While Washington D.C. might be known for its neoclassical monuments and buildings, a plethora of museums, and unmatched history and artifacts, there’s nothing quite like heading back to a comfortable room after a day of exploration. With endless hotel options in Washington D.C., picking the ideal one for your stay can be an overwhelming process.
To get you started, we’ve chosen 15 of some of the best hotels in Washington D.C. These hotels have it all – from location to impeccable services and fantastic amenities.
1. The LINE Hotel D.C.
This unique boutique hotel is housed inside a 110-year old historic church. Rooms within the hotel contain various pieces of artwork and photography from local, female artists, and have sweeping views of the nation’s capital. There’s also a curated micro-library and modern media hub. The hotel houses three restaurants and two bars – including one that serves delicious, innovative cocktails.
Location: Situated in the heart of Adams Morgan – one of Washington D.C.’s most diverse neighborhoods. Dupont Circle Metro and Columbia Heights metro station are just a short distance away. The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is right around the corner.
2. Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington D.C.
Make your Washington D.C. stay an extraordinary one at the Sofitel Lafayette Square. Each room is adorned with exquisite furnishings and vibrant artwork. The gorgeous marble bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower and a separate bathtub. Dine at Opaline Bar and Brasserie for French cuisine with a twist, or grab a drink at Opaline Bar. The hotel also has a fitness center and in-room spa services for those that want to unwind with a massage.
Location: Centrally located, the hotel is situated in the heart of D.C. at the corner of Lafayette Square, close to the White House. There’s plenty within walking distance – from Chinatown to The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
3. Viceroy Washington D.C.
Step into this modern, artful hotel, and you’ll feel transported into a world of creativity. Rooms are bigger than most, providing you with your very own marble bathroom and Bluetooth speaker. Take a dip in the seasonal rooftop pool before heading back for an in-room spa treatment. Gather with friends at Dovetail to share some American small plates, or head to Hush Rooftop Bar to admire the views with a glass of wine.
Location: The hotel is close to the Dupont and Logan circles, U Street, the Convention Centre, the White House, and the Washington Monument. If you want to explore the rest of the city, the metro station is also just a ten-minute walk away.
4. The Watergate Hotel Georgetown
Luxurious accommodation awaits at The Watergate Hotel. Rooms are spacious, with lavish finishes, sleek furnishings, and plush bedding. You’ll get striking views of the Potomac River from your private balcony. Enjoy a high-end, curated selection of scotch at The Next Whisky Bar, or sip on some tea at the classic afternoon tea experience. The hotel also has a spa and indoor pool for the ultimate indulgence.
Location: Situated along the banks of the Potomac River, the Renwick Gallery and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are just a short distance away. The hotel is also close to both the National Geographic Museum and Madame Tussauds.
5. Riggs Washington D.C.
This unique hotel is located in the historic former Riggs National Bank and pays homage to the building’s legacy. Each of the rooms is different and offers something unexpected, along with views of the Penn Quarter. Order a delicious cocktail at Silver Lyan or dine at Café Riggs, which serves contemporary cuisine all day. You’ll get complimentary tea and coffee every morning along with access to The Gym at Riggs; this is open 24-hours and boasts state-of-the-art equipment, including Peloton bikes.
Location: Situated in the Penn Quarter just minute away from Gallery Place – Chinatown Metro Station. The hotel is also within walking distance of the Newseum, National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
6. The St. Regis Washington D.C.
Experience the epitome of luxury at The St. Regis Washington D.C. Nestled within the city’s famed downtown district, rooms are gorgeously appointed with plush mattresses, modern amenities, and bespoke accents. Indulge in a suite for an experience unlike any other with the St. Regis butler service. A delicious afternoon tea awaits at the St. Regis Bar, or feast on a delectable Sunday brunch at Alhambra.
Location: Located in the downtown district, the hotel is two blocks away from the White House and close to the monuments and museums of the National Mall. The Capital One Arena and George Washington University are also nearby.
7. Conrad Washington D.C.
Stay in a contemporary urban oasis with personalized service and stunning rooms. Rooms and Suites have natural décor with picturesque views of the District below. Elevate your experience with exclusive access to the Sakura Club – a place of relaxation and international gourmet dining. Work up a sweat at the fitness center or head to the Estuary restaurant for a weekend brunch. The Summit is also a great spot to sip on a cocktail while admiring the views.
Location: The hotel is located in the heart of the District, with the White House just a few blocks away. There’s also the National Mall, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, American Museum of Art, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
8. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.
