The Luxury: Located across Lafayette Square from the White House, the 145-room Hay-Adams Hotel is a historic Washington, D.C., gathering place where guests such as Sinclair Lewis, Amelia Earhart, and Mark Twain once mingled with congressmen and presidents. The stunning rooftop views of the White House and the elegant residence-style rooms have made it into major motion pictures. Expect dignified service and amenities, distinguished decor, and a location convenient to the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, the Capitol building, and the National Mall. The Value: Superior queen-size rooms go for just $349/night on April 1012 and April 1719, thanks to the hotels Leading Weekend special $451 off rack rates of $800/night.
The Catch: Rooms with White House views will set you back at least $100 more per night.
The Details: For more information, call 202-638-6600 or visit www.hayadams.com and search for Leading Weekend.
From the February/March 2009 issue of Sherman's Travel magazine.