Where to Stay in Washington DC – 8 TOP Areas (+Hotels!)

A bustling city street leading towards the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C., highlighted by the rays of the setting sun.

Washington DC, is one of the most important cities in the U.S. – it’s where the White House and the center of the 3 branches of the Federal Government are! As you plan a trip to this iconic city, I’m here to help you decide where to stay in Washington, DC!

I have visited Washington DC a couple of times, learnt so much about the city and the way it is organized and I will be happy to share the most tourist-friendly areas with you in this post! The city is pretty special in this way that most tourist attractions are located in the areas where there are not many accommodations options, but we will figure it out together, no worries!

National Mall is the best area for first-timers as it’s where important attractions are, but I’ve also got you covered with 7 more areas sorted by interest! For every area, I compared all the available hotels, handpicked the best-rated ones, and neatly organized them by budget! 

So, dear friend, after reading my post, your DC vacation planning will be quick as a wink, and best of all, you’ll know you’re getting the best bang for your buck! Sweet, right?

But please do book that hotel in DC fast! There’s always so much going on, and the good spots get booked fast!

Quick Picks for Your Stay

Here are the best of the best options for each price category:


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


I’ve also prepared a map of Washington DC areas I’ll talk about in this post so you can easily visualize them: 

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Washington DC, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. NATIONAL MALL: for first-timers
  2. FOGGY BOTTOM AND GEORGETOWN: for family stay
  3. DUPONT CIRCLE: for trendsetters
  4. DOWNTOWN: for luxury
  5. PENN QUARTER AND CHINATOWN: for sightseeing
  6. CAPITOL HILL: for history
  7. WATERFRONT/NAVY YARD: for recreation
  8. ADAMS MORGAN: for budget travelers

1. Around National Mall – where to stay in Washington, DC, for the first time

The Washington Monument at sunset, reflecting on the long Reflecting Pool with a dramatic sky, providing a picturesque view of the National Mall in Washington D.C.

If you’re wondering, “Where should I stay in Washington DC for the first time?” – the National Mall is a great option!

The National Mall is the cultural hub of the city. It’s where the major sights are located, and the area is on the border between Northwest and Southwest Washington, DC. 

Start your stay by celebrating U.S. history at the Washington Monument, visiting the Lincoln Memorial, and then heading to the many museums like the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, or the National Air and Space Museum!

PRO TIP: Night tours of the monuments in DC are quite the thing, so consider one if you’re bothered by the humidity during the day or are just looking for fun things to do at night! This guided tour is a top-seller!

If you’re visiting in spring, don’t miss the magical Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal Basin just next to the National Mall area! It’s the U.S. version of the iconic Sakura blossom in Japan!

Although there are plenty of things to do in the National Mall, the area is pretty quiet in the evening and at night. You’ll find a small selection of restaurants and even fewer hotels. The good part is that the Smithsonian Metro Station is just nearby, so you can quickly make it to other parts of the city!

I handpicked some really good accommodation options around so you can do all the sightseeing you want on foot:

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a luxurious room with a city view, a relaxing poolside with unique pod loungers, and a vibrant outdoor patio with fire pits and evening ambience.

Enjoy this 5-star luxury hotel 300 m (985 feet) from the National Mall! They offer fabulous rooms with water or city views, a fitness center, a lounge cocktail bar, and on-site parking ($59/day). The staff is as friendly as it can get, and they’ll do their best to make sure you have a wonderful stay!

Other accommodation options at the National Mall

Mid-range
A hotel room with a large comfortable bed, a floral artwork above the headboard, and a window showcasing a view of the city skyline.

A 4-star hotel with a seasonal rooftop pool and a direct connection to a subway station

Budget
An indoor pool with skylights, surrounded by chairs and reflected in the calm water, inviting relaxation.

The best-rated budget hotel around with an indoor pool offering cozy studios and suites

Airbnb
A bright living space with a bold yellow sofa, a geometric rug, and a chic glass coffee table, illuminated by natural light from the large window.

Trendy and clean suites in Arlington just a 20-minute walk from the National Mall

Things to do at the National Mall 

2. Foggy Bottom and Georgetown – where to stay in Washington, DC, with family

A lone rower gliding on the tranquil waters of the Potomac River with the Georgetown University campus adorning the hilltop in the background.

