Where to sleep in Washington: best areas and hotels to visit the city

Home of parliament, government and the Supreme Court, Washington DC is the capital of the United States ed one of the most visited cities in America, with many attractions and interesting places to see such as the White House, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery Art, ... Choosing well where to sleep in Washington will allow you to see all the main attractions and monuments of the city easily and comfortably, even on foot.

Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the city of Washington reflects the history and cultural heritage of the United States of America. It has the most wide range of free public museums of the nation, e the most famous monuments and memorials. The view over the National Mall is among the most iconic in the world, at a glance you can see the Capitol Hill White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln memorial.

Best areas to sleep in Washington

Visiting the capital of the United States is very simple and comfortable if you choose the area where to sleep well. In general the best areas are the most central ones, near The National Mall, the national park located in the center of Washington DC that hosts the main tourist attractions of the city.

Staying centrally will allow you to be close to the White House, Lincoln Memorial and being able to visit the rest of the tourist sites on foot of the capital of the United States. While there are many things to see in Washington DC, most of them are close enough so you can explore them on foot.

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Most of Washington tourists flock to the National Mall, a beautiful two-mile stretch of park that is home to many of the city's monuments and museums, but Washington also offers so much more. AND an exciting, cosmopolitan and international city, with many shops, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife befitting a world-class metropolis.

Where to sleep in Washington: best areas and hotels to visit the city
Map of best areas to sleep in Washington - Image by Peter Fitzgerald from Wikimedia modified

Downtown: the best area to sleep 

Downtown is the most central area of ​​all and definitely the best area to sleep in Washington for being in a great location, close to major attractions, museums and monuments of the city.

Especially if it's your first time in DC this is the best place to stay. Among the most beautiful and interesting things to see we find: the White House National Gallery of Art, and the famous National Mall, where the best of the city's museums and monuments are concentrated.

Among the most important museums and monuments of the National Mall we find: the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial (Lincoln Monument), the National Museum of Natural History (National Museum of Natural History), Washington Monument (the Washington Monument), the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the memorial to Vietnam War veterans ), the National Gallery of Art, the United States Botanic Garden, the National Museum of American History, the Reflecting Pool (a pool 618 meters long and 51 meters wide), the National Air and Space Museum (National Museum of Aeronautics and Space Flight) and the Smithsonian Institute.

In short, just visit the National Mall area to see almost all of Washington's monuments, museums and attractions. The area is very extensive and to see well the main monuments and museums it takes several days. The only major attraction of the American capital far from here is the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, a beautiful zoo with many animals.

The area offers, in addition to both historical and cultural activities and experiences, also entertainment, As the CityCenterDC, a large shopping center and a lively nightlife in the evening.

Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC - 4-star hotel near the metro station with excellent value for money

Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House - 3 star hotel very close to the White House and 10 minutes walk from the National Mall

Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC - 5-star hotel, the perfect choice for those who want high-class service and stay in an excellent location

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown - 3 star hotel very close to the White House and 10 minutes walk from the National Mall

The St. Regis Washington, D.C. - 5 star hotel, one of the most luxurious hotels in Washington

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Dupont Circle: for young people and nightlife

Dupont Circle is a historian trendy neighborhood of Washington. It is famous for its night clubs, bars, cafes, art galleries and shops. AND the heart of nightlife of the city and one of the best areas to sleep in Washigton for young people. The main nightlife areas are located along Connecticut Ave and P St west of the Circle and 17th between P and T St.

Although Dupont Circle is a convenient neighborhood to stay and well connected to the rest of the city, but offers few green spaces and outdoor activities, so it is not the best choice to stay for a family with children. The area offers a chance to see some of the best museums, art galleries and historic houses of Washington.

Dupont Circle is well served by public transport. The subway is the most convenient way to travel from Dupont Circle: the Dupont Circle stop on the red line is located just below the famous roundabout.

The current Dupont Circle, around which the neighborhood is centered, has a nice park in the center of the roundabout. It is a favorite spot in the neighborhood for reading, playing chess and people watching. Over the years the gay community brought a bohemian touch to the neighborhood, making it similar to Greenwich Village in New York City.

Dupont Circle is a great place to stay in Washington. The hotel rates are cheaper compared to the big hotel chains in the East End tourist area. It is well connected to the subway and is a great area to return to the hotel late in the evening. It is also a good sleeping area for those arriving in the city for work reasons, a few blocks north is the business district.

It's surely one of the most comfortable and best areas to stay: it is within walking distance of Georgetown, it is close to the West End business district and the north-east area is very close to the main restaurants and nightlife.

Dupont Circle Embassy Inn by FOUND - 3-star hotel perfect for young people with excellent value for money

Lyle DC - 4 star hotel less than 10 minutes walk from the nightlife areas

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Georgetown: for families with children 

Georgetown is the oldest part of the city, with buildings dating back to 1751. The area is very quaint with exclusive shops and restaurants, French-style cafes and cupcakers, and quaint XNUMXth and XNUMXth century terraced houses lined with narrow, cobbled streets reminiscent of old Europe.

