2013 Hotel Deals for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Where to stay during this year’s festivities.

By: Chelsea Boone

Despite the recent threat of snow, spring is coming, and the cherry blossoms will soon be in full bloom. To that end, local hotels are offering special packages themed around the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. So whether you’re coming in from out of town or a local in need of a staycation, check out these deals on accommodations.

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel: Cherry Blossom Package
This hotel is just blocks away from the action and offers views of the Monument and the Mall. The deal includes a complimentary breakfast buffet for two at the hotel’s American Grill Restaurant. For information on rates and to book, visit the hotel’s website.

The Willard InterContinental: Very Cherry Blossom Package
This luxury hotel is within walking distance of the Mall and the center of all the festival action. The hotel’s Very Cherry Blossom package is made for two and includes breakfast, a pair of Old Town Trolley tour tickets, and valet parking. This deal is available from March 20 through April 14, and prices start at $409 per night. Book online, or call 1-800-827-1747.

The Liaison Capitol Hill: National Cherry Blossom Festival Special Offer
Enjoy the festival to the fullest with Liaison Capitol Hill’s special offer. For rates starting at $189 you will receive a commemorative cherry blossom branch, picnic goodies including a fruit and cheese plate and homemade chocolate-cherry cookies from the hotel’s Art and Soul restaurant, and $10 Metro passes per person per day. The deal is available from March 21 through April 14. Book online, or call 1-866-246-2203 and mention the promo code CHER13.

Kimpton Hotels: Blossoms & Bubbles Package
Celebrate the cherry blossoms with the Blossom & Bubbles package, available at any of the Kimpton’s DC (George, Monaco DC, Palomar DC, Topaz, Donvan House, Madera, Helix, and Rouge) or Alexandria (Monaco Alexandria, Lorien Hotel & Spa, and Morrison House) hotels from March 20 through April 14. The package includes a $30 room credit per day to use toward parking or dining, locally made cherry blossom soap, complimentary sake at your hotel’s evening wine hour, and bubbles for all children at check-in. Book online or call 1-800-546-7866 using the code BLOOM.

The Dupont Circle Hotel: Let’s Bloom Package
Enjoy this year’s cherry blossom festivities while staying in one of DC’s most exciting neighborhoods. The Dupont Circle Hotel’s Let’s Bloom package includes a complimentary Let’s Bloom cocktail in the hotel’s Bar Dupont, gourmet chocolate-covered cherries, and an informational packet with details of the cherry blossom festivities. The package starts at $199 per night and can be booked online.

The Hay-Adams: Cherry Blossom Package
This historic DC hotel is great for those who want to enjoy the festival in a more classic setting. Guests who stay a minimum of two nights between March 23 and April 13 receive a complimentary breakfast for two, a special cherry amenity, and a festival information packet. Rooms start at $409 and can be booked online.

The Washington Court Hotel: Cherry Blossom Package
Receive a bottle of Champagne at check-in. The Cherry Blossom Package also includes cherry-flavored bubbles, a cherry-inspired gift bag, and a $25-per-day credit to use toward parking or dining. If you’re tired from all of the festivities, you can enjoy a late checkout as a part of the package. Rates start at $249. Book online.

Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters: Cherry Blossom Festival Package
This hotel located in the heart of DC is great for accessing the blooms. The hotel’s Cherry Blossom Festival package offers a full American breakfast for two, half off valet parking, two cherry blossom cocktails or cherry Cokes, and 15 to 25 percent off at the hotel’s restaurant. This deal is available from March 20 through April 27, with rates starting at $339. Book online.

Comfort Inn & Suites: Cherry Blossom Festival Package
Enjoy free shuttle service to and from Union Station, plus free breakfast each morning, complimentary wi-fi, and a tote bag with a National Cherry Blossom fleece blanket when you stay for a minimum of two nights between March 20 and April 14. Book online; rates start at $393.

Embassy Row Hotel: Cherries Jubilee Package
If you want to enjoy the cherry blossoms for an extended period of time, this is the package for you. It’s available through May 31 and includes breakfast for two each morning, cherry blossom greeting cards and stamps, cherry cordials for two, a pair of one-day Metro passes, and complimentary wi-fi. Check online for rate information, or call 202-939-4107.

The Fairmont Georgetown: Cherry Blossom Package
Commemorate the cherry blossoms with assorted notecards featuring scenes of the monuments and blooms by DC photographer Jake McGuire when you book the Fairmont’s Cherry Blossom Package. This special is available now until May 2, and includes complimentary valet parking with accommodations for two. The package starts at $209 and can be booked online.

Hilton Garden Inn Washington: Cherry Blossom Festival Package
After perusing the cherry blossoms you may work up a bit of an appetite, and with the Hilton Garden Inn’s Cherry Blossom Festival Package you can enjoy a three-course dinner and a cherry blossom-themed cocktail at Todd Gray’s Watershed restaurant. This package starts at $309 and is available through May 31. Book online.

St. Gregory Hotel and Suites: Cherry Blossom Festival Package
Enjoy breakfast for two, half off valet parking, two cherry blossom cocktails or cherry Cokes, and a 15 to 25 percent discount at the restaurant. This deal, which you can book online, is available through March 31 and starts at $225.

The W Washington DC: Cherry Blossom Package 
The W Washington DC, the closest hotel to the White House, is known for its spectacular views of the monuments and Mall, which makes it a perfect place to enjoy the cherry blossoms. The package includes a bottle of Champagne at check-in, two cocktails, and a Crackling Cherry Pie (made with Pop Rocks to give the cracking sensation) served at the hotel's P.O.V. rooftop lounge. This offer is available through May 6 and can be booked online or by calling 202-661-2400 using the code LAPKG5. Rates start at $289.