In this guide, we take a look at Washington D.C. and our top picks for the very best family lodging options in the area.
1. Pod DC Hotel – Northwest
Located in the Northwest district of Washington D.C. is the Pod DC Hotel, a great family lodging option. If your family is visiting D.C. and plan to see the National Mall, White House, and the numerous national museums, few hotels will put you in a better position than the Pod DC Hotel.
Situated in the Penn Quarter, the hotel sits directly across the street from the Chinatown Metro and Gallery Place. A convenient stay for families who plan to stay busy exploring the city, the hotel includes comfortable lobbies, a bar, and restaurant. There is also a 24-hour help desk for guests.
Each of the rooms at the Pod DC Hotel come with all modern amenities such as 50-inch flat-screen TVs, WiFi, private bathrooms (with toiletries), safes, work desk, and much more.
Union Station, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and many other major attractions and public transportation hubs are within 2 or 3 miles from the hotel as well.
2. Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol – Southwest
A classic family hotel to try out the next time you’re posse is in Washington D.C. is the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol. For families who came to see all that D.C. has to offer, the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol puts you right in the midst of all the most interesting museums and shops.
The hotel sits only a single block from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as well as many more of D.C.’s best attractions. Also, the hotel features 24-hour facilities including lobbies, fitness center, help desk, and on-site restaurants including the Capitol Bistro and a Starbucks coffee shop.
There is also a 24-hour business center and an outdoor pool for guest use as well.
Rooms include all the amenities you know and love including fridges, coffeemakers, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs with tons of channels, private bathrooms and then some.
The Holocaust Museum, World War II, the Washington Monument, the White House, and the United States Capitol Building are within a quick walk from the hotel. In addition, there are novelty shops, restaurants, and several monuments within a short walk.
3. State Plaza Hotel – Northwest
The State Plaza Hotel is another great family lodging option in Washington D.C. Located less than a 5-minute walk from the George Washington University and the World Bank, the hotel is situated squarely in the Northwest district of the city.
Rooms at the hotel include free WiFi, work desk, in-room safe, flat-screen TVs, a kitchenette, and sitting area just to name the basics. Each room also comes with comfortable furnishings and private bathrooms with free toiletries.
As far as hotel facilities go, there is a cutting-edge fitness center, a modern business center, comfortable lobbies, and a help desk. The staff is also friendly, multi-lingual, and extremely knowledgeable about Washington D.C. and all of there is to do while in town.
Restaurants, pubs, shops, museums, monuments, and tons of historical sites dot the area around the hotel. Even more, the Foggy Bottom GWU Metro station is slightly over 600 meters from the hotel and the Lincoln Memorial is just 300 meters further than the metro station.
For city walks, and getting to see the streets of D.C. and all they have to offer up close and personal, few hotels offer a better environment and base-camp for you and your family.
4. The Wink – Northwest
The fourth suggestion on our list of the best family hotels in Washington D.C. is none other than The WInk. Located in the Northwest, as with many other great hotels, this hotel is in the perfect location for families looking to experience D.C. to the fullest.
Just a few miles from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and within walking distance of bus stops and a metro station, the hotel is very conveniently located for those traveling via public transportation while visiting the city.
Rooms at The Wink come with coffee makers, private bathrooms, free WiFi, fridges, comfortable furnishings and bedding, flat-screen TVs with lots of channels to choose from and much more.
On-site, there is a restaurant (the Brasserie Wink) that serves both cold and hot dishes for daily breakfasts. There is also a bar (the Bar Wink) which serves up drinks and snacks in a classy yet comfortable family-friendly atmosphere. There is also an Italian coffee and snack spot on-site, the Illy Cafe, which includes outdoor and indoor seating.
Other on-site facilities of the WInk Hotel include a top-notch gym and fitness center, a 24-hour help desk, and plush lobbies.
The hotel is located one mile from the White House, and another couple of miles from some of the best Museums and attractions in the entire city (such as the Newseum and the International Spy Museum).
5. Grand Hyatt Washington – Northwest
One of the better-known family hotel options in Washington D.C. is the Grand Hyatt Washington. Also located in the Northwest (perhaps you notice that many of the best hotels in D.C. are located in the Northwest district?), the hotel is just as close to the best attractions and features of the city as any other great family-lodging option in the city.
Rooms include free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with cable programming, private bathrooms, toiletries, hairdryers, comfortable beds, and more.
The hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar, business and meeting center, fitness center, lobby, and help desk. Furthermore, there is also concierge and room service available to guests as well.
