Fortunes and friendships change quickly in D.C., but leafy Dupont Circle, with its charming shops and trendy restaurants, has yet to go out of style. Perched right on the circle itself, within walking distance of nearly every desirable D.C. spot, the Dupont Circle Hotel takes pride of place, rivaled only by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So it’s no surprise that the hotel’s Café Dupont brasserie and wood-and-leather Bar Dupont are see-and-be-seen spots for everyone from staffers to diplomats (Embassy Row is just around the corner, too). That the food is top-notch, the wine list impressive, and the scotch fit for cigar-swilling politicians is a bonus. The sleek and sultry rooms, too, take advantage of their surroundings, most with large windows overlooking the circle; the even more luxurious Level Nine suites also have private, furnished glass balconies for enjoying the views. Best of all, though, is the feeling of walking out the front door in the morning and knowing that the capital is at your doorstep.