Washington For Paddys Day Reasonable Hotel
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2012 7:37 AM Last Post By: netanyas
Oct 9, 2012 1:38 PM
Washington For Paddys Day Reasonable HotelHey
Done Boston and NY and would like to see the Capital of the US. Going in March
Looking for something reasonable, decent and central to most things so don't end up spending money on cabs and trains. Want a room en-suite for myself and Miss Funkyirishwoman
Don't know what areas to look in.
Anyone recommend hotel to stay
Oct 9, 2012 4:55 PM
Oct 9, 2012 9:12 PM
2Is DC a big deal on Patty's day? Chicago is nuts....far more Irish bars....
Oct 10, 2012 2:44 AM
3Oh as for area's to look for a hotel
- you probably want the NW quadrant, DuPont Crircle, Gallery place, Georgetown etc,
- proximity to the nearest metro station is worth money. Even out of town isn't bad if you are right on a metro line.
There are a few parties in DC on St. Paddy's day, but nothing major.
Oct 10, 2012 2:53 AM
Oct 10, 2012 3:42 AM
Oct 10, 2012 5:48 AM
6Georgetown is a little out of the way Bob...and no Subway.
Chicago would be an ideal place for St Patty's day, between the parade, turning the Chicago River green and the huge amount of bars that are within walking distance downtown.
I live in downtown Chicago, it starts at 7am...and never lets up, even the cops kick back.
Oct 10, 2012 11:06 AM
7I assume you have reasons for wanting to visit DC other than St; Patty's day, which yeah,isn't that much here. (Who needs mythical Irish beings making fantastic promises of pots of gold at the end of a rainbow when you already have Paul Ryan?) I've never been to xBaltimore on that day, but it has enough Irish heritage that I bet more happens there (VinnyD?). So maybe take a daytrip up there. If you are in DC, there are Irish bars on Capitol Hill and in Cleveland Park, and fine Irish restaurants in both Glen Echo and Bethesda (that's not exhaustive, just top-o'-mind).
Metro is a good value and it sells all-you-can-use passes, like $35 for 7 days. http://www.wmata.com/fares/purchase/store/ So staying on the Metro is a big advantage, not something to plan away from.
Oct 10, 2012 11:13 AM
Oct 10, 2012 11:14 AM
9There is a "St Patrick's Day" parade in Baltimore, usually the weekend before, and in South Baltimore last year htere was some kind of organized pub crawl. I don't either would be worth the trip.
Oct 10, 2012 3:25 PM
10Thanks for all the tips
Yep I know Chicago would be one hell of a drinking town to go to and one day we will for Paddys but this year Miss Funkyirishman wants to see the Capital. We have done a lot of travelling and trying to get in as many Capital cities as possible. Also I have a friend in DC
After checking prices for Hotels they do go up at the weekend and I mean UP!!. The best price is the Hi Washington Hostel and no issue staying here and it seems reasonable central and pretty cheap. Hopefully wont spend much time in it. Cheapest flights are with Delta via NY and then onto Baltimore airport?? This seems to be an hour away from Washington. Looking at shuttle bus to take us to hostel and then maybe get the train back when we get our bearings. Was looking at Super Shuttle they charge a bit any other options
Don't worry if we are the only Irish in DC for that weekend(maybe our Taoiseach) will be there to meet the President but we will paint the town green.
Oct 11, 2012 1:45 AM
11I think United Airlines are the only guys to do a direct Dublin-DC flight (presuming you are leaving from Dublin, apologies for being Dublin-centric). Consider the option of going via LHR (which won't always appear on search engines) for perhaps a lower cost (as Lond-DC is more competitive than Ireland-US) and into somewhere in DC as opposed to BWI.
You've got a friend in DC? If I was intimidated by the costs my conversation would go along the lines of: "Dude, you wouldn't believe the prices, you being local and all, can you suggest somewhere?", and end with " ... nah a blow up bed on the lounge room floor would be brilliant, thanks!". But I do have a bit of a brass neck.
Oct 11, 2012 5:15 AM
Oct 11, 2012 5:46 AM
13If I had to fly into BWI I would get a car and drive to DC and use it see Georgetown, National Cathedral, and a night drive on the mall to the capital. Then turn it in at Union Station.
Did you try Priceline for rooms? I dont think that time in March is the Cherry Blossom Festival, which is a major tourist mecca in Spring, it has been blooming earlier each year though, also, spring break is in March, and lots of schools take field trips to DC, using a lot of the the lower end budget hotel rooms...
You can make a reservation for now at the best price you can find on many websites like Quickbook.com, and always cancel, or the hotels website to, then keep checking for other deals. Wash DC is usually about $150 for a room in the thick of it, I got lucky with a $99 room at a 4 star last weekend.
I checked Priceline and there are some good hotels under $175 right now, the Hyatt is the best of the bunch.
Here is my Trip Report. Trip Report Wash DC and Williamsburg
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