Where to Stay in Washington, D.C. During the Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring is a great time to explore Washington, D.C. and enjoy every last gorgeous pink Yoshino cherry blossom in sight. But after a long day of hitting the streets, visiting museums and taking endless photos, it’s great to have a cozy hotel room or luxurious suite to relax in.

Here’s our list of where to stay in Washington, D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Walking Distance to the D.C. Tidal Basin 

Best Washington DC Hotels- Cherry Blossom Season
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Mandarin Oriental

  • Location: 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington DC, 20024 
  • Pool: Yes
  • Parking: Yes. Complimentary valet parking 
  • Closest Metro Stop: L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station (about an 11-minute walk)

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Featuring stunning views of the city and luxuriously spacious suites, the Mandarin Oriental is a safe bet for a comfortable experience at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The hotel has a spa on-site and an expansive patio area perfect for unwinding after a long day. Don’t miss the brunch or one of the hotel’s signature cherry blossom cocktails at the bar. This hotel also offers seasonal packages.

On-site dining: Amity & Commerce serves American fare, the Empress Lounge offers cocktails, light fare and tea, and Mini Sushi Bar serves Japanese-style cuisine. We recommend making online reservations for all of these restaurants during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Hyatt House Washington D.C.

  • Location:  725 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Pool: Yes. Seasonal, heated rooftop pool 
  • Parking: No 
  • Closest Metro Stop: L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station (about a 12-minute walk)

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Located in the bustling neighborhood of The Wharf, enjoy river views from the rooftop pool at Hyatt House. When visiting Washington, D.C., it’s nice to be close to the National Mall and the Washington Monument while also being near some excellent shopping and restaurants. The Hyatt House Washington gives you all of that without having to be downtown.

On-site dining: H Bar offers craft cocktails and light bar food, while H Market is your go-to convenience store and open 24/7. Lastly, the Omelet Bar offers custom omelets and a whole assortment of other breakfast foods to get your day started off right. 

Canopy by Hilton Washington

  • Location: 975 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Pool? No
  • Parking: Parking is available, but only by valet and accompanied by a $55 valet fee. It does, however, offer secured, covered parking places and in and out privileges from that valeted parking spot. 
  • Closest Metro Stop: L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. About an 11 minute walk from the hotel to the metro station. 

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Overlooking the Potomac River and Washington Channel, you are sure to enjoy some waterfront views at the Canopy by Hilton Washington, before heading to see the cherry blossoms. To make exploring the city even more fun (and easy!) Canopy offers access to Canopy Bikes. Also, you can bring your dog along to enjoy the fun spring sights of the city. 

On-site dining: The Canopy Central Bistro & Bar and the Whiskey Charlie Rooftop Bar. 

Intercontinental Hotel- The Whard
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Intercontinental Washington DC- The Wharf

  • Location: 801 Wharf Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Pool? Yes
  • Parking: Yes 
  • Closest Metro Stop: L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. About a 12 minute walk from the hotel to the station. 

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Just steps away from The Anthem, a concert venue, the Intercontinental Washington DC- The Wharf offers more for its guests to do than just the Cherry Blossom Festival. Check out the hotel’s website for exclusive deals connected with The Anthem, to get the most out of your stay. In addition, you’re able to walk along the waterfront the Wharf is famous for, while shopping and eating your way through the neighborhood. 

On-site dining: There are a few options for food and drinks at the Intercontinental Washington DC- The Wharf. Kith/Kin features Afro-Caribbean cuisine located at the hotel. It is the creation of James Beard Rising Star Winner Executive Chef, Kwame Onwuachi. It brings the foods from his past roots in Nigeria, Jamaica, the Caribbean to New Orleans and New York. It is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and lounge time after hours. Be sure to check the website for a menu and restaurant hours. 

Hilton Washington DC- National Mall

  • Location:  480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC, 20024
  • Pool? Yes
  • Parking: Valet, with a $59.00 fee. 
  • Closest Metro Stop: L’Enfant Metro Station. About a six minute walk to the hotel from the station. 

