D. C., the Metro, and Priceline

Sep 28th, 2007, 03:41 AM
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D. C., the Metro, and Priceline

Thanks in advance for the help.
I have to travel to DC for work in a few weeks. My husband will be accompanying me. We'll be there 10/24-28.
The hotel recommended by the organizer is on Galludet's campus - from all reviews and my memories of living in DC, the neighborhood is shady.
All searches, even for the hotels recommended here, seem to show rooms for around $300-400/night. That's way over our budget. My work will pay for a room at a cost similar to the recommeded hotel - $175/night.
So, I'm thinking about using priceline.

I'm really not picky about hotels. As long as the hotel is clean, safe, not too far from the monuments, and most importantly close to the Metro, it's fine with me.

Looking at the priceline map, it seems like downtown is the only really safe area. From my memories of living in DC, I know Adams Morgan/Woodley Park and Georgetown/Foggy Bottom could be quite a distance from a metro stop.

Have any of you used priceline and gotten a hotel far from a metro stop? Any other advice?

Thanks again.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 03:49 AM
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Also - by close to the metro, I mean within 1/2 a mile or so. I don't mind walking at all.
The Galludet hotel is 3/4 mile to the metro. I will likely be leaving the hotel to take the metro and meet my husband in the evening so I want to be safe making that walk.
I live in New Orleans and used to live in DC so I'm acustomed to big cities - I know the most important thing is to choose where you go.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 03:50 AM
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We stayed on M Street at the St. Gregory suits and the closest subway stop is Foggy Bottom. It is about a 5-10 min walk. I think it was $170 a night and super clean.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 03:52 AM
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Thanks. Did you book it via the hotel website? I just checked and there are no rooms. I searched expedia, but couldn't find a hotel within walking distance of a metro, except a few with horrible reviews, for that price.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 04:27 AM
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Another hotel close by was the Embassy Suites. I booked directly w/the hotel.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 04:29 AM
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Gosh I guess prices have gone up from 2 years ago, crazy! I am sorry I not more help.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 04:31 AM
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Homewood Suites is close to DuPont and might be reasonable. Also check out The Quincy on L; we didn't stay there but we saw a room.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 05:01 AM
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Having used Priceline several times for DC, I would not hesitate to bid on Woodley Park or Georgetown zones. Most of the hotels are close, including the two I've stayed at near Woodley Park. You can take a cab almost anywhere for $10, if your hotel is too far from the Metro.

Are you sure the hotel @ Gallaudet is that far from the Metro? They have a new station. But several blocks and hotels on NY Ave are indeed shady. Which one is it?
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Sep 28th, 2007, 05:16 AM
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The Tabard Inn is not too expensive and is only a few blocks from the Farrgut North Metro stop. Here is a link to the rates: http://www.tabardinn.com/tour.htm

The rates are listed before tax, I think, and for single occupancy. The charge for a second person is $15. I have never stayed there, but it is on a nice, quiet block close to Metro.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 06:02 AM
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Thanks. The hotel is on the Gallaudet campus - I think they have a new conference center.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 06:02 AM
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I got the Doubletree in Arlington on Priceline for about $65 in late March. It was about a ten-minute walk from the Metro at Pentagon City mall, and just a few stops from the monuments. It wasn't a super-exciting area, but there were some nice restaurants and we were mostly out and about anyway.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 06:08 AM
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I looked at some of the recommended hotels. Most don't have rooms available. I think I'm going to take my chances with hotwire or priceline. I'll let you know what happens.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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Galludet is located near one of the worst neighborhoods in the city- Trinidad.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 07:43 AM
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My daughter who attended college just up the road from Gallaudet recommends the Phoenix Park Hotel, near Union Station; the Dubliner pub is on the ground floor.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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The Phoenix Park is a good idea.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Rooms at the Phoenix Park are $400/night. There must be something big happening in DC then.
I'm going to keep trying.
Thanks.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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Thanks for your help.
Using priceline, I got a room at the Renaissance M Street for $135/night. I tried many cheaper combinations - this finally worked .
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Sep 28th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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Good Job!
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Sep 28th, 2007, 12:05 PM
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"There must be something big happening in DC then."

No more than usual. You wanted both weekday and weekend nights. That eliminates hotels that may, for a variety of reasons, have events during that period. Congress will be in session and October is a popular time to come to DC for conference and work.

DC hotel rates have also gotten much more expensive, just like everywhere else. The days of the under-$200 night room may soon be a thing of the past during the prime seasons.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 12:17 PM
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wow, that is a great hotel!!! I guess I am not good at priceline; I end up with woofer hotels when I use it.
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