1 . The Fairmont Washington D.C.

Washington, Virginia

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Our No. 1 D.C. pick may have been featured in the popular film Enemy of the State, but rest assured that only friends are made here. With impeccable service and lavish décor, it would be difficult for the regal 10-story Fairmont Washington D.C. to form any bond besides friendship.

Being in D.C.’s West End and adjacent to Georgetown, The Fairmont Washington D.C. has placed itself between the two worlds of style and history. Pulling off a blend of the two isn’t easy, but The Fairmont didn’t bat an eye. Most every inch of your guest room is draped in a rich gold and accented by deep red bolsters or plush couches. Before touring the streets lined with international embassies, turn to the outdoor courtyard garden. A tiered, Victorian-esque fountain trickles water as you stroll through walkways lined with potted flowers and flourishing green foliage. A tranquil escape of a different kind lies within The Fairmont Health Club. One of the largest and most comprehensive health clubs in D.C., The Fairmont’s recent renovation has brought about state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a kinesis room and selectorized free weights. Forgot your workout clothes? No problem, The Fairmont has extra shorts, t-shirts and socks available!

Related activities

Forego fast food chains on your D.C. trip and dine at The Fairmont’s Juniper or The Colonnade restaurants. Fresh American comfort food awaits at Juniper while the acclaimed Colonnade champagne brunch puts your Sunday off to a good start.

Related Onsite Offerings

Indulge in the height of D.C. luxury on the ninth floor of The Fairmont. Guests of Fairmont Gold status receive private check-in, personalized service, complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’ oeuvres and more.

Getting there

From the Baltimore Washington International Airport, take Route 195 to Route 95 South. Travel on 495 West toward Silver Spring, which will place you on Capital Beltway. Take Exit 33 for Connecticut Avenue and continue for approximately six miles. Make a right turn onto M Street. After about eight blocks, turn right onto 24th Street NW. The Fairmont Washington D.C. will be on your left.

2 . Four Seasons Washington D.C.

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 342 - 0444

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Discerning travelers will recognize our No. 2 pick’s posh address and can only imagine the luxury that comes with the name. Besides connecting the prestigious White House and United States Capitol, Pennsylvania Avenue sports one other significant landmark: Four Seasons Washington D.C.

The Four Seasons takes the concept of luxury seriously with its acquisition of original art from the 2,000 piece collection of William Louis-Dreyfus. If the pastoral or intricate beauty of these diverse works doesn’t spark your interest, we’re fairly certain your French limestone or marble bathroom may elicit an “oooo” or “ahhhh.” And since tastes vary about the style of guest rooms as much as about artwork, Four Seasons has provided two wings to choose from. Awaken your sophisticated senses with an East Wing Parisian-styled suite or relish in your chick West Wing guest room adorned in brocaded silk and modern art. For those visiting the southeastern metropolis for business, Four Seasons offers specific services, including translation, interpretation and a 24-hour business center, to ensure a smooth endeavor. Parents toting tots will appreciate thoughtful child amenities like complimentary toiletries, child-size bathrobes, children’s menus at restaurants and more.

Related activities

Brush up on your breaststroke and reserve a lane in Four Seasons’ lap pool beneath a vaulted ceiling and skylight.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hypo-allergenic bedding and pillows on request, in-room safe, iPod docking station, terry bathrobes, Internet access, all news cable networks, daily newspaper and more.

Address

2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

3 . The Hay-Adams Hotel

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 638 - 6600

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There are few words that could describe the classic grandeur of our No. 3 D.C. pick, but being writers, we’re wont to try. As you pull up to the impressive brick building, a soft light bathes the four pillared-entry way in gold. Cherry wood doors open to Romanesque archways and candelabra chandeliers.

