The Best Hotels in Washington, D.C.

The nation's capital has been infused with hip hotels over the past year. The Dupont Circle hotel has prime real estate within walking distance to trendy restaurants & shops, while the Hay-Adams hotel overlooks historic Lafayette Square and the White House beyond. The Jefferson pays homage to our third president, recreating the style of his Monticello country estate. If you want to spot government power players, head to the roof of the Graham Georgetown. The best hotels in DC are truly diverse.
Collected by Afar Magazine
Photo courtesy of The Hay-Adams
01
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Not everyone gets to live across the street from the White House. Before the current Italian-Renaissance hotel was constructed in 1927, the prime real estate was occupied by the homes of two little-known American icons: John Hay—personal...
Photo courtesy of Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown
02
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Once upon a time, over-the-top luxury was only for royalty. When luxury brand Capella set up its first U.S. outpost along the historic C&O Canal in Georgetown, it opened the doors of its exclusive decadence to, well, everyone else. From the...
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Washington, D.C.
03
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
An elegant icon of the D.C. hotel scene, the Four Seasons straddles the line between Georgetown and Foggy Bottom. Perched at the top of Pennsylvania Avenue (yes, same as the President) this luxury retreat has one foot firmly planted in...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Madera
04
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
In a city that takes itself so seriously—running the United States is an intense business, after all—the Hotel Madera is a breath of fresh air. Just a couple of leafy blocks from always-lively Dupont Circle, the Kimpton-run boutique...
Photo courtesy of The Donovan
05
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
With its 2014 renovation, the Donovan, a Kimpton hotel, injected a sense of fun and whimsy into the neighborhood’s boxy buildings with its sleek chrome-and-leather lobby and rooftop pool bar. Named for “Wild” Bill Donovan, the...
Photo courtesy of The Dupont Circle Hotel
06
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
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,...
Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Washington
07
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Between all the hip restaurants, historic structures, and political intrigues, it’s easy to forget that Washington started out as farmland, surrounded by small, rural communities in one of the young nation’s most fertile regions. The...
Photo courtesy of The Graham Georgetown
08
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
A city crammed with ambitious young staffers willing to work long hours in hopes of shaping the country, Washington is a place that works hard and plays hard. One of the newest additions to its burgeoning boutique hotel scene, the...
Photo courtesy of The Jefferson
09
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Upon waking in a sumptuous suite at the Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson himself might be perplexed; why, he might wonder, can he see the Washington Monument from a room that appears to belong in Monticello, his Virginia country estate? The textiles...
Photo courtesy of W Washington D.C.
10
800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Considering its pop-art aesthetic and high-tech perks, it’s hard to believe the W Washington D.C. was built in 1917. Okay, so that’s not exactly true; the elegant building spent most of its life as the Hotel Washington—an Old...
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