We are traveling to VA from November 6-13th, 2014. There will be 3 adults and 5 kids. We are a homeschooling family taking an extended field trip to see our nation's capital. I am interested in staying in Alexandria and taking the metro in to D.C. for sightseeing. We will be renting a minivan for transportation. Everything is coming together well except for our lodging. Since we are a large group, our only choices seem to be house rentals that are out of our budget ($200/night) or hotels that are too small to fit all of us in one suite.
Does anyone know of an affordable place to fit all of us, or should we adjust our expectations? Thanks for your help!