Services & Amenities

At The Children’s Inn, we provide many services and amenities to make your family’s stay comfortable. All of our services and amenities are free of charge and available to all families who have a child participating in a pediatric protocol at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Take a virtual tour of The Inn!

Complimentary Services

  • Continental breakfast (Monday – Friday, 5:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
  • Washers and dryers (laundry detergent provided)
  • Business Center
  • Wireless internet access
  • Phone calls on WATS Line: The Inn has a 24-hour WATS Line. These phones are located in the resident corridors and can dial anywhere in the U.S. and internationally for free. We kindly ask that you limit your calls to 15 minutes if there are others waiting to use the phone and that you keep your voices down during the quiet hours of 10:00 p.m. through 8:30 a.m.
  • Daily activities for children and parents. Learn more by visiting our Fun & Learning page!
  • Exercise classes for residents – see schedule outside of exercise room
  • One-on-one sessions with our Education Program Coordinator
  • Family dinners are provided up to four nights per week
  • Various field trips
  • Shuttle Transportation to and from appointments; to local shopping centers, and grocery stores
  • NIH offers transportation to local airports – see schedules

Communal Spaces

  • Learning Center – equipped with the latest technology, school supplies; a great place to do your homework
  • Reflection Space – a quiet place for meditation, prayer or reflection
  • Bistro – Flat screen TV, games, books, magazines
  • Exercise Room
  • Game Room – Xbox One, Xbox Kinect, Wii, PlayStation 4
  • Play Room
  • Kids’ Computer Room – equipped with new mac computers
  • Teen Lounge (must be 13 years old) – foosball table, gaming systems and more!
  • Arts & Crafts Studio – filled with various arts & crafts supplies
  • Multipurpose Room
  • Playground
  • Sport Court – sports equipment provided to residents
  • Community Garden
  • Cookout Terrace – BBQ grills available
  • Three Communal Full-Service Kitchens – with community and private refrigerators
  • Help Yourself Pantries – Stocked with non-perishable items
  • Book Nook – hundreds of books for your enjoyment


  • Two double beds
  • Tempur-Pedic mattresses
  • A private bathroom (handicap accessible upon request)
  • Telephone (local calls only)
  • Google TV

Items Available for Families:

  • Linens and towels
  • Hair dryers
  • Irons
  • Heating pads
  • Wedge pillows
  • Cribs/Pack ‘n Plays
  • IV poles
  • Bed rails
  • Cots/Roll-away beds
  • Shower chairs
  • Strollers
  • Car seats
  • High chairs
  • Medicine refrigerators
  • Kosher items (i.e. microwave, refrigerator, cooking utensils provided and maintained by Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington)
  • DVDs, video games, and game system equipment checkout
  • Resident laptops or iPads for checkout

If you have any questions, or would like to reserve additional items for your stay, please contact our Resident Services Manager at [email protected] or call 301-451-1334.