There are a bunch of decisions to make when you visit Washington, DC: hotel vs. Airbnb, Downtown vs. suburbs, luxury vs. budget. Accommodation in Washington, DC can feel overwhelming but we are here to help. We identified some of our favorites that can hopefully give you an idea of what we look for in a Washington, DC Airbnb.
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With all of that said, there are 7 Washington, DC Airbnb options to consider for your August 2019 trip.
1. Sunny Studio with FREE Breakfast
- Neighborhood: Logan Circle.
- Why we like it: You really can’t ask for a better location than this. Wether you want to walk to the museums, monuments or nightlife, this Airbnb is in the center of it all. Plus, this one has a host that really goes above and beyond. Free breakfast and coffee is a very nice perk.
- Things to watch out for: This apartment isn’t huge. It’s hard to tell from the photos but it’s definitely a studio. Since there is only one bed this is really only a great solution for a solo traveler or traveling couple.
2. One Bedroom Near Capitol Hill
- Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
- Why we like it: This apartment is located in a charming neighborhood but very close to the Capitol and Metro. There aren’t many hotels in this particular corner of the city, so it’s great if you want to get a little bit more neighborhood-y vibe.
- Things to watch out for: Basement apartments like this one don’t have high ceilings and can make the space feel smaller than it is. The owner has decorated it quite nicely though which helps. That said, if you are a tall traveler, take note.
3. Suite in a Georgetown row house
- Neighborhood: Georgetown
- Why we like it: Washington, DC visitors love Georgetown but there aren’t many options if you want to stay in the heart of the neighborhood. Most hotels with Georgetown in the name are located about a mile down the street. This basement studio is not the most glamorous but it makes up for it with the prime location.
- Things to watch out for: This basement won’t get much natural light, which is probably OK for someone interested in seeing the sites rather than spending time in the room. There is a kitchen but with all the restaurants nearby you probably won’t want to use it.
4. Tons of Space for the Whole Family
- Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
- Why we like it: If you have a big family there is plenty of room to spread out in this actual DC rowhouse. The three bedrooms, each with full size or larger beds, are perfect for family with more than a couple kids or adults traveling together.
- Things to watch out for: the pictures show window AC units which means that this house probably does not have central air conditioning. Window units are OK for November, but worth noting if you’re coming during the summer and need a reliable place to cool down after a day of sightseeing.
5. Modern Studio Near the Nightlife
- Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
- Why we like it: This studio is in a historic part of town where many visitors never make it. Adams Morgan is known for weekend nightlife, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this is the perfect spot.
- Things to watch out for: If you’re not into weekend nightlife, watch out because this area can get noisy and a bit rowdy on the weekend.
6. Newly Renovated Near the ZOO
- Neighborhood: Woodley Park
- Why we like it: It’s close to the zoo and big enough to fit a small family. ZooLights begins the day after Thanksgiving, so if you’re in town at the end of the month you will want to check it out!
- Things to watch out for: Basement apartments often don’t get much natural light. The owners of this Airbnb have done a good job with lamps and light colored paint to make it look bright, but if natural sunlight is important, you might want to pick a place above ground.
7. Urban cottage in Virginia
- Neighborhood: Clarendon (Arlington)
- Why we like it: Sometimes you just want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This cottage in Arlington is an escape from the city but close enough to walk to restaurants, Metro and just about everything you could need during a trip.
- Things to watch out for: This property is managed by a big company, so expect more of a corporate experience rather than a personalized service you might get with a smaller host.
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