The Best Washington, D.C. Hotels and Guest Suites for Your Marathon Trip

Like any large city, there are a million places to stay in Washington DC. And it can be time-consuming to narrow down your options or find that one gem that all the locals know about.

That's why we tasked our Washington DC Ambassadors with recommending lodging based on their own experiences, proximity to starting line, the overall ambiance of the hotel, the neighborhood it's in, and the amenities.

While we have several recommendations near the starting line, we're also featuring hotels that are a little bit farther away. With the Metro, it's pretty easy to get to and from the starting line on race day. There's no need to stay right at the starting line unless you really want to!

While cost was also a consideration for our recommendations, we also know that prices increase dramatically for marathon weekend. Do yourself a favor and book early!


(We only write about hotels, lodging, and accommodations that have been recommended by Racertrips™ Ambassadors. However, Racertrips LLC is a Booking.com affiliate and may earn commission on qualifying reservations.)

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Best Hotels Near the Starting Line: Marine Corps Marathon

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Washington

Racertrips Ambassadors Darren and Robert both recommend the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Arlington, VA for its proximity to the Marine Corps Marathon starting line. The hotel features a shuttle service to Reagan National Airport, many landmarks and the Pentagon City Metro Station. The hotel also includes a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi and the SkyDome Restaurant on the roof. The hotel is within the Crystal City neighborhood, a vibrant part of Washington, D.C. and within easy reach of many famous landmarks and memorials.

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Crystal City Gateway Marriott

Racertrips Ambassadors Kam and Darren both recommend the Crystal City Gateway Marriott for it's proximity to the MCM Marathon, as well as great amenities and reasonable prices. Darren tells his out-of-town friends that this is THE place to stay because it has large rooms and is close to everything.

The hotel features on-site laundry, a hot breakfast, a virtual concierge and a fitness center. Their restaurant, 15th and Eads, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ronald Reagan Airport is only 2 miles away, and parking is available.

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Key Bridge Marriott

Racertrips Ambassador Kam recommends the Key Bridge Marriott for it's proximity to the MCM starting and finishing lines. On race day, the hotel will be buzzing and high-energy with pre-race activities and race-date hospitality suites.

For those who want marathon-ready amenities in one location, the hotel features on-site laundry, a hot breakfast, a virtual concierge and a fitness center. Their restaurant, 15th and Eads, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ronald Reagan Airport is only 2 miles away, and parking is an option for those who are driving to D.C. For sightseeing, the hotel offers easy access to the Metro subway.

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Courtyard by Marriott Washington, D.C./Foggy Bottom

Recommended by Racertrips Ambassador Anthony, the Courtyard by Marriott Washington, D.C. / Foggy Bottom is all about convenience. It's close to the starting line of both the Marine Corps Marathon and the Rock 'N' Roll races, as well as the National Mall, the White House and the Metro. For relaxing after the race, enjoy their complimentary WiFi, in-suite dining available from their restaurant The Bistro, and flat-screen TVs for a well-deserved night in. The Bistro also includes full breakfast options, as well as Starbucks coffee. And for pre and post-race prep, enjoy the fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights, as well as the indoor pool.

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Best Hotels Near the Starting Line: Rock 'N' Roll Full and Half Marathon

Courtyard by Marriott Washington, D.C./Foggy Bottom

Recommended by Racertrips Ambassador Anthony, the Courtyard by Marriott Washington, D.C. / Foggy Bottom is all about convenience. It's close to the starting line of both the Marine Corps Marathon and the Rock 'N' Roll races, as well as the National Mall, the White House and the Metro. For relaxing after the race, enjoy their complimentary WiFi, in-suite dining available from their restaurant The Bistro, and flat-screen TVs for a well-deserved night in. The Bistro also includes full breakfast options, as well as Starbucks coffee. And for pre and post-race prep, enjoy the fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights, as well as the indoor pool.

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco

Racertrips Ambassador Jackie recommends the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C. for its proximity to the Rock 'N'Roll starting lines and for the beautiful accommodations. "This is a great way to pamper yourself in preparation for the race," Jackie says. "Accomodations are decadant and beautiful. You will feel spoiled with all the option onsite and nearby."

