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Hotel recs in and around D.C.?

Can anyone recommend a nice hotel in a good area around Washington D.C., the airport or Arlington area?  We are willing to spend $150-$200 a night.

It seems all the hotels that I look up are filled with terrible reviews.  I have yet to find one that doesn't say the staff is rude and the place is filthy. 

Any suggestions?  We will be staying two nights in late Sept.

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Re: Hotel recs in and around D.C.?

  • which airport? DCA or IAD?

    Crystal City hotels are usually good options. you can get into the city pretty easily.

  • We stayed at the Marriott in Old Town Alexandria last october - fabulous hotel w/breakfast, close walk to the metro and in old town!  It's close to the waterfront, the Mt. Vernon trail and lots of great restaurants/shops.  It probably was a 15ish minute ride on the metro into DC.
  • i've never had a bad experience at the kimpton hotels: http://www.kimptonhotels.com/

    you could stay in the district, arlington, or alexandria

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  • I second the Kimpton hotels.  The Monaco in Alexandria is very nice and close to the metro
  • I stayed at The Melrose Hotel last month. It is a short walk from the Foggy Bottom metro station and a short walk to Georgetown. It is on the older side but the room we had was quite large and found it very nice and comfortable.
  • Embassy Suites Chevy Chase pavilion(man between this and my other post I sound like I work for them, lol). Slightly out of city center so it's a little cheaper, and it's right on a metro stop so it's easy to get alaround the city.
  • We stayed at the Georgetown Inn back in March and it was great.  The only downside is it's an older hotel so the bathrooms are small.  The room was pretty large though and the bed was comfy.  It's right across from the bar where JFK proposed to Jackie! 
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  • I recently stayed at Hotel Palomar in Arlington (my first time trying a Kimpton hotel based on recs from this board).  It was fine, walking distance to the Rosslyn metro stop, and I think I paid 120/night.  If you are looking to stay in Arlington specifically, I'd recommend this hotel.  If you are just visiting DC, I would strongly suggest staying in the city.  It's not a huge deal to metro to Arlington, but I'd much rather stay somewhere in Dupont or Georgetown where there's more going on, especially at night.  I'd look into the Kimpton hotels in Dupont.  I've also stayed at Hotel Monticello in Georgetown for just around 200/night.  It's a small, older hotel but perfectly clean and comfortable and one block from the waterfront area, walking distance to all the restaurants, shops, and bar in Georgetown, and walking distance to the Foggy Bottom metro.  Hotel Lombardy usually has really good rates too - another small, older hotel right on Pennsylvania, also walking distance to the Foggy Bottom metro. 
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