Georgetown and Foggy Bottom are two hip neighborhoods separated by the Potomac River that attract families, backpackers, students, and politicians. Both are very very close to all the attractions and to the National Mall mentioned above. 

The Department of State, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (including the Washington National Opera), and the George Washington University Campus are located in Foggy Bottom. It is also right around the corner from the White House!

Foggy Bottom got its name due to its foggy climate! Don’t be surprised to wake up and see ethereal fog out of the window! It’s completely normal here.

The area is just so tiny by itself, so I decided to merge it with charming Georgetown that is just 1,5 miles to the West. 

Georgetown is home to Georgetown University and the Waterfront Park with beautiful panoramic views. 

It is a trendy and historic neighborhood where you’ll find charming tree-lined, cobblestone streets and plenty of bike-friendly paths, and you’ll be close to the main attractions in the National Mall.

While you’re here, take a boat ride down the canal or visit the Georgetown Waterfront Park for a panoramic view of the Potomac River. I’m sure you won’t regret it! 

The vicinity to major sights, a ton load of fantastic restaurants and things to do, and more affordable accommodation make these 2 areas perfect for families with kids! We also have a separate article on the 19 best hotels in Washington, DC, for families, so check it out for more hotel inspiration! 

NOTE: Across the Potomac River from Georgetown, you’ll find the Rosslyn neighborhood in Arlington (10 minutes from Downtown DC) on a car. This is a heavily urbanized area with tons of hotels. You can check it out for more accommodation options or if you want to stay a bit closer to the airport!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: an upscale bedroom with a large window and sitting area, a hotel exterior with ivy-covered walls and a landscaped courtyard, and an elegant living room with soft-toned furniture and plush seating.

DC’s first five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel boasting world-class service. If you’re looking for celebrity treatment with award-winning restaurants and facilities, including a spa, lap pool, and sauna, it’s waiting for you here!

Other accommodation options in Foggy Bottom and Georgetown

mid-rANGE
A cozy outdoor café patio with tables and chairs, encircled by lush greenery and red drapes, providing a quiet urban oasis.

Spacious, nicely furnished studios and apartments in Foggy Bottom featuring a fitness center and private parking

BUDGET
A minimalist modern living room with a sleek white futon against a backdrop of vibrant cityscape artwork.

Modern bedrooms with ensuites and shared kitchen close to metro station

AIRBNB
A simple bedroom with a blue bedspread, minimalist decor, and framed portraits above the bed, exuding a calm and clean ambiance.

Charmingly decorated apartment perfect for large families (sleeps up to 5 guests)

Things to do in Foggy Bottom and Georgetown

3. Dupont Circle – the most trendy neighborhood

A historic fountain at Dupont Circle in Washington D.C., with surrounding park benches and the early signs of spring in the trees.

Located just 3 blocks North of the Downtown area, Dupont Circle (not to be confused with nearby Logan Circle) is the coolest neighborhood in the city. It is characterized by numerous art galleries, exclusive shops, bars, and nightlife. 

This neighborhood is famous for the Dupont Circle Fountain, a large fountain in the center of the Circle where travelers and locals alike hang out. 

Dupont Circle was named after Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont, a celebrated U.S. Navy admiral who captured San Diego in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).

The Circle is also home to interesting museums like The Phillips Collection for modern art and the Heurich House Museum, a 19th-century house with beer brewing history. 

Other highlights in the area of Dupont Circle include the Woodrow Wilson House, the Cathedral of the Apostles of St. Matthew, and the Brewery Castle. 

And if you are more of a person for a glass of a fine drink, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe – a full-service restaurant and bar combined with an independent bookstore is a must-visit!

Another trendy area nearby is Shaw (like a continuation of Dupont), with plenty of nightclubs and bars, but also a legendary African-American theater, Howard Theater. 

P.S. Between Dupont Circle and Georgetown, you’ll find the West End district, where you can browse between a high concentration of hotels!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a balcony with a cityscape view and modern furniture, a bedroom with plush bedding and golden accents, and a chic workspace with contemporary art and design.

This fabulous hotel with 4 stars offers a luxury experience just 2 minutes from Dupont Circle! It’s one of Washington DC’s best hotels overall and features a delicious restaurant, a fitness center, and modern rooms. The rooms are spacious, and the staff is super helpful, too!

