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T H E B E S T O F W A S H I N G T O N , D. C . , O N A B U D G E T

2 Frommer’s Best Budget Hotel

See chapter 5 for complete reviews of all the hotels mentioned below. The “Family-Friendly Hotels” box on p. 87 rounds up the best choices for families traveling with kids.

  • Best Location for Touring Capi- tol Hill: The Capitol Hill Suites, 200 C St. SE (& 800/424-9165 or 202/543-6000), is the only hotel actually on Capitol Hill, which is why a number of congressional members book long-term stays here. You’re a block away from the Capitol, Library of Congress, and Supreme Court, and just up the hill from the Mall. See p. 86.

  • Best Location for Visiting the Smithsonian Museums: The Hotel Harrington, 436 11th St. NW (& 800/424-8532 or 202/ 628-8140; www.hotel-harrington. com), lies within easy walking dis- tance of both the White House and the Mall. See p. 91.

  • Best Budget Boutique Hotel: In the District, the boutique hotel, the Jurys Normandy Inn, 2118 Wyoming Ave. NW (& 800/424- 3729 or 202/483-1350; www.jurys doyle.com), charges $89 to $185 for rooms that are small but charming, and for service that’s personable; extras like an exercise room, a pool, and a restaurant are available at its sister hotel around the corner. See p. 98.

  • Best Lodging If You’re on a Shoestring Budget: The less pri- vate the accommodations and the fewer number of bathrooms a property offers, the cheaper its rates. If you don’t mind bunking down with strangers, check out Hostelling International, 1009 11th St. NW (& 202/737-2333; www.hiwashingtondc.org), which is well run, centrally located, close to the Metro, and dirt cheap ($29 a night). See p. 93.


  • Best B&B: I recommend two, each a restored 100+-year-old house in the wonderful, walk-to-restau- rants-and-shops neighborhood of Dupont Circle. Swann House, 1808 New Hampshire Ave. NW (& 202/265-4414; www.swann house.com), is remarkably pretty and comfortable, with luxurious accommodations that include whirlpool baths, fine art, working fireplaces, and antique furnishings. My new favorite B&B, The Inn at Dupont Circle, 1312 19th St. NW (& 888/467-2100 or 202/467- 6777; www.theinnatdupontcircle. com), opened in 2000 and offers gracious common rooms and guest rooms with distinctive features, such as loveseats in alcoves and Per- sian rugs on shining hardwood floors. See p. 103 and 102.

  • Best Service: The staff at Lincoln Suites Downtown, 1823 L St. NW (& 800/424-2970 or 202/ 223-4320; www.lincolnhotels. com), aims to please, greeting you by name and serving you compli- mentary homemade cookies and milk each evening. See p. 96.

  • Best for Romance: Either of the B&Bs mentioned above would be lovely. In the hotel categor , down- town’s Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW (& 800/ 222-8474 or 202/638-5200; www. henleypark.com), is the hands- down winner. The English-style hotel features luxurious lodgings, plus little bonuses, like afternoon tea, an intimate restaurant, a fun pub, and nearly nightly entertain- ment (see description, below, for “Best for In-House Entertain- ment”), so you need never leave the hotel. The rack rates make this a splurge choice, but you can often get lucky with good packages and discounts here, perhaps paying as

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