Where to Stay: Washington, D.C.'s Most Exciting Hotels
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Where to Stay: Washington, D.C.'s Most Exciting Hotels

Sofitel
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Sofitel
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A crop of new and reimagined hotels gives the Washington, D.C. even more halls of power.

Kimpton Carlyle

Inside this rebooted Art Deco gem in Dupont Circle, the clubby Riggsby restaurant (Entrées $16–$38) offers strong cocktails and American spins on classic dishes (schnitzel with a fried egg). carlylehoteldc.com; doubles from $179.

Kimpton Mason & Rook

Opening in April, this downtown property features cozy décor with lots of leather and tweed. The 130-seat restaurant and bar, Radiator, has a jumbo patio with shuffleboard. masonandrookhotel.com; doubles from $189.

The Sofitel

The French-owned Lafayette Square property just got a face-lift inspired by the White House’s Blue Room. Peruse books on D.C. and Paris in the library or visit Le Bar for Gallic-themed cocktails. sofitel.com; doubles from $300.

The Watergate

After a $125 million overhaul, the infamous 337-room Foggy Bottom complex has a rooftop bar with views of the Potomac. The staff uniforms are by a Mad Men costume designer. thewatergatehotel.com; doubles from $399.

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