The Hay-Adams not only has a reputation for unparalleled class, but also for its proximity to the White House. With the President’s house across the street, Hay-Adams has big shoes to fill. Luckily, more than 100 years of history help this hotel remain the revered landmark it is today. Originally an 1884 Romanesque home, then the Brazilian Embassy and finally an Italian-Renaissance apartment-hotel until it underwent major refurbishment in 2001, Hay-Adams not only offers distinct accommodations, but also a distinct D.C. experience. In fact, our favorite feature of Hay-Adams’s guest rooms – besides the European linens, marble bathrooms and brass fixtures – are the stunning views of the White House from the balcony. Hay-Adams also offers welcome words in the form of a post-work aperitif: Off the Record. This award-winning hotel bar and its bartender, John Boswell, create a relaxed ambiance for Washington workers and visitors alike.

Related Onsite Offerings

In your Hay-Adams accommodations you’ll find a refreshment center, portable hair dryer, goose down duvet and pillows, custom Italian bath towels, makeup mirror, Bose CD music system with CD’s and more.

Highlights

Besides views of the White House, Hay-Adams rooms look out over other historic D.C. landmarks such as St. John Church and Lafayette Park.

Related activities

Don’t want to miss a thing while touring the U.S. capital city? Hay-Adams offers a Leading Culture Package that includes a two hour evening tour of famous monuments and White House chocolates to enjoy in the comfort of your room, plus a full American breakfast for two the next morning.

4 . Hotel Monaco

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 628 - 7177

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If you were the letter Elvis Presley sadly sang had to “return to sender,” we are certain you wouldn’t mind getting sent back, especially if that address was to our No. 4 Washington D.C. Hotel. Formerly the D.C. post office, Hotel Monaco is emerging as a moniker for chic and eclectic D.C. hotels.

Cream pillars reminiscent of the Jefferson Monument greet guests at Hotel Monaco’s entrance. Despite its classy façade, inside is a world where antique elegance and vibrant contemporary style meet – and pleasantly coincide. In the lobby, lime green walls encase angular red velvet couches, a roaring fireplace and the bust of an important-looking forefather. Patterned walls and curtains subtly tie in the bright orange pillows, purple bed shirts and buttercup colored walls of your Hotel Monaco suite. At the end of a busy day sightseeing, put up your feet in Hotel Monaco’s cozy library or return to your suite to visit your goldfish. Yes, that’s right. For those traveling solo, Hotel Monaco provides a gilled companion to enjoy the luxury with!

Related Onsite Offerings

Personalized wake-up call with the weather report, complimentary evening wine hour, in-room safety deposit box that fits a laptop, 5-disk CD players, DVD player, Nintendo, 24-hour room service and more.

Fun facts

Hotel Monaco doesn’t just welcome fins and scales. Its pet-friendly policy extends to your furry four-legged family member, as well!

Getting there

From the East, follow Route 50 West until it becomes New York Avenue. Continue on New York Avenue until 9th Street NW. Continue on 9th Street NW and turn left onto F Street. Hotel Monaco is one block up on the right.

5 . Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

Washington,

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Soft jewel toned purple, red and navy throw pillows rest on the plush mattress and rose-hued chaise lounge. Vases of delicate fuchsia and ivory flower blossoms grace the corners of the spacious bedroom and outside the sunlight glitters on the surface of the Potomac River.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. creates a seamless world that honors its capital location and Asian-influenced design. If the Tai Pan Club Premium Water View suite above doesn’t inspire the Zen of Eastern culture, we’re certain that The Spa at Mandarin Oriental may change that. Specialists in Chinese medicine help you begin your journey in holistic healing with purifying body scrubs and rejuvenating massages. Exfoliate and hydrate with an Ocean and Earth Body Wrap. Leave time for the refreshing Ice Fountain to cool the body’s temperature afterwards. If you’ve toured all the museums and monuments to your heart’s content, the 18-hole East Potomac Golf Course is five minutes from Mandarin Oriental. Or, stay onsite and swim laps beneath a ceiling covered in artwork and take a private yoga class. End the day sampling Empress Lounge’s delicious cocktails before returning to the lavish beauty of your Presidential Suite, complete with two balconies and grand piano.