The hotel features a 24-hour fitness center, in-room spa service, and in-room dining for that post-race pampering experience. They also host an evening wine hour, serve complimentary coffee and tea in the mornings, equip every room with a yoga mat, and offer bikes for riding around town. On top of that, the hotel is located in D.C. near the National Mall.

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Moxy Washington, D.C. Downtown

The Moxy Washington, D.C.  Downtown opened at the end of 2018, making it one of the newest hotels in the downtown area. It is very hip and modern, and Racertrips Ambassador Jackie Cular says, "It's a few steps up from an Airbnb...worth it." A Marriott property, there are lots of amenities, "but the vibe is less touristy, more relaxed."

The hotel features a Plug and Meet gathering area, writing walls and a full-service kitchen. When the hunger hits, they feature coffee and pastries in the morning, and wine, craft beer, cocktails, appetizers and flatbread in the evenings. Additional amenities include free wifi and a fitness center, and it is pet-friendly.

You'll also be close to a ton of sites with this hotel's convenient downtown location, including the National Mall, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial.

 

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Mount Vernon Square Bed and Breakfast

The Mount Vernon Square Bed and Breakfast is the perfect option for couples looking for a quaint, unique, bed and breakfast-style hotel right in the middle of Washington, D.C. According to Racertrips Ambassador Robert, it's the perfect hotel for couples on a "runcation", but is not suitable for families.

The hotel is located less than 30 minutes walking to the Smithsonian Museums and is three blocks to the Convention Center Metro Station. The building itself is over 100 years old with large, wonderful rooms and the breakfast is made from scratch every morning (post-race runners rejoice!). Additionally, the rooms feature king-sized beds, wireless internet, flat screen TVs and modern bathrooms.

Just note, this is a three-story brownstone walk-up (no elevator), so keep that in mind when thinking of that post-race flight of stairs.

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Best Hotels for the Budget

Americana Hotel

According to Racertrips Ambassador Darren Eaton, the Americana Hotel is a great option for those on a budget. It's one of the older style hotels in the area and is close to the airport and mass transit, plenty of restaurants and shopping. "If you're on a budget and not looking for anything fancy, this is the place to say," Darren says.

Other perks at the Americana include free wifi, free parking, and free continental breakfast. The hotel also offers free local shuttle service to and from Reagan National Airport, Crystal City, Metro Stations, the Pentagon, the Pentagon City Mall, Crystal City Shops and Crystal Drive, Pentagon Row and 23rd Street Restaurant Row. There are also two Metro stops within walking distance. The hotel has been serving the Washington, D.C. area for more than 50 years.

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HI Washington DC Hostel

For those traveling on a budget or solo travelers looking for social accommodations and hoping to make friends during their stay, a hostel might be a great option. Racertrips Ambassador Darren Eaton recommends the HI Washington DC Hostel because of its clean accommodations and proximity to many landmarks. This hostel is also located within 1 mile of the MCM starting line.

At the HI Washington DC Hostel, you'll be able to meet other travelers from around the world and take free, volunteer-led tours to get a local's insight into living in Washington, D.C. Guests can also enjoy free wifi, free continental breakfast, a pool table, games and guitar for free use, a self-serve kitchen, and a private outdoor patio.

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POD DC Hotel

For those looking for a budget option in the downtown D.C. area, the POD DC Hotel is the perfect fit, according to Racertrips Ambassador Jackie. The POD DC Hotel allows you to customize your accommodations to your budget by featuring small rooms that have everything you need and none of the extras that you don't need. For example, you will find comfy beds, fast free wifi, private baths with a rain shower, and personal climate control. What you won't find: "An overpriced minibar, pay-per-view movies, a gross coffee maker, an ironing board you'll never use or expensive room service."

There are loads of onsite food options and outdoor space, like the year-round rooftop that offers sweeping views of the city. Jackie recommends enjoying the whisky bar post race! There's a ton of things to do within walking distance, and the Metro is close by.

There is no parking onsite, although the hotel does partner with a parking garage nearby.

