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Whether you need a permanent co-working office or a short-term spot to catch up on email or conduct a meeting, there’s no shortage of options in and around Washington, D.C.
From big names such as WeWork to smaller, independent places, you’ll find co-working spaces in most of the major neighborhoods in the District proper.
There are also several great spaces in nearby regions that tend to attract contractors, such as the Courthouse area in Arlington, and Crystal City, which isn’t far from The Pentagon and very close to Reagan National Airport.
Many co-working spaces in D.C. require a membership, which isn’t ideal if you simply need a clean and quiet office room for an hour or a day while traveling. Renting a conference room in a hotel is the standard option, but it’s not always the most convenient or economic solution. Breather may be a better bet.
Breather is a service (and app) that offers business rooms on demand in nine cities in North America, plus London in the U.K. You find a room in the app, reserve the space, and check-in with your phone.
Upon check-in, the app gives you the keycode to open the door, and a reminder pops up on your phone when it’s time to checkout. It’s simple and convenient, and in my experience, the spaces are professional, clean, and quiet.
Here are the best co-working spaces for working in and around Washington, D.C.
WeWork Wonder Bread Factory (Shaw)
WeWork has locations all over the D.C. area, but the location near the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station steals hearts for its outstanding interior design. The name comes from the space’s previous life as a bread factory.
Cost: Starting at $390 per month (see rates for WeWork Wonder Bread Factory)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Food and drink: Coffee and fruit water provided
Special Features: Dog-friendly, monthly car parking spots available, bicycle parking offered, beautiful decor.
Additional WeWork D.C. locations: The company has 20+ locations in and around DC, so you’ll almost certainly find one that suits.
Breather, 2122 P St NW (Dupont Circle)
Close to Dupont Circle metro station, this Breather space has a superbly convenient location, as well as a reasonable cost for individuals and small groups. The boardroom table can comfortably seat ten people, with a whiteboard and television available for presentations.
Cost: $45 per hour, $360 per day
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Food and drink: None onsite
Special Features: Whiteboards, television, adjacent lounge
Additional Breather D.C. Locations: The company has close to 20 locations around the city.
The Hive 2.0 (Anacostia)
Not just a co-working space, The Hive 2.0 encourages entrepreneurship. It’s a great option for people who need a long-term space rather than a casual drop-in, and offers a wealth of on-site services for professionals, including creative types.
Cost: From $100 to $700 per month (see The Hive’s rates)
Hours: Members have 24/7 access
Food and drink: Coffee provided; on-site cafe has food and drink available for purchase.
Address: 1231-B Good Hope Rd. SE, Washington, D.C. 20020 (lower level of the Anacostia Arts Center)
Special Features: Two boutiques, yoga studio, black box theater (available to rent for additional fee), on-site graphic design and printing company, on-site notary.
Carr Workplaces Georgetown (Georgetown)
Assuming you don’t have access to the private libraries, finding a place to work from near Georgetown University can be a challenge.
The coffee shops are either too noisy or don’t offer Wi-Fi, and office space is crowded out by retail, but at least there’s Carr Workplaces. Located right on the historic C&O Canal, it’s a particularly good co-working office if you need a space with impressive views.
Cost: Memberships from $35 per month
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Food and drink: Coffee, tea, filtered water
Address: 1050 30th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 (inside The Foundry)
Special Features: Scenic views, close proximity to restaurants and shops, outdoor patio.
Additional Carr Workplaces D.C. Locations: The company has many other locations in DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.
Coworkcafe at Boccato (Courthouse/Clarendon in Arlington, VA)
Boccato is an eclectic coffee shop, gelateria, and cafe all in one, and Coworkcafe provides dedicated co-working services and space attached to the restaurant. With comfortable seating, privacy phone booths, high-speed internet access, printers, plenty of power outlets, and storage lockers, it’s an excellent low-cost option for a co-working space.
Cost: $20 per day; $150 monthly
Hours: Dedicated coworking space daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (cafe open till 11pm).
Food and drink: Available to purchase at adjoining cafe: coffee, tea, gelato, pastries, snacks, sandwiches, about $4-$7.
Special Features: Eclectic setting, storage lockers, high-speed Internet.
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