I am looking for a really cool family hotel in the Washington DC area?

December 5th, 2011
Hotel in Washington
by Paul-W

Question by TigerMike1975: I am looking for a really cool family hotel in the Washington DC area?
I am looking for a family fun hotel in the Washington DC area that has attractions like water slides, Miniature golf or other fun family/child activities. My child will be 10 years old and wants to visit the White House so I am looking into planning a trip and feel a hotel with some action will be essential to adding fun to this trip in addition to the sightseeing and history that DC has to offer. Any suggestions would be helpful!

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Answer by DON W
Unfortunately I can’t think of any hotels in the DC area that fit what you’re looking for. While many of them are family-friendly, that means basic swimming pools, free breakfasts, and not that much more. What you are looking for are resort hotels, and DC isn’t a resort city.

With that said, if you book a hotel in the close-in suburbs, you can use the Metro subway system to get downtown each day to the sights. Most kids enjoy riding on Metro!

You may want to get onto http://www.hotels.com and look for hotels in the Ballston section of Arlington, Virginia, which is connected to downtown via Metro. There’s a large indoor shopping mall at Ballston, on the top floor of which is a massive public ice skating rink (they rent skates). It’s popular because it’s the “practice ice” for the Washington Capitals, and during the hockey season you can (for free) watch them practice, and then go to the second rink (there are two) and skate yourself.

Be aware that in order to obtain passes for the White House tour, you need to reserve them about 4-6 months in advance through your US Congressman’s office. His or her website will provide directions for how to request them. After you put your request in, you have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Ever since 9/11, it’s not easy to get them.

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