Washington DC Family Hotels

Sleep! Every kid needs it; every parent loves it when they do it after a long day of sightseeing. What better way to relax in Washington, D.C. than to stay at one of the kid friendly hotels that lace the city proper and surrounding environs.

Washington DC’s kid-friendly hotels are about as numerous as the wonderful sights that await you in this lovely city. Parents have loads of hotel options in DC: luxurious European style comfort, moderately priced city escapes and bargain-based hotels with all the necessary amenities to make your children feel comfortable. Prices vary considerably and it is best to check for updated information.

Some of Washington, D.C.’s best kid friendly hotel options include:

Omni Loves Kids…
The Omni Shoreham Hotel is located in Washington‘s picturesque Rock Creek Park near the fun-filled National Zoo, a favorite attraction for families. The hotel claims to be as close to a resort as travelers will find in the middle of the nation‘s capitol.

The hotel features more than 800 guest rooms, each classic in style yet offering families modern amenities like Wi-Fi internet service and on-demand movies and Nintendo games.

The outdoor heated pool is one of the best features of the hotel, surrounded by lush greenery and always clean and welcoming.

For parents, there‘s a fitness center and sauna but they can also exercise without having to leave the kids, thanks to Omni‘s Get Fit Kit, available at the front desk. Some rooms even feature treadmills. Washington‘s downtown attractions are easily accessible from the Omni Shoreham Hotel on foot or via the Metro. Hungry kids will find plenty to eat at this hotel, from the casual Roberts Restaurant that serves all three meals to the pool bar for light fare to A Little Something Gourmet To Go, featuring take-out items from coffee to sandwiches.

Kid's Passport…
The Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is centrally located in the nation's capital, across from Potomac Park. Connected by a footbridge to the park, the hotel is four blocks from the Smithsonian Institution and five blocks from the National Mall. The White House and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial are a short easy walk away.

The hotel also includes a fitness center with water views and a 50 foot, heated indoor lap pool. Children are welcome at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. On arrival, children are given an animated map and a kid's passport. Younger visitors receive a soft plush Gund dog to keep them company throughout their stay.

A private gallery exhibiting fine art in a unique arrangement with the Smithsonian Institution is open on site for guests to view. Insider tip: Directly outside of the Mandarin Oriental is a great breakfast cafe serving bagels and coffees.

Nintendo and Yoga…
Hotel George bills itself as the "hippest" hotel in Washington DC. This newly renovated hotel, housed in a 1920s-era building, is indeed a great change from the usual chain hotels and at an affordable price as well. Furnishings in the 139 spacious rooms are sleek yet comfortable and family-friendly. In-room amenities include on demand movies and Nintendo, high speed internet and, for mom or dad, a complimentary in-room yoga program! The hotel is pet-friendly as well.

The location couldn‘t be better! Across the street from the U.S. Capitol Building and within walking distance of most major downtown attractions, the Hotel George puts families in the middle of the action. Bistro Bis, adjacent to the hotel, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a warm, friendly atmosphere. This hotel offers a number of vacation packages so be sure to check those out when you‘re making reservations. Many include tickets to local attractions or even to a Washington Nationals game.

Zoo and Center…
The Quincy is, quite obviously, located in the heart of Washington D.C.‘s downtown area, close to all the best attractions the capitol city has to offer. Recently renovated, this hotel was voted the best moderately priced hotel in D.C. by Frommers in 2002. Dubbed a boutique hotel, the guest rooms at the Quincy are certainly larger than those of many similarly titled hotels. This is an ideal choice for families as each suite offers a refrigerator, microwave, wet bar, and coffee maker, so keeping milk or formula cold is simple and its easy to prepare a quick meal or snack. Guests will also enjoy free continental breakfast every morning and can end their day with scrumptious cookies and milk served in the hotel‘s spacious lobby each evening. Several package deals are offered that may include such perks as tickets to the Kennedy Center or the National Zoo. There are 30 restaurants located within just a few blocks of the hotel, including 2 onsite, and though there are 2 Metro stations nearby, favored attractions like the Smithsonian Institution museums are within easy walking distance.

In the Presence of Politicians…
Club Quarters, located near the White House, is a new concept in lodging. These hotels, with several locations nationwide, are private, full service hotels for member organizations designed for the business traveler and subsidized for family and friends‘ use on weekends and holiday periods.

