The Best Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals in Washington DC

Some Washington DC Airbnbs have great amenities, such as rooftop terraces
Some Washington DC Airbnbs have great amenities, such as rooftop terraces | Courtesy of Hayk / Expedia
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22 April 2021

Washington DC needs little introduction with its array of hallowed monuments and museums. Look beyond all that history and you’ll discover a lot more with diverse communities building a future in everything from art and cuisine to sports and culture. Booking into a homely airbnb will enable you to see a different side of the US capital. Here are our favourite holiday rentals, bookable on Culture Trip.

Home-style apartments by the convention centre

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3.2/5 (16 Reviews)
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Whether you’re in the nation’s capital for business or to watch the Capitals take to the ice, these two-bedroom apartments will make you feel at home. Enjoy the convenience of a full kitchen as well as laundry facilities, a fitness centre and business suite onsite. Grab a blue-cheese-and-truffle burger and bourbon-spiked caramel milkshake from The Capital Burger across the street before you return home – Union Station and Ronald Regan airport are close by.
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Stay close to the White House

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These luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments are on the same block as the US Treasury Department and the White House, making it a prime spot for your DC vacation. You’ll find great company elsewhere in the neighbourhood, too, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Ford’s Theatre. Grab a bird’s-eye view of the area from the rooftop terrace and send a friendly wave to the president.
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Apartments in the museum district

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The location of these Penn Quarter single and two-bedroom apartments is a huge advantage for anyone with a long list of museums to tackle. Ideal for a couple with or without kids, you’re only a short walk from the American Art Museum, National Archives Museum and National Children’s Museum, to name a few. There’s parking onsite on request, but as you’re within walking distance to all of DC’s attractions, a 15-minute cab ride from the airport should be the only transport you’ll need for your holiday.
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Oakwood Suites & Studios

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Go beyond DC’s history and stay in these Dupont Circle apartments. Inside, there’s a comfy couch for lounging; outside, you’re surrounded by diplomatic missions on Embassy Row. Grab some gyros (minced meat patties) at The Halal Guys, Bolivian hot dogs at Cafe Citron and meringue pastries at Un Je Ne Sais Quoi. There’s a kitchenette if you want to cater for yourself although breakfast is included in your stay.
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Waterside apartments near the Potomac

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SoBe’s one-bedroom waterfront apartments will allow you how to kick back and experience the best of DC’s river. Take a cruise down the Washington Channel and enjoy oysters by the marina. Buy the catch of the day from Municipal Fish Market at The Wharf and cook it in your fully kitted-out kitchen or outside on the barbecue.
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  • Suites with in-room massages by Mt Vernon

    Short-term Rental
    4.2/5 (1823 Reviews)
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    In the heart of downtown DC, these one-bedroom suites are perfect for four people thanks to a sofa bed. Start your day with a relaxing in-room massage before hopping on the Mt Vernon subway to visit the National Mall and its iconic monuments. The subway will take you all over the city to places such as the Pentagon and Silver Spring, Maryland.
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    A Market Square base that’s big on location

    Short-term Rental
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    This one-bedroom apartment proves that size doesn’t matter. There’s a refrigerator and microwave for heating up takeaway tapas from chef Jose Andres’ artsy Spanish restaurants – he has six takeaways a short stroll away in the Penn Quarter. When you need to stretch your legs, head off to the National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History and National Gallery of Art which are close by.
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    Capitol Hill studio near Lincoln Park

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    This airbnb, which sits on a charming, tree-filled street off Lincoln Park, is a suitable option for a single traveller or couple. It has a full kitchen and a dining and living area, complete with a smart TV that includes Netflix. Attractions within walking distance include the Eastern Market, Barracks Row, H Street and two metro lines that will take you to almost anywhere in DC. The owners are happy to share their knowledge of the city, and provide a welcome book of attractions and restaurant recommendations.

    Nicole Hampton contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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