Where to stay in Washington DC with a car?

January 31st, 2013

Question by Andrea: Where to stay in Washington DC with a car?
My husband and I are planning a 3 day trip to Washington DC and I have no idea where we should stay. We’ll be driving in and I don’t want to pay a fortune for parking. We don’t mind a short ride on the metro to get to attractions as we plan on leaving the car at the hotel. We’d like somewhere safe and not too far from downtown. Any suggestions? I was looking at Alexandria or that area but I just have no idea. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Answer by DON W
Consider the Holiday Inn in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. They typically provide free parking (you can double-check with them on that). They are an easy five minute walk to the Ballston Metro station, where you can get an Orange line train into DC. Ballston is safe, with lots of nice restaurants and stores (check out the Ballston shopping mall, which is connected via aerial bridge to the Metro station).

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  1. peacefuldisaster says:

    Both Alexandria and Arlington have large hotels in their central areas that charge for parking. But both cities have many good hotels just a mile or two from the city centers with free parking and are still close to metro stations. Examples: Eisenhower Ave in Alexandria has a Holiday Inn and a Marriott Courtyard with a metro station within walking distance. Richmond Hwy south (Rt 1) has a Hampton Inn, Springhill Suites, and a Best Western. Several good hotels on Leesburg Pike also.

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