Right in D.C.’s Penn Quarter is the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. This modernized hotel has the perfect blend of old and new, with grand period architecture, soaring ceilings, and residential-style guestrooms. Each room features soaking tubs and tall windows in a bold yet playful style. Head to the fitness center for a workout or mingle at the hotel’s hosted evening wine hour. As the day draws to a close, dine at Dirty Habit for a fusion of classical French cuisine with a South Korean touch.
Location: In D.C.’s Penn Quarter, the hotel is near to a trove of experiences – from Capital One Arena to the Smithsonian Museums, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, National Portrait Gallery, and more.
9. JW Marriott Washington D.C.
Stay at the JW Marriott, and you’ll be rewarded with award-winning service and an unparalleled location. Rooms have a modern aesthetic, with some providing spectacular views of the city. Upgrade to the Executive Lounge for exclusive amenities or head to the Avenue Grill restaurant for a hearty meal. There’s also the 1331 Lounge that’s perfect for unwinding at after a day of exploring the city.
Location: Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, the hotel is within walking distance of the White House, the National Mall, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Geographic Museum.
10. W Washington D.C.
Live it up at the W Washington D.C. with its newly renovated rooms and supreme location. Rooms are bright, bold, and inviting, with 24-hour in-room dining and massages. Upgrade to the WOW Suite to enjoy incredible views of the White House and the Washington Monument. Spend your afternoon at the rooftop lounge or dine on wood-fired eats at Cherry. Take time to pamper yourself with relaxing massages and treatments at Bliss Spa, which also has a legendary brownie buffet.
Location: Steps from Metro Center Station and exceptionally close to the White House. Ford’s Theatre and Washington Monument are nearby, along with Smithsonian museums at the National Mall.
11. Four Seasons Washington D.C.
Transport yourself to a resort-like oasis at the Four Seasons Washington D.C. with its private fitness club and spa, along with luxuriously decorated rooms. Stay at the Georgetown Suite with Terrace for your private terrace area that boasts a lounge and dining set. Experience unforgettable dining at Bourbon Steak, or try something new at Eno Wine Bar. Swim at the indoor lap pool, work out at the 24-hour fitness center, and enjoy the steam room and sauna facilities.
Location: Situated in the Georgetown Area, the hotel is near the Foggy Bottom Metro Station, with access to plenty of high-end boutiques and views of the skyline. Nearby are the Potomac River, Kennedy Centre, and Georgetown University.
12. The Hay – Adams
Stay in a room overlooking the White House or Lafayette Park at The Hay – Adams. Originally built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, it’s now one of the most historic and luxurious hotels in D.C. Rooms have elegant furnishings and timeless décor, along with suites that are both roomy and inviting. Grab a drink at Off the Record or enjoy upscale contemporary American cuisine at The Lafayette.
Location: The hotel is near the National Mall, the White House, and countless other museums. Farragut Square and Lafayette Square are also just a short walk away.
13. The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
The Melrose Georgetown Hotel is voted as one of the top hotels in D.C. is. Defined by its distinct service and creative culinary experiences, a stay at this hotel is unlike any other. Rooms have a vibrant and contemporary décor, with chic spaces that exude extraordinary luxury. Indulge in a gastronomic adventure at the Jardenea Restaurant or order a hand-crafted cocktail at the Jardenea Lounge.
Location: Situated near Georgetown, the hotel is close to monuments and memorials, George Washington and Georgetown University, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
14. Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.
Immerse yourself in D.C. by staying at the Mandarin Oriental. Rooms have recently been refreshed and offer five-star luxury. Rooms come with elegant furnishings, and some have waterfront views and spa-like bathrooms. There are plenty of dining options at the hotel – from Mini Sushi Bar to Amity & Commerce, an American bistro and bar. Enjoy a zen-like experience at the spa with vitality pools, a crystal steam room, and even a color experience shower.
Location: Located in downtown Washington D.C., the hotel is close to L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. All national monuments are within walking distance, and it’s close to the new District Wharf neighborhood.
15. The Jefferson Hotel
Voted by Travel + Leisure as D.C.’s best hotel, you’ll love staying at this hotel and immersing yourself in the Jefferson experience. Rooms come with modern touches and commanding views of the city. Have some complimentary muffins and coffee in the morning before setting out to explore the city, or dine on room service from the comfort of your room with food prepared by the Michelin-starred kitchen. The spa and fitness center is a great place to unwind, and you can get a workout in before retreating to your room for a great night’s sleep.
Location: The hotel is in the heart of Washington D.C. Dupont Circle is just a short distance away, along with the White House and the Washington National Monument. There’s also the Warner Theatre, Renwick Gallery, and Ford’s Theatre.