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10 Unique Holiday Hotel Experiences in Washington, DC

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Make your holiday stay something special when you book at these Washington, DC hotels

The DC area has a wide variety of places to stay, from budget-friendly hotels to boutique hotels and five-star, luxury-filled hotels. Check out the options below as you plan your winter trip to the nation's capital.

1 Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown

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A winter wonderland awaits at the Fairmont. The hotel’s Winter Wonderland Weekend Package includes luxurious accommodations and a chance to visit with Santa Claus in his beautifully designed suite (open from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays), where kids can receive a treat and a keepsake. But that’s not all: you can also enjoy an afternoon excursion on the Fairmont’s new ice skating rink. The hotel’s gorgeous courtyard is also outfitted for the season.

2 The Watergate Hotel

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With a new rooftop skating rink called Top of the Skate (connected to the rooftop bar, Top of the Gate), The Watergate Hotel makes for a wonderful stay this holiday season. The hotel’s Next Whisky Bar is also offering special igloo experiences, featuring 12-foot, heated domes which you can reserve for 2-8 people (other experiences, like a tasting menu or afternoon tea service, can be added).

3 Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

On top of being one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC knows how to get into the holiday spirit. Through Dec. 20, the hotel is featuring holiday trees, mantels, wreaths and a menorah during its Light Up the Season promotion. A purchase of any of the seasonal products benefits the Children’s National Medical Center. You can also cozy up at the hotel’s restaurant, Bourbon Steak, which features a heated patio and delicious cocktails.

4 The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

A stay at The St. Regis, an opulent downtown hotel, will be filled with holiday cheer. Through Dec. 20, you or your canine can submit a special letter to Santa through the hotel’s Santa Mailbox – he’ll respond to every note submitted before that date! Holiday-inspired live jazz can be heard on Thursdays and Fridays through Dec. 22 from 5:30-8 p.m. The hotel also offers 12 days of champagne specials (Dec. 12-24), hot chocolate and story time for kids (Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 2-4 p.m.), gingerbread house decorating classes (Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and special Christmas and New Year’s events. Don’t forget to savor its exquisitely decorated lobby, either.

5 The Willard InterContinental Washington DC

One of DC’s most historic hotels offers holiday experiences that will create lasting memories. Its holiday afternoon tea, offered every day in December (except Dec. 1-3, 24-25 and 31) in Peacock Alley, includes festive flavors, delicious sandwiches and seasonal pastries, as well as the alluring sounds of a harp. Also featured nearly every day of the month: holiday caroling in the hotel’s lobby around a jaw-dropping Christmas tree.

6 Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

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Welcome the entire family to the nation’s capital for a holiday celebration with the Marriott MarquisComfortably Close Holiday Package. The offer includes complimentary valet parking, breakfast for two at the hotel’s restaurant, Anthem, as well as complimentary in-room internet access. The hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance of two great shopping and holiday destinations: CityCenterDC (which features a 75-foot Christmas tree and a reindeer installation) and the Downtown Holiday Market.

7 The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
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The Melrose Georgetown borders Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, meaning you have two vibrant DC neighborhoods to explore during your stay. You’ll also be within walking distance of the National Christmas Tree on the White House Ellipse. The boutique hotel is also offering a special Home for the Holidays package through Dec. 31, featuring deluxe accommodations and rates starting at $99.

8 The Jefferson, Washington DC

This five-star hotel is one of the city’s most prestigious abodes. During this holiday season, The Jefferson is offering the Winter Weekend package, which includes 15% off the daily rate and a food and beverage credit per night that can be used at any of the hotel’s dining experience. Cozy up with craft cocktails at Quill, have brunch at Greenhouse or make it a memorable winter date night with dinner at the Michelin-starred Plume.

9 St. Gregory Hotel

Experience luxury in the heart of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, which is one of the most culturally significant areas in the District, where shopping options and restaurants rule. Inside the St. Gregory, enjoy the Take the Elevator Home package, with rates starting at $109 for weekend stays. Prepare for holiday festivities in a spacious room, then admire the hotel’s beautifully decorated lobby before drinks at Tredici Enoteca’s gorgeous bar.

10 The Wharf

DC’s hottest new development features three hotels to choose from for your holiday vacation: Hyatt House Washington DC / The Wharf, Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf and InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf. Each provides its own distinctive experience, but each can also be accompanied by holiday shopping, live music and skating on the new ice rink at The Wharf. Find out all there is to do in this exciting new recreational space on the water.

Looking for even more great hotel options in Washington, DC? Check out all of these great places to stay in the District and find the hotel that's right for you.