Other accommodation options in Dupont Circle, Washington

Mid-range
A spacious hotel room featuring a king-size bed with a vibrant blue carpet, modern furnishings, and a panoramic view of the city from the window.

This 4-star hotel is just a short walk from Dupont Circle and comes with a seasonal pool and compact rooms

budget
A quaint sitting area with a vintage white sofa adorned with yellow pillows, sheer curtains, and wood flooring, offering a retro charm.

A home in the heart of Dupont with lovely decor, a private entrance, and modern amenities

airbnb
An open-plan studio apartment with a cozy dining nook and seamless transition to a welcoming bedroom space.

Cozy basement studio apartment in a rowhouse with perfect location and easy access to the metro

Things to do in Dupont Circle, Washington

4. Downtown – where to stay in DC for luxury

The White House viewed across the lush South Lawn with a water fountain in the foreground, under a clear sky.

Downtown DC is an area North of the National Mall and South of Logan Circle and Dupont Circle. It’s bordered by Georgetown to the West and Union Station to the East. 

Pre-covid, Downtown used to be a top area to stay in Washington. Since many businesses and hotels had to shut down during the lockdown, the center of the action has moved to Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, and other nearby areas. 

Still, Downtown is a good place to stay for shopping, luxury, and business. You’ll find tons of nightlife venues and fine dining options like Le Diplomate.

Important attractions include the National Geographic Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Mount Vermont Square nearby. The Center covers a huge space with tons of shows throughout the year!

The Smithsonian group of museums is the largest of its kind in the world – the U.S. government developed this institution to boost the distribution of knowledge among the population! That’s also why the museums here are free!

In this chic neighborhood, travelers can find perfect stays for every taste and budget, from boutique hotels to family-friendly hotels to budget-friendly hotels. Still, this area has a super high concentration of luxury hotels.

Do note that it’s harder to find parking in this area. If you’re staying in a hotel with your car, make sure they offer a private one!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a historic hotel facade adorned with flags and blossoming trees, a classic bedroom with luxurious bedding and traditional decor, and a cozy hotel lounge with a red fireplace and historical artwork.

Enjoy a dreamlike experience of Washington, DC, in a historic hotel overlooking the White House near the National Mall. It’s an ideal choice if you are in the city for business, with a free daily newspaper and a business center. Expect an exceptional guest experience that goes beyond a good night’s sleep, you might even spot some of the country’s political elite here!

Other accommodation options in Downtown DC

MID-RANGE
An eclectic cafe with hanging globe lights, abundant greenery, and a mix of modern and vintage furniture, creating a hip, inviting atmosphere.

Bright and comfy rooms, walk-in shower, and 50-seat theater for hosting speaking events and screenings close to all the major sights

BUDGET
A classic bedroom featuring a carved wooden bed, a large yellow lampshade, and ornate gold frames, with sunlight streaming through the curtains.

Ideally nestled between Dupont and Downtown, this 3-star hotel has historic rooms, free Wi-Fi, and an on-site restaurant

AIRBNB
A tranquil indoor pool area with geometric-patterned tiles, lounge chairs, and potted plants under a white ceiling.

Stay 2 blocks from the White House in this spacious and upscale place with a private pool, a gym, and a bar

Things to do in Downtown Washington DC

5. Penn Quarter and Chinatown – where to stay in DC for sightseeing

The iconic Friendship Archway in Washington D.C.'s Chinatown with pedestrians and city life bustling beneath, on a rainy evening.

Penn Quarter and Chinatown are two highly central areas sandwiched between the White House and United States Capitol Hill, making them the perfect place to learn about American History

They’re both technically part of Downtown DC, but since they’re rich in attractions and offer many accommodation options, I decided to put them separately.

Penn Quarter and Chinatown are popular for sports events, entertainment, major museums, numerous restaurants (especially Asian, like Momiji), bars, and shopping. They really do have something for everyone and are within walking distance from everything cool!

Check out the most complete set of portraits of U.S.Presidents (outside the White House) at the National Portrait Gallery, enjoy some of the best meals in the country at one of the numerous celebrity chef-run restaurants, enjoy a game of professional sport (or a concert) at the Capital One Arena, or shop til you drop for dazzling Dior, Italian cashmere, and other pleasures at the CityCenterDC.

