Jefferson Memorial from across the Potomac in Washington, D.C.
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Family-Friendly Hotels in Washington, D.C.

By Beth Rubin

Taking the family to Washington, D.C.? Make sure you book the best hotel for your crew's needs and budget, whether that means finding a location close enough to have a view of the National Mall and other monuments, or reserving a hotel that offers peace and quiet as well as convenience. Check out these seven hotels that are fun for kids of all ages (and even pets).

Hospitality Suite at JW Marriott, Washington D.C.
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Best Near the Mall

The JW Marriott is less than a 10-minute walk from the National Mall. The hotel offers plenty of family perks, along with nearby sightseeing, dining, and shopping opportunities—and it has direct access to the Metro.

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Holiday cookies at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C.
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Best Kids' Program

When you stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, you’ll be in the heart of the city, surrounded by attractions, including the International Spy Museum, two Smithsonian museums, and the Capital One Arena. The National Mall is just a few blocks away, and the Red Line Metro stop is across the street. The hotel’s Kimpton Kids program offers welcome gifts, a list of kid-friendly activities, and the loan of highchairs, cribs, and other equipment.

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Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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Best for Kid-Friendly Perks

With two pools—including a kiddie pool—loads of lawn, and Rock Creek Park beyond that, the National Zoo up the street, as well as the Metro nearby, the Omni Shoreham Hotel just might be the best situated hotel in town for families. The property sweetens the deal with a slew of children’s amenities: a games-filled backpack 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’s restaurant also offers a children’s menu.

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Georgetown Suites, Washington D.C.
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Best Deals for Family Suites

Georgetown Suites Washington D.C. is a short walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro and has tons of family-friendly amenities—kids 18 and under stay free in the same suite (with a separate bedroom), and the hotel offers complimentary cribs, strollers, and expanded continental breakfast daily. Pets are welcome, too. You'll find a Trader Joe's across the street if you need to stock up on snacks, and there's a slew of neighborhood restaurants within a few blocks.

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Morrison-Clark Historic Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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Best for Peace and Quiet

Opt for a room at Morrison-Clark Historic Inn with a porch or balcony overlooking the garden courtyard. Stay here for an experience that's a tad off the beaten path yet convenient to the Metro and the sights. Kids 16 and under stay free with a parent, and weekend breakfast is complimentary.

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Four-legged friends are welcome at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Virginia
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Best for Pets

The Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Virginia, encourages guests to bring their furry friends along on vacation. The hotel offers plush pet beds, food, water, and mats upon request, and also hosts a happy hour during which your pooch can scarf down biscuits while you enjoy drinks, light fare, and socializing with other guests—both two- and four-legged—in the brick courtyard every evening from 5 to 6pm.

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Hostelling International in Washington, D.C.
Hostelling International, Washington, DC.
Best Bargain

If you don't mind roughing it a bit, staying at Hostelling International-Washington, D.C. is a bargain and makes for a unique family experience not far from the action. Kids under 11 are welcome to share a private room with their parents, while those 12 and up can stay in the same gender dorm with their parent. A pool table and piano are available to guests and special family activities are free.

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