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With stunning, sleek interiors and the option for daily breakfast for two included, what could be better than a stay at the Hilton Washington DC- National Mall? It is located just one minute away from the International Spy Museum, four minutes away from the Museum of Natural History and the art galleries of DC, and just five minutes from The Wharf. Additionally, it is within six minutes from DCA Airport and 35 minutes from IAD Airport. It has many luxurious amenities, while giving you easy access to the happenings of the Cherry Blossoms Festival. 

On-site dining: L’Enfant Bar & Grill and Starbucks Cafe. L’Enfant grill features farm to table cuisine, with food inspired by the local cuisine sourced all from area farmers, purveyors and artisans. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but be sure to check the website for its hours and menus. 

DC Hotels Near Cherry Blossom Festival Events

Where to stay in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom Season
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Thompson Washington DC

  • Location: 221 Tingey Street SE, Washington DC, 20003
  • Pool? No 
  • Parking: Valet only. 
  • Closest Metro Stop: Navy Yard- Ballpark Station. About a three minute walk from the hotel to the metro station. 

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Located in the Navy Yard neighborhood, this hotel features sleek decor with unique touches of wood, glass and brick. It offers guests the ability to bike along the Anacostia River Trail while not being too far away from the Tidal Basin and the Smithsonian museums. It is also a pet-friendly hotel, so feel free to bring the pup along to see the sights of the city in spring and the cherry blossoms too, of course. 

On-site dining: Thompson Washington DC features Maialino Mare, with Roman style cuisine like seafood and pastas, with ingredients sourced from local farmers and fisheries. For drinks, Anchovy Social is your place. It features an expansive rooftop bar with a 360-degree view of the city and waterfront. There is also The Thompson Bar Room which features coffee, light fare and specialty alcoholic beverages.

Where to stay in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom Season
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Kimpton George Hotel

  • Location: 15 East N.W., Washington DC, 20001
  • Pool? No
  • Parking: Valet parking, plus electric car charging stations
  • Closest Metro Stop: Navy Yard- Ballpark Station. About a three minute walk from the hotel to the metro station. 

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When you aren’t sure where to stay in Washington, DC, you look to the Kimpton George Hotel. Suites and spacious rooms are perfect for families looking for luxurious rooms, while friends can call this Kimpton hotel home during fun weekend away together. The George is pet-friendly, biking distance to Eastern Market and the Library of Congress, and close to the National Mall and all of the Smithsonian museums. Bikes are free to borrow from the hotel, and guests have access to the hotel car service during their stay so you can leave your car parked with valet.

On-site dining: Bistro Bis is a restaurant & café specializing in French fare, French cocktails and wine.

Residence Inn by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard

  • Location: 1233 First Street SE, Washington DC, 20003
  • Pool? No
  • Parking: Valet parking, $43 daily fee. There is an electric car charging station, for a fee. 
  • Closest Metro Stop: Navy Yard- Ballpark Station. About a three minute walk from the hotel to the metro station. 

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Just a short walk from Nationals stadium, the Residence Inn By Marriott features sleek and modern decor, while being centrally located to the 2019 World Series champs’ home field. In addition, the hotel is full of suites that all come with a pullout sofa bed and a kitchen, though there are numerous good bites around the hotel. This is the perfect spot for families to set up, so they have enough space to stretch out during their stay.

On-site dining: The hotel features Declaration- Nats Park, which is open for lunch and dinner. It’s a great option for happy hour with friends before the Nats game or a casual brunch. The hotel also offers local restaurant dinner delivery, room service and a convenience store. 

Where to stay in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom Season
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JW Marriott DC

  • Location: 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20004
  • Pool? No
  • Parking: Valet parking, $63 per day. 
  • Closest Metro Stop: Archive- Navy Memorial- Penn Quarter. About a 12 minute walk from the hotel to the metro station. 

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Located within walking distance to the White House and the National Mall, there is always something to do at the JW Marriott. The lobby, with its shimmering chandelier and grand foyer, is just the beginning to the grandly decorated rooms and suites. The hotel also offers views of Pennsylvania Avenue and the city. 

