Funky Family Friendly Hotels in Washington DC.

By Natalia Kvitek,

Our Nation’s Capital is undoubtedly one of the best family-friendly cities in the United States. Visiting the city is a right of passage no matter what your age but for the little ones, uncovering the treasures of  places like the National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Botanic Gardens and the Spy Museum for the very first time is something to remember.

The city has lined up tons of activities for your trip with special care given to making it fun and memorable for the kids. To help you along in your planning journey, we’ve picked out the most family friendly hotels in Washington D.C. 


Kimpton Hotel Rouge

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Located near the trendy and historic Dupont Circle neighborhood, the Kimpton’s Hotel Rouge is the perfect family crash pad. Funky design, punchy colors and animal print patterns can be found throughout the spacious rooms in this budget-friendly stay with wheelchair accessible rooms. Book into a bunk bed suite which can comfortably accommodate Mom and Dad plus two with their own curtained off alcove space. Wanna explore the neighborhood? Hop aboard the custom-designed Kimpton PUBLIC bikes for a look around.


Embassy Suites Washington DC Convention Center

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The all-suites Embassy Suites Washington D.C Convention Center is perfectly prepared for a visit from your family. Rooms come with pullout sofas, fridges and microwaves with cribs available for those still slumbering within the safety of bars. A generous breakfast is served in the restaurant compliments of the hotel with excellent options to satiate the appetites of the entire fam. You’re within walking distance to the White House and other legendary D.C. sites, and the indoor pool is begging for a cannonball competition.


Residence Inn Marriott Washington DC

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The Residence Inn Washington D.C. Capitol is a fantastic choice for families in search of getting more bang for their buck. Your stay here includes a ton of family-friendly freebies like the hot breakfast and a dinner buffet that is served Monday to Wednesday and includes an entire meal… including a dessert! Located a short 10-minute walk to the National Mall, the Smithsonian museums and the White House, you’ll also save on transportation costs. Plus, rooms come with full kitchens and kids will be elated by the indoor pool.


Morrison-Clark Historic Inn

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If you’re looking for a unique stay in D.C., put on the king and queen costumes at the Morrison-Clark Historic Inn. Antique furnishing and elaborate fireplaces set the perfect backdrop for a fairy tale at this Inn dating back to 1864. Kids under 16 stay free with their parents and for those coming for the weekend, your breakfast is included. With so much historic glam, it’s hard to believe you won’t have to trade in modern essentials like free WiFi with your visit.


Mandarin Oriental

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The wee ones will be delighted with the stuffed animal welcome present at the Mandarin Oriental where adults are welcome to luxuriate in the best spa in town. With babysitting services readily available, the family holiday to DC can include some romantic down time. The hotel’s executive two-bedroom suite gives you enough space to get away but keep a watchful eye through the connecting two queen bedded guestrooms. Teens will also relish the selection of movies and video game consoles they can borrow for the duration of their stay. Their indoor 50-foot lap pool is lit by natural light and is a wonderful space in which to spend an afternoon, should you grow weary of the museum-walking miles.


Kimpton Mason & Rook

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Located between the trendy restaurants, historic houses and leafy streets of Dupont and Logan Circle, the Kimpton Mason & Rook makes the hotel stay fun. The sleep space is well-designed and spacious enough to accommodate the whole family of travelers with suites offering up a full living room and half bath.  Guests have the opportunity to care for a loaner guppy- and maybe prove to Mom once and for all they can take care of a pet. A seasonal pool is open on the rooftop patio all summer long. 


Washington Plaza Hotel

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With its retro chic design and fantastically walkable location, the Washington Plaza Hotel is a great choice for budget-conscious families who can appreciate its historic style, from its sleek Barcelona chairs to the incredible outdoor pool which used to be the favorite haunt of Jackie O. There’s plenty of space poolside among the padded chairs and shade of the umbrellas to devote an entire day to the warm summer D.C. weather. Should your weather forecast be less than stellar, there’s plenty to do inside the museums or catching up on Disney movies thanks to the free WiFi at The Plaza.


JW Marriott Washington

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If you’re searching for a room with a view that will cause the kids’ jaws to drop, book a stay at the JW Marriott Washington D.C. Open the curtains to an incredible panorama of Pennsylvania Avenue, including the nightly twinkling of the lights. Recent renovations have brought a modern touch to the decor with expansive windows bringing in plenty of natural light. An indoor pool is a welcome addition for parents seeking an easy way to relax while the kids stay occupied poolside.

Which of these family friendly hotels in Washington D.C. will you be staying at on your next visit to our Nation’s Capital?