Economical hotel for cherry blossom visit

Old Feb 19th, 2008, 10:16 AM
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Economical hotel for cherry blossom visit

Hi all,
This year, we are planning to visit DC for cherry blossom weekend (apr 11-13), with 5 yr old son.Looking for economical decent hotel (priority preference : very close to metro station and free breakfast). Last time, we stayed at Holiday Inn in crystal city (with your advise). it was good (but parking fee, no free breakfast), but I checked the rates, and its $140-150 now. this being a ecomonical trip, we are looking something below 100.
Ready to spent ~30 min to travel to MALL/museums. Any advise is most appreciated. Mostly we will do cherry walk, visit national history museum & a iMax movie at A&S museum.
I was checking on Hampton Inn, springfield ~ $90.
THanks in advance for help/tips.
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Old Feb 19th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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I realize that the parade is on Saturday April 12, but I want to make sure that you understand that the Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 29- April 13 and for the past 10 years the peak dates have ranged from March 17 to April 9. You might want to consider visiting the previous weekend if possible.
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Old Feb 19th, 2008, 11:55 AM
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Thank you Anonymous for the tip.
We can travel the previous weekend.
But, thought to enjoy the parade. Will it be too crowed (and costly??) on Apr 12? If so, we can prepone.I hope weather will support us to walk
Thanks again.
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Old Feb 19th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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Also, the Smithsonian American History Museum is closed for renovations, though the Natural History Museum is open and they have an IMAX theater. Some 5-year-olds do great in IMAX shows but others are overwhelmed, it depends on the kids and the topic.
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Old Feb 19th, 2008, 12:01 PM
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Any inputs on hotels? (as mentioned in my original post). Thanks in advance.
For iMAX, we are looking for "earth/cosmos" show or Dynasaurs
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Old Feb 19th, 2008, 02:27 PM
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I never book a specific hotel in DC, I just take whatever Priceline gives me; I'll bid on the Georgetown, White House, and Downtown zones. As a way of economizing, I prefer this to staying at a chain motel in a suburb. If I'm worried about getting a place via Priceline, I'll book something cancelable, but I've never had to use it.
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Old Feb 20th, 2008, 05:56 AM
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As far as i know, with priceline, its non-refundable/non-cancel booking. THats the reason, I usually avoid it, and book directly through hotel. Correct me if I am wrong.
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Old Feb 20th, 2008, 05:56 PM
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A couple of years ago we stayed at the Quality Inn Iwo Jima. It was a decent place at a reasonable price, but we weren't there during the Cherry Blossom festival. There is no free breakfast, but has free parking if you have a car.

The walk to the Roslynn metro station isn't far.
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Old Feb 21st, 2008, 10:26 AM
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Thanks mlm59. I checked the rates, it shows $150 for Apr 11-13 weekend. SLightly on higher side than my budget. But have good reviews and closeby to metro. I will keep this on my list, till I find any other budgeted hotel.
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Old Feb 21st, 2008, 12:08 PM
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I doubt you are going to find anything in your price range with what you want. The closer to a Metro, the more expensive. The Quality Inn Iwo Jima (which is now a Best Western) is probably the best deal.

My only other suggestion would to try the Days Inn-Arlington on Columbia Pike. It's not near a Metro, but there is frequent bus service.
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Old Feb 21st, 2008, 03:19 PM
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We used priceline when we went for cherry blossom festival in 2006.We bid convention center area and won The Grand Hyatt for $88.
No breakfast or free parking,but the location for the metro is great.
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Old Feb 27th, 2008, 06:09 AM
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Marriott Courtyard in Arlington/Crystal City has rates for $99/night. Nonrefundable. No breakfast, but close to metro.

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Old Feb 27th, 2008, 07:31 AM
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If you have a connection for any of the companies/universities that are members, the Club Quarters is a nice hotel, near the Metro and not inconvenient to the cherry blossoms. It's near NY Ave.
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Old Feb 27th, 2008, 08:29 AM
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Thank you so much for your inputs. I came across Holiday Inn, Rosslyn for $99 , free parking. No Breakfast, but their site says, its a block away from metro station and is very walkable. I checked on metro planner, and observed that, there is a metro at midnight 11.30pm also.
any inputs on this hote/location safety to walk from metro to hotel at say, 10pm.
Also, I am planning to visit baltimore (inner harbour and aquarium) on 13th. Check out on 13th morning and drive to baltimore, park the rented car in garage, stroll around for 4 -5 hrs and drive back home (~6 hrs drive).
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Old Feb 28th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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I'll be there the same time, spent all day yesterday trying to find a reasonable rate when I came across this web-site - otel.com. They had the Red Roof Inn for $120/night, on the RRI web-site it was $259.00. I booked at the Omni for $164, their web-site showed $360 for the same room.

Just thought I'd share my discovery.

By co-incidence, I had just read about this web-site in the March Traveller magazine, but they highlighted it for European hotels.

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Old Feb 28th, 2008, 10:28 AM
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Thanks owlwomen for sharing.Thats why I like this site/blog. Always get somenew information.
I will checkout here. Thanks again.
happy DC visit
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Old Mar 3rd, 2008, 12:14 PM
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Thank you all of you for tips/advise.
i did finalised and boooked courtyard marriot, next to dunn loring metro station for apr 11- 13. Got it for $99 / night including parkign+breakfast.
saw over internet that,its close to metro station and walkable , safe in night...thanks all again.
now lookign for apr 11th for cherry photos
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Old Mar 6th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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The projected peak dates are out:

"Rob DeFeo, Chief Horticulturist for the National Park Service, announces his prediction for the peak bloom dates of the Yoshino cherry trees around the Tidal Basin to be March 27 through April 3, 2008."


I'm very sad, that is the weekend we were supposed to go.
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Old Mar 6th, 2008, 01:46 PM
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SO we are going to miss the peak..not a good start
Hope we will have some flowers on 12th ...
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Old Mar 6th, 2008, 02:20 PM
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I'm sorry bond007!! For all you know though, it could pour rain that whole weekend, and be perfect for your weekend!
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