Washington, D.C. is poised to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of its 3,750-strong cherry blossom gardens in Tidal Basin later this month. All events are spread out over a five-week period (March 20 – April 27) and the good news is the majority are free to visitors. The same can’t be said for hotel stays, but thanks to the New York Times’ Elaine Glusac, we’ve got the skinny on where you can nab the best deals.
Visit festival’s official tourism site Washington.org/spring first. Continental breakfasts aside, dozens of haunts are offering themed festival packages with discounts on hotel services and a ton of free goodies.
If you’re looking to save, your best bet is to travel early during peak blooming week, which is slated to fall during the week of March 24-31. We checked rates for two adults travelling the weekend of March 24-26. Here are a few standouts:
Capitol Skyline Hotel ($179/night)
Perks: Free shuttle to the National Mall daily; “Welcome” chocolate covered cherries; breakfast buffet for two; and free parking.
Residence Inn Washington, DC/Dupont Circle (184/night)
Perks: Free breakfast buffet for up to 4 guests per room; free Internet; welcome bag at check-in; and a complimentary hot buffet-style dinner served Monday-Wednesday.
The Liaison Capitol Hill ($244/night)
Perks: That awesome cherry blossom branch, two $10 metro passes, picnic goodies, and handmade “Artisan chocolates.”
The Madison Hotel ($329/night)
Perks: Complimentary breakfast for two each morning; free parking OR 4 one-day metro passes; free map of Washington, D.C.; and a “Survival bag” with bottled water, snacks, sunscreen and lip balm.
Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters ($472/night)
Perks: This doesn’t necessarily qualify as a “bargain,” but the Beacon is throwing in a pair of Centennial Blossom Martinis along with free breakfast for two each morning.
NOTE: If you’re planning to hit up festivities later in the month, get ready to shell out some major cash for your stay. Book just a few days later (March 27-29) and the Capitol Skyline Hotel rate jumps $60 and the Liason Capitol nearly doubles to $494.
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