Hotels near Verizon Center
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Washington, D.C. may be the home of the free museum, but lodging can be expensive. The nation's capital is buzzing with exciting things to do year-round, from culinary exploration to journeys back in time, and from soaking up an impressive arts scene to catching a favorite game. Visitors won't want for entertainment, but finding cheap lodging around popular destinations like the Verizon Center takes some know-how. In addition to finding great deals with Hipmunk, here are a few things visitors should know about staying in and getting around D.C.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near Verizon Center

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Omni Shoreham Hotel
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4.2
2500 Calvert St Nw, Washington
from $118
Churchill Hotel
Churchill Hotel
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4.1
1914 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
from $129
Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center
from $126
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
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4.4
1150 22nd St Nw, Washington
from $249
Washington Court Hotel
Washington Court Hotel
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4.2
525 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington
from $106
Hotel Lombardy
Hotel Lombardy
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4.3
2019 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington
from $119
The Normandy Hotel
The Normandy Hotel
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4.2
2118 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington
from $103
W Washington D.C.
W Washington D.C.
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4.2
515 15th Street, NW, Washington
from $183
The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection
The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection
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4.3
1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
from $149
Capitol Skyline
Capitol Skyline
10 'I' Street SW, Washington
from $69
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Budget for Convenience

In addition to government and heads of state, the D.C. area is home to many colleges and universities, as well as year-round tourism and conventions. Because this brings lots of visitors to the area, the town has a variety of lodging options to choose from.

The Verizon Center is located in downtown D.C. and is convenient to the city's top sites, including the Smithsonian Museums and national monuments. However, this convenience can be costly. Many hotels within walking distance, like the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Washington, DC/Downtown, and Washington Marriott at Metro Center offer packages with the Verizon Center. Without a package, expect to pay about $250 a night. Hotels in this area do sell out because of their central location. Travelers must pay attention to more than just the teams' schedules when trying to figure out room arrangements. They must also consider conventions and other large groups that converge on this tourist town. Booking several months in advance is highly suggested.

For the best deals in this area, stay when Congress is not in session; typically it has two large breaks in April and August. Hotels drop their rates as much as 50 percent during those times. For guests hoping to catch an NFL or NBA game, they might be able to do so during the April break, and for visitors in August, there's the WNBA's Mystics.

Save Money With the Metro

For visitors looking for less expensive hotels, stay outside of the heart of the District. The city offers an expansive Metro system, including suburban service, and it's inexpensive and easy to navigate. Travelers will do best avoiding peak commute times of 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Although most Metro lines run continuously during these peak hours, they are crowded and often overwhelming for families and people who prefer a more leisurely pace.

With great Metro service, getting into the city from the outlying areas isn't hard, and that's where visitors will find the best deals. Northern Virginia and Maryland offer more room for less cost, but before booking these suburban spots, make sure the hotel is Metro accessible.

Cheap Youth Hostel Mecca

D.C. offers several alternatives to pricey, luxury hotels, including hostels and student living. Many D.C. hostels have dormitory-style accommodations and/or private and shared rooms, and offer kitchens and laundry rooms. Capital View hostel near the Verizon Center offers swanky public areas but basic sleeping spaces. In addition to the room charges, expect to pay about 14.5 percent tax on lodging. There are a number of other hostels, religious-based housing, and student housing options available in D.C. 

Airbnb Condo Prices Mirror Hotel Rates

D.C. is rich with Airbnb options. Chic condos rent for about the same cost as a hotel room, but offer kitchens. Guests looking for an efficiency can find centrally located accommodations for $100-200 per night. While the savings on an Airbnb room in D.C. is not that significant compared to a hotel with amenities, these lodging alternatives often offer more character and an insider's insight into this exciting city. 

Verizon Center is Always Jumping

The Verizon Center hosts a number of sports and entertainment events. It's home to the NHL's Washington Capitals, the NBA's Washington Wizards, and the WNBA's Washington Mystics. The center also brings in top names in entertainment for concerts and events, and hosts Georgetown University basketball games. The center only has a handful of days during the week where it's quiet, so visitors are bound to find something going on during their stay. It's known for its family friendly atmosphere and food options.

Caps fans are devout. They offer a fun experience (keep an eye out for Goat and The Horn Guy) but have been known to heckle opponents' fans, especially those from nearby east coast cities.

The Wizards have a larger seating capacity than the Caps. Even with ticket price increases this year, a night with the Wizards is much less expensive than seeing the Caps.

If you're in DC during the summer, check out the Mystics. While the Mystics used to boast of their attendance records, the arena of the WBNA team doesn't sell out so getting a ticket is easy.

Sports lovers need to book early if they want to stay near the "Phone Booth." The fall is a wonderful time to visit. Crowds are smaller, weather is temperate, and it's the beginning of hockey and basketball season.

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