Georgetown Suites -- Georgetown and all its attractions, which include not just restaurants and shops but also the C&O Canal path, tour boats on Washington Harbour, an ice-skating rink at the Harbour Complex, and even a bunch of historical sites (see the Georgetown walking tour) are minutes from this hotel. These spacious suites have full kitchens so you can feed the hungry mob at any hour. A nice complimentary breakfast is offered down in the lobby, so you can shoo old-enough children out of the room in the morning while you get ready for the day.

Hotel Monaco -- You’re in the heart of the city, literally surrounded by attractions (International Spy Museum, two Smithsonian museums, the National Crime and Punishment Museum, and the Verizon Center), with the National Mall just a few blocks away. The Red Line Metro stop is across the street. Meanwhile the hotel’s KimptonKids program offers welcome gifts, a list of kid-friendly activities, and the loan of high chairs, cribs, and other equipment. The hotel’s excellent restaurant, Poste, offers a fun and tasty kid’s menu. And as with all Kimptons, you get a goldfish delivered to your room if you so desire.

Omni Shoreham Hotel -- With two pools (including a kiddie pool), loads of lawn out back to run around on (and Rock Creek Park beyond that), the National Zoo up the street, as well as the Metro nearby, the Omni is the best hotel in town for families. The hotel sweetens the deal with a backpack filled with games that your child can wear when you set off sightseeing, and cookies and milk left in the room at turndown the first night. The hotel sometimes partners with the zoo for special packages that include a furry stuffed animal and zoo backpack.

Willard InterContinental -- You’re in the heart of the city, with the White House across 15th St. to your right, the National Theatre next door, the National Mall essentially down the street, and many other attractions nearby. Add to its great location the Willard’s stellar Kids Concierge program: Tailored to children 11 years and younger, highlights include a complimentary in-room dessert, a children’s library of books that kids can check out using their specially issued Willard Library card, a borrowable treasure chest of board games and toys, and family-friendly history tours of the Willard led by a member of the hotel’s concierge team on Saturdays. In addition, the Willard’s Café du Parc has a children’s menu. By the time you read this, the Willard’s tweens program may be up and running, too; be sure to ask about it if you have tweens in tow.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.