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Washington, D.C. road trip: 10 top hotels and resorts to visit within driving distance

The best hotels, motels, and B&Bs in driving distance of D.C.

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Washington, D.C., has a lot in common with other major cities. It is always congested. There is foot traffic and blinking cameras. An abundance of driverless cars line the streets and make it difficult to park. Maybe you’ll take an Uber? You refuse. Why? The prices are always surging. Perhaps you’ll just stay in … you could go back to the hotel? Impossible.

The overflow of tourism has made it difficult to find a place to sleep for the night. The whole city might as well be run by librarians because everything is always booked. You may be traveling in the nation’s capital for work. You may be sightseeing or visiting a family reunion. Either way, you will need to find lodgings other than under the Memorial Bridge … despite its eerily positive Yelp reviews.

Below, Curbed DC has listed some hotels and bed and breakfasts outside of—but near—Washington, D.C., each highly rated and definitely worth a visit.

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1. Cambria Hotels & Suites

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1 Helen Heneghan Way
Rockville, MD 20850

Choice Hotels is a lucrative company that spans the globe. Under their banner are about 6,372 hotels of varying names. Choice Hotels Intl. is known for providing comfort and rest at a fair price. You might recognize some of their byproducts: The Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Econo Lodge, Clarion, Mainstay Suites, to name only a few. 

Out of the over 6,000 hotels, there are only 29 Cambria Hotels & Suites. They are noted for their high quality rooms, staff, and outstanding amenities. The Rockville, Maryland, location is right next to the Rockville Metro stop. From there, by Metro, it takes the voyager about 30 minutes to get into nation’s capital. It may take less if traveling by car with little traffic. If driving, the cost to leave one’s vehicle in the private garage costs $15 per night.

If you need a jolt in the morning, there is a Bistro & Barista coffee bar in the hotel. Don’t want to leave your 30-pound or less dog in the room? Well, you’re in luck because Cambria offers free in-room coffee and tea. You can read the equally free daily newspaper they provide over a steaming cup of joe. Maybe you don’t drink coffee but prefer exercise in the waking hours. There is a fitness center as well as an indoor heated pool if you need a soak. 

You will be well taken care of by a highly professional staff, one of whom has recently been awarded with the General Manager of the Year Award. He received the commendation competing with over six thousand other locations. This specific hotel has also won the Highest Associate Satisfaction Award for two years in a row. It sounds like, according to thousands of happy customers, a nice place to stay.

The spacious, clean, and modern rooms have excellent prices that ebb and flow anywhere between $89 to $139 a night, depending on the season and occupancy. When there is a higher demand, rooms can cost in the $200s or more.

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2. Landsdowne Resort and Spa

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44050 Woodridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA 20176

This hotel seems like its own country in another world that has no worries. Landsdowne is a large resort with five pools (one indoor and four outdoor), waterslides, a waterfall, and an outdoor café. It is located in the heart of Virginia wine country, 11.3 miles from Dulles International, and about 56 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., if you’re traveling by car. 

The resort has two regular 18-hole golf courses and one nine-hole challenge course. The latter is more difficult than its predecessors and is called Shark Bite. A driving range is included pro bono for resort guests, while an airport shuttle service and gourmet breakfast can be included for a surcharge.

If you’re a nature lover, you can take in beautiful views of the Potomac River while walking along the nearby Heritage Trail. There are fitness classes, an expansive top-of-the line gym, and Loudon County’s number one voted massage therapist five years in a row.

By March 2016, the entire resort was renovated to exude more of a Virginia wine country feel. Many of its amenities have wine themes and celebrate the ubiquitous vineyards that surround them. They also have free Wi-Fi.

Landsdowne can be quite expensive depending on the time of year. During the summer months, prices for a normal guest room oscillate between the high $100s to the mid-$300 range. Suites are much pricier depending on which level of suite you choose. Rooms can be anywhere from the $300s to the $800s.

3. Courtyard Marriott

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8330 Corporate Dr
Hyattsville, MD 20785

This hotel sits at the intersection of Route 50 and 495. It is equal parts accessible and welcoming, creating a mixed drink of hospitality. It is purportedly the most popular Maryland hotel, bordering D.C. with a Metro station nearby. Courtyard Marriott is a 10-minute walk, or a half a mile way, from the New Carrollton Metro station.

