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Upscale To Budget-Friendly: Check Out D.C.'s Top Hotels



Most people see hotels as a place to rest their head for a few hours and grab a shower before heading out – either to go to a business meeting, sightsee or other fun vacation ideas. Washington, D.C. hotels offer guests not only a place to stay but an experience to call or text home about to others. 10Best has found the top hotels in the nation's capital to make sure you and yours have a wonderful, unforgettable trip. Luxury hotels like The Jefferson Hotel  and The Hay Adams Hotel offer amazing amenities like concierges who will help plan your adventures and spas that aim to cater to your every need.

Most of the hotels in the area are heavy history, but we've found some modern ones including The Palomar that features sleek rooms with artistic flare. While many of us would love to stay at the luxury hotels, our bank accounts say otherwise so check out the Carlyle Suites Hotel – an affordable art deco treasure in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

All of these can be found in the heart of Washington, D.C. within walking distance to many must-see attractions and trendy neighborhoods. With all the pampering, delicious in-house food and amenities, you probably won't want to leave.


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Carlyle Suites Hotel
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Not everyone can afford the luxury hotels in the district but the boutique Carlyle Suites Hotel is an affordable find near Dupont Circle with unique touches throughout its 170 art deco suites including Temper-Pedic beds and eco-friendly hotel bath amenities. The full service kitchens are a cozy addition for those who want to do a little cooking during their stay. If you would rather be waited on, the hotel has Twist Dupont Restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with an American fare and rich Mediterranean flavors. This hotel is also pet friendly and has a full-service business center. METRO: Dupont Circle.




While many of the Washington, D.C. hotels go for a historic angle, The Palomar aims for a more modern art-focused theme given their location near galleries in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Popular with a younger crowd, they offer a yoga mat in every room and provide complimentary use of their custom public bikes. Dine at the Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar and try to make it to one of their well-known happy hours that offers low prices for wine, sparklers and beer. A wine hour is also offered every day where you may try your choice of red or white wines. If you are staying on site, why not both? Metro: Dupont Circle




With a breathtaking view of the Tidal Basin, this luxury hotel is within walking distance to the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. Of the 347 rooms and 53 suites, each blend Oriental elegance with a traditional American style décor. When you aren't relaxing in your room, go to the spa and wellness facility featuring eight treatment rooms, Zen relaxation area and sauna. Take a dip in the 50-foot indoor swimming pool, walk through a small on-site art gallery with rotating exhibits or participate in a private yoga class. Try to book a stay during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. METRO: Smithsonian


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The Sofitel Washington, D.C., Lafayette Square luxury hotel offers 237 comfortable art deco inspired rooms and suites with comfortable beds and marble bathrooms featuring glass-enclosed showers. Guests may head to ICI Urban Bistro to enjoy French cuisine with a contemporary twist. Refreshments are to be savored at the stylish Le Bar which features a drink menu of specialty martinis, champagne and wines. Opened in 2002, the contemporary hotel is an updated historic landmark building constructed in 1880. Close to The White House, Sofitel is in a prime location for sight-seeing and museum visits. METRO: McPherson Square.


Offering a sophisticated haven of luxury and service in the heart of Washington, D.C., The Ritz Carlton features impeccable service for those staying in their 300 guest rooms including 32 suites as well as 267 deluxe rooms. Spacious, elegant rooms featuring Italian marble bathrooms greet guests upon their arrival. The hotel's restaurant, Westend Bistro, offers meals prepared with fresh produce from area farms while The Lobby Lounge features an extensive cocktail menu and global wine list. For those who want to keep up with their workout routine or indulge in a spa treatment, Sports Club/LA, has everything you could want. Metro: Foggy Bottom




Welcoming guests and high profile clients since the 19th century, the Willard InterContinental is a grand old school luxury hotel with a rich history including being the site where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr wrote his inspirational "I Have a Dream" speech. Just a few blocks away from The White House and National Mall, the hotel offers 335 spacious guest rooms and 41 luxury suites. Try out the on-site health and fitness center or unwind in the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Check out the dinning and drinking options including the French bistro style Café du Parc and the Round Robin bar. Metro: McPherson Square




Glamour meets tradition at the posh St. Regis hotel located just two blocks from The White House. Opened in 1926 by founder John Jacob Astor IV, the rooms have welcomed royalty, diplomats, celebrities and refined business travelers from all over the world. Guests may take their pick from different styles of elegant rooms and spacious suites. Every night at 6 p.m., the hotel offers a champagne sabering ritual in the lobby and patrons may induldge in breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant's signature restaurant, Decanter, located adjacent to the lobby. Metro: McPherson Square


The Hay Adams Hotel Washington D.C.
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Before Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, he and his family stayed here for two weeks and you will understand why once you walk in the doors. Named for two prominent Washington, D.C. residents who once made their homes on the land, The Hay-Adams Hotel was constructed in 1927 with its style reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance. The hotel has jaw dropping views of The White House, Lafayette Square and St. John's church not to mention luxurious accommodations, a roof terrace with panoramic views of the district, a concierge to arrange recreation activities and the upscale bar Off the Record, a hot spot where locals and guests can relax. Metro: McPherson Square


Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C.
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When you think of luxury, the Four Seasons will always come to mind and there is a reason for that. The 222 room hotel offers upscale, elegant accommodations and an attentive staff to cater to your every need. Dining options include Bourbon Steak, created by internationally chef and restaurateur Michael Mina, which features a lounge and restaurant. The night spa offers guests the chance to indulge in massages, body scrubs, DermaLucent Phototherapy or non-surgical anti-aging treatments. Afterward, prolong your relaxation with a trip to the sauna, indoor Jacuzzi or eucalyptus-scented steam room. With all these amenities, you may not want to leave. Metro: Foggy Bottom


The Jefferson Hotel Washington D.C.
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Billed as Washington, D.C.'s most discerning luxury abode, The Jefferson Hotel offers so many different experiences for patrons that they won't experience anywhere else. An in-house historian, a book room filled with leather bound volumes on subjects the hotel's namesake enjoyed and displays of authentic signed historical documents in guestrooms and throughout the hotel are just a few of the amenities you will discover here. Check out their on-site dining with popular pick Plume and The Greenhouse or The Quill Bar to grab a classic concoction or a signature drink. Their Petite Spa only caters to a few guests at a time so book your custom-crafted visit ASAP. Metro: Farragut North.


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