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For the Cherry Blossom Festival, Which Hotel Room is the Better Buy?

Washington Marriott, The Westin, the Luxury Apartments at Newseum — which would you choose?

Imagine you can spend around $270/night on a suite and you've narrowed it down to three D.C. hotels. How do you make up your mind? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. It's time for Hotel Deathmatch.

[Disclaimer: The hotel rooms below were based on a trip for two looking for a room in Washington, D.C. from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20.]

↑ For $264/night, you can book this hotel room at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Located only a block away from the nearest Metro station, this hotel offers amenities like a pool, parking, and a fitness center. The room features one king size bed along with a sofa bed. According to the listing, the room spans 315 square feet and comes with free Wi-Fi.

On TripAdvisor, this hotel ranks with four-and-a-half out of five stars, with a total of 635 reviews. Those who rated the Washington Marriott at Metro Center as excellent positively commented on the close location to the Metro, the hospitable staff, and the on-site restaurant.

peccamus (around the corner from a church, no less)

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↑ At The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center hotel, this double room with two double beds is up for grabs for $265/night. This pet-friendly hotel comes with a few bells and whistles like a 24-hour fitness studio, 24-hour in-room dining, and in-room massage treatments. The location is only a couple blocks away from the McPherson Square Metro station.

With 557 reviews on TripAdvisor, this hotel scores with four out of five stars. Positive comments included how clean and well kept the hotel is and how walkable the area is. The concierge staff were also described as helpful.

↑ Last but not least is this room in the Luxury Apartments at Newseum with one queen bed and one sofa bed. The room is asking $269/night with amenities like a fitness center, rooftop terrace, and a close location to the nearest Metro station. There is also an on-site restaurant with a coffee shop.

While the Newseum has a page on TripAdvisor, its apartments do not.