Myself and my girlfriend will be visiting Washington D.C. in July. I've been having a look at hotels and think I have narrowed it down to the following (based on Tripadvisor reviews and Trivago prices!). In no particular order:
Hotel Lombardy - 2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW - FOGGY BOTTOM?
Grand Hyatt Washington - 1000 H St NW - PENN QUARTER
Loews Madison Hotel - 1177 15th St NW - DOWNTOWN?
Kimpton Palomar - 2121 P St NW - DUPONT CIRCLE
They are all within budget (the Palomar is slightly over budget, but we stayed in a Kimpton in Chicago last year and were very impressed). Looking at Google maps, he Grand Hyatt and Madison seem to be the best located for the main sights, but I have seen many posts on Tripadvisor recommending the Dupont Circle area as a good place to stay.
We would most likely be interested in seeing the usual stuff: The White House, Capitol, National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, Lincoln Memorial etc and also have a trip to Mount Vernon planned (by boat) and are also hoping to book a Pentagon Tour. We'd like to be located near to restaurants, shops etc too. The Grand Hyatt is the cheapest option so if that's in a good area and easy to get to the sights listed above, then that would be great. I've read it's on top of the Metro Center, so easy to get to and from everywhere (though we will most likely be doing a lot of walking anyway to be honest). The Dupont Circle area looked like it was a lot further from the main attractions, but if someone who knows the area could confirm? We'll more than likely visit all of these areas anyway, but any advice on the hotels and locations above would be great.
Thanks very much.