Have Kids? Well, Then Travel to These Top Family-Friendly D.C. Hotels

When it comes to booking a hotel in Washington, D.C. for a vacation, kids don't care about the famous chef who owns the in-house restaurant, the 24-hour fitness center or the thread count on the sheets that will keep them warm at night. Children want to be close to fun activities and get amenities that they don't normally receive at home. There are a number of family-friendly hotels in the district that will make your stay so comfortable you won't want to leave!  

One of the most often asked question by children about a hotel is -- Do they have a pool? Several of these top hotels do like the JW Marriott and the Four Seasons so be sure to pack a swimsuit and dive in for some fun after a long day of walking to attractions.

The Kimpton hotels are known to pamper kids with a number of amenities geared just for them. As a part of the 'Kimpton Kids' program, your child will receive a welcome gift and parents can breath easier with safety kits featuring nightlights and outlet covers. Hotel George, Topaz and the Hotel Palomar – even offer a pet to keep you company – a goldfish that they let you 'borrow' during your stay. (And now your kids can never say they didn't have a pet!)  

A home away from home awaits you and your loved ones at these family-friendly hotels in the nation's capital.  





JW Marriott Washington DC
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Located close to The White House and National Mall, the JW Marriott features 15 floors with 755 rooms and 22 suites that are decorated in an appeasing sleek, modern style. The hotel boasts a number of amenities including an indoor heated pool which is great to cool down in over the summer or relax in during the winter and a fitness center to work off the drinks from the in-house Starbucks and the food from the delicious Avenue Grill restaurant. Be sure to check out the deals section on their website before booking. METRO: Metro Center.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Babysitting is available so let your kids have fun while you get a night out.

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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 cooking during their stay. This hotel is pet-friendly so bring along your furry pals to enjoy in all the fun. A new onsite fitness center is set to open in August so no more excuses about not working out on vacation. METRO: Dupont Circle.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The kitchens are great for parents with picky eaters who miss a home cooked meal.

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The staff of this hotel will make you want to book your return trip soon because of their amazing attention to detail. Be sure to check out their magnifique package which offers a 50 percent discount on your children's room, complimentary breakfast for them and a 4 p.m. check-out depending on availability. The entire family will love their art deco inspired rooms and suites. This luxury hotel's quarters offer comfortable beds and marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers. Opened in 2002, the contemporary hotel is an updated historic landmark building constructed in 1880. Close to The White House, Sofitel is in a prime location for sightseeing and museum visits. METRO: McPherson Square.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Be sure to check out the 'Magnifique Family' package and take advantage of that late check out!

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Light, airy and spacious rooms featuring a colorful Moroccan and Le Cirque style influence, Topaz is a gem to stay at either on vacation with family or for business travel. Families will love the amenities offered with the Kimpton Kids program. Need a crib or play yard? They will have one waiting upon your arrive. You can also rent strollers, bouncy seats and more from the hotel concierge. Every member of your family can come for a visit including the four legged kind with no pet fees added on. They even offer treats, feeding bowls and mats. METRO: Dupont Circle.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: If you want a date night away from the kids, the hotel offers accredited babysitting services.

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A pet that your kids can enjoy but you can give back when you leave. What parent can beat that? The Hotel George offers guests a complimentary goldfish to keep in their room during their stay to keep them company. But if you decide to bring your own pet, that's OK too because this hotel is pet-friendly. Combining a sleek modern art look and adding touches of history to the décor give The Hotel George a revolutionary look. Located adjacent to the U.S. Capitol building, guests are in a prime location for sightseeing and tourist attractions. METRO: Union Station or Gallery Place-Chinatown.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Not only do kids get the red carpet treatment but so do your pets. The hotel is pet-friendly with no fees or size restrictions.

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While many of the Washington, D.C. hotels go for the 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 provide complimentary use of their custom bikes. The boutique hotel is popular with children because of its close proximity to lots of activities and the Kimpton Kids program which features a welcome gift and just-their-size animal print robes to wear during their stay. If they like it, they can buy one to take home. Well, mom and dad can buy it for them. METRO: Dupont Circle.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: While many hotels pamper only the adults, Hotel Palomar also looks out for kids.

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Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C.
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When you think of luxury, the Four Seasons will always come to mind and there is a reason for that. The 222 room hotel offers upscale, elegant accommodations and an attentive staff to cater to your every need. The hotel has a family welcome program featuring a number of complimentary items like childproofing devices, bathrobes, toys and even a Wii and video games upon request. (Me please!) With 24 hours notice, they will also arrange for babysitting services so you and yours can go out for a night on the town. As if these aren't enough, they have a pool which stretches to 60 feet long. METRO: Foggy Bottom

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Toys, videogames and childproofing items are all complimentary here.

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The Hay-Adams
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When you think family-friendly, a luxury hotel doesn't really come to mind but at the Hay-Adams everyone is welcome. Be sure to check out their specials offers under the family section which include a backpack full of fun-filled treats including a book to sightsee and a keepsake for kids to discover upon their return. Named for two prominent Washington, D.C. residents, who once made their homes on the land, The Hay-Adams Hotel was constructed in 1927 with its style reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance. The hotel has jaw dropping views of The White House, Lafayette Square and St. John's Church – not to mention luxurious accommodations and a roof terrace with panoramic views of the district. METRO: Farragut West.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The family packages plus their close proximity to The White House make this hotel a luxury stay for the entire family.

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Going to see a late evening show, game or concert at the Verizon Center? Don't rush home after the final quarter, act or song. Stay the night at this charming Penn Quarter hotel located right beside the arena. Bold colors meet luxurious style at this Kimpton hotel. There are 183 guestrooms and several suites for patrons to chose from including the Queen Deluxe, King Premier and Monte Carlo rooms. Kids get a welcome gift as a part of the Kimpton Kids program along with the use of hula hoops in the fitness rooms and small animal-print bathrobes to use during their stay. METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown or Metro Center.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This Kimpton hotel offers a pet goldfish to keep you company during your stay.

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
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Don't be surprised if your children never want to leave this resort but can you blame them when they offer events featuring a two-story ice slide, fountain shows choreographed to music, a village made out of ice sculptures and a PEEP scavenger hunt? I don't think so. These events are in addition to the regular amenities offered like the indoor Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool and game room. Located in National Harbor and about 8 miles from D.C., the resort and convention center is near more than 150 shops, 30 restaurants and the National Capital Ferris Wheel but you may not want to leave with so much fun onsite.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A visit to this resort is a must during the holiday season for their annual ICE! event.

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