Cheap Hotels in D.C.

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Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, has long been a prime tourist destination. The city is home to the White House, the Smithsonian museum and the Lincoln Memorial, America’s most iconic monuments. However, Washington can also be an expensive city to visit. For a traveler on a shoestring budget, finding a cheap hotel can be difficult — but not impossible.

The Lincoln Memorial sits at the west end of the National Mall.

The Lincoln Memorial sits at the west end of the National Mall.

Hotel Harrington

The Hotel Harrington ( is Washington’s oldest continuously operating hotel, according to its website. Opened in 1914, the Hotel Harrington is an inexpensive option within walking distance of the Capitol and the White House. The hotel offers 242 rooms from twin beds to queen beds. Each room has free cable television. The hotel also has a restaurant and parking for $15 per day. Local calls can be made for 25 cents apiece.

The Allen Lee Hotel

In the safe Foggy Bottom district, the Allen Lee Hotel ( is four blocks from the Lincoln Memorial and seven blocks from the White House. The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop is three blocks north. The hotel offers rooms with twin and double beds; some rooms have a bathroom en suite while less expensive lodgings use a shared bath. Each room comes with free cable television. The front desk also rents out hand-held digital guides for the city.

Motel 6 – Washington D.C.

Motel 6 ( is always an option for cheap lodging, and the franchise in D.C. is no different. The hotel, which is about six miles away the city’s historic district, offers no-frills rooms with full or king-size beds, free cable on a 19″ television, free local calls and complimentary coffee. Motel 6 also offers complimentary Wi-Fi access for its guests.


David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.


  • Lincoln Memorial – Washington DC image by Misha Tyukin fromĀ

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