Red Roof Inn

This hotel is simple, small, and made for the budget traveler—on weekends in off-season, rates can get as low as $89 a night. Its location has character, in the heart of Chinatown—you can see the Friendship Arch from the front stoop. And it’s convenient for downtown sightseeing: The Red Roof is a block from the Chinatown Metro stop and Verizon Center and three blocks from the Washington Convention Center. The White House is a seven-block walk.

Room amenities: Clock radio, Business King rooms have enhanced work area, dataport, and speaker phone

Hotel amenities: Valet cleaning service, guest laundry facilities, TV with free cable and HBO, dataport, complimentary daily coffee and USA Today newspapers in lobby, pet friendly, business desk in lobby with computer, on-site restaurant and pub 

Things nearby: Chinatown, Verizon Center, Washington Convention Center, Smithsonian Museums, International Spy Museum, National Building Museum, Museum of Crime and Punishment, Marian Koshland Science Museum, Shakespeare Theater, Newseum, Penn Quarter