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.
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.
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.
Pop culture rules at this fame-obsessed Art Deco hotel with a red-carpet entrance. At home in trendy Logan Circle, this colorful Kimpton property has an over-the-top glam '60s style.
The W Washington, D.C. Hotel is the place to see the nation's capital: The Point of View Terrace provides notable views of the Washington Monument, White House, Pentagon, and Potomac River.
As unlike its regal sister hotel downtown as it's possible to be, this converted 19th-century incinerator in the heart of Georgetown is low-key, modern, and above all, private; there's even a hidden VIP entrance for visiting celebs and politicos.
This funky boutique hotel three blocks from Dupont Circle is serious about the color red.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.