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Guests say this Arlington-based Hyatt's attentive staff is one of the property's most appealing features. According to previous visitors, the front desk personnel and the wait staff at on-site dining venues cityhouse and Key Bridge Terrace went out of their way to remember your name from the point of check-in. The housekeeping department also received high praise for keeping the small but comfortable rooms clean. However, not all that glitters is gold; though most recent guests report a satisfactory night's sleep, thanks in part to the hotel's signature hypo-allergenic pillows and modern touches like 32-inch flat-screen TVs, some do complain the adjoining rooms don't block out unwanted noise, while others were unimpressed with the expensive parking fees ($25 for self-parking and $32 for valet). The Hyatt Centric Arlington is located in an area of Arlington, Virginia, known as Rosslyn, and sits within walking distance of a metro station. It's also less than 3 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. And if you're a member of Hyatt's loyalty program, you can earn or redeem points while staying here.4.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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As its name suggests, this hotel resides on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. in Arlington, Virginia. The Westin Arlington Gateway isn't the first choice for some sightseers, but it does offer respite from the hustle and bustle of our nation's capital. It is a popular choice for business travelers, thanks to the hotel's 24-hour business center; meanwhile, the heated indoor pool and in-room spa treatments are great ways to unwind after a busy day. Plus, guest rooms come equipped with signature Westin amenities, like Heavenly Bath products and Heavenly Beds, to provide guests with extra comfort. Visitors can privately dine in their guest room or feast on Italian cuisine at the in-house restaurant, Pinzimini Restaurant & Lounge. Recent visitors highlight the location and clean accomodations as reasons to stay, while others were not as pleased with the customer service. And an added bonus of choosing to stay here is that you can collect or redeem extras if you're a Marriott Bonvoy member.4.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, has tremendous views of Washington D.C.’s famous landmarks and recent visitors loved that only a short pedestrian bridge separates it from Georgetown University. The hotel is popular with business travelers as it has 17,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom. It is also next to the Rosslyn Metro. Room amenities include a minifridge, coffee maker and premium movie channels. Wi-Fi access is available for a fee. (Extra charges were a recurring concern of recent guests.) The hotel also has a fitness center and pool. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Revival or watch the game and enjoy free Wi-Fi at Connexion. The hotel is close to Arlington National Cemetery, and a short trip to the U.S. Capitol, the National Mall and the Pentagon. The hotel is part of the Marriott hotel group, which means that rewards members can earn or redeem Marriott Rewards points at this hotel.3.5-star Hotel Class
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All 176 suites in the eco-friendly Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and stocked kitchens with full-sized refrigerators, microwave cook-tops, dishwashers and coffee makers. On-site amenities include a health club with gym equipment, and an indoor pool and whirlpool, both of which operate under seasonal hours. This property offers a complimentary hot breakfast and sundries in a convenience store. The Courthouse Metro stop is nearby, which recent guests said was a convenient perk, as well as a host of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in Arlington, Virginia. Recent guests raved about the friendly and professional staff, though others wished parking was free (there’s a fee). This Marriott property allows Marriott Rewards members to accrue and redeem points by staying here.3.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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The 176 suites at the Residence Inn Arlington Rosslyn include living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, queen pullout sofa beds and queen beds. The rooms also have free Wi-Fi access and a desk with ample outlets. Property amenities include a fitness center, and there is a complimentary hot breakfast every morning and an evening social hour three nights a week. Located near the Rosslyn Metro Station, guests have easy access to downtown Washington, D.C. attractions and sites. While recent guests said they enjoyed the proximity to D.C. attractions at a lower price tag, other guests thought the rooms were outdated and that the appliances should be replaced. This Marriott property participates in Marriott Rewards, so members can accrue and redeem points by staying here.3.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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The guest rooms at the Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn all feature flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, coffee makers and free Wi-Fi access. Property amenities include a fitness room, and the hotel is near popular attractions like Arlington National Cemetery, the National Mall and Georgetown. Recent guests enjoyed being close to attractions and the Metro, and they also found the rooms clean and comfortable. Another highlight for many was the friendly customer service. The Bistro offers casual American fare with Starbucks beverages and evening cocktails, although some recent guests wished breakfast was free. This Marriott property allows Marriott Rewards members to accrue and redeem points by staying here.3.