The Best Hotels in Washington, D.C.

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As the nation’s capital, playing host to political, business and cultural leaders from the United States and abroad, Washington D.C. has a wide variety of luxurious accommodations. Although there are dozens of top-notch hotels within the District itself, as well as in the metropolitan areas of Virginia and Maryland, there are a few hotels in Washington D.C. that are known for their history, luxurious rooms and outstanding service.

Best hotels in Washington, D.C.

Best hotels in Washington, D.C.

The Hay-Adams

Located across the street from the White House, and known for hosting President Obama and his family in advance of his inauguration, the Hay-Adams has been welcoming social, political and business powerhouses since 1928. Named for the former assistant to President Lincoln (and former Secretary of State) John Hay and author Henry Adams, noted Washington developer Harry Wardman built the Hay-Adams on the site of the luxurious homes of these two social stalwarts. The 144 guest rooms feature a lavish decor, including marble bathrooms, carved plaster ceilings and custom Italian linens. Some rooms and suites feature fireplaces and balconies. Travel+Leisure magazine named the Hay-Adams to the “World’s 500 Best Hotels” list–the top choice among Washington, D.C. ranked hotels. The hotel is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World, the only hotel in Washington, D.C. to achieve this designation.

The Hay-Adams

16th and H Streets N.W.

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 638-6600

The Willard

The Willard Hotel, one of the centers of political and social life in Washington since 1818, has earned the nickname “the Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue.” Located one block from the White House, the hotel combines modern luxury with the charms of history. The Willard has hosted every U.S. president since Franklin Pierce, and is most famous for hosting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the night he wrote his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The hotel’s 335 guest rooms and 40 suites offer luxurious settings for the hotel guest. The Red Door Spa, noted French restaurant Cafe du Parc, a fully equipped fitness center, and around-the-clock concierge service round out the hotel’s top-notch offerings.

The Willard Intercontinental

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

Washington, DC 20004

(202) 628-9100

The Mandarin Oriental

Washington D.C.’s Mandarin Oriental hotel is the only luxury hotel located within steps of major monuments and museums. The Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin and the Smithsonian are within walking distance from the hotel. Its 347 guest rooms and 53 suites feature stylish decors and views of the monuments and the Washington waterfront. The hotel offers access to a special “lifestyle club” on certain floors of the hotel, ratcheting up the luxury experience with a special members-only lounge and dedicated concierge. The Mandarin Oriental’s spa features nearly 11,000 square feet of luxury, including eight treatment rooms, steam baths, hot and cold plunge pools, an ice fountain and a Zen relaxation area. The hotel’s restaurant–CityZen–and its head chef have earned accolades from the James Beard Foundation, The Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine. The restaurant has also earned AAA five-diamond ratings two years in a row.

Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.

1330 Maryland Ave. S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20024

(202) 554-8588


Matt Browning has been writing about health, science, food and travel since 1990. His career has spanned advocacy, medical communications and public relations and his stories have won awards from the Virginia Press Association. Browning earned a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from the University of Virginia.


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