Hotel RL Washington DC by Red Lion

Elisabeth Barker
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • Boutique hotel within a 10-minute walk of Dupont Circle
  • Stays include complimentary Wi-Fi, espresso and bike rentals
  • No fitness center on site, but guests have free access to nearby gyms 
  • Just two blocks from the Metro, making all of D.C. easily accessible

Enjoyed This
(13 Member Ratings)
"The location was excellent close to silver, blue, orange, and red metro lines and 10 minute walk from the White House. Lots a food options but mostly quick bites."
Oct 07, 2018
Madison Heights, MI, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is six miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and guests can expect to pay approximately $30 in taxi fare to reach their destination. Self-parking is available in the on-site garage is $40 per night, including tax.

Rooms & Rates

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Tucked into a quiet street one block from K Street, the Hotel RL is within a 10-minute drive of the White House, National Mall and the George Washington University campus. With fewer than 100 guest rooms, the boutique property is an intimate retreat in the heart of our nation’s capital. Less than 10 minutes on foot from Dupont Circle, the hotel is within walking distance of the area’s upscale restaurants and boutiques. The Metro stops just two blocks from the hotel, offering easy access to the rest of the city.

Guest rooms feature espresso-and-white color schemes with accents of blue or orange and are furnished with desks, refrigerators, microwaves, seating areas and either king or queen beds. Suite have kitchenettes and are pet-friendly. All accommodations are equipped with free Wi-Fi and DirecTV on flat-screens; coffeemakers are available upon request.

While there are no fitness facilities on the property, all reservations include two complimentary passes to a nearby gym. Guests also have complimentary access to the hotel’s bicycles. The on-site Victrola Coffee Roasters café opens early each morning, offering free, customized espressos for overnight guests. Like other Hotel RL properties, the D.C. outpost hosts musicians, poets, authors and activities as part of its Living Stage program, showcasing local talent.

From the press:
  • "This modern, ten-story, mid-range hotel in downtown DC enjoys a primo location just blocks from the White House" -- Fodor's



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bike rental
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)


  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children under 16 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Extra bed available on request for children and adults: $10 per night.  Extra person fee is $10 (subject to tax) per person per night. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: $15 plus tax, per stay.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel offers Self-Parking for $40.00 (tax inclusive) per day. Charges will be applied to your bill at the hotel. These rates are subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(13 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hotel RL Washington DC by Red Lion over the past 15 months.
3.5 Ambiance
4.5 Location
3.8 Rooms
4.0 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The location was excellent close to silver, blue, orange, and red metro lines and 10 minute walk from the White House. Lots a food options but mostly quick bites.
Other Comments
There a 40 dollar per night incidental refundable deposit which is higher then most. Amenities were very limited- no coffee maker. Walls were very thin. It was oddly difficult to get the staffs attention- they would not offer an opening to conversation even when you walked up to them and the laid back nature of the venue (no desk) made getting help, checking out or in, a bit awkward. If it wasn’t for the location, value, and cleanliness would not recommend.
Kaitlin Oct 07, 2018 Madison Heights, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Enjoyed basement bar, free coffee in AM
Marilyn Oct 01, 2018 Fairfax, VA, USA
Enjoyed Most
I loved the service and location! Manny made sure all of our needs were met.
Joseph Sep 11, 2018 Fayetteville, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location is great, nice to be able to get a coffee at the front in the morning (1 free one, no coffee in your room). Close to Metro, easy to get downtown. Room had a full couch which is always nice to have a spot to sit. Rooms are big. Staff was nice when you could find them, no front desk. Generally available though and were helpful in giving directions and suggestions.
Other Comments
Expectations were low based on reviews. If you are picky you won't like this place. If you just want somewhere close to walk downtown and get it for a good price, then this is the place for you. The rooms are dated (Wood veneer microwave/fridge), could use some maintenance (broken sink) and aren't that clean (corners not vacuumed, stains on bed spread). You get one bottle of water for your stay, they don't replenish it each day.
Alana Aug 31, 2018 Sudbury, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
The hotel was very clean, the coffee bar was free and a treat, and Manny of the staff was by far the friendliest person we’ve ever met in the many years we’ve been coming to DC. We loved him—-tell him we send find greetings!!
Other Comments
This is a hidden gem, with great eateries nearby plus a 24-hour Wawa. Easy to get to Smithsonian by foot, metro or cab/Uber.
Vince Sep 24, 2018 Doylestown, PA, USA
Enjoyed Most
I really enjoyed the proximity to all of the downtown D.C. options. It was a short walk to the National Mall, along with a longer (but easily manageable) walk to Georgetown. Coupled with the price, you cannot beat this deal.
Joshua Sep 24, 2018 Rural Retreat, VA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Room was huge. Great location. Great value.
Other Comments
Staff was friendly and helpful.
Len Aug 20, 2018 Blackwood, NJ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location and cost.
Aug 19, 2018 Fredrick, MD, USA

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