The Grand Hyatt Washington is less than a mile from such famous attractions and museums as the Smithsonian Institute. In addition, the Washington Zoo and National Zoological Park, Pentagon, and countless other monuments and attractions are within 2 to 3 miles from the hotel.
6. Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol – Northeast
Another Hyatt property, this one located in the Northeast sector (the NoMa neighborhood) of the city, is the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol. The hotel is conveniently located with eyeshot of some of the best restaurants and shopping in town. Furthermore, the White House itself is roughly a 20 to 25-minute walk from the hotel.
The hotel features a 24-hour help desk, luggage storage, outdoor swimming pool, and on-site restaurant. The Gallery offers meals, salads, snacks, and sandwiches 24-hours per day. There is also an on-site bar for coffee, tea, and mixed drinks. Furthermore, The staff of the hotel are also family-oriented and knowledgeable about the city and all of its attractions.
The rooms themselves at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol include free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with lots of channels to select from, AC, private bathrooms, toiletries, comfortable bedding and furnishings, as well as a writing desk and chairs.
If your family is visiting D.C. with plans to take city walks, go site-seeing, and generally explore the capital city of the United States, the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US capitol is an excellent family-lodging option.
7. Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House – Northwest
The second Holiday Inn property on our list is the Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House. Situated in the Northwest region of the city, the hotel offers some of the best views of D.C. in the area (from their rooftop terrace and pool).
The hotel is located less than a mile from Dupont Circle, the White House, and other important federal government buildings as well as museums, attractions, restaurants, and novelty shops.
Facilities of this particular Holiday Inn include a cutting-edge fitness center, business and meeting center, gift shop, comfortable lobby, and 24-hour reception desk.
Rooms at the hotel come with flat-screen TVs with cable, private bathrooms with toiletries, free WiFi, a writing desk, comfortable furnishings and bedding and much more.
In addition to plenty of dining, shopping, and site-seeing options, the hotel is also located nearby to a couple of Metro stations. There are also plenty of taxis and buses servicing the area as well.
The National Zoo, Smithsonian Museums, and the Washington Monument are quick and easy to access from the hotel’s location.
8. The Architect – Northwest
The Architect is another family-lodging option in the Northwest district of the nation’s capital city. Situated just 700 meters from the White House, there are few hotels that put you and your family as close to all of the best sites in D.C..
Rooms at the Architect hotel come with free WiFi, writing desks, flat-screen TVs with plenty of channels, AC, comfortable seating and bedding and then some. These rooms may seem a bit basic compared to others on our list (because they are). However, they are more than acceptable for you and your family’s vacation.
The hotel’s basic facilities include a front desk that’s staffed by family-friendly staff, a cutting-edge business center, and lobby. That said, the Architect hotel may be lacking in extras, but the staff is friendly, the rooms are comfortable, and the location couldn’t e better.
Families with plans to hit the streets of D.C. and see all there is to see will enjoy this hotel’s convenient location which is just under a mile from the Washington Convention Center and just over a mile away from the Washington Monument.
9. Washington Plaza Hotel – Northwest
The Washington Plaza Hotel is located just over half a mile from the White House and many other important federal buildings as well as within close proximity to monuments, museums, and other sites.
The hotel’s facilities and main features include an on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge, as well as an outdoor pool and a fitness center for guests. There is also a 24-hour reception desk and comfortable lobby as well.
The rooms themselves include free WiFi, heavy-duty room safes, flat-screen TVs with lots of channels, beautiful decor, and expensive mahogany furnishings. There is also a leather chair, writing desk, coffee maker, and more in each unit.
The hotel’s restaurant, Number Ten Thomas, serves meals, snacks, and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The international bar located in the hotel is cozy and includes a fireplace and family-friendly atmosphere as well.
Dupont Circle, the FBI Headquarters, Gallery Place, and the Washington Convention Center are all well under a mile away from the hotel. Even more, there is a local metro station just a few meters away. The nearest airport is approximately 3 miles away.
10. Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House – Northwest
The third and final Hyatt property on our list is the Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House, situated in the Northwest sector of D.C. The location is perfect for families who’re seeking the best family hotel in D.C.. Less than 300 meters from the hotel are three metro stations, making it easy to get around the rest of the city.
Rooms at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House come with large 42-inch flat-screen HDTVs, fridge, private bathrooms, toiletries, iron, hairdryer, free WiFi, and loads of TV channels to pick from.
Facilities of the hotel include a gorgeous rooftop terrace and seasonal pool with lovely views of the surrounding region of Washington D.C., fitness and business centers open 24-hours per day, a lobby, and a 24-hour reception desk. There is also an on-site bar and the 24-hour Gallery Market which serves up pre-made food items as well as made-to-order items.
The Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House is a great family-lodging option for families looking to explore the D.C. streets, monuments, attractions, and historical sites.
11. Cambria Hotel Washington, D.C. Convention Center – North end
Located in the North end of the city is the Cambria Hotel Washington, D.C. Convention Center hotel. Only 750 meters from the Washington Convention Center, the hotel is excellent for families who plan to attend events or expos at the Washington Convention Center (or elsewhere in the city for that matter).
The hotel facilities include a fitness center, comfy lobbies, knowledgeable staff, and 24-hour help desk, and an indoor pool, just to name the most basic features. Valet parking is also available for guests who drive their own vehicle (or rental cars).
Rooms include free WiFi, AC, flat-screen TVs and loads of channels, fridge, private bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer, comfortable bedding and furnishings and more.
The Ronal Reagan Washington Airport is a few miles away, metro stations and bus lines are within walking distance, and plenty of taxi companies service the area as well. Getting around D.C. from this Hotel couldn’t be easier.
12. Omni Shoreham Hotel – Northwest
For families visiting D.C. with plans to hit up all the main attractions, the Omni Shoreham Hotel is one of the best lodging options in town. Only 3 metro stops away from the White House and many of the best museums and monuments in D.C., the location couldn’t get much better. That said, there are two separate metro stations within meters of the hotel’s location.
There is an on-site restaurant, a pool bar, and multiple relaxing locations to enjoy your coffee, tea, mixed drinks, or meals with your family members. Other facilities of the hotel include a pool, 24-hour help desk, lobby, knowledgeable staff, a top-notch gym and fitness center, spa, gorgeous landscaping and much more.
Massages and many spa services are also available in-room via your request. So, if you have family members who enjoy pampering, this hotel is very ideal.
With more restaurants, shops, and attractions within walking distance of the hotel, the location really couldn’t be better as many of the city’s finest museums, including the Smithsonian Institute are in close proximity to this excellent family-lodging option.
13. Hotel RL Washington DC – Northwest
The Hotel RL Washington DC is another prime family hotel option for those visiting D.C. Situated in Northwest Downtown D.C., the hotel is located a mere 600 meters from the White House itself. There are also 2 metro stations and local bus lines servicing the area so getting around is simple.
Rooms at the Hotel RL Washington DC come with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, AC, microwaves, fridges, private bathrooms, toiletries and much more. Some rooms include seating areas, dressing areas, writing desks, and comfy chairs. There are also plenty of extras available upon request.
Facilities and features of the hotel include community game tables, access to your choice of two local gyms (Gold’s Gym or LA Fitness) which are one and three minutes away, respectively. There is also room service, concierge services, and free bike rentals available as well.
The hotel also houses a local bar and grill, Mackey’s Pub. International and Irish cuisine as well as beer and cocktails are served at the pub. Additionally, in the lobby of the hotel, there are free coffee machines for guests.
Within walking distance of the hotel are some of the greatest attractions and features in the city including the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, and George Washington University as well as some of the best shopping in town.
14. Capitol Skyline – Southwest
Sitting one mile from the National Mall, and just a few blocks from the White House and many of the most impressive federal buildings and national museums is another great family hotel option, the Capitol Skyline.
This hotel’s rooms feature free WIFi, work desks, AC, flat-screen TVs with tons of channels, deposit boxes, private bathrooms, spacious closets, and much more. In addition, several extras are available upon guest’s requests.
Some of the main features of this family hotel include an on-site restaurant and bar that serves American food, a pool, lounge, lobby, help-desk, and a friendly staff ready to help make your stay the best possible. There is also a cutting-edge business and meeting center as well.
A shuttle service from the hotel to some of the best sites in town is also available to guests. The U.S. Capitol and Smithsonian museums are easily accessible in this manner.
15. Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC – Northwest
Last but far from the least on our list of the best family hotels in Washington D.C. is the Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC. Located in the Northwest sector of town, the hotel sits only 500 meters north of the White House and other famous attractions.
Facilities of the hotel include a large lobby, fitness center, 24-hour help desk, and more.
Rooms come with all of the great amenities you know and love like free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with loads of channels to choose from, private bathrooms, toiletries, and comfortable furnishings and bedding. There are also several extras available.
Farragut Square is within walking distance of the hotel, as is the White House and other government buildings and national monuments. In addition, the ever-popular Lafayette Square is around 30-minutes walking distance or a quick metro trip away.
For families who enjoy fine dining, novelty shops, and city walks, the Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC is a prime choice for your next trip to the capital city of the United States.