The Hip Refuge

The intimate scale and quiet location—on a side street in Dupont Circle—give the stylish Hotel Madera (1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202/296-7600;; doubles from $259) a residential feel.

The Grand Dame

Dignitaries favor the elegant 1928 Hay-Adams (16th and H Sts. NW; 202/638-6600;; doubles from $700). Hand-carved plaster ceilings and White House views will make anyone feel soigné.

The Consummate Professional

After a recent $40 million renovation, the Four Seasons Hotel (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202/342-0444;; doubles from $595), on the eastern cusp of Georgetown, is as polished and up-to-date as ever.

For Sophisticates

The art-filled, downtown Sofitel Lafayette Square (806 15th St. NW; 202/730-8800;; doubles from $270) has bold Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed interiors and a refreshingly unstuffy approach.

Great Value

Hotel Tabard Inn (1739 N St. NW; 202/785-1277;; doubles from $167) spans three 19th-century town houses, and each of the 40 rooms is unique—part of the charm for its avid repeat guests.