Located about a block from a Metrorail station, the Bethesda Court Hotel offers easy access to downtown DC. A quick train ride can put you at the foot of the Washington Monument or on the cobblestone streets of Georgetown. But there are plenty of reasons to stick around Bethesda too¬. Galleries, boutiques, and a new independent movie theater lie just steps away from the hotel. Bethesda Court also provides complimentary limo rides within a 3-mile radius—an area that encompasses the National Institutes of Health and its many research labs.
The hotel was recently updated with European details, including gold-trimmed picture frames and silk drapes in the guest rooms. Pedestal sinks and granite countertops add touches of luxury to the marble bathrooms. Public spaces include an old English garden courtyard furnished with wooden loungers and patio tables.
Bethesda, MD: Affluent Enclave Neighboring DC
Bethesda has some of the cosmopolitan flavor of DC, but feels decidedly quieter. There are a dozen or so art galleries in the downtown area and more than 200 restaurants representing cuisines from around the world. One of the many historic highlights worth a visit is the Bethesda Theatre, a restored 1930s Art Deco movie theater. Today it showcases a variety of live entertainment acts ranging from children's shows to Off Broadway plays and musicals. As a thriving cultural center, it's easy to see why Forbes once named Bethesda America's Most Educated Small Town.