They offer a complimentary shuttle that will escort you to and from this station from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. if you don’t feel like walking. On the Metro, it takes roughly eight minutes to get into D.C. It takes about 15 minutes by car. The New Carrollton Metro is also an AMTRAK and MARC station. One can truly pick his or her traveling poison.

There is ample space in the guest rooms, well lit by fluorescent lights that brighten the fluffed, clean, and comfortable beds. Some of the amenities include flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, mini refrigerators, and free newspapers. To make life a little easier, there is a bistro in the hotel serving up great food and drinks, including a signature Starbucks beverages and creative cocktails.

The hotel is 12 miles from Washington Regan Airport and 19 miles from Baltimore-Washington International. The weekday average rate for a room is $155, and the weekend average rate is $122 dollars.

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4. Holiday Inn

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1900 N Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, VA 22209

The name Holiday Inn is synonymous with both familiarity and comfort. The Holiday Inn located in Rosslyn holds true to their reputation. This is an extremely popular hotel due to its close proximity to Downtown D.C.

Parking is free, and Georgetown is a short walk from the hotel across Key Bridge. The more athletically attuned can bike the Mt. Vernon Trail to the National Mall. If you don’t feel like exercise, there is immediate access to the Rosslyn Metro station.

This hotel offers great views of the Capitol with an ideal location. The only downside is that some guests have complained about the rumblings of airplanes departing from nearby Washington Regan airport. 

Overall, however, this is still one of the most sought out hotels outside of D.C., and it has garnered consistently positive reviews. The 307 guest rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, 32-inch HD flat screens, soap, shampoo, ironing boards, and much more. The suites offer a pullout couch in addition to the bed(s). 

Weekly rates at this Holiday Inn are an average of $200, but the weekend rates tend to be between $100 and $150.  Suite prices during the week fluctuate above $200, but tend to drop on the weekend.

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5. Courtyard Marriott

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2722 Gallows Rd
Vienna, VA

Located in Vienna, Virginia, this Courtyard Marriot is not too dissimilar from the other Courtyard Marriott mentioned in this article. Both are situated near Northern Virginia’s Mosaic district that offers guests places to go shopping, sightseeing, or eating and drinking at the bars and many restaurants nearby.

If you enjoy concerts and special events, you are a mere two miles from The State Theater and four miles from Wolf Trap. This Courtyard is one block from the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station, which is about a four-minute walk from the hotel.

On the Metro, it will take the usual passenger 25 to 30 minutes to make it into D.C. If traveling by car, it is also around 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day.

The hotel offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, and every room comes with a coffee maker and flat screen TV. The indoor pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

This Courtyard Marriott also has a relaxingly atmospheric bar and a bistro that serves up tasty delights, including some signature Starbucks beverages. There is also a fitness center.

The average weekday rate for Courtyard Marriott is $184. The average weekend rate is $89. The prices go up and down throughout the year depending on the season.

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6. Residence Inn by Marriott

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650 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22203

This Residence Inn sits in an ideal location outside of D.C. It is surrounded by restaurants and bars along with office buildings resembling those seen in the city that glow not so far down the road. The hotel is four years old, which makes it an infant in hotel years. Everything is new and top of the line.

Four blocks away is the Ballston Metro station, which is roughly a seven- to eight-minute walk. By Metro or car, it takes the passenger 25 to 30 minutes to get into the heart of D.C. It is also only 15 minutes outside of Georgetown. If looking for a somber and historic experience, the Arlington Cemetery is 10 minutes away. If one wants to experience the vibrant nightlife Arlington has to offer, venture to Clarendon, an urbanized suburb of Arlington, Virginia. It is a place renowned for its weekend excitement and youthful atmosphere.

The hotel offers free breakfast and also the occasional complimentary drink. If you need to sweat out the free drinks, there are also two free fitness centers.

Parking at this Residence Inn costs $16 per night. The average weekday rates go anywhere between $200 and $300 per night, while the average weekend rate is $139 and up.

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7. Stafford House

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3746 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030

Stafford House is a charming and spacious bed & breakfast, located in Fairfax, Virginia. It is about 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., depending on traffic. Every room has a working fireplace, wooden floors, and porcelain claw-footed bathtubs.