On-site dining: The Avenue Grill specializes in American cuisine, like steaks and salads, while overlooking the scenic views of Pennsylvania Avenue. 1331 Lounge offers fresh cocktails and appetizers, and is only open for dinner. The Chef’s Market is the hotel’s room service option, which offers fresh, healthy meals delivered right to your room. You can even get your meal packaged so you can take it on the go. 

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Where to stay in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom Season
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC

  • Location: 700 F Street NW, Washington DC, 20004
  • Pool? No
  • Parking: No 
  • Closest Metro Stop: Gallery Place- Chinatown Station. About a four minute walk from the hotel to the metro station. 

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Situated in what used to be the General Post Office, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco has a central location and is just a three-minute walk to Capital One Arena and a ten minute walk from the National Mall. With sleek interiors and unique styling, this boutique hotel stands out from the rest, and even comes with a yoga mat in each room. 

This hotel is family friendly with kid-size robes, and a coffee and hot cocoa bar for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t miss out on meeting the resident pup too.

On-site dining: Dirty Habit features craft cocktails, brunch and dinner, along with an urban patio to dine at. 

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

  • Location: 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036 
  • Pool? No 
  • Parking: Valet parking, $63 daily fee. 
  • Closest Metro Stop: Farragut North Station. About a one minute walk from the hotel to the metro station. 

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An architecturally beautiful hotel, the Mayflower Hotel has played host to A-listers, diplomats and dignitaries from around the world since 1925. It is located near the upscale area of Georgetown and near the National Mall, perfect for a weekend exploring the city during the cherry blossoms festival. It looks and feels luxurious inside and out. Double rooms, Kings, and Suites make it easy to fit your entire family or a few friends together at one of the top properties in town. A prime location near downtown and Logan Circle, means you can discover more of the city on foot, visiting restaurants and bars across DC without the need for a car or Uber.

On-site dining: The hotel features EDGAR Bar & Kitchen. It specializes in seasonal American dining and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

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Washington, D.C. Travel Resources

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Where to Stay in Washington, D.C.

Budget: When it comes to Washington, D.C. budget hotels, prices vary depending on the season. In the middle of October, a four-star hotel could be under $150, while in December it may be over $400. At any given time of year, though, Hotel Hive is a safe bet for value when it comes to resting your head. If you are looking for a hostel, Hi Washington D.C. Downtown is well located for exploring all of the D.C. museums, restaurants and bars at the fraction of the price of a hotel. Check rates and availability here.

Mid-range: Every USA hotel chain can be found in Washington, D.C., but stay at the St. Gregory Hotel when you want a local touch. The modern, light-filled rooms will welcome you to the city, whether you are in a studio or suite with wraparound terrace. The hotel is walking distance to Georgetown, the National Mall and Embassy Row, making it easy to explore without a rental car. Check rates and availability here.

Luxury: You are spoiled for choice when it comes to luxury hotels in Washington, D.C. We love cozying up at the Graham Georgetown, a sweet little boutique hotel in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. Check rates and availability here. Major hotel brands like The Fairmont, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C. and St. Regis Washington D.C. all have outposts here as well. If you want something a bit more historic, we recommend The Jefferson, Washington D.C. Ninety-nine rooms in this luxury boutique hotel bring together an attentive staff, petite spa, and the Michelin-starred Plume restaurant with all of the history you could hope for when you are in the nation’s capital. Check rates and availability here.

Family-friendly: We always gravitate towards the Kimpton hotels whenever we are traveling with kids. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington D.C., once the General Post Office building, is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood just four blocks off the National Mall near the National Gallery of Art. Price point is mid-range, depending on the time of year you visit. Parents will love the nightly wine events and evening nightcap perks as well as complimentary coffee and a tea bar each morning. Kids will love that they can borrow a fish friend for their stay, and that there is always a treat on hand that they can enjoy, and the robes are just their size. Kimpton also has adult and child-size bikes to borrow so you can cruise around town during your stay. Check rates and availability here.

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