Residence Inn Courthouse $$
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1401 N. Adams St., Arlington, Va.
COST: $150–250 per night
Optimal for families looking to save some money during a visit to Washington or business travelers on extended stays, the Residence Inn Courthouse is a sparkling new property featuring 176 suites with full kitchens, including granite counters, blond cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances, including dishwashers.
Beds and linens are comfortable, if not top-of-the-line, but guest rooms feature flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with granite countertops. The hotel has a small fitness facility and an indoor pool and serves a delicious hot breakfast daily with eggs, sausages, and waffles.
For the environmentally conscious, this property has met county LEED requirements, meaning it was designed with energy conservation and a reduced carbon footprint in mind. This location is a stone’s throw from the Courthouse Metro stop as well as Ray’s The Steaks and Five Guys, and it is just blocks from the area’s premier dining district in Clarendon.
Morning coffee is served in-house, but for an adventure, check out the friendly Java Shack two blocks away on North Franklin Street. A local hangout, owner Dale Roberts has created a coffeehouse version of Cheers in this building that once served as headquarters to the American Nazi Party.
© Patricia Nevins Kime from Moon Washington DC, 1st Edition