By Madeline Bilis
July 10, 2019
Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

In a city powered by conflicting opinions, there’s comfort in knowing our readers’ preferences in Washington, D.C., hotels are nothing if not consistent. For starters, their number one choice is a multiyear winner, while the other honorees feel as familiar as they do comfortable.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

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Consider the Hay-Adams, a 91-year-old icon, which stands where the homes of John Hay and Henry Adams were once located. The hotel boasts ultra-luxurious amenities, including a complimentary Mercedes car service. “I don't have to think when I come here,” wrote one reader of the longtime favorite. Skilled staffers and concierges help the place to embody “classic D.C. elegance,” according to another. (Of course, its location across from the White House doesn’t hurt, either.)

One of the only newcomers to the top 10, however, is the Darcy (No. 6). Opened in 2017, the 226-room property is not only eye-catching but also helps guests look their best. The place has an on-call tailor and an on-site haberdashery stocked with cuff links, tie clips, and the like for loan. The Willard InterContinental is similarly easy on the eyes, as it’s inside a historic Beaux-Arts building on Pennsylvania Avenue and features a palatial lobby with marble columns, planters of palms, and gilded light fixtures. “A true American treasure!” said one reader.

Wondering what No. 1 could be? Read on to find out and peruse the full list of Washington, D.C.’s top hotels.

10. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of The Ritz Carlton

Score: 86.42

More information: ritzcarlton.com

9. InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf

Courtesy of InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf

Score: 86.72

More information: wharfintercontinentaldc.com

8. Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

Score: 86.99

More information: mandarinoriental.com

7. Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Score: 87.25

More information: fourseasons.com

6. The Darcy

Courtesy of The Darcy

Score: 87.56

More information: thedarcyhotel.com

5. Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Courtesy of Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Score: 88.00

More information: melrosehoteldc.com

4. St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of The St. Regis

Score: 88.88

More information: marriott.com

3. The Hay-Adams

Courtesy of The Hay-Adams

Score: 89.32

More information: hayadams.com

2. The Willard InterContinental

Courtesy of The Willard InterContinental

Score: 91.09

More information: washington.intercontinental.com

1. The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.

Score: 92.38

More information: jeffersondc.com

Thomas Jefferson was the nation’s third president, and this year, his namesake hotel takes the No. 1 spot for the third year in a row. Guests can connect with the Virginia-born founding father in every part of the place — all 99 guest rooms are inspired by his travels, while Quill, the bar, references the era-appropriate writing instrument. “It is quiet, beautiful, and highly service oriented,” one reader said of the hotel. “The rooms are well appointed and the dining is impeccable.” Indeed, the Jefferson has D.C.’s only Forbes five-star restaurant, Plume, which recalls Monticello’s gardens.

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.

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