My 15 mo and I will be visiting towards the end of April and wondering about renting a car or taxi and hotel locations. We will be in the Union Station area for most of the trip but wondering if it's worth the cheaper cost staying a couple of nights a little farther away from downtown. A few things to consider:
1) We are going to have to figure out transportation to/from the airport and our hotel anyway (unless our hotel has free shuttles to/from the Reagan airport) - Do most Union Station hotels offer shuttle service to the Reagan airport?
2) Freedom of having a car to visit some areas outside of Downtown area
3) Is it worth paying for a cab or renting a car to get to a cheaper hotel outside of downtown - I know the cost is relative to what we can find but on average is it worth changing hotels with the costs associated with changing?
4) If we decided to use public transportation to/from our hotel in Union Station, can we bring our bags on the bus or train? I'd rather pay for a shuttle or taxi than have no space on the train or bus with our bags.