The Four Seasons is where boldface names come to stay in Washington—it’s hosted everyone from the Jonas Brothers to Brad and Angelina. Exquisite decor and lavish trimmings (marble bathrooms, L’Occitane products) make this a five-star experience.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-342-0444.
The Graham Georgetown
This boutique hotel, named after former Georgetown resident Alexander Graham Bell, offers guests modern decor, thoughtful service, and a rooftop Observatory bara with panoramic views of the Potomac River.
1075 Thomas Jefferson St., NW; 202-337-0900.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
Tucked away on a side street, this hotel has a vast lobby fireplace that gives the otherwise sleek institution a cozy feel. Rooms are minimalist-chic with marble baths; some suites have fireplaces and river views.
3100 South St.. NW; 202-912-4100.
Name Travel + Leisure‘s number one hotel in DC, this canal-side reinvention of the former Capella Hotel has quickly become a favorite luxury alternative. The rooftop lounge offers charming views of the city—and includes a 24-hour indoor-outdoor infinity pool. Rooms are handsome and luxuriously appointed, and the marble-clad lobby fireplace creates a cozy winter gathering space.
1050 31st St., NW; 202-617-2400.
This article appears in our Washingtonian Welcome Guide.