Washington, D.C. is an interesting mix of historic and modern, and nowhere is it more evident than in the city’s varied hotels. When it comes to accommodation, the nation’s capital offers plenty of options for old-school luxury, hip and trendy boutiques, splurge-worthy stays, and affordability.
Looking for a hotel close to the monuments and museums or one that’s in the liveliest neighborhood? We’ve rounded up the best hotels in Washington, D.C. for every type of trip (and every budget).
Waldorf Astoria Washington, D.C.
Housed in one of Washington’s most iconic buildings, the Old Post Office, the Waldorf Astoria has transformed the space into a stunning hotel that blends history with modern-day luxury. The Waldorf occupies a prime location on Pennsylvania Avenue that puts guests within walking distance of The White House, National Mall, Washington Monument, and more.
Even if you’re not staying at the Waldorf, it’s worth stopping by for a drink in the stunning atrium or a meal at The Bazaar restaurant.
Kimpton George Hotel
Decorated with modern art inspired by our nation’s capital, the Kimpton George Hotel is a fun and trendy place to stay. Located just one block from Union Station, the Kimpton George is the perfect pick for travelers arriving by train.
Free bikes and credit for scooter/rideshare services are included in the nightly rate, making it easy for guests to get out and explore the city.
JW Marriott Washington, D.C.
For one of the best views in Washington, D.C., book a Premiere Monument View room at the JW Marriott. These spacious rooms are located on higher floors and overlook the Washington Monument through wide-picture windows.
Even if you don’t book a room with a view, you’ll be less than a five-minute walk from the monument and National Mall.
St. Gregory Hotel
Looking for a pet-friendly hotel in Washington, D.C.? The St. Gregory Hotel welcomes dogs, offering amenities including:
- Dog treats from a local bakery
- Personalized dog bowls
- Plush dog beds
- Guide to dog-friendly D.C.
Human amenities are just as good, with complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and an afternoon tea service available daily.
InterContinental Washington D.C. — The Wharf
The Wharf is Washington’s hottest new neighborhood and is home to amazing waterfront views, buzzy restaurants, and lively markets. The InterContinental makes the most of its prime Wharf location along the Potomac River.
Head up to the rooftop to grab a cocktail at Waves, the property’s infinity pool and cocktail bar.
The Rosewood Washington, D.C.
Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood is famous for its charming brick townhouses—and you can stay in one (while still enjoying all the amenities of a hotel) at The Rosewood.
In addition to traditional guestrooms and suites, The Rosewood offers six townhouses that are a great retreat for groups or those looking for a bit more privacy. Connecting townhouses are available for even more space.
The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate Hotel is undoubtedly the most infamous hotel in the city, dominating the nation’s headlines in the 1970s as the site of a presidential scandal. Since then, the Watergate has undergone numerous renovations, the latest of which places the hotel firmly in the luxury category.
Embrace the property’s history by booking the “scandal room” which was used in the Watergate break-in and now features cheeky details like custom “cover-up” robes, a tape recorder, and binoculars.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C.
Perfectly situated across the street from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco offers easy access to a number of transportation options. It’s also a stone’s throw away from the Capital One Arena, making the Kimpton a great choice if you’re in town for a concert or a game.
This budget-friendly hotel offers plenty of free perks for guests, including a nightly wine happy hour, bike loans, and in-room yoga mats.
Washington can be an expensive city, but your hotel doesn’t have to be. Hotel Hive is D.C.’s first micro hotel, with small rooms (125-250 square feet) helping to keep the price down. The rooms are efficiently designed to maximize the space, with under-bed storage so your luggage isn’t in the way.
Some rooms feature bunk beds and can be connected to the adjourning room, making the Hotel Hive a great option for group trips to D.C.
The Line DC
Housed in a 110-year-old church in the heart of the vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood, The Line is one of the most charming hotels in the city. The Line wants guests to feel as if they’re staying in a local apartment, with spacious rooms featuring wood floors, custom furniture, micro libraries, and original art.
The Line is one of the most pet-friendly hotels in Washington, allowing pets to stay for free.
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