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 like The Royal Sonesta has seek rooms with the feel of home. While many of us would love to stay at the luxury hotels, our bank accounts say otherwise so check out the Lyle – 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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Kimpton Hotel Madera
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This renovated DuPont Circle boutique hotel features 82 rooms decorated in a modern, elements of nature look that's comfortable yet also chic. Specialty rooms feature balconies and in-room fitness equipment. Pets are allowed at the hotel for no extra charge but for those who have allergies, look into booking a pet-free floor. For those looking to relax, look into having in-room spa services like massages and body treatments. Check out area bike rentals just a few blocks from the hotel in order to feel the wind in your hair as you see the sights of the nation's capital. The hotel is completely smoke-free so leave those cigarettes and cigars at home. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A pet-friendly hotel that offers upscale at a wallet-friendly price.

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Home of the former Hotel Palomar, the Royal Sonesta brings a modern, refined feel to the Washington, D.C. hotel scene. Featuring 335 guest rooms and suites, the boutique hotel is a District destination. Guests may keep up with their fitness regime in their onsite fitness center. If you are visiting during the summer, be sure to check out the outdoor pool and oasis. It gets quite hot in D.C. over the summer months so a pool is a welcome amenity. The contemporary hotel is an updated historic landmark building constructed in 1880. Close to The White House, Royal Sonesta is in a prime location for sightseeing and museum visits. METRO: McPherson Square.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: With a modern, refined feel, this boutique hotel is within close proximity to must-see locations

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Lyle Washington DC
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Not everyone can afford the luxury hotels in the district but the boutique hotel Lyle is an affordable find near Dupont Circle. Located inside an art deco building, the hotel takes the comforts from home and upgrades them in an unforgettable experience. Combining a neutral palette and natural materials, guests may rest in a simple deluxe room or upgrade to a premier suite with a kitchenette. Head to Lyle's Restaurant and Bar for a neighborhood feel with casual sophistication featuring breakfast, brunch and dinner menu options. Check out the happenings section of their website to see if fun events are occurring during your stay. ETRO: Dupont Circle.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: One of the most affordable hotels within walking distance to local neighborhoods and attractions including including Adams Morgan and Rock Creek Park.

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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 several treatment rooms, Zen relaxation area and sauna. Check out their online calendar featuring a number of can't miss events like magic pig roast Thursdays, jazz and gin Saturdays and ice cream social Sundays. Try to book a stay during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. METRO: Smithsonian

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This hotel has the perfect marriage between Oriental and American styles in a luxury setting.

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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. Head to the modernist and classical blend lounge known as Quadrant for cocktails and small plates. Want a more exclusive tasting experience? Head to The Vault for a collection of reserve vintages. 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

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Ritz Carlton has always exuded luxury accommodations. This site is no different.

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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 Willard Spa. Check out the dinning and drinking options including the French bistro style Café du Parc and the Round Robin bar. Metro: McPherson Square

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The reported guest list is a 'Who's who' in the celebrity and political world.

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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. Their spa offers guests the chance to indulge in massages, facials and body treatments. Afterward, prolong your relaxation with a trip to the healing waters whirlpool. With all these amenities, you may not want to leave. Metro: Foggy Bottom

Recommended for Best Hotels because: There are more than 100 Four Seasons hotels across the world but this one is a must-see.

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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. Patrons may grab a drink at their iconic St. Regis Bar cocktail lounge. Humans are also not the only ones that may indulge in luxury. St Regis is pet-friendly for dogs offering them a number of amenities such as a dining mat, paw print bowls, toys and treats. Metro: McPherson Square

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The hotel offers a unique tour taking participants through its long history and heritage.

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The Jefferson, Washington, DC
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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 The Greenhouse or The Quill Bar to grab a classic concoction or a signature drink. If you want to keep up on your fitness routine, they offer a 24 hour fitness center for guests. Metro: Farragut North.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: One of the best small boutique hotels in the area, The Jefferson Hotel mixes European and Washingtonian styles to make for an unforgettable stay.

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The Hay-Adams
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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

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The posh hotel's slogan is "Nothing is overlooked but The White House" and they are correct.

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