If you qualify for use of this hotel, your stay in D.C. will be quite pleasant. The rates are quite affordable in comparison with a traditional hotel and the security at Club Quarters is top-notch thanks to the presence of members of government agencies. Government employees are guaranteed per diem rates 365 days a year. The hotel includes several club-like services including a 24-hour service desk, a club room with complimentary coffee for the parents and games for the children, free use of a computer and printer, and exercise equipment. There‘s an onsite restaurant and an extensive room service menu and shopping service and refrigerator stocking is available as well.

It’s All About Image…
The Washington Plaza Hotel was built by famous architect Morris Lapidus, best known for his designs of the Fountainbleu and Eden Roc in Miami. Contemporary in style, this hotel welcomes visitors of all ages with its constantly-smiling staff and other great amenities. The hotel is located on Thomas Circle, just blocks from Washington D.C.‘s best attractions and close to the Metro.

The Plaza is amazingly large for a downtown hotel, boasting 340 lovely and spacious guest rooms.

Kids age 16 and under stay free with parents and pets are welcome as well, with a small deposit. The hotel used to have a glass-covered pool with retracting dome but now boasts a beautifully landscaped outdoor heated pool. Families can dine by the pool in the summer and there‘s also a children‘s activity room that‘s open during high vacation season. The onsite restaurant, Number Ten Thomas, offers all three meals and room service is available as well. There‘s also a gift shop, fitness room, and spa services. Indoor parking is available for a fee.

Vacation Station Toys…
Washington‘s Hilton Embassy Row is a European-style boutique hotel that‘s clean and classy, typical of all the Hilton hotels. Located just steps from dozens of embassies and near many other historic attractions as well, this hotel is a good choice for families. Amenities include a pool and fitness center as well as a limited number of children‘s activities.

The Vacation Station program, available at many Hilton-owned hotels, offers toys and games for kids who are vacationing at their family of hotels.

The concierge desk is eager to arrange sightseeing tours for your family as well. Dining is a delight at the Hilton Embassy Row. The International Marketplace Restaurant offers a great breakfast buffet 7-days a week and their lunch and dinner menus include kid‘s meals. Lots of other family-friendly restaurants are within walking distance. Check out the Hilton Family Connections program that provides coupons for food and attractions near the hotel.

Pop Rocks and Bunk Beds…
The Hotel Helix, a Washington D.C. boutique hotel, boasts a colorful and vibrant decor reminiscent of the 1960s, best described as fun. Kids will adore this hotel that stocks its mini-bar with Bugles and Pop Rocks and offers Bunk Rooms for families. They‘ll also love the Sony WEGA flat screen TVs with WebTV access and Nintendo games.

The Hotel Helix is pet-friendly too so Fido can join in on the fun. The concierge staff is terrific and offers assistance in finding hard to locate tickets to local events, arranging sightseeing, finding a kid-friendly restaurant for picky eaters, or locating stores to purchase late-night baby items.

Sightseeing is easy on foot or via the Metro. This hotel offers lots and lots of package plans that make your stay in Washington even more affordable.

Other great family hotels include:

Washington Suites Georgetown
The Melrose
Churchill Hotel
One Washington Circle
St Gregory Hotel and Suites
Holiday Inn Georgetown
Holiday Inn Capitol
Sheraton National Hotel

The above options are some of the most kid friendly hotels in Washington DC. Parents on a limited budget may also want to consider the multitude of budget motel options that Washington DC and the surrounding areas have. Kids under eighteen stay free in the room of their parents at the many of these establishments including Bugetel, Choice Hotels, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Motel 6 and Quality Inns.

It’s no secret that kids need to be pampered while on vacation. When visiting Washington DC, consider the kid friendly accommodation options on offer. They provide unique amenities and discounted prices that will make everyone happy. Have a good night’s sleep!

Omni Shoreham Hotel
The Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
Hotel George
U.S. Capitol Building
Lincoln Suites Downtown
Club Quarters
The Washington Plaza Hotel
Hilton Embassy Row
Hotel Helix
Travelodge Gateway
Washington Suites Hotel
The Melrose
Churchill Hotel
One Washington Circle
St Gregory Hotel and Suites
Days Hotel and Conference Center
Hilton Alexandria
Holiday Inn Georgetown
Holiday Inn Capitol
Sheraton National Hotel
Arlington Residence Court
The Jurys

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