Here, you’ll also find the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Building Museum dedicated to kids (about architecture and engineering), and, maybe most importantly, the White House Visitor Center!

Penn Quarter and Chinatown are definitely some of the most eclectic places to stay in the city, so if you’re like me and always want a little of everything, this is the place for you! 

From here, you can also easily explore the nearby East End district and walk in the beautiful Lower Senate Park!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: an opulent lobby with white ornate ceilings and a red curtain backdrop, a vibrant bedroom with a floral headboard and large windows, and a contemporary living room with stylish blue armchairs and eclectic decor.

The former home of Riggs National Bank is now the most luxurious and modern hotel in the area. Its excellent location is within walking distance from the National Mall and other major sights. The hotel has tremendous character with plenty of little touches, a great spa, a cocktail mixology bar, and rooms with incredible city views of the Penn Quarter.


P.S. Waldorf Astoria is another magical place in the area where you can get royal treatment a few blocks from the White House!

Other accommodation options in Penn Quarter and Chinatown

mid-range
A modern hotel room with a king bed, patterned accent wall, gray sofa, and pops of red from the pillows and lampshade, creating a stylish and comfortable space.

A 3-star hotel slightly below my preferred rating standard due to the lack of other options, with breakfast being the main reason for dissatisfaction; location and amenities are great, though

budget
A cozy living room with a large tan sofa, a blue rug, and a wooden coffee table, with a dining area in the background featuring a white table and chairs.

Comfortable, quiet, sun-filled home with close proximity to the White House and Washington DC Mall

airbnb
A chic bedroom boasting a royal blue tufted headboard, patterned bedding, and light blue wall accents, complemented by modern bedside lamps.

Modern apartment with shared facilities, including a rooftop pool, within walking distance from the attractions

Things to do in Penn Quarter and Chinatown

6. Capitol Hill – the best area to stay in Washington, DC, for history buffs

The United States Capitol Building at dusk, with the sun casting a warm glow on the iconic facade and steps, and a few people visible in the spacious plaza.

I know the whole of Washington is filled with history and politics on every corner, but Capitol Hill is like the center of it. The district is just East of the National Mall and is connected with the rest of the city with the fast Orange Line, so you can get to Downtown fast.

On Capitol Hill, you’ll find the U.S. Capitol, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Senate – that is, all 3 branches of the Federal Government! It’s also where the Library of Congress, U.S. Botanic Garden, and the Folger Shakespeare Library are located. A true delicacy for history buffs!

Apart from the political stuff, Capitol Hill has its fair share of restaurants catering to foodies, especially in the Barracks Row Main Street! Go further up on 8th Street SE, and you’ll find tons of eateries and pubs, too!

Do note that accommodation in this area tends to be more expensive – after all, it is where all the big talks concerning national politics and the economy are being held!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a bright living space with colorful art and comfortable seating, a cozy bedroom with a neutral palette and modern decor, and the welcoming entrance of the Capitol Hill Hotel surrounded by greenery.

This iconic 4-star hotel is located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol and offers fabulous guest rooms and suites. Use their modern business center, get a workout in the gym, and enjoy all-day coffee and tea services! Breakfast is included in the price, too!

Other accommodation options in Capitol Hill

Mid-range
A rooftop dining area with comfortable seating, lush plant arrangements, and modern design elements, offering an upscale urban dining experience.

Another 4-star hotel but with more affordable prices for 3 guests, featuring a gym and 2 restaurants

Budget
A cozy rooftop patio furnished with a large sectional sofa adorned with colorful pillows, set against a red lattice backdrop for a casual outdoor setting.

A great hostel near the Capitol Hill with free Wi-Fi, clean dormitories, and complimentary breakfast

Airbnb
A charming bedroom with exposed brickwork, a fireplace, and wall art reading "LOVE MAKES A HOUSE A HOME," paired with a crisp white bedspread and dark green accent wall.

An apartment in a bohemian home 2 blocks from Union Station, bars, and shops

Things to do in Capitol Hill

7. Waterfront and Navy Yard – where to stay for sports enthusiasts

A modern architectural marvel at sunset, the building features distinctive geometric balconies with a view of the waterfront, highlighted by the warm glow of the setting sun.

