It may only be July, but it's not too early to start thinking about the holidays -- especially when it means saving big bucks for travel at the end of the year. Specifically, you can snag a winter stay in the Washington, D.C. area for as low as $84 at several Hilton properties.
From $84: DoubleTree by Hilton Washington Crystal City
This Arlington, Virginia outpost was recently updated with new furniture, carpeting, and bathrooms, and it provides views of the capital skyline to boot. Its Christmas in July promotion is good for stays November 20-28 and December 18-30, and comes along with complimentary premium WiFi, complimentary room upgrade, and 20 percent dining discount. We found the $84 rate to be available for double bed rooms throughout those November dates, but prices nudge up slightly to $94 during the December stay dates. Though standard rates throughout this period are actually $79, it’s worth the extra $5-$15 for the package, considering premium WiFi alone is worth about $15.
From $94: Hilton Garden Inn Old Town Alexandria
A short drive away from the hustle and bustle of D.C., this hotel’s early holiday special touts complimentary premium WiFi and a pair of two souvenir mugs for free coffee and hot cocoa refills. We found king bed and two queen bed rooms for $94 between November 26 and December 30. It shapes up to be an excellent deal, considering standard rates for the timeframe are $99-$199 -- and they don’t come with the $25-plus worth of extras that you would get with the Christmas in July offer.
From $99: Washington Hilton
Get close to the action with this hotel at heart of the capital, providing easy access to the National Zoo, the White House, and other top attractions. Valid for stays between November 21 and December 30, the special tosses in complimentary premium WiFi and two special holiday drinks (worth about $25). When we gave the offer a whirl, we found the $99 rate for king and double bed rooms available throughout the travel period. The only exceptions are November 30 and December 1-10, when rooms have been sold out. This one's a no-brainer, too; standard rates are between $99 and $259 during this same time, without those additional amenities.
From $109: Capital Hilton
A hop, skip, and a jump from the White House, a few MetroRail stations, and the National Mall, this hotel doesn’t leave much to be desired. Its Christmas in July offer runs longer -- available between November 21 and January 10, 2016 -- giving you plenty of extra time to enjoy the capital even through the New Year. Even better, the offer also comes with a complimentary late 2 p.m. check-out and a welcome amenity with holiday treats. The lowest rate of $109 is available throughout the travel period, though nothing is available December 6-10. It’s quite the bargain, too, since rooms are going for $129-$449 at the standard rate.
From $109: Hilton Old Town Alexandria
Renovated in 2014, the hotel’s modern guestrooms provide a nice juxtapose to the traditional feel of the lobby. Available for stays between November 26 and December 30, the Christmas in July special includes complimentary self-parking, premium WiFi, 15 percent dining discount, a welcome amenity, and room upgrade if available -- worth at least $50 in extras. We were happy to see that the lowest $109 rate can be nabbed for virtually any date throughout the travel window, even on January 1 and 2. For comparison, standard rates are between $99 and $189.
From $119: Embassy Suites by Hilton Old Town Alexandria
Ideal for those looking to spread out during their vacation, the hotel has two-room suites with a private bedroom and separate living room. You’ll get free cooked-to-order breakfast, too. Complimentary self-parking, premium WiFi, 15 percent dining discount, and two souvenir mugs for free coffee or hot cocoa refills -- around $50 in value -- are also included in the special rate. Studio king and two-room suites with king or double beds go for $119 throughout the stay window of November 26 to December 30, while standard rates are $99-$199.