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fichtion
04-01-2012, 06:15 PM
any recs for hotels

2 kids 10 and 13

dont know the good part of town from bad part

thx


Severance
04-01-2012, 06:22 PM
I highly reccomend the Alexandria / Olde Towne Va. area and take the metro into the city. Great experience for the children, purchase an all day pass so that you can go and come as you wish on the metro. During the week catch the metro after the rush hour and before or after the evening rush hours. Great dinning in the Olde Towne area and great hotels very close to the Metro. :thumbsup:

fichtion
04-01-2012, 06:23 PM
thx need ideas on the area


meatdog
04-01-2012, 06:51 PM
Stay over the bridge in Arlington.

While there, if the weather is reasonable, rent a convertible and tour the monuments at night - simply unforgettable.

STIPulation
04-01-2012, 07:03 PM
A couple years ago I found a great deal on hotwire for the Sheraton National in Arlington. Great view of the city, next to the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetary. They have shuttle service to the nearby Metro station. I also stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bethesda last winter. Nice place, close to the Metro station.

Staying on the outskirts (Arlington, Bethesda, Alexandria) and using the Metro is definitely the way to go. When hotel shopping make sure they are within walking distance or offer a shuttle to the nearest Metro. If you're driving in, be sure to check on parking cost for the hotel also. They run $20 a night and up.

fichtion
04-01-2012, 07:04 PM
thx stip

CaptKennyW
04-01-2012, 07:54 PM
any recs for hotels

2 kids 10 and 13

dont know the good part of town from bad part

thx


If you are talking about safe/unsafe you will know. If you stay out of SE and SW DC you should be ok. If you go to National Harbor, its not kid friendly after dinner time. Olde Town Alexandria is safe as well. I second the staying in VA and riding the Metro into town. Its not confusing at all and you can buy a 1 day pass for it.

Of course there are the museums, the monuments and all that stuff, there are some other non-Smithsonian museums in Chinatown. I would recommend one of the sightseeing boats as well. Mount Vernon is pretty cool too. Baseball is starting up and Hockey isnt quite over yet if thats your thing.

rkatz
04-01-2012, 08:34 PM
I love the Embassy Suites near George Washington Univ (I can't recall exact address). This is a great and terrible time of the year to go. It's really pretty with the Cherry Blossoms, but the weekends are phenomenally crowded. The metro stations, streets and everything - including all the museums - around the mall are insanely packed. That said, DC is one of my favorite family vacations.

flyau98
04-01-2012, 08:45 PM
Expensive hotel IN D.C or most any name brand hotel in Virgina. Stay out of Maryland (most of the Bethesda are is ok though).

The Sheraton National has a stunning view, if you are on the side facing DC and the rooms are nice...I've stayed there. You have to drive or take the shuttle anyplace from there though. Really nothing to walk to other than the USAF memorial.

Key Bridge Mariott is nice..and someplace in Old Town would be good too...particularly along King Street.

Parking is expensive at many of the hotels...check that as part of your cost equation.

There aren't a lot of places to eat nearby the DC attractions (particularly along the Natioanl Mall. You can look it up online, but many of the federal buildings have a cafeteria you can eat if if you know... I usually wandered over to Chinatown...plenty of places to eat there (not all Chineese, lots of chains, etc).

The non-smithosonian museums are cool, but $$$. Crime and Punishment, Spy and the Newsium in particular.

I lived there for a few years...recently. PM me if you have any questions.

Fish'nFool
04-02-2012, 05:23 AM
Take it from a local....

Stay away from SE DC.

Stay in NW DC around the areas of K and F streets 11th st through 15th st's or in this general area. Since you are near the white house, there are probably more poice and secret service on per square mile basis than anywhere else in the country. My office is in this area and it is referred to as the CBD (Central Business District). Lots of places to eat in this area. The white house and many other significant govt buildings are only a couple blocks walking distance in any direction. Thos has plenty of metro stops too so everything else that is not walkable is accessible. You are also within a couple of metro stops or short cab ride from the mall i.e monument, capital, museums etc.

The new W hotel 2 blocks from my office on F st is very nice. If you are staying in this area you could also walk a few blocks or take the metro redline to the China Town/Galleria Place stop where the Verizon Center is (where the Wizards and Caps play), take in a game or grab a bite to eat at one of a dozen places to eat in the immediate area - this place is bustling on the weekends or if there is a game.

