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International Travelers to Washington DC

Welcome to Melrose Georgetown Hotel, Washington DC and to the United States of America!
Our multilingual staff speaks Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic and Amharic. Please feel free to call on us in any of these languages for more assistance.
In the meantime, here is some useful information to help your international delegates to feel right at home during their visit.

Helpful Travel Information


Melrose Georgetown is located in the heart of Washington DC, 3 blocks from the World Bank, IFC and IMF and 8 blocks from the White House.


Melrose Georgetown is within walking distance to the Embassies of Spain, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Brazil and Japan. We are also a short taxi ride away from Embassy Row, which is home to numerous additional Embassies.
Many embassies offer guided tours with prior notification, and they're an essential starting place for any international visitors who wish to tour the White House during their visit. Go to to find contact information for each of the more than 150 embassies in DC.

Currency Exchange

If you are traveling to Washington, D.C., you will need to exchange your currency for the American Dollar or US Dollar. You may exchange your money for the US Dollar at most Washington, D.C. banks. There are over five major banks within one block from Melrose Georgetown Hotel. Please note that most banks are open on week days (Monday - Friday) only. All banks are closed during federal holidays.

Multilingual Services

The White House Visitors Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon and other attractions offer brochures in several languages. The Smithsonian Institution provides multilingual information at the visitor's center in the Castle Building.
Complimentary foreign language tours are available by appointment at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Click here for more information.
The Kennedy Center offers free tours on request in Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Tour scripts are available in 11 languages for self-guided tours. Click here for more information.
The Meridian International Center offers multilingual services at its information desk at Dulles International Airport, and staffs a telephone language bank. For details, call Meridian International Center at 202-667-6800 or
The National Gallery of Art offers Tours of the permanent collection, free of charge in: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.


The electricity used in Washington, DC is standard electricity, which is 110 volts. Appliances brought from Europe, Africa and most of Asia and Latin America will require a voltage transformer. The Melrose Hotel has converters that guests can use during their visit with us.

Passport & Visa Requirements

All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.
International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an American embassy or consulate. For more information, visit


You must complete customs and immigrations formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S., whether or not it's your final destination.

Travel Insurance

There is no compulsory or government plan in the U.S. You are advised to purchase travel and health insurance in case of an emergency.

White House & Capitol Tours

Non-US citizens must contact their embassies in DC to inquire about White House tours. Contact information for embassies is available at International visitors may join public tours of the Capitol; tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis.
If you have any further questions about your stay or about Washington DC, please feel free to contact the hotel directly at 202-955-6400 or by email at [email protected]
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
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