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post #1 of 32 Old 11-30-2012, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone near the Washington DC area?

Is there anyone near the Washington DC area? that can suggest an affordable hotel for 3-4 nights.
I am going to be pushing a disabled Veteran in the Inaugural Parade for Obamas second swearing in.
We need to be there on Sat - Mon and the veteran is paralyzed and wheelchair bound.
Looking at rates for hotels in the immediate DC area are beyond his budget.
We will be driving so anything within driving distance or located near public transportation is great.
I have not been to DC in years and am unfamiliar with it. We will be attending a Ball. The veteran is pretty much on a shoestring budget but is thrilled to be going. He is losing the feeling in his hands and will soon be without the use of them.
His injuries are combat related. This really means a lot to him so any suggestions are welcome.
We will be splitting the cost of everything so if a hotel can be found for 100 a night i will make up his share if it is too high.
Thanks in advance. Shalom
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post #2 of 32 Old 11-30-2012, 11:48 AM
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Try the area around Franconia/Springfield. It's close to Metro, but not so close to DC that the prices are too outrageous. You might also check out what's near the Maryland lines.

Do you have a map of the Metro system? If not, here's one. It shows all the Metro stops for DC, Maryland, and Virginia. I'd avoid anything around Vienna/Fairfax though, as that's a pretty pricey area. The White Flint area is Maryland is also expensive.
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Speedracer thanks for the head up and the map. I am certain it will be very useful.
We have yet to be confirmed to attend but its is a 98% sure bet from what we are being told.
I want this to be as simple and as stress free as possible.
I do fully understand that with the expected crowds, security checks, practice and every thing else that is going to be impossible.
However, I am 5'7" and wiegh 145 pushing a 200+ pound man around in a wheelchair for nearly a week is not going to be easy.
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post #4 of 32 Old 11-30-2012, 12:58 PM
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Hey DB- let us know if he needs anything. There's a bunch of us around who would be glad to help if we could. I would be more than happy to send him a gift card for a good meal.
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Wow, db...I don't know the area, but just wanted to say my hat is off to you. That is really a nice thing to do for someone.

I was once offered inaugeration tickets (Bush) w all accomidations. I declined. the "gifter", and others, seemed shocked. I felt bad - and lied and said I could not leave my horses b/c, for some reason, I did not want to say I do not "do" big cities. I am glad for you and your friend that you can! :) See, there is always something to be thankful for.

Maybe you can reserve a motorized wheelchair before you get there - just a suggestion.
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post #6 of 32 Old 11-30-2012, 09:16 PM
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My first choice for cheap places will always be Motel 6 (stayed there one night for my birthday trip to Busch Gardens). Checked the rates for the Motel 6 on 4th Street NE, for two people two nights (Saturday and Sunday evenings?) is $99.99/night before taxes. In my experience the motels are rather nice for their type and probably some of the least expensive you could find.

If I had my own place and lived closer to DC I'd offer my hospitality, but alas I do not.
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post #7 of 32 Old 12-01-2012, 07:58 AM
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DBA, look at hotels/motels in College Park, MD on Rt 1 (if you and the Veteran are OK about students everywhere around :) ). They are on a cheaper side and very close to Green line metro (with bunch of buses going there), so you don't have to drive.

Hotel in College Park MD, Comfort Inn, University of Maryland hotels

College Park Hotels | Hampton Inn College Park | College Park, MD

Super 8 College Park Wash DC Area | College Park, MD *20740 Hotel

Quality Inn & Suites College Park Hotel MD, Hotels in College Park MD.

Washington-College Pk (I-95) Hotel in College Park, Maryland | Holiday Inn

Good luck! Kudos to you for doing that!
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post #8 of 32 Old 12-01-2012, 08:32 AM
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We are smack dab in the middle of DC. My first question-does he still have base access? Second question-do you need to rely upon public transportation?
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I had mentioned Crystal City to you...checked the Holiday Inn there, and the price is in the same $99 dollar range. That's for two adults - you might be able to get a child rate...
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post #10 of 32 Old 12-01-2012, 12:01 PM
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I had mentioned Crystal City to you...checked the Holiday Inn there, and the price is in the same $99 dollar range. That's for two adults - you might be able to get a child rate...
I live not too very far away from Crystal City. It's quite nice from what I remember (conventions XD).

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