we just got back from our trip to d.c. which ended up being quite short… but it was packed with so much fun! we flew into BWI. (there are closer airports so definitely check your options, but BWI worked for us in terms of timing, costs, and our plans) .. we were going to take the MARC into d.c. but ended up meeting up with my cousin who lives in baltimore for dinner first so we took the metro from the restaurant into d.c.
for dinner we had chinese-korean food at da rae won in between baltimore and d.c. and it was amazinggggg. we had their jajamyun (black bean noodles) and champong (spicy seafood noodle soup) and they were both so so so good. they make their noodles in house.. and their fried chicken (which we also got) was on point. not sure how we finished everything cuz we got way too much food but.. we did.. cuz it was just that good. lol. but my family is made up of great eaters, so it’s not that suprising. 😉definitely check it out if you are in the area! my cousin dropped us off at a nearby metro station and we took the metro into dc and made it to our hotel is about 30 minutes.
we chose to stay at the hyatt place washington d.c./white house on k street because of it’s location and ability to accomodate my whole family. i’m an avid (“self proclaimed” of course) points traveler and have had really good experiences with using my chase ultimate rewards points at hyatt properties. hyatt actually has a ton of hotels in washington dc from the hyatt places/houses to grand and park hyatts but when i travel with the little one i tend to pick a hyatt place or house because of the complimentary hot breakfast that is included and because the rooms tend to be larger.. we also like to travel fequently with family (like we did on this trip) and getting 2 queen beds and a pull out sofa bed was pretty great. i snagged a room for points and saved hundreds of dollars/night! like i mentioned before, the complimentary hot breakfasts are great when you have a toddler because we like to load her up on eggs, yogurt, bagels and fruit before we head out so we don’t have a hangry child on our hands.. it lets us be a little bit more flexible on timing our next meal and this is super useful even if we want to check out a happening brunch spot because we don’t have to stress about our little one’s tummy grumbling while we wait! this trip we opted to eat breakfast at the hotel each morning and that alone probably saved us over a hundred dollars over the entire weekend! the hyatt place breakfasts can be a little different depending on the location and this location serves a different type of breakfast each morning. on friday morning we breakfast burritos as the main (or you could eat the eggs separately). on saturday morning it was a egg-quinoa-scramble. both days we all thought the breakfast options were actually really good. every morning there was also fresh fruit, juices, a bread/toast bar, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal with fixings, yogurt with fixings, cottage cheese, and milk/tea/coffee. we really enjoyed the breakfast and they helped fuel our mornings!
another reason i chose to stay at the k street hyatt place was it’s location. it literally is a 5-10 minute walk to the white house, a <5 minute walk to the mcpherson metro station or a 5-10 min ride to farragut metro station, and a leisurly stroll (read: ~0.5-1 ish mile) to areas like dupont circle, logan circle, and the national mall.. we metroed to a couple of areas but quickly realized that if it was 5ish or less stops away from the hotel it was actually a pleasant walk and we opted to walk instead.. we did clock in 3+ miles of walking a day doing this but felt like we got a great feel of the city walking/strollering around! it was a breeze walking around during the day when we were sightseeing and also at night after dinners and events (even with the rain saturday morning!).
wish we could have stuck around d.c. for a day or 2 more but it was a perfect weekend trip and i can’t wait to share more of what we did!
here are some tips for the hotel part:
1. hyatt points – when we were there, standard rooms were upwards of 250-300 dollars a night so booking with points saved a bit of cash. this hotel is 12k points/night and if you have they hyatt card you could use your annual free night award here also! i usually just transfer my chase points at the time i want to make a booking.. it takes about 15-30 minutes on average for the points to link to your hyatt account based on my experience but the fine print always says it can take much longer.
2. breakfast – free hot breakfast included with your stay – definitely utilize so you can be energized out and about! this location seems to have the revolving breakfast menu unlike some of the other hyatt places/houses we’ve stayed at.. we really liked the menu both days and even if you don’t like the particular breakfast item, they serve it such that you can pick and choose the items you like!
3. consider taking the metro around or walking from this location! the dc metro system is very easy to use, frequent (just check to see which lines/areas they are doing maintenence work on).. we had an umbrella stroller with us and didn’t ever really ride it during peak commute times so can’t speak to that but found it pretty easy to nagivate on our first try. we had successful time tying in our destinations on google maps and selecting the public transportation option to map out our metro rides. you look for the color of the line and the end destination (example orange – vienna) to know which way to hop on.. i do recommend looking at the cross streets of where your destination is in comparison to where the different metro exits are.. it is easier to walk across the metro inside then around the metro station outside, especially if weather isn’t being so great.
4. roof top bar – this hyatt place location has a roof top bar with pretty city views.. obviously you are more likely to enjoy if you and your fellow travelers are of drinking age 😉