12 Coolest Neighborhoods In Washington DC, The USA - Updated 2021

coolest neighborhoods in dc

Historic sites, amazing monuments, stunning architectures, and a friendly neighborhood. Cool right? This sounds just like the place you want to stay in. Well, Washington DC is that place. This capital city not only boasts of world-class museums and performing art venues for the art lovers, here you might get a chance to see the Congress in action too. Finding just the right place to stay in such a city can be hectic, it has around 127 neighborhoods all with their own distinct nature and flair. However there is no need to worry, in order to help you get a better trip and stay at this beautiful city, we have come up with this handy guide on the safest and secure places to live in Washington DC. Read on to find out about the coolest neighborhoods in Washington DC, the USA.

1. Dupont Circle (from USD 305)

Dupont Circle, Washington DC 01
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Known for its lively dining and nightlife, Dupont Circle is a neighborhood that is always on the go. It is a historic district where modern art, embassies, outdoor chess games, claustrophobic but lovely bookstores, and electric eateries share borders. While here you might come across impromptu yoga and dog-walking locals. Among the beautiful hotels located here is The Dupont Circle Hotel. It is 120 meters (394 feet) away from the metro station and just three minutes’ from the historic landmarks of Washington DC. The rooms are well-furnished with large windows and marble bathrooms. The staff can also arrange theater reservations, dinner reservations and many more to make guests feel at home. It is the best choice for travelers who have an interest in culture, city walks and museums since it is a stone throw away from all these amenities.

The Dupont Circle Hotel

Address: 1500 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
Price: from 305 USD

Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Tour or class about local culture Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Facilities for disabled guests Room service Smoke alarms Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Heating

2. Adams Morgan (from USD 35)

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Adams Morgan, located in northwest DC, is a multicultural neighborhood known for its nightlife, international restaurants and electric bars around the 18th Street. The entertaining and gritty town contains historic brightly-painted brick-row houses which are home to friendly residents, artisan cafes, yoga studios, and independent bookstores. There is a lot to choose from in this cool neighborhood in Washington DC. One can go shopping in the vintage clothing shops, take yoga classes, do full body workouts at the numerous fitness centers and if you are an art lover there is an art gallery and a performance space. A restored Victorian mansion, the HighRoad Hostel is our preferred hotel in this beautiful part of town. The hostel features a shared kitchen and a common area with a beautiful fireplace where visitors can lounge with a glass of sweet wine. Here all the rooms are air-conditioned and the beds have memory foam mattresses.

HighRoad DC

Address: 1804 Belmont Rd NW
Price: from 35 USD

Vending machine (snacks) Fire extinguishers Vending machine (drinks) Non-smoking throughout WiFi available in all areas Fax/photocopying Laundry Parking

3. Georgetown (from USD 118)

1531 31st Street N.W., Georgetown, Washington, DC
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Not only is Georgetown charming, but it also has plenty of scenic views such as the amazing panorama you can view at the Potomac River, or the great restaurants and fantastic events such as the water games at the river. The historic neighborhood, located on the northwest of Washington DC, approximately two hours from the city is a commercial and entertainment district offering both day and night entertainment in equal measures. There are a lot of good accommodations available in Georgetown but our favorite is the Georgetown Inn. Not only is it located near all the amazing attractions of Georgetown but is also spacious and clean. It includes a 24-hour fitness center, nightly turndown services and is only 5.5 miles (8.8 km) from the airport.

Georgetown Inn

Address: 1310 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Price: from 118 USD

Trouser press Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Facilities for disabled guests Kid meals Fax/photocopying Vending machine (drinks) Cashless payment available Fire extinguishers

4. Logan Circle (from USD 110)

Aerial view of Logan Circle
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Deriving its name from a traffic circle on its southern end, Logan Circle faces a circular park with a statue of the Civil War General John Logan. There are plenty of sights to behold in one of the best neighborhoods in Washington DC. It is referred to as one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. It has amazing historic architecture, popular restaurants, and harmonic bars. While here, one can take a walk to the residential circle, stroll around it admiring the turrets, towers and the architectural flourishes. One can stay at the classy Kimpton Mason and Rook Hotel which is only four minutes’ away from Logan Circle. The pet-friendly hotel features free WiFi. Each room has a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom and guests are also provided with in-room spa services and a yoga mat. Great way to relax after a long day sightseeing, right?

Viceroy Washington DC

Address: 1430 Rhode Island Avenue North West
Price: from 110 USD

Private parking Pool bar Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Non-smoking rooms Parking Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Newspapers

5. Bloomingdale (from USD 275)

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Located in Northwest Washington DC is the iconic neighborhood of Bloomingdale. Picturesque Victorian-style rowhouses line the streets of this district. There are not many commercial centers in the area, but the ones that are there are some of the hidden gems of Washington DC. If Bloomingdale is where you want to stay in the city, check out Bloomingdale Beauty. This holiday home is suitable for families and large groups and has five bedrooms. Basic needs such as toiletries and kitchenware, as well as entertainment facilities, are provided.

Bloomingdale Beauty near Union Station

Address: 9 S Street Northwest
Price: from 275 USD

Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning Physical distancing rules followed Walking tours On-site parking Internet services Non-smoking throughout Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay

6. Foggy Bottom (from USD 126)

George Washington University - Foggy Bottom
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The Foggy Bottom derives its name from the morning fog that naturally lingers here coming off the Potomac River. The neighborhood streets are always busy with influential members of the Congress, students, and faculty rushing to universities. Foggy Bottom is home to the Kennedy Center where dance and other performing arts happen daily, the southern tip of Rock Creek Park and the State Department. So it has something for everyone. The spacious rooms at Arc The Hotel are just the place to rest when in Foggy Bottom. The hotel lobby offers a patio for outdoor dining, serves delightful Italian cuisine and the rooms provide you with a microwave, a coffee maker and a refrigerator. It is a great choice for both travelers and residents looking for a home away from home.

