My sister and I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn during a recent trip to Washington DC. The hotel was a fantastic (and extremely affordable) jumping off point for touring the city. The room was immaculate and extremely comfortable. The service was great and the staff was friendly and accommodating. Because we were traveling during the Cherry Blossom Festival we had to pay special attention to budget. We wanted to balance comfort and convenience with cost. This hotel met all our needs. Although at first we were a little concerned about staying in Bethesda rather than in the city center, we went ahead and booked the hotel. We also purchased 7 day metro passes and hopped on and off all week. The metro station is minutes away and dropped us off near the all "sights." I can't imagine that it would have been much easier if we had been staying in the White House. The hotel is also close to a number of restaurants as well as a Trader Joe's (convenient for quick grocery shopping since there's a small fridge and microwave in the room). Thanks to the Hilton Garden and all the free attractions on the Mall we had a wonderful time and actually came in under budget.