Courtyard Washington Embassy Row

Right on Scott Circle, the Courtyard Marriott boasts a convenient location five blocks from the White House. It’s not considered a full-service hotel—there’s not a large amount of meeting space and staff is small—but repeat guests seem to appreciate that 90-percent of the staff is the same as the day the hotel opened 11 years ago. It’s relatively small, at 156 rooms; the lobby is quiet and intimate, with fireplaces, wood trim, bookshelves, French doors, and a coffee machine that makes lattes and mochas.

There is a perk for families: One of the room types sleeps up to five people. This room has two queen beds and a pull-out sofa. These rooms book up quickly on weekends.

The hotel is serviced by Nage, a French restaurant off the lobby. Nage does the hotel’s events as well as its room service.

Amenities include a work desk, two-line speakerphone, dataport, voicemail, 32-inch HDTV, cable TV and pay-per-view movies, iron/ironing board, in room coffee/tea, hairdryers, daily newspaper service, down comforters, small 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour market, and 24-hour business center. In-room dining provided by Nage restaurant.

Check out nearby Dupont Circle. Area attractions include National Geographic Museum, the White House, Decatur House Museum, US Treasury, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.