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There's no shortage of historic hotels in Washington DC. Many of the grande dames have hosted inaugural balls, power breakfasts, and even a juicy political scandal or two. DC's newest hotel is unabashedly modern and even a little cheeky. The Darcy hotel opened in April near Logan Circle, and delivers high style with a budget friendly price tag that will appeal to families as well as a younger crowd.
Budget Level: Upscale ($150-300 a night)
Lodging Type: Large Hotel (100+ rooms)
What You Need to Know
The Darcy may look understated from the exterior (it was previously a Doubletree) but the interior is a different story. Part of Hilton's Curio collection, the design is inspired by a fictional, well-dressed and well-traveled gentleman. The guest rooms are lighter, with bright pops of color and mid-century modern inspired furniture. Original art is everywhere, from the lobby to the guest room baths.
Stylish and playful. Although The Darcy is all about design, it doesn't take itself too seriously and has an unpretentious feel. Families will feel comfortable, thanks to the kid-friendly amenities like complimentary strollers, but so will the hipsters who pour into the lobby level Siren restaurant for cocktails and sushi at the zinc-topped tables.
Who Will Love It
Anyone looking for a stylish, curated stay in a traditionally buttoned-up city. The hotel embraces art and design in every detail, from the pinstriped bathrobes to the room numbers, some of which have abstract images of US presidents. Partnerships with local companies, including UrbanStems flowers, which hosts pop ups at the hotel, give The Darcy a connection to its location.
Who Might Not
Anyone looking to stay in a historic hotel.
The hotel stands out for its complimentary amenities. Gear such as strollers, bicycles, and children's scooters are available at no cost. Kids will love borrowing a Darcy Daypack, filled with history- or spy-themed books. Adults will prefer the daily gin cocktail tasting using Element shrub and Green Hat gin. Gentlemen looking to up their fashion game can borrow (or purchase) ties, cuff links, and pocket squares from retail partner Read Wall. Custom tailoring is also available.
Standard rates include only the room. Wifi is complimentary.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
You’ll pay standard taxes and fees on the room. All food and beverages in the minibar, cost extra. Parking is valet only.
How to Get a Deal
For the lowest rates, try booking a weekend stay, as midweek rates are higher in DC. Hilton Honors members can find rates as low as $151 per night on the weekend.
In the Neighborhood
The hotel is located on Rhode Island Avenue, a short walk to two vibrant neighborhoods: DuPont Circle and Logan Circle. There's no shortage of places to shop or eat, ranging from the popular brunch spot Ted's Bulletin or the Spanish tapas restaurant Estadio. The National Geographic Museum is a short stroll away, while the White House and the National Mall are an easy 10-minute walk from the hotel.
The Reagan National Airport is about a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Nearest Public Transit
The hotel is about equal distance (0.5 mile) between two Metro stations: McPherson and DuPont circle. Remember to save your Metro card to refill it, and avoid extra charges for a new card.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a colorful stay at a wallet-friendly hotel that offers easy access to some of DC's biggest sights, the Darcy delivers.