5 Great Budget Accommodations in Washington DC

Traveling to the US capital but don’t have enough funds to stay in a fancy hotel? Have no fear—there are plenty of budget accommodations in Washington DC that will give you a starred hotel experience without burning through your wallet. Check out our top picks for awesome yet affordable hotels in DC.

Duo Housing Hostel

1223 11th Street NW, Washington DC


If you don’t mind sleeping in a dorm-style, mixed-gender room and sharing a bathroom with other guests, Duo Housing Hostel may be a smart choice. Located in Downtown DC, this hostel is a 20-minute walk to most attractions in the National Mall. Duo Housing provides guests with free Wi-Fi access, as well as free breakfast. It additionally has a rooftop terrace where you can chill and maybe enjoy a barbecue. Be prepared to go barefoot, though, as Duo Housing tries to keep its premises cleaner by implementing a no-shoes policy.

Highlander Motel

3336 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Highlander Motel may not be located within Washington DC itself, but you won’t need to rent a car to get to DC if you decide to stay here. You can simply use the Metro, as this establishment is only a 5-minute walk from the Virginia Square Metro Station. Riding the Metro will get you to DC in approximately 15 minutes. If you do bring a car, parking is free at the motel. Highlander Motel has standard rooms that can sleep up to four guests. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi and free breakfast during your stay there.

Malolo Bed and Breakfast

5213 B Street SE, Washington DC

Though it’s a bus ride away from the National Mall and the central attractions of Washington DC, Malolo Bed and Breakfast offers the experience of staying in a family home while on your travels. The rooms are spacious, comfy, and tastefully decorated, and you’ll have breakfast awaiting you in the morning. Dinner when you come back too, as long as you give the staff advance notice. Other amenities include free high-speed Wi-Fi, a Metro Smart-Trip Card, and a ride to Benning Road Metro Station.

Mt. Vernon Square Bed and Breakfast

400 M Street NW, Washington DC

Mt. Vernon Square Bed and Breakfast is right smack in Downtown DC, just a few steps away from attractions like the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the International Spy Museum. If you feel like a stroll, the Capitol, the National Mall, and the White House are a 30-minute walk away. If you want to venture even further, there are a number of bus stops just outside the B&B. The B&B is small and cozy, with only four guestrooms. You’ll get free Wi-Fi and breakfast during your stay there, as well as access to a self-service laundry room.

Weichert Suites

565 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC

If you’re planning an extended stay, your ideal budget accommodations in Washington DC may come in the form of serviced apartments. The Weichert Suites is one such serviced apartment. Located in Downtown DC, it’s only a few minutes from the central attractions of the US capital, and there are a lot of dining options available nearby. If you don’t feel like eating out, you can cook your own meal in the apartment’s modern and well-equipped kitchen. There’s also free Wi-Fi available. If you need to work out, the Weichert Suites has its own gym. There’s also a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy views of the capital.

The hotel you’re staying in while you’re in DC shouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket. You can find plenty of budget accommodations in Washington DC, where you can experience a 5-star hotel stay for much, much less.

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