Finding lodging in the Washington, D.C. area: how many hours are you willing to surf the internet, trying to decide which lodging option is best for your family's frugal, budget-conscious trip to Washington, D.C.?
When our family decided to travel to Washington, D.C. on a frugal budget, with our friend and "tour guide", Joanne, we spent many hours trying to find the best lodging for the best price.
Joanne and I individually spent about 20+ hours looking online...or at least, it seemed like it. We were looking for a safe location, with easy access to the Metro. Our goal was to spend no more than about $125 per night - not an easy thing to accomplish in Washington, D.C.
We were searching for a motel that was clean, safe, quiet, and friendly, with free shuttle service to and from the nearest Metro station. As well, we needed the motel to offer a satisfying hot breakfast each morning to help us save time and money as we started out each day. It was also important to us that the rooms had interior doors to inside hallways/corridors, with no exterior doors for individual motel rooms.
At one point, I was beginning to think that we needed to find a travel agent to help us. There are so many motels and hotels - as well as apartments to rent - in the D.C. area. It was overwhelming! We used the normal online booking sites to read reviews and prices. There was a lot of conflicting information and ratings. Some of the guests would love a particular motel, while others would hate it! Ugh.
One night, Joanne emailed me. She had found the perfect location! Interestingly, this was the motel in which she had stayed during two other trips to Washington, D.C., but for some reason, it just wasn't popping up in her online searches. (We think the name of the motel had changed since she had last stayed there.)
I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about the motel when I booked our two rooms. First, the room prices seemed low, which was wonderful - but why? I later learned it was because of the time of year we were staying in the D.C. area as well as Comfort Inn & Suites in Alexandria being a bit outside of downtown Washington, D.C.
Hi! I'm Julieanne!