The Best Hotels to Book in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks offers convenience and luxury without the high price tag
Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks offers convenience and luxury without the high price tag | Courtesy of Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks / Expedia
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Famed as a buzzing university town and rich in American history – the first land battle of the Civil War was fought here – Fairfax is a great base for exploring the Commonwealth of Virginia and nearby Washington DC. We’ve selected the best hotels in Fairfax, delivering value, comfort and style whatever your budget, bookable via Culture Trip.

1. Hilton Fairfax, for a leafy escape


The expansive lounge and bar area with skylights at the Hilton Fairfax
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Sitting pretty in the leafy suburb of Fair Lakes, the Hilton Fairfax is a stylish hotel with a striking Art Deco exterior. Inside, its sleek guest rooms are decked out in cool grays, with some boasting sweeping views over Fairfax through large windows. An indoor pool and a fitness center mean you can workout year-round. For outdoor activities, the lush Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is 20 minutes’ drive away.

2. Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks, for affordable luxury


The atrium lobby area of the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
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Located within walking distance of Fair Oaks Mall and its many restaurants, and 3mi (5km) from the Historic District, this hotel offers convenience and luxury without the high price tag. Besides the spacious guest rooms, it is home to an impressive 24-hour fitness center and a restaurant serving tastes of the American South – don’t miss the mussels with andouille sausage and garlic toast.

3. Courtyard Fairfax Fair Oaks, for classic comfort


Courtyard Fairfax Fair Oaks king bedroom with sofa and desk
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With gray walls and polished wood furniture, there’s a classic look to this hotel’s guest rooms – the suites with big, comfy sofas are particularly inviting. Hearty brunch favorites, burgers and Starbucks coffee fill the menu of the on-site bistro, all of which you can work off in the indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. Washington Dulles International Airport is located just 12mi (19km) away.

4. Sonesta ES Suites Fairfax Fair Lakes, for a home away from home


The outdoor common area warmed by a blazing fire pit at Sonesta ES Suites Fairfax Fair Lakes
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Pitched roofs and a common area warmed by a blazing fire make this a homey place to hole up in Fairfax. Ranging from studios to two bedrooms, the spacious suites are tastefully designed and feature kitchens complete with large fridges and stovetops, so you can cook as you would at home. Located in Fair Lakes, the property is within easy driving distance of both downtown Fairfax and DC.

5. Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax, for cosy convenience


Large bedroom with two queen beds at Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax
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Warm lamplight and cream hues create a cozy, traditional feel at this hotel. While some of the larger guest rooms come with fridges and microwaves for self-catering, you can always hit up the on-site grill and bar for a cooked breakfast. The hotel also features an indoor pool and fitness center. Golfers will be pleased to learn that the Penderbrook Golf Club is less than 2mi (3km) away, while Fair Ridge Park and Fair Oaks Mall can be reached in minutes.

6. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks, for modern style


Indoor pool with bright decor at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks
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At SpringHill, the self-contained one- and two-bedroom suites feature kitchenettes and cozy, mid-century modern-style seating areas with sofas. There’s also a 24-hour exercise room and an indoor pool, where you can take a relaxing dip or get a few lengths in. Neighboring Fairfax Court mall puts a number of restaurants and shops within walking distance of the hotel, while George Mason University is less than 4mi (6.4km) away.

7. Residence Inn Fairfax City, for extended stays


A common space with plush carpets and autumnal tones at the Residence Inn Fairfax City
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Hotels in Fairfax don’t get much homier than this all-suite Fairfax residence with its plush carpets and autumnal tones. Every suite comes with a full kitchen and access to the 24-hour gym and outdoor pool, so you can keep on top of your diet and exercise even on long stays. Located 1.3mi (2km) from Old Town Square, the hotel is within easy reach of downtown Fairfax.

8. Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield, for creature comforts


Living and dining area with separate bedroom at Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield
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Suites at this upmarket stone and glass hotel come with free-standing, in-room bathtubs and full kitchens, making them ideal for longer stays. If you’re planning on cooking, the handy H Market downstairs sells food, so you won’t even need to leave the hotel. A number of cafes, shops and restaurants are also within walking distance. With a pool table, bar and 24-hour fitness center, there’s also plenty of entertainment available on site.

9. Holiday Inn Express Fairfax – Arlington Boulevard, for a good night’s sleep


The driveway entrance to the Holiday Inn Express Fairfax – Arlington Boulevard at night
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Blackout blinds ensure a good night’s sleep at this straightforward Holiday Inn. When you need a boost, there’s free coffee in the lobby at all times, and the 24-hour fitness center ensures jet lag won’t get in the way of your workout. With downtown Fairfax just over 3mi (5km) away, it’s also well located for exploring the city.

10. Hampton Inn Fairfax City, for a prime location


Large king room with seating area and desk at Hampton Inn Fairfax City
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Location is king at this comfortable budget hotel, which sits just off US Highway 29 and 2mi (3km) from Old Town Fairfax. Rooms are contemporary and spacious – particularly the studio suites, which feature large, comfy sofas where you can kick back and relax. There are also several rooms that cater to those with accessibility needs.

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