The large beds are very inviting, being decorated with comforters reminiscent of an English countryside. The unique space is refreshingly different after a long day or night in D.C. There is free Wi-Fi, cable, flat screen TVs, bottled water, and a coffee maker. As an extra perk, Donna the Chef prepares a complimentary breakfast every morning. It is wheeled to your room at the hour of your choosing.

Each room at the Stafford has a private entrance and parking. The lawn leading up to the resort is ordained with colorful flowers. These floral arrangements further foster the ambience of love.

According to reviews online, this is a great retreat for couples or wedding parties. The rooms look like something out of a Nicholas Spark’s novel and provide a romantic honeymoon feel shrouded in a laidback atmosphere. The location is smack dab in the middle of Fairfax’s nightlife and restaurants. It is also not too far from Alexandria, which is approximately 20 minutes away. 

Rooms here average between $129 to $199 per night. Of course, the price changes due to demand, season, and double occupancy.

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8. Old Colony Inn

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1101 N Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Old Colony Inn is a Best Western boutique hotel. The old timey building is a short walk from the scenic, historic, and lively Old Town Alexandria. The hotel offers great rates and comfortable, clean rooms.  From the lodging, one need only to take a 10-minute stroll to get to the Braddock Road Metro station. From here, weary travelers are propelled into nearby Washington D.C.  Don’t feel like walking? That’s fine. 

The hotel also offers a free shuttle service from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bus regularly travels to and from the close at hand Washington Regan airport. Anticipate your arrival and departure experience being far less stressful. You can be transported into the heart of Old Town Alexandria or easily dropped off at the Braddock Road Metro mentioned previously. The shuttle goes anywhere within a three-mile radius of the hotel. No need to worry about getting a last minute taxi or Uber. You’re taken care of.

The Old Colony Inn also offers complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, conference rooms, and a pet friendly community for service dogs.

The weekly rates fluctuate in the lower one hundreds and tend to drop on weekends.

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9. Embassy Suites by Hilton

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1900 Diagonal Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314

This is a great hotel if you’re not traveling alone. It’s also great if you like to spread out in the lap of luxury. All of the rooms at Embassy are as its name implies, suites. They come with a living room area as well as a lush, clean, and contemporary sleeping space.

The outside of the building is impressive and grandiose. Lights ordain the brick for story upon story, beaconing visitors like an accomplished and bustling casino in Las Vegas. The hotel is 10 to 20 minutes from D.C., whether you’re traveling into the city by car or Metro. If one wishes to take the Metro, the King Street Metro location is two minutes away by foot. There is also a free trolley constantly going up and down King Street to scuttle you on your way. If you drive to the hotel, it costs $32 dollars per night to park in their garage.

The hotel is located in the always buzzing miniature city of Old Town. Here, one can experience an intoxicating nightlife, while also seeing buildings resurrected centuries ago during the colonial birth of America.

The hotel has many amenities, some of which include a business center, meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. There is a happy hour here every day from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The prices are reasonable and fluctuate between the mid $100s to $300s, depending on season and availability. Upgraded suites will cost the traveler more.

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10. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

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201 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The Gaylord is an extremely popular resort and convention center. The illustrious building attracts visitors of all nationalities and occupations. This resort is a fantastic place to take a date for a romantic evening. It’s permeated with the remarkable ambiance of the Maryland’s Inner Harbor.

The 19-story glass atrium in the foyer is truly a sight to see as well. The inside of the resort is expansive and spread out. It’s as if the building was hollowed out in the middle so it could hold a pristine shopping mall in its core. Guests, dozens of stories above, are able to look down on the visitors milling about below as they peruse stores and restaurants. Businesses and special interest groups hold conferences in the many meeting rooms year-round. There always seems to be something unique happening in the hotel. 

This first-class resort has a spa, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and is a mere eight miles south of the nation’s capital, which is about 20 to 30 minutes by car. Surrounding the hotel is the National Harbor. The Harbor is a local and tourist hotspot, filled to the brim with restaurants, high-end fashion stores, and stylish bars. Walk a few minutes and you will reach the Potomac River. From there, you can hop aboard a ferry or boat and enjoy the picturesque scenery of Maryland.

