Hotels Perfect for Spotting D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms

by Rachel on March 20, 2012

Photo by Sandra Lee Schubert/FCC


Every March, Washington D.C.’s historical Tidal Basin area is filled with blooming cherry trees
— and hoards of tourists coming to take pictures of the breathtaking flowers. Today, in fact, marks the kick-off of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs only through April 27 — so you only have a small window to catch the flowers in all their glory. According to the Festival, the average bloom’s peak date is April 4 — a week and a half away, so get on booking one of these super-luxe spots or their cost-friendly alternatives ASAP. Browse our fave options after the jump!

SPLURGE #1: Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.

Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.

Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.

You can’t get much closer to the Tidal Basin and the surrounding greenery than by posting up at DC’s Mandarin Oriental — nor can you get much nicer, either. The hotel easily offers the nicest spa and fitness center in the Capital City, and has a peaceful vibe thanks to its relatively remote location.

  • Time to Takes to Walk to the Tidal Basin: 31 minutes (1.5 miles)
  • Time it Takes to Drive to the Tidal Basin: 9 minutes (2.3 miles)
  • Public Transportation Time: 20 minutes (via Subway)

SPLURGE #2: W Washington D.C.

Lobby at the W Washington D.C.

Lobby at the W Washington D.C.

Despite being across the National Mall from the Basin (and really, how bad is that), the W offers a sophisticated yet young vibe to travelers looking to soak in the scenery and a bit of the nightlife, too — the rooftop bar is very fashionable.

  • Time to Takes to Walk to the Tidal Basin: 20 minutes (1.0 miles)
  • Time it Takes to Drive to the Tidal Basin: 6 minutes (1.6 miles)
  • Public Transportation Time: 17 minutes (via Bus)

STEAL #1: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel

L' Enfant Plaza

L' Enfant Plaza

Within walking distance of the monuments at the Mall and the Smithsonian, and just steps from four of the five Metro subway lines, the 370-room, convention-focused L’Enfant Plaza Hotel has an ideal location.

  • Time to Takes to Walk to the Tidal Basin: 20 minutes (1.0 miles)
  • Time it Takes to Drive to the Tidal Basin: 7 minutes (1.8 miles)
  • Public Transportation Time: N/A

STEAL #2: Four Points by Sheraton Washington D.C. Downtown

Lobby at Four Points by Sheridan Washington D.C. Downtown

Lobby at Four Points by Sheridan Washington D.C. Downtown

Mostly designed for biz travelers, this hotel offers clean rooms, super-comfortable beds, and a 24-hour fitness center. But the real draw is the heated, indoor pool, which offers incredible views of the city.

  • Time to Takes to Walk to the Tidal Basin: 20 minutes (1.0 miles)
  • Time it Takes to Drive to the Tidal Basin: 9 minutes (2.3 miles)
  • Public Transportation Time: 23 minutes (via Subway)

 

 

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camille adams March 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

would like to see the cherry flower.

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