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Courtyard Marriott Springfield

Although the Courtyard Marriott in Springfield is farther away from the action, it's a top pick for Racertrips Ambassador Phoebe. She describes it as a very clean place to stay that's also affordable. She likes the onsite laundry facilities, 24-hour gym, and indoor swimming pool that's open until 10 pm. Traveling with kids? You can request a roll-away bed for no additional cost.

For pre- and post-race sightseeing, all the landmarks and memorials are accessible by train.

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Wingate by Wyndham Springfield

Being in Springfield will put you a bit out of the action, but it's worth the cost savings for those on a budget, according to Racertrips Ambassador Robert. His pick in the area? The Wingate by Wyndham Springfield. Perfect for those looking for a small town feel, Springfield is about a 15-minute drive to downtown Washington and has local eateries and shops nearby. Your average room cost is just $75 - which is a great value for the DC area. The Wingate offers free BBQ Grills so you make a meal on a budget, an outdoor pool for seasonal entertainment, and a free shuttle and tour/ticket assistance to downtown entertainment. Their rooms also have a microwave and mini fridge. And - Monday through Thursday they have a free happy hour! You can essentially have a large lunch that day and enjoy the happy hour for dinner (one night they had tacos!).

For pre- and post-race sightseeing, all the landmarks and memorials are accessible by train.

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Best Hotels for Families and Friends

Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City

Recommended by Racertrips Ambassador Robyn, the Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City offers great, large rooms with great amenities at a great price. You can enjoy free breakfast in the lobby or a relaxed breakfast in your room, which has a fully equipped kitchen.

There's also free wifi, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The hotel is also pet-friendly in case you're looking to bring a furry friend along for the trip. The location is right in Pentagon City, which is close to Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. It is only 2 miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport, and there's a complimentary shuttle back and forth.

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Global Luxury Suites at Altaire

For those with families or groups, a hotel suite with a kitchen and laundry facilities might be a great option. "Why give up the luxury of your home when you're away, especially preparing to run a marathon?" says Racertrips Ambassador Robin. "Your room at the Global Luxury Suites has all you need to feel right at home." Each unit is equipped with a kitchen and laundry facilities, and there's a swimming pool onsite.

When you feel like venturing out, you're in the heart of Crystal City, which has a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Even better, this hotel is about 1.5 miles from the MCM starting line.

Additional amenities include a fitness center, activity room, clubhouse, rooftop sky deck, fire pits and grills, and more. Crystal City has lots of fun things to do and is very walkable, which is perfect for families. Spend downtime walking around, swimming at the pool or enjoying The Wharf. Either way, this is the perfect location for families and larger groups.

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Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

Racertrips Ambassador Phoebe recommends the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA because of the perks it offers to MCM runners. The hotel has a shuttle service to take the runners to the pickup location or train. They also give free upgrades to runners to move them to higher floors, where the view of Washington is beautiful. Late check-out is permitted, and runners save 10 percent on food and beverage.

Amenities include a fitness center, beauty salon, room service, and a pool. Even though it's a few miles out, Ambassador Phoebe says it's a very accessible to the starting line.

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Best Luxury Hotel Accommodations

Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Spa

Racertips DC Ambassador Anthony describes the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Spa as "the Rolls Royce of experiences." This hotel comes recommended by Anthony and Ambassador Kam. If you're looking for a pampering experience both pre- and post-race, this is the place to do it. The rooms contain oversized tubs, perfect for relaxing and soaking, and you can order room service or an in-room massage to celebrate your achievement. Plus, it's a short walk to the Rock 'N' Roll starting line and a moderate distance from the MCM starting line.

Kam likes the hotel because it's in the heart of D.C., making it great for sightseeing and putting you within walking distance of the Smithsonian Mall, Washington Monument and the Tidal Basin. The hotel also boasts great waterfront views.

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The Liaison Capitol Hill

If you’re looking for a slightly trendier experience, the Liaison Capitol Hill is the place to stay, according to Racertrips Ambassador Anthony.  With a great restaurant and bar scene in-house, it is the perfect way to have a little fun without putting extra wear on your road-weary feet.  This hotel is located between the start and finish lines of the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, so you won’t have too far to travel before or after the race.

