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It’s practically a rite of passage for an American child to visit Washington DC on a school trip or as part of a family vacation. But families aren’t the only ones traveling to DC. It is full of business travelers too. Fortunately, some Washington DC hotels really cater to families offering amenities like hotel suites and pools. These family-friendly hotels in Washington DC make a child’s first trip to the nation’s capital a truly memorable experience. Where should you stay in Washington DC with kids? Trekaroo has found the best family hotels in Washington DC.
Where to Stay in Washington DC with Kids? Here are the 7 Best Family Hotels in Washington DC
1. Grand Hyatt Washington – Our Top Kid-Friendly Hotel near Metro Center
Grand Hyatt Washington is our top pick for the best family hotel in Washington DC due to its convenient location. Metro Center Station, serving the red, blue, orange and silver Metro lines, is located right downstairs from the hotel’s lobby. There is no need to even walk outside in order to catch trains to the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, and Reagan National Airport. The White House and Smithsonian National Museum of American History are both within a 10-minute-walk of the hotel, making it simple to come back to the hotel mid-day for a rest or a snack.
Trekaroo families who have stayed at the Grand Hyatt loved the comfortable beds, convenient outlets and charging stations, and bedside reading lights. These amenities and the top location make this one of best hotels for families in Washington DC.
Trying to decide where to stay in Washington DC with kids? Read full reviews from families on The Grand Hyatt Washington.
2. Kimpton Madera – Our Top Washington DC Hotel for Families with Suites and Bunk Beds
Everyone needs a good night’s sleep to keep up with the pace of a busy city like Washington DC. Fortunately, a many of Kimpton’s kid-friendly hotels in Washington DC, including Hotel Madera and Hotel Rouge, have bunk bed rooms available. With the kids quietly tucked away in their own beds, everyone can get a better night’s rest for the next day of sightseeing in this DC hotel with suites.
On a cool morning, grab a complimentary cup of hot chocolate for the kids and coffee for the adults to fuel your day of sightseeing as you head out the door; marshmallows and whip cream are available to make the start of the day even sweeter. Hotel Madera is just a five-minute-walk from the Dupont Circle Metro Station and a 15-minute-walk from the White House.
Hungry? Many Kimpton Hotels have adjacent restaurants. Check out reviews for Kimpton’s Firefly Restaurant
3. Hilton Garden Inn Downtown DC – Our Top Family Hotel in Downtown Washington DC
Deciding where to eat dinner with tired kids who have spent the day walking the memorials of the National Mall can be challenging. It’s nice to have options at a kid-friendly Washington DC hotel. The night our family stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, we decided to take advantage of a seasonal, kids-eat-free promotion at the on site restaurant. However, we could have also ordered room service, warmed up refrigerated leftovers using our room’s microwave, or simply walked to dozens of restaurants within a short walk of the hotel.
It’s rare to find an in-room refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, and microwave at a downtown hotel. The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown has it all. The hotel also has a small pool, suites with excellent-quality sofa beds, a quiet location, and a nice selection of kid-friendly television channels.
Trying to decide where to stay in Washington DC with kids? Read full reviews from families on The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Washington DC.
4. Avenue Suites Washington DC – Our Top Choice for Hotel Suites in DC
Do you like the flexibility to be able to cook meals on the road? Maybe there is a picky eater in your family and you’d prefer the option of being able to cook a healthy meal rather than buy another hot dog from a roadside vendor. Possibly, food allergies in the family make dining out a stressful experience. Avenue Suites Washington DC has fully equipped kitchens in every one of their family suites.
Better yet, families don’t have to do their own grocery shopping; Avenue Suites partners with the Trader Joes just across the street to bring your groceries to you in their Stock-the-Fridge program. Dining out is always an option too at this family-friendly Washington DC hotel. Avenue Suites is just a 10-minute-walk from the Georgetown’s cupcake shops and cafes. This hotel is one of the best hotels in Washington DC for families that want to cook for themselves.
