The Best Hotels in Washington, D.C.

October 17, 2017

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The U.S. capitol is way more than a government town of politicians and bureaucrats – there’s historic neighborhoods, engaging museums, restaurants run by world-class chefs and a vibrant scene of entrepreneurs running boutiques, multi-concept shops and pop-ups. So where should you stay when you swing into The District? We think you should try one of these:

Hotel Tabard Inn

Hotel Tabard Inn. Image courtesy of the venue.

The Hotel Tabard Inn is reminiscent of an English bed and breakfast, and even has a storied past: having opened in 1922, it once was a boarding house for women serving in the Navy during World War II. With its low ceilings, antique furniture and Old English–style appointments, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the early 1900s; the homey rooms even have the original keys. The restaurant here is exceptional and known for its famous brunch — particularly for the housemade doughnuts dipped in sugar and served with jam — and live jazz.

The Carlyle

The Carlyle Hotel. Image via hotel website.

Located just off Dupont Circle NW on the quiet, tree-lined New Hampshire Avenue, The Carlyle’s guest rooms are sleek and outfitted with flat-screen televisions, Tempur-Pedic mattresses and high-quality bath products. Plus, the amenities are top-notch: a fitness center, a yoga studio, in-room spa services and even beds, bowls and mats for your furry friend. While the rooms are contemporary, the hotel’s dining establishment, The Riggsby, is retro-glam, and has superb food and drinks.

The Embassy Row Hotel

Embassy Row Hotel. Image via booking.com

Bright and zany, the pet-friendly Embassy Row Hotel is located, as the name mentions, on Embassy Row just north of Dupont Circle. It’s decorated with enormous hands as chairs, patterned wallpaper and printed carpets, and has a rooftop pool, a bustling café serving locally roasted coffee, snacks from D.C.-based companies and an innovative eatery. This is a smart choice for those who want their lodging to double as an activity center, as there’s a lineup of hotel-hosted events, including a DJ on Fridays, weekend brunch, and rooftop yoga and parties during the summer months.

The Graham Georgetown

The Graham Georgetown. Image courtesy of the venue.

If you prefer boutique hotels, The Graham Georgetown — located on an endearing side street along the C&O Canal, and a stone’s throw from terrific shopping — is just the ticket. The 57-room hotel, with its gilded décor, dark corners, narrow hallways and stylish, state-of-the-art rooms, is très glam. What’s more, there are two bars here: in the basement lies The Alex, a craft cocktail and small-plate dining concept that pays homage to scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, and up on the roof you’ll find The Observatory, where locals flock for sunset drinks.

The Jefferson

The Jefferson Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

When The HUNT Washington, D.C. writer, Cori Sue Morris, is in the mood for a staycation, her favorite getaway is The Jefferson, a light-filled, luxe hotel. Inspired by its namesake (yes, it’s named after Thomas Jefferson), The Jefferson has sumptuous rooms inspired by the founding father’s time in Paris and the design of his Virginia home, with high thread count linens, Italian marble bathrooms and smart technology in each room so that you can call housekeeping or request privacy by touching a button. The hotel also offers fine dining at Plume, which has a French-inspired menu, intimate nooks and wine cellars. The book room, which is filled with leather-bound tomes, is perfect for sipping a concoction by the fire from Quill, the hotel bar.

About The HUNT Washington, D.C. Writer: Cori Sue Morris loves nights out at great new restaurants, cocktails at the latest speakeasies, boutique fitness classes and bottomless brunches. A high-energy entrepreneur, shes built a career out of exploring Washington, D.C. and sharing her experiences on bitcheswhobrunch.com, the website she co-founded. You can usually find her at the corner table of her favorite coffee shop or the best wine bar in town.

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