Metro Center is the central station in the mass-transit system of Washington, D.C. The downtown stop is on the Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.
Staying nearby places you amid lots of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, with easy access to most of Washington and parts of Virginia and Maryland. There are plenty of hotels in the area; here are some of the closest:
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The luxury Willard is one of Washington’s iconic hotels. It has hosted every president since Millard Fillmore. Julia Ward Howe wrote “Battle Hymn of the Republic” within its walls. Ulysses S. Grant drank whiskey and smoked cigars here, and legend has it that the term lobbyist was coined to describe the favor-seekers who approached him. I’ve enjoyed drinking and dining at its historic Round Robin Bar for decades. The Willard is about a five-minute walk to Metro Center.
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 believed to have conducted business here. It is about a five-minute walk from Metro Center. 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.
This upscale hotel offers spacious rooms and several restaurants. It is a couple of blocks from Metro Center; it is also a short walk to several Smithsonian museums.
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 a five- to ten-minute walk to Metro Center. It is also catty-cornered from the Capital One Arena.
This select-service hotel offers comfortable rooms with microwaves and mini-fridges, a complementary breakfast buffet in the morning and coffee and tea all day, and a restaurant and lobby bar. It is about a 10-minute walk to Metro Center.
I fell in love with travel on a trip to Mexico when I was nine years old. Since then, I’ve travelled the globe from Israel to El Salvador. I’ve skied the Swiss Alps and hiked national parks like Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, and Virgin Islands. I’ve marvelled at masterpieces in the Prado, the Uffizi, the Huntington, and the National Gallery of Art. I’ve stayed in a cabin on a mountaintop in Norway and on a kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and been kicked out of the Ritz at the Place Vendôme. I’ve taken cooking classes from New England to the Caribbean, and watched a chef prepare traditional shakshuka in the kitchen of his restaurant in Tel Aviv. I weave historical research and my personal experiences together in writing this blog. I hope you find it helpful. Read more …