Related activities

For a meal as equally pleasing to the senses as Mandarin Oriental’s interior design, the onsite CityZen restaurant puts a twist on American cuisine to create an entirely unique dining experience. For a more traditional meal, Sou’Wester serves comfort food al fresco beside the water.

Fun facts

Mandarin Oriental devotes 2,000 sq. ft. to an exquisite gallery showcasing pieces in arrangement with the Smithsonian Institution.

Address

1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

6 . Omni Shoreham Hotel

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 234 - 0700

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The one obstacle a weary traveler may run up against when touring Washington D.C. is finding a patch of peace. With America’s Main Street connecting the two most important buildings in the U.S. and lined with important sites such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum, seclusion is hard to come by.

Fortunately, our No. 6 pick has isolated itself on 11 acres of the scenic Rock Creek Park. While Omni Shoreham Hotel has chosen this alternative to high-rise buildings and buzzing traffic, it is still steps from D.C. sights, such as the National Zoo. The Omni Shoreham has played host to sumptuous affairs such as regal galas and inaugural balls since the 1930s, and glancing up at the high ceilings with shimmering chandeliers it’s not difficult to understand why. Now it plays host to your stay in the bustling District of Columbia! Its pastoral setting plays throughout the hotel. Lounge in the pool surrounded by fragrant garden greenery or lace up your sneakers and jog on Rock Creek Park’s trails. And the four-diamond rating is easily spotted in your luxurious Omni guest room with touches like overstuffed chairs, balconies overlooking the Woodley Park neighborhood and fireplaces to name a few.

Related Onsite Offerings

Plus bathrobes, marble bathrooms, complimentary USA Today delivered to your room, coffeemaker, windows that open, extra pillows and blankets, cable TV, high speed wireless Internet and more.

Related activities

You don’t have to travel far to satisfy your tourist’s appetite. Robert’s Restaurant, Morsels coffee bar and the Marquee Bar and Lounge on site are a delectable addition to every itinerary.

Address

2500 Calvert St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

7 . The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 835 - 0500

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With indulgent luxury, impeccable service and exquisite décor, our No. 7 pick represents a truly spectacular trifecta of Washington D.C. hotel accommodations. And though they may be products of the hotel itself, even The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s vacation packages were designed with the people in mind!

The aptly-named For the People Package breathes life into every Washington D.C. vacation. This delightful offering includes access to some of the capitol’s most inspiring sights and attractions – in addition to a night in the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s luxury accommodations. When shopaholics first page through the included Insider Guide, they’ll be sorely tempted to drop off their luggage and make for National Mall – only to be seriously disappointed. This museum-heavy attraction showcases the finest in international art, not fashion! Even James Bond fanatics will find their fix at the International Spy Museum – but first, they’ll need to be properly attired. Slip on a tuxedo, slick back your hair and fasten on a pair of cufflinks for that debonair flourish that made Mr. Bond and likeminded secret agents famous. And in the event your undercover adventure keeps you out until the early morning, a scrumptious breakfast in the Lobby Café and late check out privileges will have you back in top form faster than you can say, “Goldeneye!”

Address

1150 22nd St., Washington, DC 20037

Highlights

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is home to two exceptional dining experiences, including Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert.

Related Onsite Offerings

Accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown include the Ritz-Carlton Suites, Presidential Suites, Club Presidential Suites, Club One Bedroom Suites, Club Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Rooms.

8 . The St. Regis Washington D.C.

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 638 - 2626

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Opened in 1926 under the Carlton Hotel name, our No. 8 pick was designed to exemplify – and ultimately surpass – the finest in European hotel hospitality. Though The St. Regis Washington D.C. has played host to visiting dignitaries and other royalty in its days, its opulent luxury and indulgent service is equally suited to travelers with discerning tastes.

