Capital Hilton

The Capital Hilton, with its large carpeted foyer and staircased mezzanine, is made for meetings and conferences.

Its grandiose, neoclassical ambience comes with a bit of history. The Hilton opened as the Statler Hotel in 1943—one of the few hotels built during World War II. The lobby watering hole, the Statler Lounge, is the first thing guests see upon entering.

The rooms are parlor-esque with quaint, floral accents. Executive accommodations are also available from the 10th through 14th floors, with free breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and private check-in/check-out.

The sizable hotel has a gift shop and a “recreation” desk. Although it’s not free to guests, there’s also an on-site fitness center within the Capital City Club and Spa. Club access for guests is $15 a day. The hotel is also close to many things—two blocks from the White House.

Business accommodations are their specialty, though, with rentable equipment and offices, and a 7,800-square-foot ballroom.

Room amenities include 24-hour housekeeping; coffee maker; hairdryer; iron/ironing board; newspaper delivery Monday through Friday (USA Today); work desk with lamp, two telephone lines, voicemail, and dataport. Pets are allowed ($75 fee); and the hotel also features a 24-hour business center with fax, printing, and photo copying; ATM; baggage storage; concierge; currency exchange; laundry/valet service; newsstand; room service; convenience store; multi-lingual staff; audio/visual equipment for rent; office rental; and 30,000 square feet of meeting space and 17 meeting rooms, including a 7,800-square-foot presidential ballroom.

Nearby attractions include the White House, Decatur House Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Geographic Museum, National Jewish Museum, Renwick Gallery, and the US Treasury.