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You won’t find better value in Georgetown, and even in the city, especially in the summer, when weekend specials can go as low as $115 a night. Note that this is a two-location hotel, with one building on 30th Street, and the second building one street over and down the block, on 29th Street. Here is a breakdown of the two locations:

30th Street[em]The pros: The 30th Street address is unbeatable, just off busy M Street in Georgetown, seconds away from the picturesque C&O Canal and its towpath, but also near posh shops and fun restaurants and bars. Staff is cheery. Suites are quite spacious (studios measure 500 sq. ft., one-bedrooms 800 sq. ft.). All have full kitchens equipped with granite countertops and modern appliances. The one-bedroom suites all have sleeper sofas. A recent renovation updated artwork, drapes, and furniture in guest rooms. The expanded and updated lobby lounge is the location for a complimentary continental breakfast. Ask for a room on an upper floor, or if budget allows, consider one of the two-level, two-bedroom townhouses or one of the penthouse suites, with terraces that overlook Georgetown rooftops.

The cons: The 30th Street building has a whiff of college campus about it, thanks to its architecture and layout, and a clientele often made up of college-visiting students. The noise of traffic and revelers can be an annoying factor for rooms on the lower floors.

29th Street[em]The pros: The hotel’s Harbour Building on 29th Street lies just across from the Washington Harbour complex (attractions there include waterfront restaurants, tour boats that cruise the Potomac River, and an ice-skating rink that is the largest outdoor rink in the city). The Harbour Building’s guest rooms and lobby underwent their own massive renovation in 2016, replacing furnishings, drapes, kitchen equipment, the works. Ask for a courtyard-side suite or the stunning two-level penthouse suite, with a wall of windows that captures sweeping views of the Potomac, the Kennedy Center, and the bustling waterfront.

The cons: The Harbour Building lies right next to the Whitehurst Freeway, so rooms facing the freeway get those unattractive views and the din of traffic, though double-paned and insulated windows somewhat muffle the sound. The hotel is a bit of a hike ( 2/3 mile) to the closest Metro station.