If this is your first time visiting D.C. below you will find a few sentences on some of the popular metro stops in the area. The following page will then present more information about the area, and lead to hotel cliff note pages. As you can imagine the closer your are to downtown the more expensive the hotel. What people don’t realize is that Washington DC hotels near the metro can actually be affordable if you decide to stay further out. Usually train rides are only about 30 minutes into the city from suburban areas. Looking outside of the city is one way to find cheap hotels near dc metro stations.
Hotels Near Regan National Airport
- Crystal City (Blue, Yellow) – Crystal City is a practically next to Regan International, only one Metro stop away. Every hotel offers FREE shuttle services which will have you at the terminal in less than 10 minutes. While the area is cookie cutter chain restaurants and office buildings its also easy to access downtown via the yellow line. There are many hotel choices. Hotels Near the Crystal City Metro Station.
- Pentagon City (Blue, Yellow) – Tourist and business folks alike will find the location of the Pentagon City Metro stop accommodating because its within 2-3 stops of DCA, Downtown, and Alexandria. This stop is pretty much in the same area as Crystal City. There are many hotel options very close to the Metro. Hotels Near the Pentagon City Metro Station.
Hotels Near Downtown DC Metro Stations
- Metro Center (Orange, Blue, Red) – The name doesn’t fool. Metro Center is the center of the city, staying in this area means you will have quick access to all metro lines, and top tourist spots, shopping and restaurants. Many of the hotels in this area are always up to date and trendy no matter what the brand name. Hotels Near Metro Center Station Station.
- Chinatown / Gallery (Red, Yellow, Green) – Chinatown is the hub of DC. It is the central point in downtown. The station here connects the yellow, green and red line making it easy to get to the airport. For those that want convenience to everything Chinatown is the area to stay. Hotels Near the Chinatown / Gallery Metro Station.
- Farragut West (Red, Blue, Orange) – Farragut is built for business travel, it is the closets stop to the White House, there are plenty of happy hours and restaurants. Getting around is easy from Farragut because the red line and orange line are only one block away from each other. We found a hotel that is under $200 per night in this area on weekdays. Hotels Near the Farragut North Metro Station.
- McPherson Square (Orange, Blue) – This station is located downtown. The area surrounding hotels near the McPherson Sq metro is probably better suited for business travelers than tourist. Accessing Washington DC’s airport is easy by using the blue line. Hotels Near the McPherson Square Metro Station.
- Foggy Bottom / GWU (Orange, Blue) – This stop is host to George Washington University it has a diverse and affluent student body. Foggy-bottom is situated close to the Kennedy Center, Georgetown and Dupont circle. The hotel price points seem to be a lower than other options deeper into downtown.Hotels Near the Foggy Bottom / GW West Metro Station.
- Mt. Vernon (Red) – This area sits just outside of central downtown DC. It is convenient to the city, and there are some restaurants nearby. The setting is the start of DC’s urban neighborhoods. This area is generally safe as long as you venture toward the direction of downtown. Hotels Near the Mt. Vernon Metro Station.
- Union Station (Red) – The biggest perk to this area is quick access to Amtrack, MARC & VRE. The area around Union Station is suited for business travelers, and your budget will need to be more significant in this area of the city. The Mall, Capital, and many other government offices and musings are close by. Hotels Near Union Station Metro.
- New York Ave (Red) – Just one stop away from the beginning of DC’s downtown. The area around the New York Ave. metro station area can be classified as “up and coming,” for those willing to convince themselves of its potential. Its probably best to avoid this area if you’re traveling with a family. But, business travelers who want to be close to the city and perhaps pay a little less may find some value here. Hotels Near the New York Ave Metro Station.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – Federal Triangle Metro Station, Archives Metro Station, Judiciary Square Metro Station
Hotels in NW DC toward Maryland on Red Line
- Dupont Circle (Red) – Dupont Circle is a safe neighborhood with a lot of character and only a of couple stops from downtown. Tourist and business travelers alike may find that it is a nice retreat from the city and National Mall hubs. There are lots of restaurants and nightlife options. Hotels Near the Dupont Circle Metro Station.
- Adam’s Morgan (Red) – Also the stop for the National Zoo, and labeled as the Woodley Park metro stop. Hotels near the Adam’s Morgan metro will be nice for a tourist with a larger budget. Accessing the city is pretty easy on the red line, and the neighborhood will give you a bigger perspective on the DC area than just government buildings and museums. Hotels Near the Adam’s Morgan Metro Station.
- Van Ness / UDC (Red) – This metro station services the University of DC along with a handful of embassies situation nearby the university. There will be a few good dining options. This station is not too far from DC attractions or popular nightlife spots. It will help you get to know the city outside of downtown. Hotels Near the Van Ness / UDC Metro Station.
- Friendship Heights (Red) – This is an upscale neighborhood that borders the affluent Chevy Chase area which rides the NW border of DC and MD. There are two hotel options very close to the Metro. There are several upscale shopping facilities, and many restaurants nearby. Hotels Near the Friendship Heights Metro Station.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – Tennlytown Metro Station
Hotels South of the National Mall, Closest to Monuments & Museums
- Smithsonian (Orange, Blue) – Finding a hotel near the Smithsonian metro stop is best suited for travelers who have specific business in one of the many bureaus nearby, or tourist who want to make their stay exclusively about National Mall. There are three hotel options. Hotels Near the Smithsonian Metro Station.