One can also take a date or a family member for a flight into the clouds on the nearby ferris wheel, which sits precariously amongst a crowded boardwalk overlooking the Potomac. A free shuttle from the Gaylord will take its guests to the nearby Tangier outlet mall and the MGM National Harbor casino, which just opened recently.

The average price of a room is between $229 and $249. This price is subject to change depending on the type of room as well as room availability.

1. Cambria Hotels & Suites

1 Helen Heneghan Way, Rockville, MD 20850
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Choice Hotels is a lucrative company that spans the globe. Under their banner are about 6,372 hotels of varying names. Choice Hotels Intl. is known for providing comfort and rest at a fair price. You might recognize some of their byproducts: The Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Econo Lodge, Clarion, Mainstay Suites, to name only a few. 

Out of the over 6,000 hotels, there are only 29 Cambria Hotels & Suites. They are noted for their high quality rooms, staff, and outstanding amenities. The Rockville, Maryland, location is right next to the Rockville Metro stop. From there, by Metro, it takes the voyager about 30 minutes to get into nation’s capital. It may take less if traveling by car with little traffic. If driving, the cost to leave one’s vehicle in the private garage costs $15 per night.

If you need a jolt in the morning, there is a Bistro & Barista coffee bar in the hotel. Don’t want to leave your 30-pound or less dog in the room? Well, you’re in luck because Cambria offers free in-room coffee and tea. You can read the equally free daily newspaper they provide over a steaming cup of joe. Maybe you don’t drink coffee but prefer exercise in the waking hours. There is a fitness center as well as an indoor heated pool if you need a soak. 

You will be well taken care of by a highly professional staff, one of whom has recently been awarded with the General Manager of the Year Award. He received the commendation competing with over six thousand other locations. This specific hotel has also won the Highest Associate Satisfaction Award for two years in a row. It sounds like, according to thousands of happy customers, a nice place to stay.

The spacious, clean, and modern rooms have excellent prices that ebb and flow anywhere between $89 to $139 a night, depending on the season and occupancy. When there is a higher demand, rooms can cost in the $200s or more.

1 Helen Heneghan Way
Rockville, MD 20850

2. Landsdowne Resort and Spa

44050 Woodridge Pkwy, Leesburg, VA 20176

This hotel seems like its own country in another world that has no worries. Landsdowne is a large resort with five pools (one indoor and four outdoor), waterslides, a waterfall, and an outdoor café. It is located in the heart of Virginia wine country, 11.3 miles from Dulles International, and about 56 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., if you’re traveling by car. 

The resort has two regular 18-hole golf courses and one nine-hole challenge course. The latter is more difficult than its predecessors and is called Shark Bite. A driving range is included pro bono for resort guests, while an airport shuttle service and gourmet breakfast can be included for a surcharge.

If you’re a nature lover, you can take in beautiful views of the Potomac River while walking along the nearby Heritage Trail. There are fitness classes, an expansive top-of-the line gym, and Loudon County’s number one voted massage therapist five years in a row.

By March 2016, the entire resort was renovated to exude more of a Virginia wine country feel. Many of its amenities have wine themes and celebrate the ubiquitous vineyards that surround them. They also have free Wi-Fi.

Landsdowne can be quite expensive depending on the time of year. During the summer months, prices for a normal guest room oscillate between the high $100s to the mid-$300 range. Suites are much pricier depending on which level of suite you choose. Rooms can be anywhere from the $300s to the $800s.

44050 Woodridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA 20176

3. Courtyard Marriott

8330 Corporate Dr, Hyattsville, MD 20785
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This hotel sits at the intersection of Route 50 and 495. It is equal parts accessible and welcoming, creating a mixed drink of hospitality. It is purportedly the most popular Maryland hotel, bordering D.C. with a Metro station nearby. Courtyard Marriott is a 10-minute walk, or a half a mile way, from the New Carrollton Metro station.

They offer a complimentary shuttle that will escort you to and from this station from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. if you don’t feel like walking. On the Metro, it takes roughly eight minutes to get into D.C. It takes about 15 minutes by car. The New Carrollton Metro is also an AMTRAK and MARC station. One can truly pick his or her traveling poison.

There is ample space in the guest rooms, well lit by fluorescent lights that brighten the fluffed, clean, and comfortable beds. Some of the amenities include flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, mini refrigerators, and free newspapers. To make life a little easier, there is a bistro in the hotel serving up great food and drinks, including a signature Starbucks beverages and creative cocktails.