If you’re in town for a baseball game or love the outdoors and recreation, Waterfront and Navy Yard are great places to stay! 

These districts between the Washington Channel and Anacostia River are connected to the rest of the city with the Green Line, but you can also take a bus or a cab to the National Mall or Downtown.

The Navy Yard Nationals Park is the top attraction, but you can also head to the Southwest Waterfront to enjoy the water sights or book a city cruise (this is a great agency for cruises)! 

Here, you’ll also find the Wharf, a chic event venue with plenty of restaurants, hotels, and things to do. I couldn’t recommend its Municipal Fish Market more for a truly local and fun experience for foodies!

Near the Wharf, you’ll find the legendary International Spy Museum, where you can learn all about the history of espionage and see some unique spy devices! It’s a super cool museum for the whole family to enjoy! 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a rooftop pool offering a panoramic view of the skyline, a sophisticated bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, and an elegant bar with striking design and city views.

This charming 5-star hotel on the Wharf has its swimming pool, free bikes, a gym, and a lovely terrace. The rooms have all the luxury amenities and have river views with floor-to-ceiling windows! Tons of restaurants are available nearby!

Other accommodation options in Waterfront/Navy Yard

Mid-range
A hotel lounge area with a unique green map of the world wall art, modern furniture, and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere for guests.

This 3-star hotel has a superb rating and spacious rooms that are kid-friendly

Budget
A minimalistic bedroom with a large bed, a deep blue headboard, and accent pillows, giving a sense of comfort and modern style.

A nice place for 6 people with 2 bedrooms, AC, a private bathroom, and a central location

Airbnb
A hotel room with a wooden bed, contemporary decor, and large windows offering a cityscape view, providing a sleek urban living experience.

A fully-equipped apartment with a great location and modern amenities, ideal for couples

Things to do in Waterfront/Navy Yard

8. Adams Morgan – where to stay in DC on a budget

A vibrant streetscape of Adams Morgan with colorful row houses and assorted businesses under a clear blue sky.

Adams Morgan is one of the best places to stay in Washington, DC on a budget! This area in Northwest Washington is the multicultural hub of DC and is just a 10-minute drive North of the Downtown area.

Here, you will find the best international restaurants (think Himalayan, Armenian, Japanese, Mexican) and unique shopping. You’ll also find tons of nightlife options along the 18th Street Corridor!

Besides its great restaurants, nightlife, and an eclectic mix of people, Adams Morgan is also very close to the National Zoo, Rock Creek Park, and the DCA airport. 

Vintage lovers, remember to check out Meeps, (you’ll thank me later)! Alternatively, if you’re looking for more fun things to do in DC, try late-night Korean-style karaoke at Muzette

This diverse neighborhood seems to have it all, plus, being a little further away from the center, you will find more value for money from your accommodation.

NOTE: If you’re renting a car for your trip to DC, parking spots in the Adams Morgan neighborhood are quite limited. It’s worth factoring this into your choice of where to stay on a budget. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a traditional dining room with a mahogany table set for tea, a charming old-style bedroom with a wooden headboard and white linens, and a quaint writing desk with a vintage feel and a view of the city.

This regal hotel is located in a historic Venetian Gothic building from 1893 and will surely have you feeling presidential. With a hot, homemade breakfast every morning and access to a communal fridge full of drinks and snacks, you can enjoy homely comforts and the great service from a high-class hotel.

Other Accommodation Options in Adams Morgan

mid-range
An elegant sitting area with two patterned armchairs, a glass coffee table, and a decorative sunburst mirror on the wall in a luxurious interior setting.

Upscale, beaux arts-style boutique hotel near Embassy Row with easy metro access to DC’s major attractions and neighborhoods

budget
A modern hotel room with a large bed with white linens and black polka dot pattern, accented with red pillows, and a pink chair near a window with city views.

Amazing experience in a great value accommodation with a great location

airbnb
A spacious kitchen featuring a large island with bar stools, brick walls, and modern appliances, with natural light coming through a window in the background.

Retro cottage vibe with private, ivy-lined patio and walking distance to the Washington Hilton

Things to do in Adams Morgan

  • Taste the international cuisine of the district
  • See the National Zoo
  • Check out the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge
  • Hunt for unique finds in vintage stores like Meeps
  • Enjoy a picnic in Kalorama Park or the Walter Pierce Park

More Washington DC Suburbs to explore

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a stylish suite with a tufted sofa and vibrant artwork, a warm and inviting bedroom with rich textures, and an elegant dining area with modern lighting and plush seating.

