Delight in Decadence at D.C.'s Top Luxury Hotels

When staying at any hotel, you hope for a pleasant experience but when you choose a luxury hotel, the standards for your trip are significantly higher. Rooms must be spacious, well appointed and kept immaculate and staff should be ready to help with a number of different needs. Top-of-the-line restaurants and a number of other facilities such as spa treatments, lounges and fitness centers on-site are also coveted among the affluent travelers.

Since Washington, D.C. is familiar with catering to the powerful and elite, the district has a bevy of luxury hotels that will make your stay so relaxing, you may never want to leave.

If you are looking for old world elegance, you can't go wrong with choosing the Willard InterContinental which has been serving guests for more than 150 years.  

History and luxury wrap into one at The Jefferson Hotel which features a number of unique amenities fans of the abode's namesake will adore. Talk to the onsite historian, peruse leather-bound volumes in a book room dedicated to Jefferson's favorite subjects or see historical documents throughout the hotel.

For those seeking a more modern luxury abode, check out the Sofitel which features art deco inspired rooms with marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers.

Whether it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience or just another trip, these top D.C. luxury hotels will cater to your every need.





Sophisticated style is the best way to sum up the decor for this West End based-hotel. The 216 guest rooms and suites are decorated in a sleek, modern look yet they still give a warm, inviting vibe to guests. Grab a meal at the in-house restaurant Blue Duck Tavern, take a dip in the sky-lit indoor swimming pool and whirlpool or workout in the 4-hour fitness center. You can even bring along your four-legged friend as this is a pet-friendly hotel. This is a smoke-free hotel so leave those cigarettes at home. METRO: Foggy Bottom

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Modern luxury accommodations await in this stylish setting in the West-End.

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Capella Washington, D.C. Georgetown
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How many times a day do you wish you had your own personal assistant? For those who stay at this Georgetown luxury hotel, you will have access to one 24/7. Located along the historic C&O Canal, this hotel features 49 guest rooms and 12 suites with flexible check-in and check-out times. Meet friends at the sleek Capella living room featuring an onyx fireplace or enjoy the views of the district at their rooftop space featuring an indoor-outdoor infinity pool. Relax with an in-room spa treatment or burn off some calories in their gym facility open 24 hours a day.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: With personal assistants available 24/7, this hotel is ready to cater to your every need.

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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 quarters feature Italian marble bathrooms ready to 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 Luxury Hotels because: The song, "Puttin' On The Ritz" written by Irvin Berlin, was inspired by this hotel group.

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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 induldge in breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant's signature restaurant, Decanter, located adjacent to the lobby. Metro: McPherson Square

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

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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 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 sightseeing and museum visits. METRO: McPherson Square.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: While many luxury hotels go for an old world, elegance theme, Sofitel opts for a more modern take which succeeds.

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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 Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Check out the dining and drinking options including the French bistro style Café du Parc and the Round Robin bar. METRO: McPherson Square

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Serving the nation's capital for more than 150 years, no one does old school elegance better.

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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 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

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

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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: Farragut West.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: With an attentive staff, extravagant accommodations and views of must-see attractions, why would you want to leave the hotel?

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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 Luxury Hotels because: History and luxury are all wrapped into one in this opulent hotel.

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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 Mine, 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 Luxury Hotels because: Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a place to bring the whole family, this hotel caters to your every need.

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