Hotels in Washington, D.C.
You’ll find one of the country’s best cultural scenes in Washington, D.C. In recent years, the our nation’s capital has also undergone a serious restaurant and nightlife renaissance. To craft your perfect itinerary in our up-and-coming capital, turn to this Washington D.C. travel guide.
Things Not to Miss in Washington, D.C.
Travel to Washington, D.C. is a unique experience. Its most notable neighborhoods include Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Downtown, and DuPont Circle. Here’s what to do there and beyond:
The White House
Cherry trees (springtime only)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
17 Smithsonian museums; don’t miss the National Air and Space Museum
When to Visit Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. travel in the spring is the best time to go—the weather is beautiful and the cherry trees are in bloom.
During the hot summer months, many of the nation’s leaders head out of town, while travelers from all over the world flock to the city’s monuments.
That means the city is lively, but July and August can be crowded and buggy.
The holiday season is a lively time to visit Washington, D.C. For many, the White House Christmas tree is a sight to behold, historic theaters stage classic Christmas performances, and carolers make their way down the avenues.
The 149-room hotel brings the luck and love of the Irish to Capitol Hill. The property is owned by an Irishman and shares the name of the famous park in Dublin. Waterford crystal sparkles in a display behind the front desk.
The all-suites hotel on a quiet street touts such special touches as full-size kitchens, coffee grinders and Potomac River views.
This 133-room boutique hotel is in the middle of M Street action but set slightly back, insulating guests from the loud street clatter. The property has two standout features: a rooftop pool and, off the lobby, the acclaimed Citronelle restaurant, run by celeb chef Michel Richard.
Tucked in a trio of Victorian row houses on a residential street, the European-style bed-and-breakfast provides a tranquil sanctuary steps from the action on 18th Street.
In some way, every Sofitel is a Parisian hotel, and despite the inescapable fact of its location in downtown Washington, the Lafayette is no exception.
A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel opened in 1925 and has a noted past hosting inaugural balls for every president from Coolidge through Reagan.
Unbeatable for location, the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill is within walking distance of many must-see DC attractions: The Smithsonian, the National Mall, and Union Station are all a brief stroll away, and the Capitol building is just two blocks south.
Popular with business and government workers — HUD, Energy, and NTSB all have offices in the same complex — this '60s-era hotel in L'Enfant Plaza attracts international conventioneers by the thousands.
This 200-year-old hotel remains steeped in Washington history, even though the rooms where Lincoln lived, Coolidge governed, and Martin Luther King Jr. wrote have long since been renovated away.
Located in Dupont Circle just one mile from the National Mall, Hotel Palomar is a Kimpton boutique property with a chic, art-inspired design.
Construction on this property was completed in 1866 by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument; before it was a hotel, it originally opened as the city’s first General Post Office.
You could be forgiven for misidentifying this Mandarin outpost, opened in 2004 and gorgeously set on the Tidal Basin, as some sort of Pan-Asian embassy. The Far East sensibility is all-encompassing, with the effect of breathing freshness and calm into D.C.'s traditional, harried landscape.
Just a brief walk from Georgetown and Dupont Circle, this West End luxury hotel on a tree-lined stretch of 22nd Street has easy access to the monuments and the museums. The newly renovated property (2007) has a bright, airy, and fully wired lobby highlighted by an enormous skylight.
This 99-room Beaux-Arts landmark reopened in 2009 after a two-year, floor-to-ceiling overhaul. Thomas Jefferson-inspired design details abound, ranging from toile drapes to three-inch-thick doorframes in guest rooms, just like those at Monticello.
The sleek 139-room Washington, D.C., hotel is all about clean architectural materials such as limestone and dark teakwood paired with unexpected dashes of olive green and deep purple.