Georgetown, perhaps the most storied part of D.C., has expensive hotels but easily the city's best shopping, with the stores of luxury brands lining M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The city's wealthiest residents generally live in this neighborhood, and if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of stretch black limos sending the children of the U.S. political class from their huge old homes in Georgetown to private schools elsewhere in the city. Dupont Circle is a great mid-range neighborhood to stay in, with affordable Washington D.C. hotels galore, and located close to all of D.C.'s best nightlife. Capitol Hill, the large neighborhood east of the U.S. Capitol, is another great place to look for apartments in Washington D.C. if you are planning a long term stay there.
Whether you stay in Downtown D.C., Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, or elsewhere, being in Washington DC is likely to be a fun and rewarding experience. The best places to stay in Washington D.C. can be spread out all over the city, so look hard and compare prices carefully before making a final decision.