Where to Stay on a Budget in Washington DC

The Washington Plaza is within walking distance of many popular DC attractions
The Washington Plaza is within walking distance of many popular DC attractions | Courtesy of Washington Plaza / Expedia.com
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29 October 2020

Washington DC is expensive – really expensive – with a hotel room here averaging about $300 per night. However, there are some budget-friendly options in the nation’s capital, if you know where to look, and once you get here, there are plenty of exciting free activities.

Washington Plaza

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Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington
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The Washington Plaza, in the heart of downtown DC, epitomizes great value. With a variety of rooms and suites, this renovated hotel offers an above-average experience for a fraction of the average price in the area. It’s a few blocks from the White House and an easy walk to most monuments. Most importantly, there’s also a pool.
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The River Inn

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The River Inn, Washington
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Each room in this charming inn comes complete with a kitchenette, which is convenient because it’s only a block from Trader Joe’s. If you’re really trying to stretch a dollar during a stay in DC, save on eating out and cook instead. While the inn feels secluded in a colonial neighborhood, it’s only a brisk walk from Foggy Bottom and its metro station.
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  • One Washington Circle Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    One Washington Circle Hotel, Washington
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    One Washington Circle Hotel remains one of DC’s best-kept secrets, with modern rooms significantly larger than most. This boutique hotel is also pet-friendly and will shower your dog with treats, toys and amenities, potentially more than you’ll receive. However, the staff is also quite attentive to human requests.
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    Windsor Park Hotel

    Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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    Windsor Park Hotel, Washington
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    Nestled inside a building from 1926, the Windsor Park Hotel is brimming with vintage charm and character, and a stay here won’t hurt your wallet. It’s small and cozy and offers a delicious complimentary breakfast. Expect a classic old-school experience at this hotel, complete with actual room keys instead of key cards.
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    Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue

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    Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC Connecticut Avenue, Washington
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    While the Days Inn by Wyndham offers basic amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and free wifi, its big drawcard is its ideal location. The hotel sits in the Van Ness neighborhood, a moderately populated area that’s a short drive from the bustling downtown area. After a day spent exploring, relax in the hotel’s clean and comfortable rooms, which include one king, one queen or two double beds.
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    These recommendations were updated on October 29, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.