(Closed) Hotel question for DC bees

posted 6 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Mr. LK suggests looking for a hotel near the Verizon Center.

Post # 4
13017 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Metro Center/Chinatown/Dupont Circle hotels would be your best bet.

Post # 6
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It really depends on what you want to do in the area other than go to the wedding. if it’s a short trip where you’re going to arrive, go to sleep, wake up, go to the wedding, go to sleep, then go home, you probably want to go with the Convention Center area (there really are not many hotels in the Chinatown area and the ones there are EXPENSIVE).

If you’re sticking around a few days, then DuPont or K Street corridor would give you easy access to the subway for sightseeing missions, without pushing you into an expensive cab ride to/from the wedding.

It can be very hard to get a taxi in NE DC so you may want to ask the wedding host if they’ve got any transportation tips for getting back after the wedding. if your hotel is in NW then in most neighborhoods it will be easy to get a taxi TO the wedding.

I would vote against getting a car– it will cost you $20-40/day to park it, depending on where you stay, and you can get around DC very well without a car.

Post # 7
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m going to second @fishbone regarding the cabs (since as I recall, there isn’t much out in that area, and it’s not a metro hike I’d take in wedding clothes)….stay in a NW address and get a cab there, ask for their card and call that cab company to pick you up when you’re leaving the wedding.  

Post # 8
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d definitely get the cabbie’s card, but a big tip when he drops you off will go a long way towards having him actually show up to retrieve you. As a longtime DC resident, I’ve lost faith in the cab companies, especially when you are in areas where cabs are scarce. You’ll call them, they’ll dispatch the taxi, and the cabbie will still pick up the first person that hails him in the neighborhood.

As that’s a pretty “remote” location, you may want to ask the hosts if they’ve got any arrangements made. You may be clueing them in to an otherwise-forgotten detail.

Also, there’s regular Groupon sales (and similar sites) on car service; you may be able to get a voucher for 4 hours of sedan service for not much more than RT taxi fare. If you think you can do pickup-reception-drop off in less than 4 hours, hiring a car service would mean your ride is waiting in the parking lot.

Last thing— there are a LOT of cops in that area, especially on the Irving Street cut-through route back over to NW DC. Do not drink drive around here. It will be easy to get caught.

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