We wanted to take our 3 kids (ages 4-8) to the Smithsonian museums, zoo, and national landmarks in D.C. We found a $99/night deal on the Marriott website during the last week of December. My husband asked if an upgrade was available for free and we ended up in a beautiful and spacious 2-bedroom/2-bath suite including full kitchen (we have Marriott Silver level status - not sure if that mattered or not). When you consider that we also enjoyed a buffet breakfast and light dinner each night as well as use of the pool, hot tub, and fitness center, it was quite a bargain! Parking is a reasonable $12/day in the underground hotel garage. Our kids LOVED the pool and were impressed with the 3 flat-screen TVs in our suite. The hotel is a very short walk (through a courtyard, not a street) to the Court House metro stop (about 15 minute ride to Smithsonian/Federal Triangle stops). We highly recommend this hotel to families with children. They loved it more than many of the DC attractions!