PHOTO: Ashton Bingham | Unsplash

Fodor's Expert Review Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol

1225 1st St. NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States See on Map

This relatively new hotel just north of Union Station and Capitol Hill is in DC’s up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood (for north of Massachusetts Ave.). While its good assortment of amenities includes a pool, gym, laundry room, restaurant, and 24-hour grab-and-go market, it’s not very convenient to the major sights (though you’re near a metro station). That said, it’s a good solid choice from a reliable brand for families and business travelers alike.


They’re standard Hilton Garden Inn rooms, with a neutral palette of brown and white, a patterned rug, and photos of DC’s iconic sites. Each guest room features a signature self-adjusting bed that adjusts the firmness of your mattress, work desk and ergonomic desk chair, mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, easy chair and ottoman.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms face an office building (though some say those are the quietest rooms).


Bathrooms are small but clean, with a tub/shower combo.


The small lobby gets crowded with just a few people. There’s a comfortable sitting area off to one side and a small snack shop, with a staircase sweeping guests up to the second floor; here you’ll find another sitting area with TV, as well as the bar and restaurant.


There’s a small indoor pool.


The 24-hour fitness center has Precor cardio equipment.

Borrow a Stay Fit Kit and work out in the privacy of your room. The kits include include a pilates band, yoga mat, strap, blocks, abs ball, hand weights, resistance rope and instruction cards.


The Garden Grille & Bar has an American menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An outdoor terrace adjacent to the grill is a serene place to relax on warm evenings.


The Garden Grille & Bar has a bar area.


Getting Around

The neighborhood is filled with condos and new businesses—and continues to develop (there may be traffic thanks to ongoing construction). Parking is expensive; you'd be better off leaving your car behind if at all possible. You’re one block from the New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet University metro stop, and one metro stop away from Union Station’s transportation hub.


Located at the thrumming Union Market, Bidwell (13-minute walk) serves up Southern-accented American eats. If you're in the mood for Indian, Indigo (9-minute walk) is a neighborhood favorite.


Wunder Garten (3-minute walk) is an outdoor Bavarian-style beer garden with picnic tables, fire pits and lawn games. For something a little more urbane, the Pub and the People (11-minute walk) was voted Washington's best neighborhood bar.


You know what you’re getting with the Hilton brand. The second-floor lobby is a cozy little hideaway, and the restaurant terrace is a pleasant escape as well. Even though it's not the most convenient for DC's sights, NoMa is an up-and-coming neighborhood that's fun to explore in its own right. The nearby Union Market, for example, is a foodie paradise--so much fun to explore.


204 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking


Phones: 202-408–4870

What’s Nearby

People also liked

Thompson Washington D.C.

$$$ | Capitol Hill | 221 Tingey St SE

This new addition to the Navy Yard doesn't skimp on service or nautica... Read More

Mansion on O Street

$$$ | Dupont Circle and Logan Circle | 2020 O St. NW

Luxury never runs cheap, but dedicated VIP service and plush accommoda... Read More

Willard InterContinental Lobby

Willard InterContinental

$$$ | Downtown | 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

This grandiose, opulent Beaux-Arts hotel, the Crown Jewel on DC’s most... Read More

Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant

$$ | Downtown | 1011 L St. NW

Harmony comes to mind upon entering this sparkling historic boutique i... Read More

The Jefferson

$$$$ | Downtown | 1200 16th St. NW

Many regard this small historic hotel, within walking distance of the... Read More

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

$$$ | Downtown | 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW

Ever since the Mayflower opened in 1925 for Calvin Coolidge's inaugura... Read More