ARC THE.HOTEL, Washington DC

Address: 824 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Price: from 126 USD

Bar Private parking Free WiFi Dry cleaning Fitness centre Daily housekeeping Heating Soundproof rooms

7. Friendship Heights (from USD 101)

Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights
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Commonly referred to as a wealthy area of Washington, D.C., Friendship Heights is located on the Maryland border and is best known for the variety of restaurants and its high-end shopping. The classy neighborhood is located right on a metro stop making it easily accessible. If you find yourself in Friendship Heights, make sure to stay at the Embassy Suites Washington D.C. at the Chevy Chase Pavilion. The hotel offers its guests many amenities. The rooms are well-furnished. There is a flat-screen TV in both the bedroom and the separate living room, so guests can catch up on their favorite shows. Guests can also enjoy the sumptuous breakfast that is offered daily.

Embassy Suites Washington D.C. - at the Chevy Chase Pavilion

Address: 4300 Military Road Northwest
Price: from 101 USD

Restaurant Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Indoor pool (all year) Room service Hot tub/jacuzzi Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Concierge service Internet services

8. Downtown Washington (from USD 98)

Farragut Square - facing north
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This cosmopolitan downtown neighborhood will offer you a mix of fine and fun dining in restaurants where you can buy and eat your happiness in a big bowl. The area also has plenty of museums galore. While here you can take a selfie at the front of the White House or have a virtual touchscreen tour of the White House at the White House Visitor Center. Choose to live at The Architect which is 700 meters (2296 feet) from the White House and is located at the heart of downtown Washington DC. It has up-to-date amenities and contemporary accommodations and is perfectly situated for both leisure and business guests.

The Architect

Address: 1025 15th Street NW
Price: from 98 USD

Concierge service 24-hour front desk Safety deposit box Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Free WiFi

9. Navy Yard (from USD 108)

Navy Yard Metro station - baseball crowd
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Located on the Anacostia River 1 mile (1.6 km) from Eastern Market, the Navy Yard area is recognized for its mix of dining, shopping, and tons of outdoor activities. This part of town has something for everyone, the outdoorsy type can cruise along the river in a kayak or canoe, the music buffs can take a folding chair and sit along the river, enjoying fresh breezes and cool jazz and the adventurous can board a water jet and splash some water at the wading pool. So pack some sunblock and an adventurous soul. Just five minutes’ away our favorite accommodation is the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard. It features an indoor pool, a fitness center, a mini refrigerator, a microwave, and all rooms are air-conditioned.

Courtyard by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard

Address: 140 L Street SE
Price: from 108 USD

Security alarm Valet parking Facilities for disabled guests Physical distancing in dining areas Non-smoking throughout Lift Family rooms Express check-in/check-out

10. Capitol Hill (from USD 105)

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Home to the Supreme Court and the U.S Capitol building, Capitol Hill is quite a remarkable neighborhood. It is mostly known for the Eastern Market that has vendors selling handicrafts and antiques on weekends, meat, cheese and produce throughout the week. Just a few minutes into the area is a spacious all-suite accommodation that will tickle your fancy. The Capitol Hill Hotel which is easily accessible and minutes’ away from the United States Capitol, popular monuments and sites such as the National Aquarium and the National Mall, is furnished with modern conveniences such as fully equipped kitchenettes and a modern on-site fitness center. The hotel has everything needed for an extended stay or a short trip to Washington. In addition, the lounge provides an evening wine reception on weekdays.

Capitol Hill Hotel

Address: 200 C Street SE
Price: from 105 USD

Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Pets allowed CCTV in common areas Grocery deliveries Library Laundry

11. H Street Corridor (from USD 115)

800 block of H Street, N.E.
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Washington DC is known for its cutthroat work culture, especially in government. It may come as a surprise to some, but the city does have neighborhoods that are more relaxed, one of them being H Street Corridor. It is home to eclectic bars, unique restaurants, and independent stores. H Street Corridor is one of the artsiest districts in DC and mostly attracts young travelers. One of our recommended accommodations in the area is Studio H Street Corridor, a modest apartment that can sleep up to two adults and one child.

Studio H St Corridor

Address: 824 5th Street Northeast
Price: from 115 USD

WiFi available in all areas Non-smoking throughout On-site parking Free WiFi Parking Safety deposit box Private parking WiFi

12. Columbia Heights (from USD 70)

Columbia Heights market plaza (5081654910)
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This upper northwest hot zone with a superb panoramic view of downtown and a blossoming restaurant scene is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in in Washington DC. With its mix of impressive and humble historic buildings, it reels in a mix of artistic, international professionals. While here you can visit exhibits at the Mexican Cultural Institute, explore the town on bikes and visit the Meridian Hill Park. Live at the Adam’s Inn which features free WiFi, free breakfast, coin-operated laundry facilities, back and front porch and a terrace. It is located within 15 minutes’ from Woodley Park, the metro station and is just a 10 minutes’ walk from the zoo.

Adam's Inn

Address: 1746 Lanier Place NW
Price: from 70 USD

Terrace Sun terrace Newspapers Laundry Luggage storage Family rooms Free WiFi Security alarm

Cool neighborhoods of Washington DC

Described as an amazing place to live, Washington DC has a lot to do in terms of cultural activities, outdoor adventures, road trips, restaurants right at your backyard and electric nightlife. Scenic boat tours are one of the most popular activities in town, along with river cruises! So grab a few clothes, your phone, choose a cool neighborhood that suits your lifestyle and let’s travel, shall we?

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