Georgetown Hotels Faqs

John asks…

Washington DC accomodations for parents & 15 year old son?

We are taking our teenage son to Washington DC in April. I’d like to find a rental condo or “suite” hotel that would allows us to have separate sleeping spaces and a small kitchenette. I prefer in the city and/or Georgetown and under $300/night. Any thoughts?

Penang Local Boy answers:

Look at Georgetownsuites.com
I’ve not stayed there, but hear they are real nice.
They advertise the first night “starting” at under $185, and the 2nd night is “the outdoor temperature at the time of check-in”.

April is a fantastic time to visit DC.
Every highway median all over DC is just full of daffodils, etc. Azaeleas everywhere. The town just lights up in the Spring.
Driving over Key Bridge, and out George Washington Parkway, towards McLean is a lovely drive in April.
And, while you’re in McLean, try Evans Farm Inn restaurant,
or you can go over to Langley, to visit the CIA headquarters……
Okay, maybe not that last part.
Enjoy your visit!

Chris asks…

Hotel near mass transit: Washington DC?

I am going to Washington DC in April for 3 nights. We are driving there but don’t want to drive once we get there. We want to see things like the Spy Museum, Capital, Mint, Chinatown, White House, FBI Museum, Smithsonian, etc…

I went onto a few sites and I can easily find a hotel but I don’t know what area I should be looking in…there seems to be many Virginia Hotels listed and then Washington seems to be split into Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Downtown and Capital Hill.

I am completely confused. Can someone please give me advise? In the description of the hotels, what should it say it is near (as far as transportation)?

I would obviously prefer to stay IN Washington but if it is going to cost a ton of money to leave the car parked in the hotel for 3 days, I would have no problem staying in a hotel outside of Washington but near some kind of transportation that will get us easily into Washington.

Thanks in advance!

Penang Local Boy answers:

It’s hard to say, as your question is rather general. If your hotel is near a Metro station, it will probably say so. Many stations in Northern Virginia will indicate shuttle service to a Metro station. Some hotels have more reliable shuttles than others, though. Hotels in DC are always going to be more expensive than those in the suburbs.

Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Capitol Hill (note the “O”) are neighborhoods in Washington, DC. There is also a Metro station at Dupont Circle, and there are several serving the generalized downtown. There is no Metro in Georgetown, for various reasons, but it’s about a 15- to 20-minute walk to either the Rosslyn Metro (just over the bridge in Virginia) or Foggy Bottom, both on the Orange and Blue lines.

You are smart not to want to drive while you are here, as parking in DC is difficult to find, and the drivers are crazy.

You can also check out www.wmata.com for more Information on using the Metro system.

Ruth asks…

I realize that this is more of a social section type question: but there are more military people who live ..?

in and around DC that would know what a good hotel in walking distance to the smithsonian, the vietnam war memorial and the train to Arlington? plus some good coffee shops in georgetown or arlington or somewhere close by?
yes I believe you are right. To stay right in town is expensive and for multimillionaires. *sigh lottery money where are you? LOL

Penang Local Boy answers:

Stay outside the beltway. Nobody in their right mind (except maybe Bill Gates) stays more than a couple of days inside. Do it only if you have money to burn. If it’s close to anything, you’ll probably pay through the nose.

There used to be a Harrington Hotel. If it’s still there it’s kind of a monument itself. As I recall, it’s pretty close to a lot of stuff. Never stayed there, but heard about it. Had a bite to eat there a couple of times. Nothing spectacular.

I was in DC on a couple occasions for a total of about six years. I suspect the least expensive way is to get on some guided tour. The next least expensive would be to do a bed and breakfast in Virgina or Maryland and rent a car… But watch the circles. In DC they have this oddity called a “circle.” It usually has some monument or something in the middle. The traffic goes around the “circle” in one direction. I seem to recall it’s counter clockwise. Radiating out from the circle are streets. Most of them have their own turn lanes. If you miss the turn, you have to go around again. That’s why a tour’s probably a good idea. You don’t get lost. You see the sights. Once you get an overview, you can take a couple days or so to go back to places of interest.

The last time I was there was in 1980. I retired from the Navy in 1985 and have had no particular desire to go back.

If you’re going to one of the Smithsonian museums, I think each one would take a week to do properly. In the time I was there I only visited one once… Just to say I’d been there.

Having lived and worked in the place, I did more traveling and sightseeing outside the area. Took a train to NYC. Drove up to New Hampshire in the fall. Stayed at a buddy’s place in Virginia Beach for a few days while he was deployed. Compared to the West Coast, the water’s warm. I did visit a few touristy places… Like Yorktown and Williamsburg.

Helen asks…

Help in identifying right hotel in the Washington Convention Center Washington DC?

I am scheduled to attend an event at Washington DC convention cetner at following address.
801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest
Washington, DC 20001-3614, United States
However due to the nature of event all hotels recommended by the event organizers are running too high in price. So I went to priceline.com to book name your price hotel in walkin distance. However as I am not local and travelling from abroad to the US, it become impossible for me to identify and choose area presented by the site (i.e. when I provided above address for name your price, it presented to me following 13 area in which I can do name a price offer).
Alexandria East
Alexandria West
Bethesda, MD
Convention Ctr – Capitol Hill area
Crystal City
DC Suburbs – Northeast Area
Dupont Circle -Woodley Park
Georgetown – Foggy Bottom
Mount Vernon
National Harbor
Silver Spring, MD
White House – Downtown
So I need help by someone local to give me suggestion which area should I select for submitting offer which may be a walking distance from convention center?
Also will appreciate if you could recommend other decent in budget hotel in walking distance.
Thank you

Penang Local Boy answers:

White House – Downtown, Dupont Circle – Woodley Park and Crystal City would be safe bets as far as being close to the Metro which will get you to the convention center.

Silver Spring, Alexandria East, Georgetown – Foggy Bottom, and Bethesda would probably be good but could put you in a hotel that is not easily Metro accessible. Convention Ctr – Capitol Hill is close but I’d be afraid that the string of crappy hotels on NY Ave NE would be within that area.

Alexandria West, Mount Vernon, DC Suburbs, and National Harbor will put you much further out than you want to be.

The hotels close to the convention center probably won’t be cheap since people will pay extra to be close to the center when they come in for events. I know there is a Red Roof Inn not far from there (on H Street NW, I believe) that might be cheaper since Red Roof Inn tends to be less fancy. There’s also a bed and breakfast in the Logan Circle neighborhood which is just a few metro stops (or a long-ish walk) from the convention center called the William Lewis House which has pretty good prices.

Mark asks…

Restaurant suggestion for Thanksgiving Day?

2 adults and a 11yr old, looking for a really nice memorable place to eat on Thanksgiving day, late afternoonish as we will be arriving that day from NC. Our hotel will be in Rosslyn but can use metro or car, but prefer to eat nearby, possibly Georgetown? Fairly healthy food, we eat a lot of different foods, does not have to be a traditonal meal! Just somewhere nice to eat, drink and celebrate the occasion. Thank you :)

Penang Local Boy answers:

I would suggest a Buffet. Lots of variety and a good family atmosphere. Check with hotel management on what the best local places would be. They always know about the area and the best places to eat.

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