Family trips to Washington, D.C. the budget way—with everyone sleeping in one hotel room with tiny bath towels and tiny, grim swimming pools—can be fun, don’t get me wrong. But just don’t try one in summer. Summers in D.C. are brutally hot and amazingly crowded. The museums along the Mall, because they are free and air-conditioned, invite larger than usual huddled masses yearning to breathe free air conditioning. The crowds slowly shuffle to view Lincoln’s top hat and Apollo space capsules and Plains Indian weavings and what seemed exciting and inspiring begins to seem stultifying and dull. Your kids start to talk about the hotel pool. Frequently, and in increasingly thin voices. Budget no longer seems worth the savings. This thoughtful package from the Mandarin Oriental (parental note: sunny 50-foot indoor pool) makes some sense if you can splurge and want to avoid all that huddling and loud yearning.
First Class Family Fun package includes:
- 2 nights’ accommodations in adjoining guestrooms
- Daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children
- A tote with boxed lunch, bottled water, and healthy snacks for 2 adults and 2 children
- Tickets to the International Spy Museum and an IMAX feature
- A private nighttime tour of the monuments in the hotel’s chauffeured sedan, with snacks and bottled water
- Free parking
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