The hotel is 12 miles from Washington Regan Airport and 19 miles from Baltimore-Washington International. The weekday average rate for a room is $155, and the weekend average rate is $122 dollars.

8330 Corporate Dr
Hyattsville, MD 20785

4. Holiday Inn

1900 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209
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The name Holiday Inn is synonymous with both familiarity and comfort. The Holiday Inn located in Rosslyn holds true to their reputation. This is an extremely popular hotel due to its close proximity to Downtown D.C.

Parking is free, and Georgetown is a short walk from the hotel across Key Bridge. The more athletically attuned can bike the Mt. Vernon Trail to the National Mall. If you don’t feel like exercise, there is immediate access to the Rosslyn Metro station.

This hotel offers great views of the Capitol with an ideal location. The only downside is that some guests have complained about the rumblings of airplanes departing from nearby Washington Regan airport. 

Overall, however, this is still one of the most sought out hotels outside of D.C., and it has garnered consistently positive reviews. The 307 guest rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, 32-inch HD flat screens, soap, shampoo, ironing boards, and much more. The suites offer a pullout couch in addition to the bed(s). 

Weekly rates at this Holiday Inn are an average of $200, but the weekend rates tend to be between $100 and $150.  Suite prices during the week fluctuate above $200, but tend to drop on the weekend.

1900 N Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, VA 22209

5. Courtyard Marriott

2722 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA
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Located in Vienna, Virginia, this Courtyard Marriot is not too dissimilar from the other Courtyard Marriott mentioned in this article. Both are situated near Northern Virginia’s Mosaic district that offers guests places to go shopping, sightseeing, or eating and drinking at the bars and many restaurants nearby.

If you enjoy concerts and special events, you are a mere two miles from The State Theater and four miles from Wolf Trap. This Courtyard is one block from the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station, which is about a four-minute walk from the hotel.

On the Metro, it will take the usual passenger 25 to 30 minutes to make it into D.C. If traveling by car, it is also around 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day.

The hotel offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, and every room comes with a coffee maker and flat screen TV. The indoor pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

This Courtyard Marriott also has a relaxingly atmospheric bar and a bistro that serves up tasty delights, including some signature Starbucks beverages. There is also a fitness center.

The average weekday rate for Courtyard Marriott is $184. The average weekend rate is $89. The prices go up and down throughout the year depending on the season.

2722 Gallows Rd
Vienna, VA

6. Residence Inn by Marriott

650 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22203
Photo via Google Street View

This Residence Inn sits in an ideal location outside of D.C. It is surrounded by restaurants and bars along with office buildings resembling those seen in the city that glow not so far down the road. The hotel is four years old, which makes it an infant in hotel years. Everything is new and top of the line.

Four blocks away is the Ballston Metro station, which is roughly a seven- to eight-minute walk. By Metro or car, it takes the passenger 25 to 30 minutes to get into the heart of D.C. It is also only 15 minutes outside of Georgetown. If looking for a somber and historic experience, the Arlington Cemetery is 10 minutes away. If one wants to experience the vibrant nightlife Arlington has to offer, venture to Clarendon, an urbanized suburb of Arlington, Virginia. It is a place renowned for its weekend excitement and youthful atmosphere.

The hotel offers free breakfast and also the occasional complimentary drink. If you need to sweat out the free drinks, there are also two free fitness centers.

Parking at this Residence Inn costs $16 per night. The average weekday rates go anywhere between $200 and $300 per night, while the average weekend rate is $139 and up.

650 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22203

7. Stafford House

3746 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Photo via Stafford House

Stafford House is a charming and spacious bed & breakfast, located in Fairfax, Virginia. It is about 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., depending on traffic. Every room has a working fireplace, wooden floors, and porcelain claw-footed bathtubs.

The large beds are very inviting, being decorated with comforters reminiscent of an English countryside. The unique space is refreshingly different after a long day or night in D.C. There is free Wi-Fi, cable, flat screen TVs, bottled water, and a coffee maker. As an extra perk, Donna the Chef prepares a complimentary breakfast every morning. It is wheeled to your room at the hour of your choosing.

Each room at the Stafford has a private entrance and parking. The lawn leading up to the resort is ordained with colorful flowers. These floral arrangements further foster the ambience of love.