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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The 193 guest rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, microwaves, minifridges, irons and ironing boards and chairs with ottomans, while suites also include sleeper sofas and full living rooms. Property amenities include a business center, an ATM and a weekday complimentary shuttle service to local attractions. The Garden Grille serves American cuisine for breakfast and dinner, and the Garden Grille Bar & Lounge offers a cocktail and beverage menu, plus appetizers, either inside or on the outdoor patio. Recent guests were delighted with the attentive, friendly customer service, but others said the rooms could use an upgrade. The hotel is located less than 2 miles from popular Washington, D.C. attractions, including Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial. This Hilton property participates in the Hilton Honors program, so rewards members can earn and use points by staying here.3.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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The guest rooms at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston come with free Wi-Fi access, Keurig coffee makers and 32-inch high-definition TVs, while the suites have separate living areas and kitchenettes, along with two high-definitions TVs. On-site amenities include a fitness room, a business center and an outdoor pool, and there are also activities for kids, who can eat for free if they are 18 or younger. A complimentary shuttle takes guests to shops, restaurants and sites within a mile of the property. Recent guests said they enjoyed the proximity to restaurants and a Metro station to get to downtown Washington, D.C., although others noted that customer service was inconsistent. The on-site Silver Leaf Restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, offers regional American cuisine, while the Silver Leaf Lounge offers beer, wine and cocktails. The hotel is located next to a bike and jogging trail, and is about 2 miles from Upton Hill Regional Park, an outdoor recreational water park. This InterContinetal Hotels Group property participates in the IHG Rewards Club, so members can accrue or redeem points by staying here.3.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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The guest rooms at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge include free Wi-Fi access, 32-inch flat-screen flat-screen TVs, minifridges, coffee makers and Bath & Body Works toiletries, while the suites also have separate living areas, dining tables and sofa beds. On-site amenities include a business center, a heated indoor pool and a fitness room. Dining options include Potomac Perk, a coffee shop with sandwiches and deli items, and the full-scale restaurant Vantage Point, which serves fine American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Vantage Point After Lounge, which overlooks Washington, D.C., serves as the hotel’s cocktail lounge. Kids 18 and under can eat for free if they stay with an adult. Recent guests were disappointed with how worn the hotel was, but others thought the proximity to Georgetown and the Rosslyn Metro Station outweighed the negative aspects. The InterContinental Hotels Group-affiliated property participates in the IHG Rewards Club program, so members can earn and use points by staying here.3.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
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The guest rooms at Virginian Suites Arlington all come with full kitchens – including an oven, stove, microwave, dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator and utensils – as well as free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and laptop-sized safes. On-site amenities include saunas for men and women, a fitness center, two business centers, a seasonal outdoor pool and complimentary weekday shuttle service to the Rosslyn Metro station, Safeway, Whole Foods and Department of State buildings. Guests have access to a food delivery service, as well. While recent guests said the customer service was friendly and professional, other guests noted that the property is in need of renovations. Guests who opt for longer-term leases can take advantage of additional amenities, including a coffee bar and lobby refreshments, premium cable channels and a government per diem year-round with last room availability. Government travelers are also offered a free hot breakfast buffet, and spouses can stay for free. This property honors Choice Privileges rewards members.3.0-star Hotel ClassFree WiFi
Neighborhoods in Marymount University
Washington, D.C., is laid out on a grid pattern, with numbered and lettered streets intersected by diagonal avenues. Most of these diagonal avenues are named after states. Generally, streets running east to west have lettered names in alphabetical order as you travel north. So you would walk north to get from K Street Northwest to L Street Northwest. The numbered streets run north to south and increase as you travel west in Northwest D.C. and as you travel east in Northeast D.C. Therefore, you would walk west to get from 19th Street Northwest to 20th Street Northwest; you would walk east to get from 11th Street Northeast to 12th Street Northeast. Get to know the city's various neighborhoods on a guided tour.
Northwest is where you'll find most government office buildings, as well as the majority of the city's postcard-worthy attractions. This quadrant is also home to a bunch of the top nightlife and entertainment options and a burgeoning restaurant scene.
