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13 Unique Hotel Experiences in Washington, DC
Make your 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. Book a unique experience next time you stay in the nation's capital with any of the distinct lodging options below.
This recently remodeled luxury hotel has quite a bit of history behind it. But we’d rather talk about its outstanding amenities, including the new Argentta Spa, which stretches 12,500 square feet and features stunning design touches, steam rooms, a whirlpool and a lounge. The hotel also offers Top of the Gate, a rooftop bar with beautiful views; Kingbird, a chic restaurant with mouthwatering milkshakes; and Next Whisky Bar, which is, you guessed it, entirely dedicated to whiskey.
The Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC offers five-star luxury in a scenic and convenient location. Its spa is one of the most adored in the city, offering a completely customizable experience and a famous Oriental Essence Massage. Suites and rooms are decorated with the highest sophistication, and you can order room service 24 hours a day. The hotel is also located near The Wharf in the Southwest Waterfront, the most exciting new development in the District (more on that later).
Pod hotels do away with all the extravagance of a hotel stay, providing the necessary accommodations at an affordable, budget-friendly price. DC’s edition is in the heart of Chinatown, putting you close to many of the city’s best attractions. Bunk up with a friend or shack up with your partner in a 150-square-foot room that is perfectly designed for efficiency.
Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with splendor, and this luxury hotel in historic Georgetown only emphasizes that connection. Plush amenities await in your room, including Egyptian cotton linens, a marble bath tub and an in-room safe. You can lounge in the hotel’s Living Room (which serves s’mores at night) or relax in the recently renovated spa. A short walk will bring you to The Washington Harbour, one of the city’s best recreational spots right on the Potomac River.
Dupont Circle is the home of this 226-room boutique hotel from Hilton that has made waves with its innovations. The Darcy offers bike and scooter rentals, Darcy Daypacks that help kids adventure through the city, a daily cocktail tasting and even custom tailoring and haberdashery for guests, so you can look fresh for a night on the town or an important meeting. Pets under 75 lbs. can come, too (for a $75 non-refundable fee).
Five-star, five-diamond luxury can be expected at the Four Seasons. Aside from its glorious guest rooms and suites, the hotel features Bourbon Steak, an acclaimed restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina. You can also enjoy a robust breakfast at Seasons, slip next door for wine, cheese and chocolate at ENO Wine Bar or savor a state-of-the-art facial at the hotel’s spa.
DC’s premier convention hotel is also a masterpiece for those simply wanting to enjoy a few days sightseeing in the nation’s capital. The Marquis is within walking distance of the National Mall, but its open lobby is a monument unto itself. Your experience only improves from there: choose from four restaurants, including Arroz, an awesome Southern Spanish eatery helmed by Mike Isabella.
The urban lifestyle is the focal point of this boutique hotel in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood. The Rooftop is The Embassy Row Hotel’s crown jewel, featuring sweeping views of the city, a heated swimming pool, daybeds, a shaded lounge and hand-crafted cocktails that round out the vibe perfectly. Don’t forget about Station Kitchen & Cocktails, which serves up coffee and pastries in the morning and shareable plates in the evening.
Located near the National Mall, the W Hotel Washington D.C. sports Beaux Arts glamor and fashionable design for the peak of luxury in the nation’s capital. POV is a rooftop terrace bar and lounge that provides quite possibly the best view in the District, overlooking the monuments and the White House. Artfully designed rooms will have you feeling like you’re in the seat of power yourself.
DC’s first micro-hotel in Foggy Bottom is truly a wonder to behold. Innovation bursts from every nook and cranny of Hotel Hive, with rooms that provide all you need within 125-250-square-foot spaces. Pets are welcome in your hive as well. When hunger for food or a good time comes calling, step into the Hive’s own &pizza or the Hive Bar, which offers craft cocktails that use local spirits from local distilleries, including rum from Cotton & Reed and whiskey from Jos. A. Magnus.
The Kimpton brand is renowned for its distinctive approach to hotels, and the Donovan is no different. Floor-to-ceiling windows in its chic guest rooms mean you will have picturesque views of downtown DC. Asian-inspired dishes dot the menu of Zentan, the hotel’s in-house restaurant. And if nightlife is for you, the Donovan is perfect: one step outside and you’re on 14th Street, one of the city’s most buzzworthy areas.
Red is the color of passion, and the Kimpton Rouge Hotel took this to heart in its unique design. Styled with bold red colors throughout its decor, this Dupont Circle abode is ideal for a romantic getaway. Bar Rouge is the perfect setting for cocktails after exploring one of DC’s most popular neighborhoods. You can also take advantage of in-room spa services.
This Pennsylvania Avenue locale opened in 2016, occupying the former Old Post Office Pavilion. In fact, the lower level does feature access to the Old Post Office Tower, where you can take an elevator to the top for sweeping city vistas (this entrance does not provide access to the hotel). Guests of the hotel can enjoy its lavish guest rooms and suites, The Spa by Ivanka Trump (as well as a fitness center) and BLT Prime, a steakhouse for power players. The hotel also features the Presidential Ballroom, the largest luxury ballroom in DC.
With the first phase of DC’s newest development scheduled to debut on Oct. 12, expect a modern, bustling Southwest Waterfront destination with lots to see and do. Plans include convenient water taxi service to and from National Harbor, Alexandria, Georgetown and Nationals Park; more than 15 bars, restaurants and cafes – many from local chefs; and a new music venue called The Anthem, which will seat 6,000 and has already sold out its first show, Foo Fighters on Oct. 12. Considering The Wharf is poised to become DC's latest "it" destination, the best way to experience it will be to stay close by at one of the area's soon-to-open hotels.
The new Wharf development will be highlighted by this luxury hotel that will have a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, 17,000 square feet of meeting space on its second floor, a 5,000-square-foot rooftop lounge and 5,000 square feet of retail space.
This combined hotel concept will wow visitors of The Wharf with a 1,100-square-foot fitness center, 2,500 square feet of meeting space, a 10,000-square-foot lounge with views of the Potomac River and a rooftop bar.
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