The Best Hotels to Book in Sterling, Virginia

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson offers a taste of classic Virginia hospitality
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson offers a taste of classic Virginia hospitality | Courtesy of Country Inn & Suites by Radisson /
Lilly Graves

Sterling, Virginia, isn’t exactly a household name even though it butts up against the biggest airport in the Washington DC metro area: Dulles International. Visitors come and go, but those who decide to stay put for a day or two, are rewarded with cultural sights such as the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Did we mention shopping, golf courses, and even family-owned vineyards? These handpicked Sterling, Virginia hotels are all bookable via Culture Trip.

1. Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, for fine dining at the airport

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Slick interior of Washington Dulles Airport Marriott with balcony and large bed
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This sleekly-styled airport hotel offers soothing neutral tones with mauve accents. Rooms are a draw with soundproofed floor-to-ceiling windows, while select suites come with access to a private lounge. Anyone can dine at Aviate restaurant on grass-fed ribeyes and vegetarian rice bowls paired with local wines from Virginia. Work it all off by swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools, lifting weights in the fitness center, or lawn games in the vast outdoor space. When it’s time to say goodbye, a free shuttle will quickly deposit you at IAD, less than a mile away.

2. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sterling - Dulles Airport, for active rest close to Claude Moore Park

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Classically decorated room at DoubleTree by Hilton Dulles Airport with flatscreen tv
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Sweet-toothed travelers will love this sand-colored hotel, a 10-minute drive from the airport (with free shuttle service), gifting fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies on arrival. Contemporary rooms have warm furnishings, while Executives have lounge access and evening appetizers. Choose between indoor and outdoor seating at the all-day bistro serving classics such as braised short ribs and Ahi tuna, capped off with a chocolate molten volcano cake. Dip in the indoor pool and hot tub or are you more of a gym bunny? If so, grab a post-workout snack from the market.

3. Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport-North, for healthy breakfasts near Potomac Falls

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Minimal chic room with two singles at Hyatt Place Sterling Dulles Airport North
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Families with little ones in tow love that all room types come with sofabeds and wet bars. Staying healthy is also easy with avocado toast kits at breakfast, while an all-day espresso bar will perk you up. For all-day dining, there’s a convenience store selling salads and a bar serving regional cuisine. During warmer months, the outdoor pool and terrace are the place to catch some Vitamin D. Otherwise, take the free shuttle to the nearby recreation center with an Olympic-sized pool and rock climbing wall.

4. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Washington Dulles International Airport, VA, for country-style comfort close to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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Sea view room at Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Virginia Beach with balcony and wooden headboards
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Bright rooms with homey striped covers offer space for you and a friend or push the boat out to a one-bedroom suite with a separate living room, sleeper sofa, and a second TV. Fill your cup with all-day coffee and accompanying cookies in the living-room-like lobby with a cozy fire. Venture out to the nearby pizzeria for lunch or dinner then hop aboard the free shuttle that will take you anywhere within three miles, including a park with tennis courts and a playground.

5. Courtyard Dulles Town Center, for creative cocktails close to Dulles Town Center

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Courtyard by Marriott Dulles Town Center WITH SOFA, PLUSH CARPETS AND AMBIENT LIGHTING
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Various inviting communal spaces to choose from, include a relaxing living room with bright colors and quirky art or the outdoor terrace. The bistro serves healthy dishes such as Mediterranean grain bowls with chicken; then it’s on to the well-stocked bar for your favorite martini or black cherry old-fashioned. Retire to your room, decorated with a soothing green, brown, and grey color scheme. Can’t sleep? Make full use of the indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center.

6. Residence Inn by Marriott Dulles Airport at Dulles 28 Centre, for a grand entrance near the Claude Moore Recreation Center

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Residence Inn by Marriott Dulles Airport At Dulles 28 Centre with plush decor including wooden headboard, flatscreen tv and desk
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With a vaulted, beamed ceiling and cozy stone fireplace, the lobby creates a grand welcome as you enter this homey hotel. As its name suggests, you can take up residence with rooms that come with kitchenettes and sofa beds. If you want your fridge stocked before you arrive, utilize the complimentary grocery service. Be sure to join the evening socials, keep fit in the indoor pool, fitness center, and putting green – then you can bob in the hot tub. Walk to the adjacent mall for shops and eateries including a barbershop and gourmet pizzeria.

7. Candlewood Suites Washington Dulles Sterling, an IHG Hotel, for long-stay comfort near the Regal Cinema

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Homey interior of a room at Candlewood Suites Sterling, an IHG Hotel with plush carpet and wall art
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Homebodies in town for a while will appreciate the onsite convenience store where you can stock up on groceries for whisking up favorite dishes in your kitchen or go al fresco on the barbecues. Spacious suites bathed in shades of brown have sofas and chairs to cozy up in and watch a DVD if you don’t have your iPad on you (you can borrow movies from the front desk). If you prefer working out outside, swerve the fitness center in favor of a jog around Claude Moore Park with running trails and a history museum.

8. Hampton Inn & Suites Washington-Dulles International Airport, for hot-tub heaven near Dulles Air & Space Museum

Chain Hotel, Airport Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites Washington-Dulles International Airport with large bed, flatscreen and neutral colours
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Weary travelers staying in these light-filled rooms a convenient four miles from the airport can upgrade to add an in-room hot tub and recharge while watching their favorite movie. There’s also an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, and various common areas for socializing. Nearby breweries serving craft ales are a must-visit, as is the soul-food restaurant dishing ribs and fried okra. Morning time provides hot breakfast with eggs and pancakes in the lobby, or grab a breakfast bag to go and hit the road.

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