Since 2009, the former Hotel Washington (circa 1916) was converted into the ultra-trendy W Hotel infusing contemporary design while retaining the original Beaux-Arts architecture. Today it features 317 rooms, with 7 WOW suites, and an Extreme WOW suite (their spin on the traditional Presidential Suite) each with a "Munchie Box" (hotel room minibar). The hotel's famed rooftop terrace provides some of the best views of the White House and National Mall. Sit on the main lobby's red patent-leather chairs and zebra-print ottomans, where DJs spin house music on weekends.
POV- the rooftop bar at the W Hotel provides sweeping views of the city- from the White House to the Washington Monument and beyond.
At night the open air veranda is known for a more club like scene- and it's crowded and loud! To avoid the "scene" and table minimum ($$)- venture up during the off-peak hours for a more enjoyable experience and a delicious cocktail.