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The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

For those who want to be both close to the MCM starting line of the, have plenty of landmarks nearby, and stay in luxury accommodations, Racertrips Ambassador Robyn recommends the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City. You can relax with High Teat after your race or treat yourself to a wonderful dinner with locally sourced ingredients at Fyve Restaurant inside the hotel.

There is also a sauna, fitness center and a steam room for those looking for pre- and post-race pampering. And talk about location: You'll have access to the Pentagon City Metro Station from inside the hotel, and you'll be two stops from both downtown D.C. and Reagan National Airport.

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

For those who want luxury accommodations in the center of the action, Racertrips Ambassador Robert recommends the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Here, there is always something going on. Some of the finest dining, Spas (you can order up a post Marathon massage!), fitness centers (indoor pool and whirlpool included), you may never leave the resort! They truly have thought of everything - even a casino next door.

And for those running the Marine Corps Marathon, the Expo is located right on site, making for a very convenient and relaxing pre-race schedule.

Word of warning - they'll book instantaneously after the Marine Corps Marathon lottery - so you'll have to be quick!

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Best Neighborhood Accommodations

The Wink Hotel

The Wink Hotel has small but clean, well-designed rooms, and it is right in DuPont Circle7mdash;one of the most popular neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Wandering around DuPont Circle is fun for locals and tourists alike because there is usually something happening in the evenings, especially on the weekends. Even on a slow night, Racertrips Ambassador Anthony says, "You can still just hang around and wait for the Krispy Kreme 'Hot' sign to turn on and get yourself a box of warm, glazed goodness!"

The Wink Hotel is pet-friendly, near local attractions and monuments, and has an onsite gym. 

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The Line Hotel

The Line Hotel is a boutique hotel with a modern design and lush amenities, according to Racertrips Ambassador Jackie. Located in the bustling Adams Morgan neighborhood, the hotel has a thriving music scene for those who want to get a local taste of the city and listen to live music during their stay.

This hip hotel also features a 1,600-square-foot fitness center and training from local fitness guru Graham King, three restaurants from two James Beard award-winning chefs, two unique bars onsite, and Full Service Radio broadcasting from the lobby. Jackie says this The Line the perfect hidden gem if you want to be relaxed before and after your race.

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Adam's Inn

For those looking for a more authentic, neighborhood feel and something less traditional, Racertrips Ambassador Kam recommends Adam's Inn in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The hotel is located just a block from the Adams Morgan neighborhood and a short distance to a Red Line Metro Station (Woodley Park/Adams Morgan).

This bed-and-breakfast features a complimentary morning spread of pastries, oatmeal, yogurt and fruit. Kam likes that the hotel is a block from the inexpensive circulator bus, has free wifi access and a business center, and has a certified wildlife habitat garden to relax and unwind. The inn is also pet-friendly. Laundry facilities are available, and there is parking nearby.

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Meet our Washington, D.C. Ambassadors

Robyn Gault
Robyn is a local expert in the Washington, D.C. running scene, having owned a running store in the area for more than 13 years. She and her husband recently...
Darren Eaton
Darren has been running for 36 years and has run every type of race from 5Ks to ultramarathons. He has run the Marine Corps Marathon a total of eight times.
Jackie Cular
Jackie has run many 5Ks, 10Ks, a couple 10-mile races and a total of five half marathons. She enjoys running in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond.
Anthony Ashe
Anthony Ashe is in his early 40s and has been running marathons for over a decade. He has called Washington, D.C. his home for more than 20 years, although he has run marathons all over the country.
Phoebe Mortensen
Phoebe has run multiple half marathons, a total of five marathons and even an ultramarathon. When she's not running, she is a technology and art teacher...
Kam Yee
Kam started running marathons in 2008, with the Marine Corps Marathon being his first one! After that, he was hooked, completing four more marathons...
Robert David Sholtis
Bob, a former Marine, ran the Marine Corps Marathon as his first marathon in 2010, and he's run it three more times since then. He's run a total of 10 marathons and at least 15 ultras...
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