According to reviews online, this is a great retreat for couples or wedding parties. The rooms look like something out of a Nicholas Spark’s novel and provide a romantic honeymoon feel shrouded in a laidback atmosphere. The location is smack dab in the middle of Fairfax’s nightlife and restaurants. It is also not too far from Alexandria, which is approximately 20 minutes away. 

Rooms here average between $129 to $199 per night. Of course, the price changes due to demand, season, and double occupancy.

3746 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030

8. Old Colony Inn

1101 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Photo via Google Street View

The Old Colony Inn is a Best Western boutique hotel. The old timey building is a short walk from the scenic, historic, and lively Old Town Alexandria. The hotel offers great rates and comfortable, clean rooms.  From the lodging, one need only to take a 10-minute stroll to get to the Braddock Road Metro station. From here, weary travelers are propelled into nearby Washington D.C.  Don’t feel like walking? That’s fine. 

The hotel also offers a free shuttle service from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bus regularly travels to and from the close at hand Washington Regan airport. Anticipate your arrival and departure experience being far less stressful. You can be transported into the heart of Old Town Alexandria or easily dropped off at the Braddock Road Metro mentioned previously. The shuttle goes anywhere within a three-mile radius of the hotel. No need to worry about getting a last minute taxi or Uber. You’re taken care of.

The Old Colony Inn also offers complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, conference rooms, and a pet friendly community for service dogs.

The weekly rates fluctuate in the lower one hundreds and tend to drop on weekends.

1101 N Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314

9. Embassy Suites by Hilton

1900 Diagonal Rd, Alexandria, VA 22314
Photo via Google Street View

This is a great hotel if you’re not traveling alone. It’s also great if you like to spread out in the lap of luxury. All of the rooms at Embassy are as its name implies, suites. They come with a living room area as well as a lush, clean, and contemporary sleeping space.

The outside of the building is impressive and grandiose. Lights ordain the brick for story upon story, beaconing visitors like an accomplished and bustling casino in Las Vegas. The hotel is 10 to 20 minutes from D.C., whether you’re traveling into the city by car or Metro. If one wishes to take the Metro, the King Street Metro location is two minutes away by foot. There is also a free trolley constantly going up and down King Street to scuttle you on your way. If you drive to the hotel, it costs $32 dollars per night to park in their garage.

The hotel is located in the always buzzing miniature city of Old Town. Here, one can experience an intoxicating nightlife, while also seeing buildings resurrected centuries ago during the colonial birth of America.

The hotel has many amenities, some of which include a business center, meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. There is a happy hour here every day from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The prices are reasonable and fluctuate between the mid $100s to $300s, depending on season and availability. Upgraded suites will cost the traveler more.

1900 Diagonal Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314

10. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The Gaylord is an extremely popular resort and convention center. The illustrious building attracts visitors of all nationalities and occupations. This resort is a fantastic place to take a date for a romantic evening. It’s permeated with the remarkable ambiance of the Maryland’s Inner Harbor.

The 19-story glass atrium in the foyer is truly a sight to see as well. The inside of the resort is expansive and spread out. It’s as if the building was hollowed out in the middle so it could hold a pristine shopping mall in its core. Guests, dozens of stories above, are able to look down on the visitors milling about below as they peruse stores and restaurants. Businesses and special interest groups hold conferences in the many meeting rooms year-round. There always seems to be something unique happening in the hotel. 

This first-class resort has a spa, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and is a mere eight miles south of the nation’s capital, which is about 20 to 30 minutes by car. Surrounding the hotel is the National Harbor. The Harbor is a local and tourist hotspot, filled to the brim with restaurants, high-end fashion stores, and stylish bars. Walk a few minutes and you will reach the Potomac River. From there, you can hop aboard a ferry or boat and enjoy the picturesque scenery of Maryland.

One can also take a date or a family member for a flight into the clouds on the nearby ferris wheel, which sits precariously amongst a crowded boardwalk overlooking the Potomac. A free shuttle from the Gaylord will take its guests to the nearby Tangier outlet mall and the MGM National Harbor casino, which just opened recently.

The average price of a room is between $229 and $249. This price is subject to change depending on the type of room as well as room availability.

201 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill, MD 20745