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Nationals Park...some questions

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Nationals Park...some questions

We are thinking of visiting WDC and are hoping to catch a Nationals game in August. We've heard the surrounding area isn't the greatest so we're looking to stay in Dupont Circle and use public transportation to get to the stadium. We're interested in Carlyle Suites. Any advice on this hotel and area? Is public transportation convenient to travel to the stadium? TIA

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1. Re: Nationals Park...some questions

The area around Nationals Park is rapidly improving. But Dupont Circle is a much nicer neighborhood. It is easy to get to the ballpark using Metro, so no need to stay nearby. Carlyle Suites is a good choice though it is not as close to a Metro station as many other hotels.

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2. Re: Nationals Park...some questions

Nationals Park is great for the game but by all accounts the recently revitalized area still needs to grow a bit to become interesting and attractive outside the gates. If you’re coming in August, dress for heat and humidity. Carlyle Suites is a popular small neighborhood hotel and is situated on New Hampshire Avenue between R and S Streets, NW, in Dupont Circle. I haven’t stayed there [and haven’t checked rates] but as a local resident I’ve been to the bar, the lounge, and functions in the meeting rooms. They offer good door service and cabs are usually available out front. At Carlyle Suites you’ll be about a ten minute walk from the Red Line [Metro]. You’ll also be near a grocery store [Safeway on 17th Street]. Walk north up 18th Street, NW for ten or fifteen minutes and you’ll come to Adams Morgan and plenty of places to dine. Walk east to the 14th Street corridor [increasingly revitalized] and you’ll find food, shops, and nightlife. The Dupont Circle area is full of embassies, some of which are housed in turn-of-the-century mansions. The street-level architecture is great if you like row houses. Dupont Circle is a pedestrian-friendly area; be sure to visit the circle itself. Dupont is also home to one of America’s best small museums [Phillips Gallery]. Enjoy your visit.

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The main focus of our visit is to visit the ballpark. We're thinking of staying 2 nights and exploring a bit. Is the Carlyle a good location to visit the White House and other landmarks?

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4. Re: Nationals Park...some questions

Yes, the Carlyle Suites is a fine choice. You can walk down to the White House is less than 30 minutes.

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5. Re: Nationals Park...some questions

The Carlyle Suites is a good hotel for all the reasons noted. However you might want to look at one of the hotels in the Penn Quarter around Gallery Place, e.g. the Hotel Monaco. Such hotels are going to be walking distance from Green Line Metro stops, which will let you get to and from the ballpark without having to change trains. The Penn Quarter is also a vibrant area in terms of having many places to eat and shop. It also puts you closer to the National Mall, albeit at the eastern end, which is heavily dominated by museums. The Carlyle Suites is going to be closer to the monuments at the western end of the National Mall.

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I used to work near Nationals Park and agree the area is pretty nice, there are some nice bars and restaurants down that way that have been built in the last 2-3 years. I'd recommend taking public transportation to get down there, parking is very expensive.

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7. Re: Nationals Park...some questions

Even if you wanted to stay near the Stadium, there are almost no quality hotels there, other than at game time the neighborhood is quite empty, but not dangerous at all. It's like staying at Citi Field; nothing much else there.

Dupont Circle is like staying at a mixture of Greenwich Village and 5th Avenue and Soho (since you are a New Yorker). The best place to be 24 hours per day, and be able to get to the game easily using the Glenmont platform of the Red Line to Gallery Place, then the Green Line on the Branch Avenue track (some say Anacostia, they are just game day extra shuttle trains, don't take a Yellow Line train at all) to Navy Yard-Ball Park station).

wmata.com/rail/docs/color_map_silverline.pdf

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August weather can be pretty brutal in DC, due to the heat and humidity. I especially recommend that if you are planning to attend a DAY game at Nats Park, get a shaded seat. Can recommend the 200 level on the third base side, especially closer to the top of the seating area. You'll be seated in the shade and out of the rain (if applicable).

If you stay at the Courtyard Marriott/Navy Yard, you can walk to the game. That is not a bad area and has a few good restaurants and a Starbucks right there. And you're essentially across the street from the Navy Yard subway station for easy access downtown.

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9. Re: Nationals Park...some questions

For two days and only one game, you want to stay in an area with more interest & amenities than Navy Yard. Dupont is nice, but the red line is not as convenient to tourist sites as the Green/yellow or Blue/orange. I'd second the recommendation to stay in Penn. Quarter or Mt. Vernon Square - any place close to a green line station.

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10. Re: Nationals Park...some questions

Ok...so if we were considering Penn Quarter or Vermont Square, can anyone recommend hotels? Which is better if we'd like to see some of the national monuments?