The Washington D.C. Guide
Locals say the vibe in DC, from popularity of neighborhoods to the real estate market, changes depending on the administration. While we can’t tell for sure, we do notice a palpable shift in fashionable areas of town as this term comes to a close. A previously hot Georgetown seems to now have more cupcake shops than restaurants, while an edgier U Street and the urban Chinatown/Penn Quarter area boom. Check out the best of DC’s most happening neighborhoods plus our new and classic favorites from all around the nation’s capital.
Hotel Monaco700 F St. NW, Downtown | 800.649.1202
Located across from The National Portrait Gallery, this luxury boutique hotel is set in an old post office that’s now a national landmark. The eclectic décor is inviting and vibrant. Though the rooms can run a bit small due to the historic nature of the building, they are not lacking in comfort or amenities, and each is distinct from the next.
The Hays Adam800 16th St. NW, Downtown | 202.638.6600
The Hay Adams is as classic a hotel as you’ll find in D.C. It’s named after John Hay (who served as personal secretary to Lincoln, U.S. Ambassador to the U.K., and Secretary of State) and Henry Adams (historian, Harvard professor, grandson of President John Quincy Adams and great-grandson of President John Adams)—who both lived in homes where the hotel now stands. Many historic details (like original wood paneling) have been preserved, but the building also underwent major renovation in the early 2000s to make a stay there feel all the more luxurious. And kids tend to be impressed by the location—you’re literally steps from the White House, blocks from the National Mall, the Smithsonians are nearby, and the panoramic views of it all are pretty awesome.
The Four Seasons Washington D.C.2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, West End | 202.342.0444
Located in charming Georgetown (cobblestone streets, beautiful row houses, C&O Canal waterways), this Four Seasons is a great option, particularly if the hustle of downtown doesn’t appeal. If you’re traveling with teens on the verge of college years, you can easily stop by the campuses of Georgetown University and George Washington University, which are both about a mile from the hotel, in either direction. The rooms here are contemporary, smartly designed, and very comfortable for traveling families (the hotel recently got a $13 million facelift). It has all the amenities you’d need for a family trip, plus babysitting services.
The Palomar2121 P St. NW, Dupont Circle | 202.448.1800
This chic Kimpton hotel offers modern, unique design with spacious, meticulous guest rooms. The location right off Dupont Circle offers prime access to the best of the city’s dining, shopping and nightlife, within walking distance.
W Washington D.C.515 15th St. NW, Downtown | 202.661.2400
Converted from the historic Hotel Washington, this now modern meets Renaissance hotel has one of the best views in the city, so even if you can’t stay, go for a drink on the P.O.V. rooftop bar. Known for their flash factor, this particular W includes a Jean Georges steakhouse, J & G, and DC’s very first Bliss Spa.