- L’enfant (Orange, Blue, Yellow, Green) – The area around the L’enfant metro is made up of huge government bureau buildings. There are three distinct hotel options, and this is an ideal area for tourist strictly interested in seeing the National Mall. Business travelers will enjoy the shortest metro ride to DCA. Hotels Near L’enfant Metro Station.
- Federal Center (Orange, Blue) – This station sits two blocks south of the National Mall, but the area is bland without a lot to offer in terms of restaurants and nightlife. Business travelers and families might appreciate this area for its convenience without distractions. Hotels Near the Federal Center Metro Station.
- Capital South (Orange, Blue) – Sitting right by the Capital building there is one hotel near the station, and this is a good jump off point if you have business with one of our elected representatives or if you’re a tourist visiting the Library of Congress or Supreme Court. The area offers up lots of restaurants and is safe. Hotels Near the Capital South Metro Station.
Hotels Near Alexandria Metro Stations
- King Street / Alexandria (Yellow, Blue) – The King Street Metro Station in Alexandria sits on the business end of Old Town (Alexandria), and connects with Amtrak, aka the VRE. There are several hotels within walking distance, but keep in mind Alexandria’s Old Town is a 20 minute walk from this Metro stop. Hotels Near the King Street / Alexandria Metro Station.
- Huntington / Eisenhower (Yellow) – Hotels near the Eisenhower & Huntington metro stops offer free parking. This can be hard to come by at other Alexandria hotels. There is one hotel within walking distance to the metro. Hotels Near the Huntington / Eisenhower Metro Stations.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – Braddock Road Metro Station, Van Dorn Street Metro Station
Hotels Near Arlington Metro Stations
- Rosslyn (Orange) – At the tip of Arlington, Rosslyn is more business oriented than residential, and is a 15 minute walk over the Key Bridge to Georgetown. This makes Rosslyn a nice alternative to staying in Georgetown which doesn’t have Metro access and is more expensive. Rosslyn offers a location at the crossroads of Arlington, the Airport, Georgetown, the Mall, and downtown DC. Hotels Near the Rosslyn Metro Station.
- Clarendon / Courthouse (Orange) – In between these stops there are many restaurants, bars, and options for breakfast lunch, brunch or dinner. This is the most vibrant area in Arlington, VA. The area is safe, most hotels are within walking distance, one hotel is very closets to Metro. Hotels Near the Clarendon / Courthouse Metro Stations.
- Ballston (Orange) – Ballston is mix of office buildings, condos and apartments. There is a yuppie feel to it, but the neighborhood is safe and there are over 40 restaurants or bars to choose from. This is a quick ride into the city and right off the end of 66. Hotels Near the Ballston Metro Station.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – Pentagon Metro Station, Arlington Cemetery Metro Station, Virgina Square Metro Station
Hotels in NW Suburban Maryland on Red Line
- Besthesda (Red) – Downtown Bethesda is in the affluent Maryland suburbs of DC with a couple hotels very close to the metro. This area offers unparalleled dining options when compared to other areas in DC. Bethesda leans more toward families and older young professionals. The area is safe, and is about a 20 minute ride from downtown. Hotels Near the Bethesda Metro Station.
- Medical Center / NIH (Red) – The Doubletree is the closest hotel to NIH / Medical Center. This stop is about a 12 to 15 minute walk from downtown Bethesda where plenty of dining and additional hotel options are located. The station was built to service NIH. Hotels Near the Medical Center / NIH Metro Station.
- White Flint (Red) – The only reason to stay near this stop would be for proximity to a work event or if you are looking or a hotel in suburbia Maryland close to the MARC. The area is snarled with traffic, strip malls and is a long ride into the city down the red line. There is only one hotel near the White Flint Metro stop. Hotels Near the White Flint Metro Station.
- Twinbrook (Red) – Each hotel near the Twinbrook metro is indeed within walking distance. But, unless you have a reason to be staying here such as family close by, or business Twinbrook isn’t a good option for tourist. Twinbook might be a cheaper alternative to staying in Bethesda. This area is very congested and getting around with a car is a headache. Hotels Near the Twinbrook Metro Station.
- Shady Grove (Red) – If you are planning to stay in a hotel near the Shady Grove Metro Station you probably have a prior reason to be here outside of tourism such as business, or a sports tournament. Either way, even though the metro ride is long into the city there are good options to save money with free parking and lower rates. Many hotels will take you to the metro via shuttle. The closet hotel is within about a 10 minute walk on the station. Hotels Near the Shady Grove Metro Station.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – Grosvenor & Strahmore Metro Station, Rockville Metro Station.
Hotels in Suburban Virgina on Orange Line
- Falls Church (Orange) – The East & West Falls Church Metro Stops run along I-66, and are W from Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood which is more urban like. The vibe here is suburbia, there is one hotel very close to the metro line. Hotels Near the Falls Church Metro Stations.
