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

Photo by Sandra Lee Schubert/FCC
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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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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