Where to Stay: Washington, D.C.'s Most Exciting Hotels
A crop of new and reimagined hotels gives the Washington, D.C. even more halls of power.
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 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.
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.