Historic to Boutique: Downtown D.C. Hotels Are Where to Sleep

When it comes to visits or going on vacation, many travelers want to be in the center of the action. When coming to Washington, D.C., downtown hotels are the way to book if you want to be within walking distance to must-see attractions, top restaurants, wallet-lightening shopping locations and the Metro stations. 10Best has found the top places to rest your head after a busy day of fun in the nation's capital.

With politicians, celebrities, royalty, diplomats and distinguished business travelers a common site in Washington, D.C., many luxury hotels may be found downtown to serve their every need. Featuring spacious rooms and suites, hotels like The Jefferson and The Hay-Adams Hotel have a bevy of amenities like spas, gyms and top-notch restaurants to keep their guests relaxed and happy. Many of the luxury hotel sites have interesting historic backgrounds and housed several First Families over the years. 

For those looking for a great location yet won't break the bank, check out Donovan House and make sure to take a dip in their rooftop pool. If a more modern look is preferred, George Hotel is a great choice. They even offer a a complimentary wine tasting every day!

When it comes to resting up after a long day of touring or business, Washington, D.C. has outstanding downtown hotels that position you right near must-see spots.






Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom
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Billed as the hotel where Italian Renaissance meets modern cool, the W Washington, D.C. hotel features 317 rooms and a rooftop view of many landmarks. The building dates back to 1917 and is steeped in history including being the site where Elvis meet President Richard Nixon in the 1970s. After a day of sightseeing, go straight to the Bliss Spa for a fun yet relaxing array of treatments. Break a sweat in their FIT Gym featuring treadmills, elliptical machines and weigh machines. Feel free to bring along your four-legged friend as this is a pet-friendly hotel. METRO: Metro Center

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: A rooftop view paired with being able to bring a four-legged friend makes this hotel a must-visit.

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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. 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

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Pairing impeccable service and luxury together is a winning combination for this hotel.

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Swann House Historic Dupont Circle Inn
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Located in the historic Dupont Circle neighborhood, the Swann Inn has transformed an 1883 mansion into a charming bed and breakfast that is right near must-see attractions yet makes you feel like you have escaped the hustle and bustle of city life. Each visit can be a different experience because every room is individually decorated. Look at their photo gallery to see which room appeals to you and yours. Select rooms feature wood burning fire places, whirlpool bathtubs and private decks. Check out their special packages including hot cocoa for two, floral arrangement, chilled champagne and massages. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: This bed and breakfast provides a more intimate experience for those looking to escape larger hotel chains.

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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 recognized 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

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Luxurious rooms coupled with enviable spa options are not to be missed.

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Combining a sleek modern art look and adding touches of history to the décor give The Hotel George a revolutionary look. Located adjacent to the U.S. Capitol building, guests are in a prime location for sight seeing and tourist attractions. If you don't want to walk, use a complimentary bike from the hotel. Make sure to reserve one quickly because they are loaned out on a first come, first served basis. The establishment offers guests a complimentary wine tasting every day between 5 to 6 p.m. known as Kimpton's Happier Hour. After quenching your thirst, head on over to the French fare restaurant Bistro Bis which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. METRO: Union Station or Gallery Place-Chinatown.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Hotel that expertly combines modern art with dashes of history peppered in.

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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 Downtown Hotels because: Amazing views coupled with luxurious accommodations will make you not want to leave this hotel at check out.

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This 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.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: A prime-location plus unique art deco rooms make this hotel a winner.

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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. Every night at 6 p.m., the hotel offers a champagne sabering ritual in the lobby and patrons may indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant's signature restaurant, Decanter, located adjacent to the lobby. Metro: McPherson Square

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Elegance is found in every corner of this amazing downtown D.C. luxury hotel.

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Logan Circle

For those who love a sleek, modern, minimalistic look, this is the hotel for you. There are 193 modern-designed guestrooms and suites in the hotel with each featuring a contemporary grey and lilac color palette with rust accents. Make sure to check out the bubble seats in the lobby. They are sure to be a conversation starter. Burn off some calories in the fitness center or take a dip in the rooftop pool. There is an outdoor bar that is open seasonally. Relax with in-room spa service – just call the front desk to set up an appointment. METRO: Judiciary Square

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Those wanting a break from all the historic hotels in the district will love this modern abode.

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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 find 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 the 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

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Learn more about one of the country's founders while staying in the lap of luxury.

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