Guide to Washington, DC: Best Hotels

This list will make sure you’re plenty rested and taken care of no matter where you decide to stay.

By: Sophie Gilbert

CAPITOL HILL

Hotel George
This sleek, modern hotel near Union Station is frequented by power players and the occasional celebrity. The in-house restaurant, Bistro Bis, is a favorite among Hill types.

15 E St., NW; 202-347-4200; kimptonhotels.com. Metro station: Union Station. $$

Hyatt Regency
Conveniently located near Union Station, the Capitol Building, and the Senate office buildings, this Hyatt mainstay features neutral, understated decor, good views of the Capitol, and an indoor pool.

400 New Jersey Ave., NW; 202-737-1234; washingtonregency.hyatt.com. Metro station: Union Station. $$

The Liaison Capitol Hill
A boutique hotel, the Liaison wins points for its rooftop pool, complete with sun terrace and bar. Decor tends toward the masculine, but the hotel includes Art and Soul, a popular restaurant helmed by Oprah’s former personal chef.

415 New Jersey Ave., NW; 202-638-1616; affinia.com. Metro station: Union Station. $$

Capitol Skyline Hotel
With development bringing a fleet of new businesses to Navy Yard, things are looking up for the Capitol Skyline. Inside the unprepossessing ’70s-style building, rooms are stylish and clean. The outdoor pool hosts popular parties in the summer.

10 I St., SW; 202-488-7500; capitolskyline.com. Metro station: Navy Yard. $

DOWNTOWN

The Hay-Adams
Not for nothing did the Obamas check into the Hay-Adams before moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Old-school grandeur, luxurious decor, impeccable service, and stunning views of the White House make this a Washington fixture.

800 16th St., NW; 202-638-6600; hayadams.com. Metro station: Farragut West. $$$

The Jefferson
This Beaux Arts gem on 16th Street reopened in 2009 following extensive renovations. Inside the lobby, checkered floors lead to rooms with opulent but tasteful furnishings.

1200 16th St., NW; 202-448-2300; jeffersondc.com. Metro station: Farragut North/Farragut West. $$$

One of the classically decorated deluxe guest rooms at the St. Regis. Photograph courtesy of St. Regis Washington DC.

St. Regis
The St. Regis’s imposing palazzo-­style building was inaugurated by Calvin Coolidge in 1926. Lavish rooms and high-tech fittings allow for a comfortable stay, as does a butler assigned to each floor.

923 16th St., NW; 202-638-2626; stregiswashingtondc.com. Metro station: Farragut West. $$$

W Washington DC
While most of Washington’s luxury hotels are all about overstated elegance, the W is an ultra-trendy exception. In the main lobby, red patent leather chairs sit opposite zebra-print ottomans, while a deejay plays house music in the background.

515 15th St., NW; 202-661-2400; whotels.com/washingtondc. Metro station: McPherson Square. $$$

The Willard InterContinental
Martin Luther King Jr. reportedly finished his “I Have a Dream” speech in this 1901 Beaux Arts landmark. This is Old Washington luxury at its best: mahogany furnishings, crystal chandeliers, and afternoon tea just minutes from the White House.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-628-9100; washington.inter­continental.com. Metro station: Federal Triangle. $$$

Capital Hilton
Centrally located just off K Street, this storied Hilton location teems with power players during the week. Rooms are spare and elegant; amenities include access to Mint’s gym and spa for a fee.

1001 16th St., NW; 202-393-1000; thecapitalhilton.com. Metro station: Farragut North/Farragut West. $$

The Madison
This boutique hotel is a stylish, well-positioned spot with elegant decor, 300-count Egyptian cotton sheets, free Wi-Fi, and reliable service.

1177 15th st., nw; 202-862-1600; madisonhoteldc.com. Metro station: Farragut North/Farragut West. $$

The Mayflower Renaissance
This downtown landmark may have a scandalous history—it’s where former New York governor Eliot Spitzer brought his career-ending “date”—but its reputation is otherwise solid. Painted murals, ornate moldings, and plenty of chandeliers add to the genteel ambience.

1127 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-347-3000; marriott.com. Metro station: Farragut North. $$

Sofitel Lafayette Square
Two blocks from theWhite House, this Sofitel outpost combines European style with American efficiency. Rooms are simple and handsome, and an in-house library offers reading materials for guests to peruse.

806 15th St., NW; 202-730-8800; sofitel.com. Metro station: McPherson Square. $$

DUPONT CIRCLE

The Dupont Circle Hotel
Perched on the northeast corner of Dupont Circle, this boutique hotel features a modern aesthetic with stylish touches—fresh flowers, marble floors, and the occasional flash of animal print.

1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW; 202-483-6000; doyle­collection.com. Metro station: Dupont Circle. $$

Hotel Palomar
Kimpton has four properties in the Dupont area alone, but this one stands out for its funky decor, luxurious bathrooms, and attentive service. A heated outdoor pool is surrounded by brick walls and lush greenery.

2121 P St., NW; 202-448-1800; kimptonhotels.com. Metro station: Dupont Circle. $$

The Washington Hilton
Affectionately known by locals as the “Hinckley Hilton,” this sprawling building north of Dupont Circle is quietly stylish and comfortable. Amenities include an outdoor pool and a terrace
bar with individual fire pits.