- Dunn-Loring (Orange) – The Dunn-Loring Metro Station sits between Falls Church and Tyson’s Corner along I-66. Falls Church has its charm, Tysons Corner has the shopping malls. There is one hotel just across the street from the metro station. Hotels Near the Dunn-Loring Metro Station.
- Vienna – Vienna is the last stop on the Orange Line. It is in everyday suburbia. The area is safe, and prices will be much less than closer to town. Unfortunately all the hotels are about a 5 minute drive to the Vienna metro station. It’s worth noting many people stay here for the proximity to George Mason University’s Main Campus. Hotels Near the Vienna Metro Station.
- Franconia / Springfield, (Further South Along 95, Yellow, Blue) – Franconia / Springfield is a cluster of highways, strip malls, and one old large mall. This is not an ideal place to hang around for the evening when coming back from site seeing. There is little to do here other than eat at a chain restaurant. At best it’s a place to save some bucks on more expensive hotel options closer to the city. There aren’t hotels within walking distance, but some hotels will shuttle you over. Hotels Near the Franconia / Springfield Metro Station.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – West Falls Church Metro Station
Hotels Near Nationals Ballpark or Fedex Field for Redskins
- Navy Yard (National’s Park Closest, Green) – If baseball is the main reasons for visiting DC then Navy Yard hotels near the metro are your best bet for staying closets to the stadium. This area is where downtown is expanding, but the area borders some lousy neighborhoods. It will be easy to get here from the airport. Hotels Near the Navy Yard Metro Station.
- Waterfront (National’s Park, Green) – This is the second closets metro stop to the National’s Ballpark. However, SE DC is sketchy, be advised. The hotel option closest to the waterfront metro is situated nicely on the waterfront, and is a great jump off point for cherry blossom festival visitors. Hotels Near the Waterfront Metro Station.
- Largo Town Center (Fedex Field Stop Closest, Blue, Orange) – Largo is a common destination for fans who are attending events at Fedex Field. Largo Town Center is situated at the end of the Blue Line SE of DC. It is roughly 10 miles outside of the city in Prince George’s County MD. Depending on who you talk to the area is labeled as questionable. Hotels Near the Largo Town Center Metro Station.
- New Carlton (Fedex Field Stop, Orange) – This is the last stop on the orange line. There is one hotel near the New Carlton metro station and it is within walking distance. This is the second closets stop to Fedex Field. A car ride from Fedex Field to New Carlton will take about 10 minutes. Hotels Near the New Carlton Metro Station.
Hotels in NE Maryland toward Silver Springs & Maryland University
- Silver Spring (Red) – Silver Spring, Maryland is better suited for visitors to DC who are not tourists and need a place to stay close to work or family in the northern Maryland suburbs. There are several hotel options near the revitalized downtown area. Hotels Near the Silver Spring Metro Station.
- College Park (Maryland University, Green, Yellow) – College Park is a suburban setting, and is also where the University of Maryland resides. There is only one hotel near the College Park metro which is within walking distance. The MARC has a stop in College Park. Hotels are less expensive here. College Park is North East of the city.Hotels Near the College Park Metro Station.
- Greenbelt (Green, Yellow) – Greenbelt is the last stop on the green line. It is in the suburbs of Maryland, NE of DC. This is a popular stop to connect with the MARC or a bus headed to BWI. There are no hotels within walking distance to the Greenbelt metro stop, but two close by. Hotels Near the Greenbelt Metro Station.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – Howard University / Shaw Metro Station., U Street Metro Station, Columbia Heights Metro Station, Georgia Ave. Metro Station, Fort Totten Metro Station, West Hyattsville Metro Station, Prince George Plaza Metro Station, Takoma Metro Station, Forest Glen Metro Station, Wheaton Metro Station, Glenmont Metro Station., Rhode Island Metro Station, Brookland Metro Station
Hotels In SE Maryland Suburbs or SE DC
- Branch Ave. (Green) – Staying here will be ideal for budget conscious travelers, or those who are looking for cheaper hotels on the green line with easy access to the Nationals baseball stadium. All in all there isn’t much special about this area other than the savings on hotels. Expect to spend under $100 per night. Hotels Near the Branch Ave. Metro Station.
- Stations w/o Hotels Nearby – Eastern Market Metro Station, Potomac Ave Metro Station, Stadium Armory Metro Station, Benning Road Metro Station, Capital Heights Metro Station, Addison Road Metro Station, Morgan BLVD Metro Station, Minnesota Ave. Metro Station, Deanwood Metro Station, Cleverly Metro Station, Landover Metro Station, Anacostica Metro Station, Congress Heights Metro Station, Southern Ave. Metro Station, Naylor Road Metro Station, Suitland Metro Station
A description of each Washington, DC neighborhood with a hotel near a Metro station.
As you can imagine the closer your are to downtown the more expensive the hotel. What people don’t realize is that Washington DC hotels near the metro can actually be affordable if you decide to stay further out. Usually train rides are only about 30 minutes into the city from suburban areas. Looking outside of the city is one way to find cheap hotels near dc metro stations.
June 6, 2012