family trip to washington dc in july

Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 03:38 PM
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We too stayed at and really enjoyed the Dupont Hotel, but like november_moon, I wouldn't recommend it for a family simply because the room was quite small.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 03:38 PM
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If you strike out with bardo's DC suggestions, look at Crystal Ciry in Virginia. You might find lower prices there -- lots of hotels, Metro station very convenient to downtown, but no charm (highrise offices and condos), some street-level restaurants.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 05:25 PM
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Keep in mind that the price at the Embassy Suites includes a really nice breakfast. Omelets, eggs cooked to order, potatoes, etc. plus the usual continental stuff like pastries, yogurt, cereal. This alone can save a bundle and if you eat a nice hearty breakfast, lunch can be something more on the light side. Then have a few free cocktails after a hard day of sightseeing while enjoying popcorn, chips and dip, or other apps along those lines. Skip the apps at dinner and save money again. I've always loved having two totally distinct rooms (not just a mini divider) and 2 TV's!
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 06:46 PM
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In addition to the convenient location, you might want to look for a hotel with a pool if the children like to swim/play in the water.

We found, when our now-grown daughters were that age, a long, hot day of sight-seeing was more fun if they had a swim to look forward to. As you know, Washington in July can be very hot and humid (maybe not so much stress to a Floridian as to the Northerners here!); a pool would provide some welcome down-time.

You might want to try and as you research hotel prices. We have found some great deals for Washington on travelzoo.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 07:13 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your tips and suggestions. I am going to check them all out and try to make the best choice for us. I'm so touched at how helpful everyone has been. Thank You
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 07:31 PM
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Another tip for eating around the Mall. DC has a burgeoning food truck culture beyond half-smokes and soft pretzels. Look for the Sauca trucks for all kinds of great flatbread/wrap type sandwiches from different cultures. Red Hook Lobster Pound brings in fresh lobster daily for a pricey but awesome lobster roll. Here is a website with a list of foodie-type trucks and their locations (they move around).

Getting a hotel with a pool is a great suggestion. It is HOT here in July. Crystal City is also a good suggestion if it saves you money. Not charming as the poster above said, but safe and convenient and the city planners are working to make it more alluring with more green space and plaza areas between all the high-rises, lots of upscale chain-type restaurants and a few nicer places, and even a summer series of 5k races.

Have a good trip!
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 08:17 AM
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Guest at the Tabard Inn (2 blocks to Dupont Metro) get free acces to the Olympic size pool at the YMCA one block away. Great hotel, great prices, great location.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Are you absolutely determined to stay at a hotel IN the District or would one that is within sight of a Metro station and within walking distance of restaurants, etc., but is located in the "communist" suburbs work?
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 09:42 AM
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Suggest NOT staying near the Capitol bldg. There are almost no restaurants/stores, looked unsafe to go out for dinner at night, unsavory characters. DuPont Circle area is lively, has tons of restaurants/activity/hotels/transpo; safer at night.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 09:50 AM
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Where exactly did you stay?

The only hotel I know of near the Capitol bldg is the Capitol Hill Suites. It's in a very nice residential area with lots of nearby restaurants, cafes and foot traffic. Very, VERY safe area and the Capitol South Metro is one block away.

Any hotel west of the Capitol is not "near the Capitol bldg.".
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Old Feb 23rd, 2011, 03:26 PM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We are not set staying in the District, I just thought it would be closer to everything. But thinking about the metro and moving out alittle might be a good idea.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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The Metro is the best way to travel. No parking hassles, no traffic hassles, and it's very easy to navigate!
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 10:44 AM
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Consider the L'Enfant Plaza. It's roughly a 200-yard walk to the Mall, and there is a Metro stop in the basement. Incidentally, I suggest getting a monument view room. All of the rooms have a small balcony, and from the balcony of a monument view room you'll have a beautiful view of the Washington Monument to the left and the Capitol building to the right.
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