Donovan House

If C.O. Bigelow toilettries, designer robes, Dean & Deluca mini-bar items, and edgy magazines appeal, then the urban Donovan House is a good choice. This boutique is part of a New York-based chain, Thomson Hotels, and has a young, edgy vibe.

Once you pass through the discrete Thomas Circle entrance, a deep purple interior greets you—it feels like a high-end nightclub or wine bar. Behind wood-carved dividers and hanging chairs is its restaurant, Zentan ,  known for its sushi and other Asian-inspired cuisine.

The futuristic rooms, with bold colors and clean lines, are Jetsons-like, with pod chairs, a canopy bed wrapped with a chocolate-colored canopy, and a spiral cocoon shower. The best part? Ceiling-to-floor windows that make artificial lights unnecessary during the day. The hotel was designed so that most of its rooms face out towards Thomas Circle.

You are the art in the hotel hallways and rooms—the eggplant walls are accented only with long, horizontal mirrors. Although themed like a Kimpton Inn, the Donovan is less kitschy, and bit more upscale.

Other amenities include HDTV, iHome, a 24-hour fitness center, rooftop pool and lounge, and 24-hour concierge and room service.

Check out nearby Logan Circle. Other area attractions include: Studio Theatre, National Jewish Museum, National Geographic Museum, DC Convention Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Historical Society of DC, Renwick Gallery, Decatur House Museum, the White House, and the US Treasury Department.