This historic hotel between Union Station and the Capitol building feels like an old, fancy residence. It boasts “warm Celtic charm,” as the hotel likes to call it, and is connected to the Dubliner Irish restaurant. Previously known as the Commodore, this hotel opened in 1922 and was renamed the Phoenix Park Hotel in 1982 when it changed hands to an Irish-American entrepreneur.
The lobby is intimate and masculine with rich woods and oil paintings of subjects such as horses and hunting. A large spiral staircase leads up, around a chandelier, to a pub-like bar and meeting room, and then up to the nine floors of rooms.
The 149 rooms are all burgundy, green, and gold in color, with Irish accents and linens. The vibe is casual and charming.
Room amenities: Irish cotton bathrobes, Galanta Irish amenities, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, radio/alarm clock, two phones and two direct lines with voicemail, coffee maker, 32-inch flat-screen TV, room service from 7 am to 11 pm provided by the Dubliner
Hotel amenities: Fitness center, umbrellas, same-day laundry service, 24-hour business office with fax and copy services, complimentary weekday newspaper delivery
Things nearby: Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Union Station/Amtrak, U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court