The Best Family and Kid Friendly Hotels in Washington D.C.

Barbara Noe Kennedy | January 24, 2018

Residence Inns, Embassy Suites and Holiday Inns are excellent choices for family travelers to DC, especially because they typically offer a swimming pool and free breakfast. If you want a little pizzazz with your family stay, however, here are some options that aren’t quite as chain-y. These hotels are family-friendly and fantastic.


Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Why it made the list

Ritz Kids promises a special stay, a program that includes a Red Wagon welcome (kids can pick a stuffed animal from a red wagon to take home); special kid check-in process; special treatment at the restaurants (including colorful books and healthy treats); a scavenger hunt around the hotel; and a special personalized turndown after a full day of exploring the city.

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Omni Shoreham Hotel

Why it made the list

All kids are given a welcome backpack on arrival of this Northwest DC retreat, filled with games and treats. The outdoor pool is a major draw, with ample space to play. The National Zoo, with its resident pandas, clouded leopards, sloth bears, and so much more, is within easy walking distance. Be sure to check out the variety of family packages on offer, including the Family Adventure Package and the Smithsonian Experience.

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Why it made the list

If you’re in DC to see the Smithsonian museums and/or catch a game at the Capital One Arena, this Kimpton hotel couldn’t be better placed. Among its kid-approved perks: hula hoops, chocolate chip cookies for afternoon arrivals, and the chance to choose a toy from a treasure chest during the nightly wine hour. There are also junior-size public bikes and helmets to hop on and tootle around the town.

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The George

Why it made the list

What kid will not relish picking a new toy from an overflowing chest of goodies as soon as he or she arrives at the hotel? Kids also enjoy George Washington storybooks, popcorn and lemonade in summer, and a family friendly movie in the living room. Not to mention, such in-room treats as gummy bears, snacks, and juice (available upon request and parental permission). The hotel’s location near the National Mall and all its museums and monuments is a huge plus.

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Grand Hyatt Washington

Why it made the list

This Grand Hyatt puts you within easy walking distance of the White House and National Mall, not to mention, plenty of family-friendly restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood, including Cosi, Panera, and Matchbox. The Grand Club (costing about $75 extra a day) has continental breakfast, appetizers in the evening followed by desserts, and beverages and light snacks throughout the day—which can add up to a huge savings.

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Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C

Why it made the list

Kids are spoiled through and through at the Four Seasons. At check-in, a red wagon filled with stuffed National Zoo animals is presented, with the invitation to pick the one they want. Other highlights include homemade cookies in the shape of a tic-tac-toe game, child-size robes and slippers, a teepee, and a froggy bath mat and kiddie bath fizz for the tub (all upon request and depending on age). Though the kid clincher has to be the frog-themed rain boots and umbrellas for rainy days.

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Fairmont, Washington D.C.

Why it made the list

The Fairmont knows how to pamper their young guests, starting off with a welcome packet at check-in (including info on the hotel’s rooftop honeybees, always a child pleaser). Specially designed programs for families include the Panda Package, in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. And all kids enjoy a special kid’s menu (under 5 eat for free), including crayons to color fun pictures of Washington.

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