Get a taste of Americana at Crystal City Hotel

You won't believe how hard it is to find a cheap but decent place to stay in Washington DC. Either you're staying at a posh hotel on Pennsylvania Ave with a view of the White House, or you're thrown into one of the few remaining Washington DC motels.

Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find the Americana Hotel in the Crystal City neighbourhood in Arlington, VA. It's just a short hop to all the important attractions in Washington DC (less than a mile), and more importantly, the hotel offers rates from $79 onwards.

The Americana is a family-owned business which opened it's doors in 1963, and offers free shuttle service and free parking, along with complimentary wireless internet. And to top it off, you get a free continental breakfast with coffee, tea, milk & orange juice, 3 different types of cereal, donuts, pastries & muffins, croissants & bagels with cream cheese, and fresh fruits including apples, oranges & bananas.

In-room amenities include cable TV, iron & board, hairdryer, and a mini-refrigerator and work desk. Guest room options include a standard room with 1 bed, a standard double, standard King and standard Queen, and a Deluxe King. Rates vary from $79 for the standard with 1 bed to $99 for the King Deluxe and $119 for the standard double.

No doubt you'll be able to find better digs within walking distance of the White House, but the question is - Do you want to enjoy the luxuries and pleasures offered by Washington DC vacations, or by a Washington DC hotel room?

Info: 1400 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington VA 22202; (703) 979-3772;

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