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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.