Figure out where to stay during your visit with our handy guide to Washington's hotel hotspots...
Booking Washington DC Hotels in the central areas, which are packed with attractions, will help you to make the most of your time and save you the hassle of commuting in and out of town.
You can access all the city's main attractions on foot from Downtown, which houses a good scattering of luxury Washington hotels, but fewer budget options.
Swanky, historic Georgetown with its shops, bars and eateries is also worth considering, as long as you like walking (the central attractions are about 45 minutes away by foot).
If you are on a budget, and have your own car, however, hotels in the neighbouring states of Virginia and Maryland charge vastly reduced rates - just remember that parking in Washington DC can be a challenge.
For well-known chains, look out for hotels from Hampton Inn, Best Western, Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Park Hyatt, Omni, Mandarin Oriental, Ramada, Sheraton, W, Westin, Ritz Carlton, Renaissance, Sofitel, Loews, Hyatt Regency, Embassy Suites, Courtyard, Days Inn, Doubletree and Intercontinental.