If you’re looking to stay on a budget, you’ll want to explore these suburbs similar to Adams Morgan where you can also find cheaper accommodation. They all have public transport, so you can easily make it to the major sights, and if you’re traveling with a car, you have better chances of finding parking:

👑 Luxury price:US$300
💵 Mid-range hotel:US$230
🛏️ Budget:US$150
📍 Best area:National Mall
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Salamander
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Hilton Washington DC
👛 Best budget hotel:Duo Nomad

BONUS: Unusual places to stay in Washington, DC

Aerial view of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., showcasing the Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, and the Washington Monument surrounded by autumn-colored trees.

We all appreciate a comfortable bed and a good night’s sleep in an expensive hotel, but sometimes, we all yearn for something a little bit different. If you are one of those travelers who would think “Why stay in an ordinary B&B when you can spend the night in a (former) firehouse unit?” then check these last few recommendations.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Washington DC: a modern bedroom with a navy blue accent and a sleek design, an elegant bathroom with a freestanding tub and blue wallpaper, and a sophisticated hotel lounge area with a pop art piece and comfortable black recliners.

A modern boutique hotel that pays homage to George Washington. Hotel hallways are artistically decorated with portraits of America’s first president, from realist to expressionist. This unique Hotel is located on Capitol Hill. It is a pet-friendly and eco-friendly place with a comfortable bed and a large bathroom.

Other unusual places to stay in Washington, DC

mid-range
A sophisticated bedroom decorated with angel wing bedposts, framed artwork, and a luxurious chandelier, offering a mix of classic and whimsical styles.

Combination of a museum, music, and hotel. Each room is uniquely decorated, featuring hidden rooms and secret doors

budget
A home cinema room with life-size superhero figures of Wonder Woman and Batman, plush seating, and a contemporary dark-toned decor.

Theme-decorated apartment with jacuzzi, Star Wars home theater, and outdoor balcony

airbnb
A chic loft-style living space with high arched windows, exposed brick walls, a modern kitchen area, and a cozy lounge setup with a brown sectional sofa.

First Fully African American Fire company in Washington DC, now a 3000 square feet Penthouse for 14!

FAQs about where to stay in Washington, DC

A scenic view of the Washington Monument surrounded by cherry blossoms in full bloom, reflecting on the Tidal Basin waters during a beautiful spring sunset.

🎯 Is it better to stay in DC or outside?

Inside DC is better for first-time travelers! You’ll find tons of hotels for all budgets and be within walking distance of the tourist attractions! If you’re planning an extended stay, then the outside also makes sense.

Ⓜ️ How can I get around Washington DC?

Anything from walking, biking, driving, public transport (metro + the fast Orange Line, DC Circulator Bus), and taxis will do! The Hop On Hop Off bus is super convenient for tourists, too. Overall, Washington, DC, has an extensive public transportation system, making commuting easy.

🍂 When is the best time to visit Washington DC?

Autumn! September to November is perfect weather- and crowd-wise, but March to May are also good options.

✅ What are safe areas to stay in Washington, DC?

National Mall, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and all the areas mentioned in this article are safe! So pick your favorite one and enjoy!

💵 What are the affordable areas to stay in Washington, DC?

Chinatown, Foggy Bottom, and Adams Morgan are all great areas to stay for budget travelers. You’ll also save money if you pick a hotel near metro stations in town!

Conclusion

The White House in Washington D.C., viewed from the front lawn, displaying the iconic neoclassical facade with its stately columns and lush surrounding gardens.

So, there you have it – the complete guide for where to stay in Washington, DC, with everything you need to know to choose your perfect hotel. 

In this post, I’ve highlighted the 8 best neighborhoods and listed the top-rated hotels within them and all that will help you plan your trip faster and smoother!

Please make sure to book as soon as possible, as the best rooms book out quickly! 

And if you haven’t already decided on somewhere to stay, here are my 2 favorite places to stay in Washington, DC:

Of course, leave a comment if you have any questions about DC. I love reading and replying to them!

Have fun visiting Washington DC, 

Yulia


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