Woodley Park

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See the pandas and elephants in the acclaimed zoo, take a tour of a historic observatory and visit the cathedral in this upmarket residential area.

Woodley Park is a charming neighborhood full of quaint cafés and open, green spaces. It is known for its vast zoo and impressive cathedral, among other intriguing landmarks in a leafy district. Bring your family to relax in the picturesque parks and encounter a range of exotic wildlife.

Wander along the trails of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in the eastern part of the neighborhood. Admission is free for this family-friendly spot, which has a range of intriguing exhibits and animal enclosures. See the highlights of pandas, great cats, bears and elephants.

The western side of the district is known for the U.S. Naval Observatory, which is among the country’s oldest and most important sites providing astronomical data. Take a guided tour of the intriguing scientific instruments to learn about the role of the observatory.

Walk north for about 20 minutes to reach St. Sophia Cathedral, which was founded at the start of the 20th century. Admire its neo-Byzantine design and enjoy the serenity within. Adjacent to the cathedral is Bryce Park, where you can relax with a book in the shade of a tree during hot and humid summers. Note that winters are fairly cold and snowy.

Aside from the parks and historic structures, the neighborhood has many noteworthy institutions. Spot the Washington International School, the British Embassy and the Embassy of Switzerland.

Stay at one of the historic hotels in this upscale area. The Omni Shoreham Hotel overlooks Rock Creek Park and dates back to the 1930s, while the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel was constructed a decade earlier.

The neighborhood is close to Rock Creek in the northwestern part of Washington D.C. Take a bus to one of the many nearby stops or ride the metro to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan metro station. Visit some of the surrounding districts, such as Cleveland Park, Mount Pleasant and Massachusetts Heights.

Woodley Park is a scenic, verdant neighborhood with a range of parks, historic structures and family-friendly activities.


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Omni Shoreham Hotel
Omni Shoreham Hotel
4 out of 5
2500 Calvert St Nw, Washington, DC, 20008
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £155 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and a 24-hour health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,129 reviews)
"Beautiful property. Lovely room. Charming."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

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Glover Park Hotel Georgetown
Glover Park Hotel Georgetown
4 out of 5
2505 Wisconsin Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20007
The price is £160 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Close to shops and schools"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

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Woodley Park Guest House
Woodley Park Guest House
3 out of 5
2647 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly B&B in Washington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"very convenient to the conference at Marriott breakfast very limited - maybe whole fruit and pastries not available to individuals with mobility issues"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Woodley Park Guest House
Hidden Garden in Observatory Heights! (CDC Safe)
Hidden Garden in Observatory Heights! (CDC Safe)
Washington, DC
Stay at this holiday home in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Smithsonian's National Zoo and White House are located ...
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The Kalorama Guest House
The Kalorama Guest House
2.5 out of 5
2700 Cathedral Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20008
Stay at this B&B in Washington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (477 reviews)
"The Guest House is located in a lovely residential section of Washington between two Metro stops. It is very convenient to use public transportation to go to most tourist sites in DC. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast was a bit odd. It consisted of cakes, cookies, limited ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2021

The Kalorama Guest House
"Luxury spacious charming DC row house + parking"
"Luxury spacious charming DC row house + parking"
Washington, DC
Stay at this holiday home in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Smithsonian's National Zoo and White House are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"Easy in and out"

Reviewed on 20 May 2022

"Luxury spacious charming DC row house + parking"
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