Situated on cliffs overlooking the Potomac River, Georgetown is the best area to stay in DC for families traveling with children. The neighborhood offers a number of good restaurants, sights, fascinating attractions, outdoor activities, large parks and gardens.

Do not miss a visit to the island of Theodore Roosevelt Island, connected to Georgetown by a bridge. This islet is a great place to walk or cycle along the marked trails. The C&O Channel (Chesapeake and Ohio Canal) is a water channel where you can do various water activities with the whole family.

Walking along the promenade you will meet the characteristic marina, starting point for boat or kayak tours on the river. It is very nice to take in the views of Washington as you walk along the river that runs through the city.

The best way to explore Georgetown is on foot. The district it offers many opportunities for recreation and one of the best places to walk outdoors. It is also the center of luxury shopping and the vibrant college and university nightlife.

Georgetown does not have a subway station. The nearest metro stations they are Rosslyn in Arlington (across the Potomac River) or Foggy Bottom in the West End, about 1km away, or Dupont Circle tube station 2km away.

The Graham Georgetown - 4-star hotel in an excellent location and with high-level services

Georgetown Inn - 4-star hotel, one of the favorite structures of the Spaniards to sleep in Washington

The Avery Georgetown - 4-star hotel, one of the best choices where to sleep for a family with children

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Foggy Bottom: convenient and central location

Located in the West End of the city, between the Potomac River and the White House, Foggy Bottom is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It is home to George Washington University, one of the most prestigious universities in the city, and a beautiful stretch of waterfront where the Watergate Complex and the Kennedy Center, a performing arts center are located.

Due to its very convenient and central location, Foggy Bottom is one of our favorite areas to stay in Washington. The neighborhood is home to many shops, bars and restaurants. It is a very comfortable and safe place to stay, however, the accommodation available is very limited and therefore it is necessary to book well in advance.

La subway station of Foggy Bottom, located on the campus of George Washington University, is served by the Blue, Orange and Silver metro lines. From Foggy Bottom with a short walk of about 10-15 minutes on foot, you reach the White House and the National Mall.

State Plaza Hotel - 4-star hotel, one of the best hotels in Washington for location and value for money

ARC THE.HOTEL, Washington DC - 4-star hotel near the metro station, a perfect choice for families with children

Courtyard by Marriott Washington, D.C./Foggy Bottom - 3 star hotel with good rates and just over 5 minutes walk from the White House and the National Mall

The River Inn-A Modus Hotel - 4-star hotel 4 minutes walk from Foggy Bottom metro station

Hotel Hive - 3 star hotel, a good choice for singles, couples and groups of friends

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Capitol Hill: one of the safest areas

Capitol Hill is a wonderful neighborhood just east of the Capitol and one of the most recommended to stay in Washington. Located on a hill, is the main residential area of ​​the city for the legislative and judicial branches of the United States government, so it is also a fairly safe area.

Sleeping on Capitol Hill allows you to be a few minutes walk from the main attractions of the city and is very well served by public transport. Many tourists frequent the area attracted by nice restaurantsfrom shops, the markets and from lively nightlife.

It is a beautiful historic neighborhood with terraced houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that represent the different architectural styles of the time. Strolling around Capitol Hill is a great way to see this typically Washington neighborhood.

North of Capitol Grounds is the grandiose Union Station, Washington's main train station and connecting it to the city's public transportation. Although restored, also serving as a shopping center, it is a beautiful historic station. The other great historical attraction is the huge eastern market, a nice place to browse, admire or grab something good to eat.

Le main attractions of Capitol Hill are all concentrated in Campidoglio complex of the United States, the seat of the American Congress. The complex in addition to the Capitol, includes the Supreme Court of the United States, the Library of Congress and the office buildings of Congress.

Capitol Hill Hotel - 4-star hotel a few blocks from the Capitol, ideal for both couples and families with children

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Logan Circle: the cheapest area

Logan Circle is a historic district in Washington named after the historic roundabout. AND one of the best and cheapest areas to stay in Washington. It is a very interesting area to sleep with many exclusive shops, especially concentrated around 14th street, and various trendy elegant restaurants and bars.

The beautiful Victorian-style buildings make walking through Logan Circle's boulevards very pleasant. The area offers many large hotels where to sleep and some small B & Bs, which also offer fewer services.

The area has no metro stops within its boundaries, but there are several surrounding the relatively small neighborhood, and the area is well served by other types of public transport. The center can also be easily reached on foot, the White House is a 15 minute walk and the National Mall 20 minutes.

Washington Plaza Hotel - 4-star hotel, one of the most popular hotels in Washington for value for money with over 3 reviews with an average score of 8.6 out of 10

Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington, D.C. Downtown - 3 star hotel, one of the cheapest hotels in Washington

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Chinatown: a good alternative to Downtown

Located in the East End area, the old neighborhood of downtown Washington, Washington's Chinatown is a very lively area close to the main tourist points of the city. Even if it is a great location to stay, the hotel offer is very limited and to find availability it is necessary to book well in advance.

Chinatown is located north of the Penn Quarter ed looks like a miniature Times Square, very lively both day and night. Although it is a fairly small area, it offers several cheap options to eat, mostly Asian restaurants.

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