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 family rooms. Named for hotelier and founder Harrington Mills, the hotel celebrated 100 years of service to the nation's capital in 2014. Check the specials tab on their website to see if you can get a discount on your stay. If you forgot something at home, check out the lobby gift shop for personal items or souvenirs. METRO: Metro Center

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: A hotel that goes easy on the wallet yet is so close to multiple tourist destinations.

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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 may want to splurge and book the superior rooms because they have garden terrace access. Be sure to check out their packages section on their website to see if you may take advantage of deals on your stay. If you have time, make your way to their nightly casual evening social hours including wine and cheese.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Not only is the hotel in a great neighborhood but it also is close to great shops and restaurants.

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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 check out the bubble seats in the lobby. They are sure to be a conversation starter. Burn off some calories in the fitness center or take a dip in the rooftop pool. There is an outdoor bar that is open seasonally. Relax with in-room spa services just call the front desk to set up an appointment. METRO: Judiciary Square

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This hotel offers guests a stylish alternative to D.C.'s mainly history based hotels.

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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 for staying? Located in Penn Quarter across from the CityCenterDC, the hotel has 897 guest rooms including 26 suites featuring high-speed internet and 42' flat panel televisions. Stay on your fitness routine while working out at their health club with a personal trainer available for a fee or just take a break relaxing in the sauna. METRO: Metro Center.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This upscale hotel may be big but still offers great customer service.

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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 extra charge but for those who have allergies, look into booking a pet-free floor. For those looking to relax, look into having in-room spa services like massages and body treatments. Check out a complimentary bike to feel the wind in your hair as you see the sights of the nation's capital. The hotel is completely smoke-free so leave those cigarettes and cigars at home. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: A pet-friendly hotel that offers multiple amenities for those on a budget.

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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 calories during a workout in their complimentary fitness center. Check out their bar, The International, to get a drink or catch up with friends. During the winter months, try to get a spot by their working fireplace. Located in Thomas Circle, the venue is five blocks from The White House and the Washington Convention Center. In the summer, The International offers a poolside bar and terrace. Make sure to take some selfies there with a fruity drink in hand! METRO: McPherson Square

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: A chic, modern hotel that offers numerous amenities without the large price tag.

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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 every room and they provide complimentary use of their custom public bikes. Dining at the Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar and try to make it to one of their well-known happy hours that offer low prices for wine, sparklers and beer. A wine hour is also offered every day where you may try your choice of red or white wines. If you are staying on site, why not both? METRO: Dupont Circle.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Known for its hospitality, this boutique hotel is great for those who appreciate art.

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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 telecommute and extraordinary dining experiences. The 192 rooms feature a neutral color palette with simple yet modern d├ęcor with sleek and sophisticated furnishings for travelers to enjoy and relax in. By each bed, you will find multiple outlets so feel free to charge up your phone as you head into dreamland. Be sure to check out the AC Lounge which features craft beer and on-tap wines and the AC Kitchen that offers a number of savory breakfast treats.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: For millenials who love to travel, this hotel was made just for you!

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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 kitchen. This hotel is known for it's great service and many employees will happily provide help to guests with questions. You will want to check out DISH, the hotel's signature restaurant which has a menu showcasing local seasonal produce. You can even bring your pets to this hotel but a fee does apply. Two hour bicycle rentals are available but its on a first-come, first-serve basis. METRO: Foggy Bottom

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Luxury suites featuring a living room and kitchen without the high-end price tag.

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Lyle Washington DC
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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 bath amenities. The full service kitchens are a cozy addition for those who want to do a little bit of cooking during their stay. If you would rather be waited on, the hotel has Twist Dupont restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with an American flare and rich Mediterranean flavors. The hotel is also pet-friendly and has a full-service business center. METRO: Dupont Circle.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Oodles of amenities are available at this boutique hotel located near trendy neighborhoods.

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