Washington D.C. is a place where history doesn’t just happen – it’s made. With its original Palladian windows, Italian Renaissance chandeliers and other 20th-century touches, a stay at The St. Regis Washington D.C. hotel is a step into living history. Richly-textured fabrics (think plush velvets and intricately-patterned brocades) accented with punches of purple and other royal hues only add to the already charming ambiance of the St. Regis guestrooms and suites. From the lobby to the dining room, the entire hotel is dressed in a style of décor so beautifully executed that it’s hard to tell where the historic ends and the contemporary begins! The St. Regis Washington D.C. is home its share of stylish venues, several of which have been put into service for inaugural banquets and equally upscale social occasions. For more intimate occasions – a proposal, perhaps? – try a moonlit tour of the nation’s capitol.

Address

923 16th and K Streets, Washington, DC 20006

Fun facts

Since President Coolidge cut the ceremonial grand opening ribbon, every American president has visited The St. Regis Washington D.C.

Related Onsite Offerings

The St. Regis’ signature restaurant, Adour, is located adjacent to the lobby and is open for breakfast and dinner. An à la carte menu is also available in the privacy of your St. Regis guestroom or suite.

9 . Willard InterContinental Washington

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 628 - 9100

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As you gaze up the columned grandeur of the White House, you wonder how you’ll ever find a reason to turn your gaze from its pearly white façade – until an equally stunning historic-looking landmark two blocks down catches your eye, that is.

You frantically page through your Washington D.C. guidebook and search – alas, in vain – for the name of the ornate beauty that sits before you. By now you’re ready to give up on what, for all appearances, seems a fruitless quest. In one last desperate attempt to solve this D.C. riddle, you stroll past the gilded building and do a double take. Why, this exquisite structure isn’t a landmark at all – it’s actually our No. 9 pick, the Willard InterContinental Washington. In your defense, this particular hotel has been part of the Washington D.C. skyline for so long that it’s become of the city’s most recognizable sights! Toss in its dual role as a hotel, however, and the Willard InterContinental Washington does hold one advantage over its more famous neighbors: you can actually stay inside of its historic splendor! The Thomas Jefferson Suite is easily the hotel’s most luxurious accommodation, with its regal red and gold color scheme and 18th-century designs. And the Willard InterContinental is even home to an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, which holds court on the hotel’s second floor.

Address

1401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20004

Related Onsite Offerings

Willard InterContinental Washington also offers 24-hour private dining, laundry services, a business center, fitness center and more wireless Internet.

Fun facts

Select suites at the Willard InterContinental Washington are named for past U.S. presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln.

10 . The Hotel George

Washington,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (202) 347 - 4200

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Close to the comings and goings of Capitol Hill, our No. 10 spot serves as your doorstep to the quintessential Washington D.C. experience. Named for the first U.S. president and a shining example of today’s contemporary hotels, The Hotel George represents a beautiful union of U.S. history with urban luxury.

Despite its considerable age – its doors first opened way back in 1929 – The Hotel George is modern in every sense of the word. Equally suited to business and leisure travelers, the George’s luxurious rooms feature black-lined marble baths (because some things don’t need improving) and granite-topped executive desks that even a president would be proud to sit before. These Washington D.C. suites also include plasma TVs, for keeping you in touch with the capitol buzz around the clock, of course. And scattered throughout the hotel, neoclassical touches and tongue-in-cheek art like oversized dollar bills pay tribute to the hotel’s namesake, George Washington himself. Choosing a hotel within walking distance to Washington D.C.’s most coveted attractions has its perks. If you find yourself inspired by The Hotel George’s name, a short stroll finds you at the Smithsonian Museum, where reliving some of the hotel namesake’s more memorable moments is easily achieved. Just a short distance further, Washington D.C. first-timers can feast their eyes on the presidential palace – and maybe even catch a glimpse of its current residents!

Address

15 E. Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Highlights

The Hotel George’s innovative event facilities, state-of-the-art technology and highly personalized service make it a winning choice for Washington D.C. meetings and events.

Related Onsite Offerings

Save time for a revitalizing hot stone massage or aroma journey, just two offerings from the Kimpton In-Room Spa Experience.

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