I am in charge of the plans for a DC trip for my son's 8th grade class. I have been reading everything I can get my hnads on before making the decision about hotel accomodations. Based on reading the DC forums I have narrowed it down to Crystal City, Dupont Circle and Alexandria. I would appreciate anyone knowlegeable with these three areas to weigh in on which would be best based on the following criteria. Metro availabiliy and ease, safety for students and low to moderate priced eateries in area. of course, if anyone has a recomendation about a particular hotel it would be welcome. We will arrive at Reagan and count on the metro for transportation. Since the students are raising 100% of the travel expenses Ritz Carlton type accomodations are out of the question. Thank you in advance for your assistance.