The Most Family-Friendly Hotels to Book in Washington DC

The United States Capitol in Washington DC is surrounded by family-friendly hotels
The United States Capitol in Washington DC is surrounded by family-friendly hotels | © Christian Offenberg / Alamy Stock Photo
Anna Laird Barto

The Smithsonian, the National Mall, the Apollo 11 cockpit at the National Air and Space Museum – the US capital has much to entertain and educate visitors of all ages. Kids will feel at home at these kid-friendly hotels in Washington DC, all bookable with Culture Trip, and there’s plenty for the grown-ups to love, too.

The kids won’t feel like extra baggage on your vacation – the capital city has as much to offer them as you. Marvel at the t-rex skeleton, a mere 60m years old, on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and peek inside the cockpit of the Apollo 11 space capsule at the National Air and Space Museum. Many of DC’s finest and best-located hotels also cater to younger guests, with special family packages and on-site activities to keep kids occupied while parents indulge in some well-deserved relaxation.

1. Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Luxurious off-white living-dining space of presidential suite at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, with picture windows on two sides
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The luxury brand’s urban resort in downtown DC rolls out the red carpet for guests of all ages. All details are covered so you can enjoy stress-free family time: booster seats, bottle warmers, a kids’ library, glow-in-the-dark sleeping tents and more. Make a splash any time of year in the heated indoor pool — swim diapers and pools toys provided. Say the word and the Kids’ Concierge will arrange excursions tailored to your darlings’ interests.

2. Conrad Washington, DC

Luxury, Hotel, Chain Hotel

Sleek bedroom with two beds, periwinkle couch, soft carpet and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views at Conrad Washington, DC
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The Conrad’s location makes it a top pick among the family-friendly hotels in Washington DC, just blocks from the US Capitol Building, whose imposing white dome is visible from the rooftop terrace. Upon arrival, each kid receives a teddy bear dressed as American founding father Benjamin Franklin, complete with spectacles and a curly white wig. The Conrad’s family fun package includes complimentary breakfast for two adults and two kids under five years old.

4. Rosewood Washington, D.C.

Luxury, Hotel, Chain Hotel

Elegant king room with recessed ceilings, tall padded headboard and pale yellow curtains and area rug at Rosewood Washington, D.C.
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This boutique hotel in Georgetown takes care of the entire family, from practicalities like full-size cribs and babysitting services, to delightful little luxuries like Erbaviva baby lotions and downy velour bathrobes. No matter your age, you will be wowed by the rooftop infinity pool, with views stretching over the flat rooftops of Georgetown to the stone spire of the Washington Monument. Both young and old are sure to end their trip with a deeper interest in history.

5. Omni Shoreham Hotel


Elegant bedroom with mahogany furnishings, white headboard and light blue-and-gold patterned carpet at Omni Shoreham Hotel
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The pool alone is reason to book a family vacation at the Omni Washington DC Shoreham. The enormous, resort-style beauty is only 3.5ft (1m) deep; ideal for wading and splashing. There’s even a separate one-foot (0.3m) alternative for toddlers. The sprawling patio area opens onto the hotel gardens, full of fanciful gazebos, balustrades and staircases. And it’s only a 15-minute walk to visit the pandas at the National Zoo. Kids will be in their element.

6. Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square Hotel

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Chic luxury bedroom in white and blue with tall white tufted headboard and patterned carpet at Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
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This French hotel chain transports families into the magical world of The Little Prince (1943), the classic children’s tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The royal treatment begins at check-in, when staff present kids with a keepsake travel diary coloring book. The Magnifique family package entitles your petit hero to free breakfast, and a regal bathrobe emblazoned with the Little Prince’s likeness. More adventure awaits outside: the White House is right around the corner, and the National Mall and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum are all within walking distance for longer and shorter legs.

7. Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Luxe Asian-inspired corner bedroom in golden hues with a round window and panoramic city views at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC
Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC / Expedia

Diapers? Check. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Check. From game consoles to pack’n’plays, the Mandarin Oriental takes every aspect of families’ needs into consideration. With the nitty-gritty out of the way, you can enjoy time together splashing in the 50ft (15m) indoor pool, or embark on a Potomac River cruise from the wharf at the hotel’s doorstep — a spectacular way to tour DC’s iconic monuments without having to push a stroller. Kids also take home a new plush toy — a panda just like the ones you can see at the National Zoo.

8. Kimpton George

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Stylish bedroom with wall mural of old writing, striped carpet and chocolate brown couch at Kimpton George Hotel
Courtesy of Kimpton George Hotel / Expedia

Imagine unwinding with a glass of wine while the kids unwrap brand new toys — no, it’s not a dream, it’s wine hour the the Kimpton George Hotel, which takes place every day from 5pm to 6pm. This Capitol Hill boutique hotel is the perfect base camp — or should we say base glamp — for family adventures. Marquee attractions including the Washington Monument and the Museum of Natural History are all within easy striking distance. The George equips young guests to explore the city with complimentary backpacks full of stickers, treats and kids’ guidebooks. After a full day of fun, return to find gummy bears and wine waiting in your room. Up to you if you want to share the candy with the kids.

9. Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Elegant bedroom with abstracted wall mural of city map and burgundy couch and bench at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
Courtesy of Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown / Expedia

The Fairmont Washington Hotel proves that family friendliness and luxury aren’t mutually exclusive – take, for instance, afternoon tea in the hotel atrium. Older kids will adore the dainty teapots, finger sandwiches and mini-pastries artfully arranged in two-tiered wooden bento boxes. Sweeten your tea with honey from the hotel’s rooftop hives — which you can read all about in your kid-friendly welcome packet. If that doesn’t take care of your sweet tooth, Georgetown Cupcakes is only blocks away.

10. The Darcy

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Stylish bedroom with wingback chair, golden yellow curtains, wall art and TV over desk at the Darcy Hotel
Courtesy of the Darcy Hotel / Expedia

At this top Washington DC hotel for families, kids can choose from five Darcy Daypacks with themes like Hip Historian and the Darcy Detective, each with their own customized itineraries and accessories. The Capitol Kiddos package also includes a play tent, and ice cream cookies delivered to your room. Gear up for urban adventures with loaner bikes, scooters and strollers. Tired parents will appreciate the cocktail butler, a personal, bedside mixologist who will come to your room to craft custom cocktails. Stay in your bathrobe and let the bar come to you.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Washington DC with parking as well as our a definitive list of the most famous hotels in the city, bookable on Culture Trip.

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