Accessible via all Metro lines at Federal Center SW, L'Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter and Judiciary Square stations.
A beautiful green space that stretches for nearly 2 miles and serves as a central point of the city, the iconic National Mall is anchored by the U.S. Capitol on one end and the Lincoln Memorial on the other. In the middle, the Washington Monument marks the highest peak of the city. Numerous noteworthy (and mostly free) museums line the Mall's sides, including the National Gallery of Art and the recently opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Keep in mind, the Mall sprawls over both the Northwest and Southwest quadrants.
Accessible via all Metro lines at Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Metro Center, Judiciary Square and Gallery Place-Chinatown stations.
Located north of the National Mall, the Penn Quarter area has a flourishing group of art galleries and restaurants, as well as some of the city's most interesting museums (like the National Portrait Gallery and the International Spy Museum). It's also where you'll find the Verizon Center – where the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals play, and where many major recording artists perform. The media-focused Newseum and the historically significant National Archives Museum can be found nearby as well.
Accessible via all Metro lines at Gallery Place-Chinatown, Metro Center, Judiciary Square and Mount Vernon Square 7th Street-Convention Center stations.
Northeast of Penn Quarter, Chinatown is a vibrant and historic neighborhood brimming with trendy dining establishments and plenty of entertainment options. Anchored between H and I Streets and 5th and 8th Streets Northwest, Chinatown plays host to a string of hotels, clubs and shops. The area also features a plethora of Chinese and Asian-inspired restaurants.
Accessible via all Metro lines at Dupont Circle, Farragut North, McPherson Square, Farragut West and U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo stations.
Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut avenues intersect at Dupont Circle, a roundabout that lends its name to the surrounding area. This is one of the hippest areas in D.C., and it's also the heart of the city's gay community. Restaurants, boutiques and bars surround the actual circle.
Accessible via the Red, Green and Yellow Metro lines at Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo and Columbia Heights stations.
Despite its small size, the Adams Morgan area just north of Dupont Circle is another one of the city's trendiest, busiest neighborhoods. Eclectic bars, clubs and restaurants are scattered throughout. D.C.'s Metro does not directly service Adams Morgan, but the area is within walking distance of several Metro stations. Multiple bus lines also service the area.
U Street Corridor
Accessible via the Green and Yellow Metro lines at U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo and Shaw-Howard University stations.
To the east of Adams Morgan on U Street between 9th and 18th streets Northwest is an emerging part of the city called the U Street Corridor. Once a historically black area where blues and jazz kings like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong played soulful numbers in nightclubs and theaters, U Street brims with new jazz clubs, bars, shops and restaurants. Howard University, a well-known historically black university, is located to the east.
Accessible via the Red Metro line at Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park stations.
Picturesque with its stately residences and canopies of trees, Woodley Park is home to the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, a handful of antique shops and a collection of excellent restaurants. This neighborhood sits northwest of Adams Morgan and just east of Washington National Cathedral.
Accessible via the Blue, Orange, Silver and Red Metro lines at Foggy Bottom-GWU and Dupont Circle stations, as well as the DC Circulator bus and 10 Metrobus lines – the 30-series, the D-series and the G2 bus.
Georgetown, just west of Dupont Circle, is another popular (and swanky) D.C. neighborhood. Along the district's main corridor, M Street, and housed inside converted row houses, you'll find chain stores galore, including J.Crew, Coach and Nike, among many, many others. Plus, Georgetown boasts some of the city's best gourmet cupcake institutions, including Georgetown Cupcake, Sprinkles and Baked & Wired. There are also quite a few restaurants with various price points and atmospheres. During your visit, you can't miss wandering along the neighborhood's cobblestone streets or heading to the waterfront to take in scenic views of the Potomac – both of which make for an ideal way to cap off a day of sightseeing.
Accessible via the Blue, Orange, Silver and Red Metro lines at Foggy Bottom-GWU, Farragut West, Farragut North, McPherson Square, Metro Center and Federal Triangle stations.
