Hotels for Weddings

By: sara levine, Mary Clare Glover, Dana Schwartz, Melissa Herald

Cost per person includes food and alcohol unless stated.

Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St., NW; 202-429-5599 (ask for Robert Mikolitch). Receptions are in the outdoor courtyard, with its fountain and lush flowers and trees, or in the Grand Ballroom, which has crystal chandeliers. Capacity: 175 to 350. Cost per person: $200 and up, including tax.

Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-944-2014 (Julie Barrow). The Four Seasons, the only five-star hotel in Washington, received the most votes in our wedding survey for hotel cuisine. Capacity: 320. Cost per person: $150 and up.

Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St., NW; 202-637-4719 (Gene Hunt). The Independence Ballroom can accommodate large weddings; the Constitution Ballroom is recommended for smaller affairs. There’s a separate kitchen for kosher weddings. Capacity: 2,450. Cost per person: $165 and up.

Hay-Adams, 800 16th St., NW; 202-638-6600 (Daniel Fitzgerald). This hotel’s rooftop terrace, which overlooks the White House, makes for memorable ceremonies. Brides praise the hotel’s service. Capacity: 150. Cost per person starts at $175.

Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-483-3000 (Sinead Fitzpatrick). The International Ballroom, which has hosted inaugural galas, can accommodate large weddings. Capacity: 2,600. Cost per person: $80 and up.

Hotel Monaco, 700 F St., NW; 202-449-7014 (Buddee Clinton). The ballroom in this boutique hotel has columns and a dome skylight. The hotel offers an organic menu and wins raves for its food. Capacity: 220. Cost per person: $149 and up.

The Jefferson, 1200 16th St., NW; 202-833-6207 (Pegah Ghoushbeigui). Four blocks from the White House, this hotel hosts small weddings in its grand foyer, which has a fireplace and two atriums. Capacity: 80. Cost per person, including tax: $165 and up.

Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne; 703-729-4090 (Sharon Meyers). This resort, on the edge of Virginia Hunt Country and 15 minutes from Dulles International Airport, offers views of Sugarloaf Mountain. There are two ballrooms and a terrace. Capacity: 400. Cost per person: $160 and up.

Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW; 202-787-6128 (Erich Hosbach). Ceremonies can be held in the garden, with views of the Washington Marina. The Grand Ballroom has 22-foot ceilings and walls adorned with Asian-inspired fabrics. Capacity: 675. Cost per person: $170 and up.

Marriott Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church; 703-849-9400 (Kate Ozalas). This newly renovated hotel has a multilevel patio for ceremonies or cocktails. Capacity: 600. Cost per person: $105 and up (food and Champagne).

Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd., NW; 202-328-2908 (Beverly Houston). Brides like the food; the staff offers many ethnic choices. The gardens are nice for ceremonies and receptions. Capacity: 400. Cost per person: $160 and up.

Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria; 703-838-8000 (Stephanie Pleiss). This boutique hotel, housed in an Old Town mansion, hosts small weddings in the chandeliered Louis XVI Room. The library and parlor are good for cocktails. Capacity: 40. Cost per person: $150 to $200.

Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert St., NW; 202-756-5164 (Jennifer Cohen). Situated on the edge of Rock Creek Park, this hotel has seven ballrooms and hosts inaugural galas. Capacity: 1,500 seated. Cost per person: $140 and up.

Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St., NW; 202-419-6638 (Amal Zaari). After a $25-million renovation, this hotel reopened in June with a contemporary ballroom. Brides rave about chef Brian McBride and his team. Capacity: 250 seated. Cost per person: $160 and up.

Renaissance Mayflower, 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-776-9193 (Lisa Collyer). This historic hotel was renovated in 2006. The Chinese Room has a dome illuminated by a dramatic chandelier and is painted with ornate murals. Capacity: 500. Cost per person: $200 and up.

Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 703-412-2732 (Andrea Bloch). The popular Diplomat Room has antique tapestries, china cabinets, and a baby grand piano. Larger weddings are held in the Grand and Plaza ballrooms. Capacity: 500. Cost per person: $150 and up.

Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean; 703-748-4068 (Helen Tayiel). The Grand Ballroom has crystal chandeliers and silk wall coverings. The Old Dominion Room, with a marble bar, fireplace, and grand piano, is for smaller weddings. Capacity: 1,200. Cost per person: $150 and up.

Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC, 1150 22nd St., NW; 202-835-0500 (Debrajean Overholt). The ballroom has high ceilings, Italian chandeliers, and custom millwork. Special rates are offered for weddings in July and August. Capacity: 200 to 600. Cost per person: $160 and up.

St. Regis, 923 16th St., NW; 202-879-6940 (Gena Chen). The St. Regis will reopen in fall 2007 after renovations. The decor of the Renaissance-style ballroom will be preserved and refurbished; the popular Crystal Terrace garden will have a more European feel. Capacity: 170. Cost per person: $190 and up.

Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Dr., Chantilly; 703-818-0300 (Carolyn Malik). This hotel—on almost six acres—has four ballrooms, each with private foyer space for cocktail hours. Capacity: 550. Cost per person: $135 to $160.

Westin Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave., NW; 202-835-2168 (Scott Button). Renovation of the Georgian-style ballroom will be complete this summer. The space will feature more formal decor, with custom draperies and frescoed ceilings. Capacity: 250. Cost per person: $125 to $250.

Westin Grand, 2350 M St., NW; 202-955-4461 (Natalie Lyons). The Promenade ballroom, with cathedral ceilings and columns, opens onto a private European-style courtyard, which hosts ceremonies. Capacity: 220. Cost per person: $125 to $250.

Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-637-7415 (Steele Stevenson). Our top-ranked hotel for large weddings, the Willard wins praise from brides for its food and service. The ballroom has chandeliers, high ceilings, and murals; there are “salons” for smaller weddings. Capacity: 350. Cost per person: $225 to $285.