Sorting through affordable hotels in Washington DC can be a nightmare if you’re not familiar with the area. There are tourist attractions and places to see throughout the nation’s capitol, so how do you know which part of the city to choose when it comes to booking a hotel? This guide will give you an overview of the most popular neighborhoods in Washington DC in order to provide you with some information to guide your decision.
In the center of Washington DC’s Downtown is the National Mall, along with Capitol Hill and Chinatown. Choosing a hotel in the Downtown area is the a good idea if you want to visit these places, as well as the monuments and museums, not to mention the White House. The convenience of Union Station in Downtown allows you to hop the Metro to any other part of the city.
Dupont Circle is an area north of the White House that is known for its brasseries, trendy boutiques and hip bars. You’ll find Embassy Row in Dupont Circle, where the international embassies are clustered. It’s no surprise that cuisine from all over the world is available in this cosmopolitan neighborhood.
Though technically located outside of Washington DC in Virginia, Arlington is convenient enough to the city that many travelers elect to stay here when visiting. Situated on the western shore of the Potomac, Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon are two of the most famous historical sites here. Travelers also like it because of the reasonably priced lodging and dining available.
Georgetown and Foggy Bottom
West of the National Mall and nestled along the Potomac River you’ll find the Georgetown and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods. Sure, you’ll find quaint bistros, bars, boutiques and antique stores. However, Georgetown is most known for lovely and historic red brick colonial architecture. Foggy Bottom is the home of George Washington University, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts The closest metro is a bit of a walk, but the cultural and historic ambience of these neighborhoods are well worth it.
These are some of the most popular neighborhoods in the DC area for tourist attractions and lodging. Now that you know a little about each, you’re well on your way to deciding which is best for your hotel stay when visiting our nation’s capitol.