A trip to the capital of the United States? Discover with us where to stay in Washington!
Otherwise known as the Washington District of Columbia – to avoid confusing it with Washington State – the American federal capital is an independent city with 646,449 intramural inhabitants covering an area of 177 km² and 5.8 million inhabitants throughout the urban area. It is the 7th largest city in the United States and the seat of many American political institutions: the White House, the Capitol, the World Bank, the American Federal Reserve (known as the FED), the Supreme Court and 176 embassies. As is often the case in the United States, the price of accommodation to sleep in Washington will be quite high.
Perhaps the most interesting districts in Washington are National Mall, Dupont Circle, Anacostia and Adams Morgan. Each of them – and others such as Southwest, Waterfront, Capitol Hill, Penn Quarter, Foggy Bottom or Georgetown – offer a unique atmosphere. Here’s where to stay in Washington.
Located on the banks of the Potomac River, National Mall is the district of must-see sites, very popular with tourists. Many buildings, museums, monuments and memorials are concentrated there: the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Second World War Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the White House and the Capitol, etc. This institutional district houses all the country’s major museums, from the National Museum of American History, to the National Gallery of Art, to the National Air and Space Museum. In addition to these world-famous monuments, a gigantic eponymous park stretches from east to west, from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. It is therefore the ideal place to stay in Washington if you visit the city in a short period of time. However, staying at National Mall will be expensive.
Dupont Circle – or Rond-point Dupont – is a vibrant and lively, cosmopolitan district north of National Mall, where there are many historic homes, bars and restaurants to dine in. It is one of Washington’s most popular neighborhoods for the capital’s gay and lesbian community and the nightlife is very lively. Local sociology is made up of families living in residential dwellings, while a stone’s throw away are the main boulevards, occupied by young students. By choosing to look for a place to stay in Dupont Circle, there is something for everyone!
Capitol Hill is Washington’s institutional district: it is home to the Capitol, which hosts the United States Congress, but also to 19th century Victorian architectural houses, many shops for shopping and terraces for dining. Living in Washington, D.C. in the Capitol Hill district will be expensive, as the population is quite affluent. Finding cheap and comfortable accommodation in Capitol Hill would be like looking to buy a cheap apartment in the 16th arrondissement of Paris: impossible!
Located north of the city center, Adams Morgan is frequently cited as a pleasant place to stay in Washington. It is a multicultural, colourful area – Victorian architecture is prominent -, cosmopolitan and lively where most of the nightlife takes place. If you want to party with thirsty night owls – especially on the U Street Corridor – this is the place to book accommodation to sleep in Washington. Located between 16th Street and Connecticut Avenue, the district attracts young professionals and students, and for good reason: it is home to a large concentration of bars, restaurants, discos, cafés, bars, art galleries, bookstores and trendy boutiques. The inhabitants of the district come from different nations and cultures, which makes it a very cosmopolitan district. On the other hand, by choosing to stay in Adams Morgan, you will be a little far from the city centre.