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 one of their well-known happy hours that offer 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.
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 American fare and rich Mediterranean flavors. This hotel is also pet friendly and has a full-service business center. METRO: Dupont Circle.
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a book room filled with leather-bound volumes on subjects the hotel's namesake enjoyed and displays of authentic signed historical documents in the guestrooms and throughout the hotel are just a few of the amenities you will discover here.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.
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
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.
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
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the most well-known streets in America, the JW Marriott Hotel features 15 floors, 737 rooms and 35 suites. Plug-In Panels are avilable in the suites to hook up all your devices. All rooms have a 37-inch LCD HD television that should connect to your laptop, MP3 or digital camera. Take advantage of the fitness center featuring free weights and cardiovascular equipment or swim a few laps in the indoor swimming pool. If you have worked up an appetite, the Executive Lounge serves continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres and afternoon snacks. METRO: Metro Center.
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 dining and drinking options including the French bistro style Cafe du Parc and the Round Robin bar. METRO: McPherson Square
Within walking distance to the National Mall and Smithsonian museums, this historic hotel dates back to 1922. Touches of gold, royal blue and dark wood colors decorate the 301 guest rooms available. If you are feeling hungry, the hotel's restaurant, 14K, has a menu featuring new American cuisine. For you coffee lovers, a Starbucks is also on-site. The hotels offers several packages but one you may want to take advantage of is the historic escape which offers a choice between going on one of four guided district tours. METRO: McPherson Square
Combining a sleek modern art look and adding touches of history to the decor 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.