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Hotel Washington

by Lauren Dana Ellman
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by Lauren Dana Ellman
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Our nation’s capital is teeming with historic attractions and monuments — not to mention an eclectic drinking, dining, and shopping scene. Those looking for a stylish place to stay that puts them close to all of the above — whether they’re there for politics or play — should consider the chic Hotel Washington. Dating back over a century, this historic property is mere steps away from the White House lawn, yet its swanky ambiance and resort-like amenities, including a spa and rooftop bar, make it feel worlds away from the busy city. 

What You Need to Know 

The Look of Hotel Washington

It's All in the Details

Hotel Washington is housed in a 10-story Beaux-Arts building that was constructed back in the early 20th century. Once inside the buzzy lobby area, you’ll find plenty of comfy chairs and sofas, chic black-and-white tiled flooring, towering pillars, and grand arches. There’s also a lobby bar that serves daily breakfast, craft cocktails, and dinner in an elegant space complete with plush velvet seating. 

As you make your way up to your room, take a moment to admire the elevator: The constellation of lights that adorn its ceiling represent the night skies on some of the most important dates in American history, like July 4, 1776, and January 20, 2009 (the day Barack Obama was inaugurated). Rooms are classically elegant, but a distinct twist of theirs would be the custom headboards decorated with a beautiful cherry blossom design (a nod to the city’s famous blooms) by artist Amit Greenberg. All accommodations are outfitted with a neutral brown color palette and sleek bathrooms with marble accents, gold hardware, and, best of all, rainfall showers. Suites have floor-to-ceiling murals designed by Greenberg, along with soaking tubs, a separate living and dining area, and bold pops of red. 

The Vibe at Hotel Washington 

Like its surrounding neighborhood, Hotel Washington is bustling. The lobby is (pretty much) always filled with people coming and going. Most often, guests can be found here eating breakfast before a packed day ahead, enjoying a pre-dinner drink, or sitting down for a quick bite in the evening. The fun continues up on the rooftop, where crowds gather to mix, mingle, and sip on cocktails while watching the sunset. 

Who Will Love Hotel Washington 

Given the hotel’s buzzy ambiance and ample common spaces for mixing and mingling, social butterflies will thrive here — especially those looking for a stylish and centrally located place. 

Who Might Not Love Hotel Washington 

Families and larger groups might consider seeking alternate accommodations. Rooms are on the smaller side, and most sleep no more than two. Even the most spacious suite accommodates a maximum of four guests.

Best Amenity at Hotel Washington 

The trendy Vue Rooftop Bar features an incredible selection of libations (don’t miss the ultra-refreshing First Ladies Lemonade) and eats (like truffle fries, Maryland crab cakes, and even juicy tomahawk steaks) — plus Instagram-worthy views of the Washington Monument. The bar and restaurant, which is open for brunch, afternoon cocktails, and dinner, is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. 

Additionally, the hotel is home to a small but serene spa where guests can indulge in treatments that run the gamut from signature massages and facials to more unique offerings like a volcanic body scrub that uses ingredients from Sicily. 

Money Matters 

What’s Included at Hotel Washington 

Wi-Fi, access to the on-site library and drinking and dining options such as Lobby Bar and restaurant, Vue Rooftop, and the alfresco The Patio restaurant, as well as use of the 24-hour fitness center, are all included. 

Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at Hotel Washington

Valet parking costs $63 per night. 

How to Get a Deal at Hotel Washington

Check the offers tab to view all current promotions and packages. Also, be sure to book directly with the hotel to snag 10% off the best available rate, plus two complimentary welcome drinks upon arrival. Government and military personnel are also privy to discounted rates. 

The Sweet Season 

Those looking to score the lowest rates on lodging should consider a mid-week stay during the months of December through February. Sure, the weather may be cold, but D.C. has plenty of indoor museums and attractions worth exploring — along with trendy bars and restaurants galore! 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of Hotel Washington 

As previously mentioned, Hotel Washington is just steps away from the White House lawn, putting you within close proximity of — you guessed it — the White House. The Washington Monument and National Mall are also nearby, as are many of the city’s best museums (including the Smithsonian). Some of D.C.’s most popular shops, bars, and restaurants are also within easy walking distance. 

Nearest Airport to Hotel Washington

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is just four miles from the hotel, while Dulles International Airport is approximately 26 miles away. 

Nearest Public Transportation to Hotel Washington

The 14th St NW & Pennsylvania Ave NW bus stop is right around the corner from Hotel Washington. Additionally, the Metro Center Station is about an eight-minute walk from the property. 

The Bottom Line

Trend-forward travelers craving a chic home-away-from-home in D.C. will love Hotel Washington and its ample amenities. 

It's All in the Details