D.C.'s Hotels Offer Great Experiences without Breaking the Budget

While a majority of the attractions in Washington, D.C. are free of charge, many other aspects of the district will have you paying top dollar for experiences including high-end shopping and restaurants run by world-famous chefs. Hotels are often quite pricey here too with some having a nightly rate of over $500. (Yikes!) Quite frankly, not a lot of us can afford these luxuries (sigh) but don't fret because 10Best has found some fabulous hotels that offer reasonable rates, amazing amenities and close proximity to must-see neighborhoods and attractions. 

We've included some budget-friendly hotels like the Carlye Suites Hotel which offers a ton of amenities like  Temper-Pedic beds, full service kitchens and loaner laptops for a non-luxury price and Palomar that caters to a younger crowd with daily wine tasting and well-known happy hours at its bar.  

Some of the hotels we have chosen offer the most for your money including Madera featuring in-room spa services, complimentary bike rental and pets allowed to stay at no extra charge. Besides affordable rates, the AC Hotel in nearby National Harbor caters to millennials with spaces to telecommute and dining that includes craft beers and wines on tap.

Where ever you decide to lay your head, the nation's capital has a hotel that will be as comfortable for you as it is your wallet.


Hotel Harrington
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Who needs a car when you are staying just a half block away from Pennsylvania Avenue? Billed as 'Washington's Tourist Hotel' because of its close proximity to the Capitol and The White House, this venue has 242 guest rooms including 26 deluxe...  Read More

The Normandy Hotel
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Blending old world charm with modern services, this Capitol Hill-based hotel features charming accommodations that are easy on the eyes and nice your checking account. With just 75 rooms, it may remind you more of a bed and breakfast hotel. You...  Read More

Logan Circle


For those who love a sleek, modern, minimalistic look, this is the hotel for you. here are 193 modern-designed guestrooms and suites in the hotel with each featuring a contemporary grey and lilac color palette with rust accents. Make sure to...  Read More



This upscale hotel may make you not want to leave to go sightseeing or attend a meeting. With an indoor swimming pool, an executive business center and five noteworthy restaurants and bars to chose from, (Starbucks anyone?) who would blame you...  Read More

Kimpton Hotel Madera
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This renovated DuPont Circle boutique hotel features 82 rooms decorated in a modern, elements of nature look that's comfortable yet also chic. Specialty rooms feature balconies and in-room fitness equipment. Pets are allowed at the hotel for no...  Read More

Washington Plaza
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Designed by world-famous architect Morris Lapidus in 1962, this hotel has undergone renovations for a more modern, contemporary feel for its 340 rooms including 15 suites. Take a swim in their outdoor pool during the warm months or burn some...  Read More



While many of the Washington, D.C. hotels go for a historic angle, the Palomar aims for a more modern art-focused theme given their location near galleries in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Popular with a younger crowd, they offer a yoga mat in...  Read More

AC Hotel by Marriott National Harbor Washington, D.C. Area
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Millennials who love to travel, please take note of this hotel located in nearby National Harbor. Opened in April 2015, the European-influenced lifestyle boutique hotel is geared toward younger generations who seek free Wi-Fi, quiet spaces to...  Read More

The River Inn
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Located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, this hotel is within walking distance to many noteworthy restaurants you may want to check out. Rooms are known as suites here and may remind you of a apartment since they feature a living room and full...  Read More

Carlyle Suites Hotel
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Not everyone can afford the luxury hotels in the district but the boutique Carlyle Suites Hotel is an affordable find near Dupont Circle with unique touches throughout its 170 art deco suites including Temper-pedic beds and eco-friendly hotel...  Read More


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