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Penn Quarter / Chinatown Hotels

Penn Quarter underwent a swift revitalization during the past 10 years. Now the entire area is loaded with dining, nightlife, and hotels. There is not much in the way of residential living, but there are some new condo developments amidst the retail. What we like about Penn Quarter, in addition to the dining, is that there are two Metro hubs in the area: Metro Center and Gallery Place. These two hubs, that are only about 2 blocks apart, service all Metro lines when combined.

Hotel Monaco

Once a historic post office, the Hotel Monaco is now a chic hotel with a popular restaurant. The rooms are a little bigger than comparable hotels and the decorations manage to stay just on the tasteful end of garish.

Room Rating: 84
Cost: $300+

Courtyard Washington Convention Center

This hotel right in between the Metro Center and Gallery Place stations was once a bank. Not only does that mean interesting architecture, but also thick walls that keep out that city noise.

Room Rating: 83
Cost: $350+

Grand Hyatt Washington

A contemporary hotel with large windows, a pool, a lovely atrium, and a trying-slightly-too-hard-but-still-kind-of-cool bistro. The best part about the Grand Hyatt is its location, which is right on top of the Metro Center station. It even has an entrance right into the station for those cold/rainy/unbelievably hot days.

Room Rating: 83
Cost: $300+

Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, D.C.

Located in Chinatown, just north of the Verizon Center, this is one of the few hotels that offers complimentary breakfast and a fitness center to work it off. The rooms are simple, but clean and, if you want to get out of the room for a bit there is an Irish pub downstairs.

Room Rating: 80
Cost: $300+

Hampton Inn Washington Downtown-Convention Center

Like most Hampton Inns, this one is clean and simple, yet lovely. It offers free breakfast, a pool, and a fitness room which makes up for the chain-ness of the rooms. It is a little further away--just north of Chinatown and about 4 blocks to the Gallery Place Metro--but that keeps the price a little lower than similar properties.

Room Rating: 80
Cost: $275+

Airbnb Properties

While we haven't stayed in all of them (yet), here are some of our favorite listings in the Penn Quarter / Chinatown area. All are within an easy walk (<4 blocks) of a Metro station but not all have parking included. Normally we insist on parking, but there are so few in this non-residential area that we bent our rule a bit. We also generally only recommend listing where you get the entire apartment or house and that have air conditioning--unless you travel in the dead of winter, you might need it.

Please note that our description may not exactly match theirs. The hosts change them quite a lot.

1 Bedroom Apartment in the Heart of Penn Quarter

The location is the star here: this apartment is right in the heart of Penn Quarter, giving you access to bars, restaurants, and just about all the major museums. It's only a one bedroom and sparsely, but cleanly, decorated at $200/night (not including taxes and fees) and that doesn't include parking. It is still a good price compared to nearby hotels, however.

2 Bedroom Apartment in CityCenterDC

CityCenterDC is a cosmopolitan shopping, dining, and living area that covers about 6 square blocks at the north end of Penn Quarter. This spacious, modern apartment is part of that complex and a 2 BR place with parking for $295 (not including taxes and fees) is pretty darn good if you ask us.

Huge 4 Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Chinatown

Okay, it's really expensive at $584, and the whopping $240 cleaning fee doesn't help. But it is 4 bedrooms right near the Gallery Place Metro (Red, Green, Yellow) and tons of restaurants and bars. If you are traveling with another family, extended family, or have a large family yourself, this may be the answer.