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When I think of Washington, D.C., I think of stuffy suites and crowded monuments. I know that there’s so much more to the city than that. There are high-end hotels, great restaurants, hipster coffee shops, and gorgeous boutiques.
It’s a city that I feel like I need to give another chance. I want to head back and explore it like a local. I want to avoid the tourist traps and find all the best places to see cherry blossoms and enjoy sunny picnics.
It all starts with the perfect hotel.
History and Elegance
The Henley Park Hotel is a beautifully restored old building. Back in the early 20th century, it was home to congressmen and senators. Now it’s updated and chic. There’s a cute afternoon tea service, an on-site hotel, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. It’s also located right near Chinatown, Capitol Hill, and three metro stations, making it really easy to get around and explore the rest of the city.
Clean and Modern
Staying in chain hotels always ensures a certain standard, and you definitely get that at the Hyatt Regency Washington D.C. The rooms are big and full of natural light, and the beds are plush and comfortable. There’s a great fitness center and nice covered rooftop pool. It’s about as close as you can get to the White House without an invitation. There’s a metro stop nearby and a restaurant on site if you don’t feel like venturing out.
Luxury in Georgetown
I think that of all the places in D.C. that I’m most looking forward to exploring, Georgetown definitely tops the list. The Ritz Carlton, Washington, D.C., is right in the center of this neighborhood and is one of the most luxurious hotels on this list. There’s a spa, bar, and restaurant on the premises, and the rooms are designed for utmost comfort and relaxation. If you really want to splurge, get a suite with a view and you might never want to leave.
Pure Class in Foggy Bottom
Located in one of the city’s most historical neighborhoods, W Washington D.C. is a definite splurge. With rooms hovering around $500 a night, you’ll enjoy everything from the rooftop terrace with views of the city to the bar and two restaurants. There’s a fitness center, an outdoor patio with drinks service, and a concierge who will fulfill any other wishes that aren’t already on the menu.
Escape From the City
If you want to enjoy all that there is to see and do in Washington, D.C., and then come back to a secluded paradise, the Omni Shoreham Hotel is exactly the place for you. The grounds are perfectly green and there’s an outdoor pool, spa services, and a health club to keep your fitness regime in check. You have all of this while still being only a short walk to the Smithsonian, the zoo, and a metro station.
There are so many things to love about these hotels that it’s going to be hard to choose just one!