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.
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.
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.
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.
This 1926 landmark hotel strikes the balance between historic elegance and high-tech swagger. Original details such as gilded Louis XVI chandeliers and Palladian windows remain, but rooms now have iPod docking stations, silk wall coverings, and glass mosaic–tiled bathrooms.
Calling itself a light-drenched "urban oasis" in the heart of the city, the luxury Fairmont Washington, DC is located adjacent to Georgetown and within just a mile of the White House.
The Hotel Tabard Inn is located five blocks from the White House in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The hotel, opened in 1922 by Marie Willoughby Rogers, is made up of three 19th-century townhouses and boasts 40 individually decorated guest rooms.
Only seven years young, the downtown Ritz-Carlton feels like an old-fashioned grand hotel, where bellmen wear white gloves and the clubby old-boy bar fairly rings with the sound of shoulders being clapped.
This chic boutique hotel just steps from the Capitol melds cutting-edge design and décor with Southern comfort.
A nip of sherry from a crystal tumbler in this house's aristocratic sitting room may make you feel like a guest in a very elegant private home—and so you are. The 1883 Dupont Circle mansion, which you'd be forgiven for mistaking for a minor embassy, has been in the Ross family since 1989.
Spacious and rambling, this Four Seasons sits on an unassuming patch of Georgetown real estate. Recently refurbished guest quarters are split into two wings: 151 rooms in the east wing and 71 rooms in the west wing.
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.
Located in Dupont Circle just one mile from the National Mall, Hotel Palomar is a Kimpton boutique property with a chic, art-inspired design.
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.