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Really important to stay within walking distance to sites?

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Really important to stay within walking distance to sites?

Our family is coming to D.C at the very beginning of April. I have researched and found a great Hampton Inn in Crystal City and it's very close to a metro stop for $168 for 2 queens with breakfast. Is it important to stay within walking distance to sites? I could pay another $100 per night to stay at a hotel in walking distance to the mall if it was worth it. Can anyone advise?

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1. Re: Really important to stay within walking distance to sites?

Look at the costs of travel into the city each day for your family. You might also book a refundable reservation and cancel if you find something better later on.

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2. Re: Really important to stay within walking distance to sites?

It is not that important to be within walking distance. You do want to be convenient to metro.

All these hotels do business so it is just personal choice. Remember the mall is a couple of miles long so walking distance depends on where you are measuring from and to. We have stayed at a hotel walking distance to Capitol hill but if you walked all the way to the Jeff it was 4 miles from the hotel.

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3. Re: Really important to stay within walking distance to sites?

In fact, it is exteremly UNimportant to be near the sites, especially since you can only be near a few of them. Taking the Metro for a few dollars a day to save $100 or more is definitely worth it. Since the National Mall itself is 2.5 miles long, which hotels will be the closest to everything? None of them; some are close to some of them, most are 1/2 mile away, so stay 5 miles away and get into town in 10-15 minutes; every famous place is the same 10-15 minutes away, compared to half of them if you stay in DC itself.

nps.gov/nama/…NACCmap1.pdf

Bottom line: Unless saving an few hundred dollars is not important to you, stay in Crystal CIty! Thousands of visitors stay there every day.

Edited: 03 July 2014, 17:08
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4. Re: Really important to stay within walking distance to sites?

Here is a Metro Rail Map: The Blue and Yellow Line both stop at Crystal City. There are major easy transfer points at Gallery Place, Metro Center, and L'Enfant Plaza. And on weekdays, there is a train every 3-6 minutes. On weekends, construction sometimes makes them run a tad less often.

wmata.com/rail/docs/color_map_silverline.pdf

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5. Re: Really important to stay within walking distance to sites?

Keep in mind that early April is Cherry Blossom Festival time and is extra busy with tourists. Hotel prises tend to be higher than some other times. Don't put off making your reservations. Crystal City is a good place to stay and really a quick ride to The Mall.

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