Anyone have any good information on Washington D.C. I am going for my first time and don't know what neighborhood to stay in or what bars/clubs to go to. I know what sights to see but any info on good hotels and restaurants would be appreciated. I would like to spend less than $200 a night.
Have a look at hostelbookers and hostelz.com, I always find them helpful. I didn't book quickly enough when I went to DC and ended up having to pay a little more and stayed in what turned out to be a really wonderful guesthouse. I stayed on T street, but I cant remember what the area was called. The subway was pretty near and only about 4 stops to downtown. I really liked Washington DC, although I've heard a lot of people who didn't. You can quite easily walk between all the sites providing you're moderately fit.
Have a good time!
Hotels in DC are always expensive, but there are bargains to be found outside of the city in Maryland or Virginia. Just check the DC metro map for where the trains run., and how close you are to a station.
There is a Holiday Inn near the Van Ness Metro on Connecticut Ave for around $100 a night and its close to good night life and sightseeing.
The Dc metro only runs until midnight on weekdays and 3 on weekend, so youll want to be careful about nightlife becuase the cabs are EXPENSIVE!
I will be happy to give you more info on DC, places to go, etc.. when you know exactly where you will stay. Take care
Don't know if you've already made decisions, but here a few thoughts quick. Try the Washington Circle Hotel. It's not in the real touristy area, but in a nice one, close to the Foggy Bottom Metro Stop. The hotel is very nice, a suites type one with mini kitchens (and there's a Trader Joe's nearby.) Located not too far from Georgetown, the Kennedy Center, and GWU. Restaurants I highly recommend are Filomena's, Clyde's, and Pizza Paradiso. Also Five Guys Burgers and Fries comes highly recommended, though I've never gotten there. Though you said you know what to see, be sure not to miss the FDR Memorial, it's the best! And the Kennedy Center has free concerts every day at around 6 - you can get a schedule online I think, and they tend to be pretty good, lasting about an hour. Good luck!
I second that of the FDR memorial, almost everyone skips it because of its location, but it is well worth a visit. Also for good noghtlife thats not too expensive try the U street corridor. They have great jazz and blues bars in a much more authentic DC setting that the trendy whitebread bars of Georgetown and Dupont Circle.
Thanks for the feedback. We will definitely see the FDR memorial and have decided on a hotel in Dupont Circle - Madera hotel. I am not much into jazz and more of an ex-raver who has aged into her late 20's. Any ideas for nightclubs with house/techno/breakbeats? Thanks also for the restaurant recommendations!
Comfortabe and reasonable. I stayed there my last time in DC. I paid 109.00 per night.
I do a lot of traveling for my job and hate the burden of finding a good hotel... so I tend to stick with my rewards program in order to get free perks.
When I visit DC, I usually stick to Renaissance M. Street Hotel. It usually runs me around $150 a night with the exception of holidays and I get Marriott Reward Points for my stay
Apart from hostels you can usually find good deals in nearby Maryland or Virginia (Arlington area). It'll take a bit of searching though. Don't be afraid to ask locals about things to do. I found them quite friendly and helpful compared to locals from other cities in the US. Don't use cabs unless you're willing to splash the cash.