Washington Marriot at Metro Center

Off bustling 12th Street, this Marriott has a casual vibe, knowledgeable doormen, roomy elevators, a fitness center with massage services, and a pool filled with saline water instead of chlorine.

Rooms are done up in olive greens, with Bath and Body Works products; they also feature a good-sized coffee station and HDTV. The best rooms are the corner suites on the G Street side, with their big bathrooms and city views.

There’s a Starbucks in-house, too.

Amenities include Marriott Revive bed, HDTV, hairdryer, bathrobe, bottled water (for a fee), coffee maker/tea service, crib or rollaway bed upon request, iron/ironing board, down comforters, pull-out sofa bed, 24-hour fitness center, indoor swimming pool, babysitting service, ATM, concierge desk, evening turndown, daily housekeeping, laundry on-site (coin-operated), limousine service, local restaurant dinner delivery, free newspaper delivered to room on request or in lobby, room service (6 am to midnight), safe deposit boxes at front desk, valet dry-cleaning, business center with fax, printing, and copy service, overnight delivery/pickup, meeting rooms, and two concierge levels. Pets not allowed. 

Check out nearby Penn Quarter, which is home to ESPN Zone, Ford’s Theatre, Warner Theater, National Theater, International Spy Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Old Post Office Building, Ronald Reagan Building, National Mall, White House, and Smithsonian museums.