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.
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.
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.
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.
Remodeled by New York—based designer Tony Chi, this stylish West End hotel is located within walking distance of Georgetown and Dupont Circle.
The Hilton Washington is just a stone's throw away from Dupont Circle and is convenient to a number of Washington, D.C. area attractions, including Georgetown and the Smithsonian National Zoo.
This chic boutique hotel just steps from the Capitol melds cutting-edge design and décor with Southern comfort.
One of the city's finest hotels, this rebuilt 19th-century residence also boasts what is arguably the city's best location: directly across Lafayette Park from the White House, with knockout views of the famous mansion from the sixth, seventh, and eighth floors.
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.
Occupying a 1960's-era building by the designer of Miami's Fountainbleu Hotel, this boutique hotel combines a retro-curvy exterior with updated common areas: Frank Gehry and Philippe Starck were among the designers contributing to the lobby's modern style, with brightly colored furniture, damask
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.
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.