not to stay in DC, stay in Old Town (Alexandria, VA). Make sure you stay in the 22314 zip code. That will put you by the King Street Metro Station. The metro will take rougly 20 minutes to get you to the National Mall (monuments museums). The area is full of cute old houses and great restaurants.
Post # 14
@jacilynnicole: Umm, I work in Crystal City, and there’s absolutely nothing unsafe about it. I work all hours, so I’m there at 6am, and I’m there at 2am, and I’ve never even had a hint of a problem. It’s a major government hub, so it’s not active at night, and yes, it’s not a “destination” persay, but honestly, coming to DC, I wouldn’t opt to stay at King Street either. You’re SO far from everything. Yep, cute old houses, but not exactly what I want to look at when I go on vacation.
ETA: The metro will take 20 minutes IF you hit it right, there’s no delays, no track work, and no stations closed. I can’t remember a weekend in the past six months where there wasn’t a blue and/or yellow closure past the airport.
Post # 16
My fiance and I stayed at the DC Hyatt o a friday one time and got it for $90. I just looked at hotels.com and plugged in your wedding anni (creepy, but hey I am bored at work) and it said $130. If you can’t find anything cheaper, I would really recommend the Hyatt. It was GORGEOUS, and within walking to everything. There was even 5 bars/restaurants in it! We saw alot of seedy hotels so were really happy with our choice 🙂
Post # 15
Definitely look in Northern Virginia or Southern Maryland. 🙂 Some good places to look would be Alexandria, Arlington, McLean, Falls Church (Virginia) and Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring (Maryland).