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While you’re likely coming to The District (locals don’t call it “Washington,” that’s reserved for “that other Washington”) to visit one of the 19 free Smithsonian Institution museums or to whisper a secret to Honest Abe, you’re also sure to enjoy the Michelin-level dining and the nightlife. Below are 10 Washington, DC Airbnbs each with their own vibe, style, and level of luxury for you to take advantage of everything DChas to offer in just a short walk or a quick train ride.
1. Capitol Hill suite with views of Supreme Court, Library of Congress
Best for: Solo travelers, remote workers, couples
Capitol Hill is the oldest neighborhood in Washington, DC. The Capitol itself was the first government building to be constructed in the city (The White House was the second) and so it’s only natural that buildings would spring up around it. The Supreme Court is just outside of your window at this studio suite. Framed pictures of founders line the interior walls and really enhance the historical vibe. The cozy space provides a place to unwind and the modern kitchen gives you the option to cook if the many nearby restaurants don’t fit your needs. “The Hill” is DC’s largest and most diverse neighborhood, comprising million-dollar townhomes, five-star restaurants, dive bars, and everything in between.
Closest Metro: Capitol South (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines)
Two guests, studio
Price: $96 per night
2. Two-bedroom platinum suite walking distance to Monument, Memorials, and museums
Best for: Couples, small groups
This downtown Washington, DC Airbnb is within walking distance to every museum and national monument including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the underrated star of the Mall: the FDR Memorial. There’s a king-sized bed and a queen-sized bed, and limestone countertops in the kitchen. The unit has a washer and dryer, daily linen service, and television with free HBO, but the real perk is that this is the closest you can get to the White House without being escorted off the premises for trespassing.
Closest Metro Stop: Farragut West (Blue Line)
Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $285 per night
3. Modern apartment in historic Georgetown
Best for: Solo travelers, couples, remote workers
This modern apartment has a fully remodeled kitchen. Brightly lit, clean, and spacious, it’s perfect for remote workers looking for a bit of a slower pace in the city or for couples who want to be in one of the more expensive neighborhoods but remain within walking or biking distance of the action. The beautiful apartment is near the starting point for a secluded biking and hiking trail that goes all the way to Pittsburgh (if you’re feeling adventurous).
Closest Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line). Since there is no Metro stop in Georgetown, we recommend either taking a free Circulator bus from K Street or renting a Capital Bikeshare and pedaling from Dupont.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $133 per night
4. Union Market penthouse apartment with epic view
Best for: Long-term stays
Union Market comprises a number of smaller sub-neighborhoods, including Swampoodle, a name derived as a portmanteau of swamp and puddle, used by an 1850s reporter to describe conditions in the burgeoning area. The floor-to-ceiling windows of this penthouse apartment look out over a quiet street in Northeast DC. The newly renovated condo has private everything: bedroom, living area, kitchen, bathroom, and even an entrance through a majestic garden. There’s even a fold-out couch for jealous friends. And if you’re a sucker for spiral staircases, you’re doubly in luck.
Closest Metro: NoMa-Gallaudet U (Red Line)
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $156 per night
5. Stunning art-filled loft in heart of city, perfect for small groups
Best for: Small groups, foodies
Near the convention center and just east of downtown, this immaculate loft showcases the city’s flair for the creative. It’s walkable to dining options and the sights of downtown and it’s just a quick train ride to Capitol Hill, the National Mall, and the Smithsonian museums. Though with the decor of this place, we suggest allocating some time for an art tour on-premises.
Closest Metro: Mt. Vernon Square, 7th St. Convention Center (Yellow Line)
Five guests, two bedrooms
Price: $429 per night
6. Luxury studio in Navy Yard near Nats stadium, dining, historical tours
Best for: Baseball fans, political buffs
Navy Yard is, like NoMa, is one of DC’s newest neighborhoods. Because of the proximity to the Capitol, many politicians rent apartments in Navy Yard, thereby providing the likeliest opportunities to hobnob with those who work in Congress. This unit is among the more luxurious Washington, DC Airbnbs because the property has two gyms, a yoga studio, two pools, a concierge, and a full library on site, as well as a washer/dryer and a rooftop with spectacular views of the Capitol. Sure, there’s a king-sized bed and a full kitchen, too, but you were likely already sold on this place.
Closest Metro: Navy Yard — Ballpark (Green Line)
Four guests, studio
Price: $149 per night
7. Chic one-bedroom in Mt. Pleasant near National Zoo
Best for: All-around sightseeing
This Mt. Pleasant apartment is within walking distance to both Rock Creek Park (perfect for hiking and picnicking) and the National Zoo. It has a localized HVAC system (rare for older buildings in the city), along with Wi-Fi, a smart TV, a washer/dryer, and a dishwasher. This central location in one of the best neighborhoods in the city is ideal for visitors who want to see everything in DC, even beyond Capitol Hill.
Closest Metro: Columbia Heights (Green Line)
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $99 per night
8. The Castle on 22nd, ideal stay for large groups
Best for: Large groups
This Langen home is palatial: seven beds, four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, all newly renovated. It has private parking with space enough for 10 cars. This is not typical of the city, so if being in the thick of nightlife isn’t appealing or if you’re a group of tourists or a large family, this is the spot. Chuck Brown Memorial Park is nearby, and if you’re lucky, you’re there on a day when go-go is blasting, the children are out playing, and the neighborhood feels like a community.
Closest Metro: Rhode Island Avenue (Red Line)
Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $192 per night
9. Perfect one-bedroom for longer stays, remote workers, interns/students
Best for: Students, tourists, remote workers, long-term stays, opera or live theater patrons
This apartment is ideal for longer stays. It’s a clean, comfortable place to call home while you visit your family or friends who are going to school at George Washington University, or if you yourself have business in the city that necessitates more than a few days here. And if you have neither, you’re walking distance of the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall, as well as historic Georgetown. The apartment itself is modern with a fancy black-and-white kitchen backsplash you’ll likely want for your own place. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample light and a tree-lined landscape to look over while sipping that morning coffee from the Keurig machine in the kitchen.
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom (Blue and Orange lines)
Three guests, one bedroom
Price: $125 per night
10. Sunny one-bedroom in Adams Morgan neighborhood
Best for: cost-conscious travelers, weekend warriors, the bar scene
The listing for this Washington, DC Airbnb praises the accommodation’s “quality mattress” and if that itself isn’t enough to sell you, the apartment building is described as “friendly.” There is a full kitchen (for when DC’s famed jumbo pizza slices have overstayed their welcome in the fridge), a comfortable living room, and a balcony overlooking Columbia Road. There’s Wi-Fi, of course, but no television, which shouldn’t be a problem considering the wealth of entertainment and dining options within walking distance.
Closest Metro: Woodley Park (Red Line) or Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow Lines)
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $65 per night
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