Trying to decide where to stay in Washington DC with kids? Read full reviews from families on Avenue Suites Washington DC.
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5. The Willard – Best Luxury Hotel in Washington DC for Families Near the National Mall
The Christmas decorations at The Willard are legendary. And, speaking from experience, the Easter decorations featuring cherry blossoms aren’t too shabby either. The beauty doesn’t end, however, the moment that families step into the elevators and out of the lobby. The views of the National Mall and Washington Monument from the circular windows on the top floor of The Willard are among the best in Washington DC.
Families especially love the spacious rooms at this historic, luxury, family-friendly Washington DC hotel. Whether you’re in town for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree or the White House Easter Egg Roll, the short walk across the street to the White House can’t be beat.
Trying to decide where to stay in Washington DC with kids? Read full reviews from families on The Willard.
6. Omni Shoreham – Best Family Hotel in Washington DC Hotel near the National Zoo
Undoubtedly, most families come to Washington DC to enjoy some history. Sometimes historic places and young children don’t mix well. But, at the Omni Shoreham even families can enjoy a historic Washington DC hotel. The Omni has hosted countless inaugural balls and many notable guests. At check-in, children are welcomed with smiles and a small backpack full of activities as part of the kids program.
The Omni Shoreham might not be downtown near the Smithsonian Museums, but it is just a 10-minute-walk from the most kid-friendly destination in town, the pandas at the National Zoo.
Trying to decide where to stay in Washington DC with kids? Read full reviews from families on The Omni Shoreham.
7. CAMBRiA hotel & suites Washington DC Convention Center – Best Washington DC Hotel for Families with Suites and an Indoor Swimming Pool
Families visiting Washington DC during the winter months are likely to spend a lot more time at their hotel than those traveling during the summer months. Yes, seeing the monuments after dark should still be a part of your family’s itinerary whether you visit in January or June. But, in January it is dark earlier and the temperatures will send you inside much faster.
After walking around the National Christmas Tree in freezing temperatures just after dark, our family had plenty of time for a swim before bedtime at the CAMBRiA hotel & suites Washington DC Convention Center. My kids splashed around happily for over an hour in the rooftop indoor pool while I took in the view of the US Capitol and Washington Monument.
Of course, the pool is a great feature for families traveling any time of year. In addition, the hotel’s family suites are relatively spacious at this family-friendly Washington DC hotel. The buffet breakfast, available at a reasonable price, is a great way to start off a full day of exploring the nation’s capital.
Trying to decide where to stay in Washington DC with kids? Read full reviews from families on the CAMBRiA hotel & suites Washington DC Convention Center.
Kid-Friendly Hotel for Road Tripping Families in Alexandria
Families that are driving into the Washington DC area might not want to deal with the underground garages and valet parking fees. Extra fees are common at the kid-friendly hotels within walking distance of the National Mall. Many hotels in Alexandria offer free parking and access to the Metro via a complimentary shuttle bus.
Alexandria is located located just south of Washington DC across the Potomac River in Virginia. From the King Street Metro Stop in Alexandria, it takes less than twenty minutes to arrive at the L’Enfant Plaza Station just steps from the National Air and Space Museum. Families driving to Washington DC from the north or the south find that Alexandria is quite easy to access from I-95 and the beltway. The hotels in Alexandria are a good alternative to the best hotels for families in Washington DC if you are traveling with a car.
While Alexandria has a charming downtown historic district, the most budget-friendly hotels are found in more suburban areas. These chain hotels often offer complimentary breakfast and indoor swimming pools in addition to free parking. On a recent trip up to the Nation’s Capital, one Trekaroo contributor found Springhill Suites Alexandria a convenient base for exploring the area. She loved how easy the kid-friendly hotel was to access from the beltway, the well-stocked complimentary breakfast and the pool where her daughter could play at the end of a long day in the city.
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