South of Dupont Circle is the Foggy Bottom area, where the George Washington University campus resides. The neighborhood, which was originally the main industrial portion of the city, is now largely residential. The few restaurants and bars found here mostly cater to the area's college residents, but there are a few standout attractions, including the Watergate complex (now The Watergate Hotel) and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Accessible via the Blue, Orange, Silver, Green and Yellow Metro lines at Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, Waterfront, Anacostia, Navy Yard Metro, Capitol South, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter and Federal Triangle stations.
The smallest of the four quadrants, Southwest is home to a selection of museums right off the National Mall, including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – all part of the Smithsonian Institution. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Washington Monument also sit in this part of the city. On the most western end of the Mall are the majestic Lincoln Memorial and the beautiful Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. And a few blocks south of the National Mall is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which offers superb views of the Tidal Basin.
Accessible via all Metro lines at Union Station, NoMa-Gallaudet U, Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood, Brookland-CUA, Fort Totten, Deanwood, Minnesota Ave, Benning Road, Stadium-Armory, Capitol Heights, Judiciary Square and Capitol South stations.
Northeast D.C. is home to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and another pocket of universities, including Trinity Washington University, The Catholic University of America and Gallaudet University. Gallaudet, notably, was founded by Congress as the world's first school of advanced learning for the deaf. The U.S. National Arboretum, a free botanical garden and research center, can also be found here.
This district, which refers to a portion of H Street Northeast between 12th and 14th streets, is a small but increasingly popular part of town. The area is home to a number of trendy restaurants, as well as a hip nightlife scene that tends to be less expensive than the spots in Northwest D.C.
The Library of Congress, Union Station, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Folger Shakespeare Library and a bunch of Victorian row house residences that surround the U.S. Capitol are part of a neighborhood aptly named Capitol Hill, or simply, "the Hill." Filled with many young professionals who work for U.S. senators and representatives, the area also has a good assortment of restaurants and shops. Travelers should note that Capitol Hill straddles both the Northeast and Southeast quadrants.
Accessible via the Blue, Orange and Silver Metro lines at Eastern Market and Capitol South stations.
The main point of interest in the Southeast quadrant is Capitol Hill's Eastern Market, located only a few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol. In addition to its meat and produce counters, the redbrick public market also plays host to an art gallery and a flea market.
Barracks Row, located a couple blocks south of Eastern Market along 8th Street Southeast, is named for the Marine Corps Barracks, which have anchored the area since 1801. Restaurants, bars, boutiques and even a classical acting academy line the street. Charming row houses sit nearby.
The LEED-certified Nationals Park is situated near the Anacostia River and is home turf for the Washington Nationals professional baseball team. Across the river from Barracks Row is Anacostia, home to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Note: Anacostia isn't the safest area, so you might want to steer clear after dark.
Located southwest of Washington, D.C., across the Potomac River is northern Virginia, where some of D.C.'s most iconic attractions – such as The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery – reside. An array of hotels and restaurants are also available here.
Accessible via the Blue, Orange and Silver Metro lines at Rosslyn, Court House, Clarendon, Virginia Square, Ballston, East Falls Church, Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Crystal City and National Airport stations.
Arlington refers to a large swath of land across from the Potomac River in Virginia. The area is bursting with high-rise office and apartment buildings and streets lined with picturesque homes, as well as interesting shops, restaurants and bars. Plus, accommodation options are generally more affordable in this part of the Washington metropolitan area.
Accessible via the Blue and Yellow Metro lines at Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Avenue and Van Dorn Street stations.
Located west of the Potomac River and south of Arlington, Alexandria is primarily a residential area. Most of the city's shops, restaurants and bars reside in the historic Old Town, which overlooks the Potomac River and features various boutique hotels. Just about 7 miles southwest is George Washington's Mount Vernon, the former estate of inaugural president George Washington.
Accessible via the Red Metro line at Bethesda and Silver Spring stations.
Washington, D.C.'s main Maryland suburbs are Bethesda and Silver Spring. Bethesda is a mainly residential area, with open-air shopping and a handful of restaurants and bars. Silver Spring has a livelier downtown area, which is all about bright and shiny modernity. High-rise apartments and office buildings scream contemporary, as do the many shops, eateries and watering holes.
Baltimore and Annapolis are approximately an hour's drive from the District and make for nice side trips from the area. Baltimore is also accessible by both MARC and Amtrak trains; MARC is the significantly cheaper option.