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7 Hotels near Smithsonian Metro Station in Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Station

Smithsonian Station is a convenient Metro stop on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  It is within one mile of several popular sites, including:


Smithsonian Station is on the Blue, Orange, and Silver Metro lines.  If you stay near the stop, you will have efficient access to most of Washington, as well as parts of Virginia and Maryland.

There are lots of hotels within walking distance of Smithsonian Station.  Here are some of the closest:

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Waldorf Astoria Washington D.C.

This luxury hotel took over the Old Post Office Pavilion building that once housed the Trump International Hotel.  It boasts spacious rooms, excellent service, and a spectacular lobby bar displaying an enviable collection of crystal decanters.  The Waldorf is a five- to ten-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station; it is also within a mile of ten open Smithsonian venues on the National Mall.

Riggs Washington D.C.

This boutique hotel occupies one of the few remaining Romanesque Revival buildings in Washington.  It used to house a leading bank, and 23 presidents are known to have conducted business there.  It is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Smithsonian Station.  It is also near Ford’s Theater, where you can see a show, take a guided tour, and view the flag-draped (no-longer-used) Presidential Box.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco
Washington D.C.

This historic hotel occupies a 19th-century building that once housed the General Post Office.  It features high ceilings, grand hallways, and a stunning lobby with complementary coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.  It is also catty-cornered from the Capital One Arena.  It is about a 15-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.

Hilton Washington D.C.
National Mall the Wharf

This upscale hotel sits in L’Enfant Plaza, midway between the National Mall and the Wharf, a vibrant waterfront strip teeming with lots of restaurants and shops.  The building formerly housed the Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel (where my parents used to stay when they came to visit me in college).  It is a five- to ten-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.

Holiday Inn
Washington Capitol — National Mall

This midscale hotel has two restaurants, a spacious lobby, and a roof-top pool and bar.  It is a five- to ten-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.

Hyatt House
Washington D.C. — the Wharf

This extended-stay hotel features a great location on the Wharf, and many suites boast beautiful views of the Potomac River.  It offers a complementary breakfast, and food at the bar in the evenings.  It has ample outdoor lounge space, including a roof-top pool.  It is a 10- to 15-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.

Hyatt Place Washington D.C. — National Mall

This select-service hotel offers spacious rooms, complementary breakfast, and a roof-top bar.  It is a 10- to 15-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.

Bon voyage!  

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