Old Town is nice and easier on the wallet, but not as convenient unless you stay near the metro stop ie the Embassy Suites, but I don't consider where the Embassy Suites is really old Town. The heart of old town is down by the water front which is 8 or 9 blocks away. The Monoco Hotel is in the heart of Old Town and is very nice, but its a hike to the metro. Old Town is a quick cab ride to downtown and you could also take a boat ride across the Potomac river from Old Town to National Harbor. I would normally recommend the Embassy Suite at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, but the entire mall is closed for renvoaions so they had to close the hotel for a couple of months.

Do the mall, get your family pic taken in front of the capital. Hit the air and space museum, museum of natural history and most def take the tour at the Holocost Museum-this is a MUST. The Holocost Museum will be an emotional experience for you and most certainly your kids. And of course stop by the white house and pay your respects to Obumer. :) A tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing/U.S. Department of the Treasury is pretty cool, you get to see money being printed.

gf
04-02-2012, 12:24 PM
I had a group of 20+ Boy Scouts and family members there 2 years ago during the April school vacation week. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge:

http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/arlington/waswp/hoteldetail

just across the river in Arlington. It was a very convenient location with free parking for our cars, a short walk to the Metro and a shuttle bus to Georgetown. Indoor pool and free breakfast are good with kids.

Shag
04-02-2012, 12:32 PM
Stay in NW DC around the areas of K and F streets 11th st through 15th st's or in this general area.


Depending on your budget you may want to consider the Marriott near the White House, Grand Hyatt, Mayflower, and it you really want to splurge, the Hay Adams. Stayed at the Marriott Wardman the last two years and even though it's close to the zoo, it's a hike to anything else.

fichtion
04-02-2012, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the replies.

Lots of places are booked on our dates.

school vacation week and cherry blossoms.

KJS
04-02-2012, 12:42 PM
Depending on your budget you may want to consider the Marriott near the White House, Grand Hyatt, Mayflower, and it you really want to splurge, the Hay Adams. Stayed at the Marriott Wardman the last two years and even though it's close to the zoo, it's a hike to anything else.

Agreed on the Marriott (both locations). The one by the White House is the JW Marriot and is is located at 14th and Penn and is an excellent location. It can be pricey but during certain times of the year is not so bad. Also, if you want something close but a bit less expensive, the W hotel is a good alternative. It used to be called Hotel Washington. It is at 15 and K. You can go to the restaurant on the top floor and have a perfect view.

Gator56
04-02-2012, 01:08 PM
any recs for hotels

2 kids 10 and 13

dont know the good part of town from bad part

thx

There's a GOOD PART?

ericinmich
04-02-2012, 01:21 PM
Did it once with kids spring break. Never again..

If you are going to do it, be ready for crazy crowds. At the National History Museum (the one with dinos, etc) we gave up. Shoulder to shoulder in almost every room. Barely could walk around and stay together. Waited for a couple hours to see the National Archives. The only thing that wasn't crowded was the Air & Space that is 30 minutes west of DC (forget name of place). That was the only thing we enjoyed.

I'd suggest doing it on a long weekend in the fall.

Sorry to be a downer... just trying to help.

If you still want to go, a hotel near the subway out of town is what we do (been there a few times).

Fish'nFool
04-02-2012, 01:46 PM
Thanks for the replies.

Lots of places are booked on our dates.

school vacation week and cherry blossoms.

Not surprising, its a hugely popular time to visit dc.

Try the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda MD on Wisconsin Ave. The metro redline is nearby, your a short ride into downtown and places to eat around the hotel

PSW
04-02-2012, 02:04 PM
I am at the Mandarin Oriental right now and it is very nice with great access to everything. Spendy though and feels more like a business hotel. The Natl monument looks to be a 3 iron away from my rooms view. Pretty cool.

surfncnow
04-02-2012, 02:27 PM
Not surprising, its a hugely popular time to visit dc.

Try the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda MD on Wisconsin Ave. The metro redline is nearby, your a short ride into downtown and places to eat around the hotel

x2

Striper In
04-03-2012, 05:13 AM
I had a group of 20+ Boy Scouts and family members there 2 years ago during the April school vacation week. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge:


Boy Scouts at a Holiday Inn....:o Wusses.......:grin:
What is this world coming to....;?

Leader here:thumbsup: 12 years.
My son will be an Eagle this summer...

Good Job And thank you!

Tommysmicroskiff
04-03-2012, 05:28 AM
Double tree in Maryland... buy a pass for metro DO NOT RIDE DURING PEAK !



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