One day in Washington, DC isn’t nearly enough to sample all its many attractions. Luckily, there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs to rest up for a week’s worth of adventures, including family-friendly brands, luxury, modern boutiques and more. The DC area has a wide variety of places to stay, from budget-friendly hotels to boutique hotels and five-star, luxury-filled hotels.


Washington, D.C., has a plethora of welcoming hotels for people looking for various housing options, from boutique hotels in neighborhoods to grand, historic hotels near the halls of power. The city’s most famous lodgings include:

The Hay-Adams Hotel. Just across Lafayette Square from the White House, The Hay-Adams started as a residential hotel in the 1920s. It’s been a favorite of lobbyists, locals and well-dressed tourists.

Mandarin Oriental. The hotel offers five-star luxury in a scenic and convenient location. The hotel is also located near The Wharf in the Southwest Waterfront, the most exciting new development in the District.

Marriott Marquis. DC’s premier convention hotel is within walking distance of the National Mall, but its open lobby is a monument unto itself with its sweeping atrium and memorable statue.

The Mayflower Hotel. As one of the most historic hotels in Washington, D.C., The Mayflower Hotel has welcomed locals and visitors alike into its elegantly gilded hallways and gloriously appointed spaces for nearly a century.

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with splendor, and this luxury hotel in historic Georgetown only emphasizes that connection. A short walk will bring you to The Washington Harbor, one of the city’s best recreational spots right on the Potomac River.

Trump International Hotel. This Pennsylvania Avenue locale opened in 2016, occupying the former Old Post Office Pavilion. In fact, the lower level does feature access to the Old Post Office Tower, where you can take an elevator to the top for sweeping city vistas.

Watergate Hotel. This recently remodeled luxury hotel has quite a bit of history behind it. But we’d rather talk about its outstanding amenities, including the new Argentta Spa, which stretches 12,500 square feet and features stunning design touches, steam rooms, a whirlpool and a lounge.

Willard InterContinental Hotel. Though the building housing the Willard only dates to 1901, a hotel has been operating on site since 1850. Figures from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King Jr. stayed here in this historic location.

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Neighborhood Finds

Hidden away in every one of DC’s many neighborhoods is a boutique hotel that offers community flavor, both in its accommodations and its in-house restaurant or lounge. Washington’s boutique hotels offer a rare opportunity for visitors to settle in and live like a local.

Hotel Hive. DC’s first micro-hotel in Foggy Bottom is truly a wonder to behold. Innovation bursts from every nook and cranny of Hotel Hive, with rooms that provide all you need within 125-250-square-foot spaces.

Kimpton Rouge Hotel. Red is the color of passion, and the hotel took this to heart in its unique design. Styled with bold red colors throughout its decor, this Dupont Circle abode is ideal for a romantic getaway.

The Liaison Capital Hill. Opened in 2008, The Liaison offers a swanky rooftop pool deck and a stylish lobby. With its destination restaurant, overseen by Oprah’s former chef, it offers elegance in a popular neighborhood.

The LINE. Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood and housed in a 110-year-old church, the 220-room hotel offers visitors a mini library in their rooms that has been curated by the local bookstore, Idle Times Books.

Pod DC. Pod hotels do away with all the extravagance of a hotel stay, providing the necessary accommodations at an affordable, budget-friendly price. DC’s edition is in the heart of Chinatown.

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