1919 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-483-3000; thewashingtonhilton.com. Metro station: Dupont Circle. $$

GEORGETOWN

Four Seasons
The Four Seasons is where boldface names come to stay in Washington—it’s hosted everyone from the Jonas Brothers to Brad and Angelina. Exquisite decor and lavish trimmings (marble bathrooms, L’Occitane products) make this a five-star experience.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-342-0444; fourseasons.com/washington. Metro station: Foggy Bottom. $$$

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
Tucked away on a side street, this hotel has a vast lobby fireplace that gives the otherwise sleek institution a cozy feel. Rooms are minimalist-chic with marble baths; some suites have fireplaces and river views.

3100 South St.. NW; 202-912-4100; ritzcarlton.com. Metro station: Foggy Bottom. $$$

The Latham
This older boutique hotel is right on Georgetown’s main drag, M Street. Decor is grand, although some rooms can be small; one of Washington’s best restaurants, Citronelle, is downstairs.

3000 M St., NW; 800-583-7591; thelatham.com. Metro station: Foggy Bottom. $$

LOGAN CIRCLE

Donovan House features a popular rooftop pool. Photograph Courtesy of Donovan House.

Donovan House
The rooftop pool and vibrant crowd make this feel more like an LA or Miami hotspot, but the offbeat location means Donovan House can be a bargain. Rooms are modish and soothing, with crisp white and purple bathrooms.

1155 14th St., NW; 202-737-1200; www.donovanhousehotel.com. Metro station: McPherson Square. $$

PENN QUARTER

The Grand Hyatt Washington
Structured around a dramatic glass atrium, this ­sizable property features trees and waterfalls inside the lobby. Rooms are neutral and pleasant; within the hotel are an indoor pool, a gym, a pub, and a Starbucks.

1000 H St., NW; 202-582-1234; grandwashington.hyatt.com. Metro station: Metro Center. $$

Hotel Monaco
This chic Kimpton hotel gets extra points for location—it’s close to major museums, the Mall, and the Verizon Center. Rooms are eclectic-chic, and Poste, the hotel’s restaurant, is a buzzing hotspot.

700 F St., NW; 202-628-7177; monaco-dc.com. Metro station: Gallery Place-Chinatown. $$

Washington Marriott at Metro
Center Sandwiched between bustling Penn Quarter and the White House, this business-friendly­ property includes a fitness center with a pool and a sauna. Decor is clean, bright, and comfortable; service is friendly and efficient.

775 12th St., NW; 202-737-2200; marriott.com. Metro station: Metro Center. $$

SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT

The Mandarin Oriental has spectacular views of the Washington Monument. Photograph courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC
Don’t be fooled by the unusual location—Washington’s Mandarin outpost is as palatial as you’d expect, with sumptuous rooms and gorgeous views of the river and the Washington monument.

1330 Maryland Ave., SW; 202-554-8588; mandarinoriental.com/washington. Metro station: Smithsonian. $$$

WEST END

Park Hyatt
Located on a quiet strip between Georgetown and downtown, this chic, Americana-style property features light wood paneling, contemporary art, and neutral but comfortable furnishings.

2400 M St., NW; 202-789-1234; parkwashington.hyatt.com. Metro station: Foggy Bottom. $$$

Ritz-Carlton Washington DC
It’s hard not to be charmed by the quirky grandeur of this stylish spot, or by the faultless service and attention to detail. The in-house gym, the Sports Club/LA, is one of the best in town.

1150 22nd St., NW; 202-835-0500; ritzcarlton.com. Metro station: Foggy Bottom. $$$

The Fairmont
This West End property boasts an elegant courtyard with trees and topiary, a charming breakfast conservatory, and comfortable, bright rooms.

2401 M St., NW; 202-429-2400; fairmont.com/washington. Metro station: Foggy Bottom. $$

The Westin Georgetown
In an imposing building on M Street, this smart, tasteful Westin outpost includes modern decor, a chic outdoor terrace, and a fireplace off the lobby. It’s also very pet-friendly.

2350 M St., NW; 202-429-0100; westin.com. Metro station: Foggy Bottom. $$

ARLINGTON

Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
This graceful Arlington property exceeds its Pentagon City surroundings, but as a result, rooms can be a bargain. Perks include an indoor pool and sauna and direct access to the adjacent mall.

1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 703-415-5000; ritzcarlton.com. Metro station: Pentagon City. $$

Hyatt Arlington
The ’70s-era architecture isn’t exactly stunning, but this Hyatt outpost is located right by Arlington Cemetery and a short walk across the bridge from Georgetown.

1325 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-525-1234; arlington.hyatt.com. Metro station: Rosslyn. $

BETHESDA

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
This modern­ hub features a 12-story atrium, warm decor, and a Morton’s steakhouse just downstairs.

7400 Wisconsin ave., Bethesda; 301-657-1234; bethesda.hyatt.com. Metro station: Bethesda. $$

Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
This hotel gets credit for excellent, attentive service and clean, well-maintained rooms. Amenities include a gym, a pool, and a hot tub, plus a 24-hour pavilion pantry for sundries.

7301 Waverly St., Bethesda; 301-654-8111; hiltongardeninn.com. Metro station: Bethesda. $

Key: $ Inexpensive; $$ Moderate; $$$ Expensive to Very Expensive