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January 3, 2007updated Nov 15, 2017

The 9 Best Hotels in Washington, DC

By Zahra Al-Kateb

W Washington DC

Whether you want a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare, choose from our stunning selection


Courtyard the Fairmont Washington DC

Adjacent to historic Georgetown in Washington’s fashionable West End, the Fairmont Washington, DC emulates capital style.

The hotel is known for its charming service and beautiful space, offering 415 capacious rooms and suites, a fully-equipped fitness center, and a serene courtyard garden for Elite Travelers to enjoy. Check in to the Fairmont Gold floor for an exclusive experience and enjoy personalized services and access to a private lounge complete with complimentary breakfast and evening hors d’oeurvres.



fairmont colonnade brunch

Why we love it: The Lexus Hybrid Living Suite features an environmentally-friendly theme and decor embodied in the suite’s bamboo flooring and the two reclaimed birch trees residing in the living room. The grand master bedroom, separate living and dining areas and massive marble bathroom mean the suite is as capacious as the great outdoors; however, with luxurious bedding, individually-controlled heating and modern amenities, guests are never far from total comfort. Special amenities in the Lexus Hybrid Living Suite include daily breakfast and nightly fondue, complimentary Health Club access and an exclusive driver service. Additionally, guests of the suite receive complete use of a Lexus Hybrid Living vehicle for the duration of their stay.


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  • Square footage: 1,800
  • Nightly rate: $4,000

George Terpilowski, General Manager

+1 202 457 5092

2401 M Street, North West, Washington, DC 20037


Lobby Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

A stone’s throw away from the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument, Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC maintains a metropolitan vibe inside and out.

With 347 capacious rooms and 53 positively decadent suites, the hotel’s accommodation is spacious and sleek, equipped with advanced technology and entertainment and exceptional views of some of the city’s most important landmarks. A five-diamond restaurant and four-star spa are among the top-notch amenities Mandarin Oriental offers. Make your stay extra-special by joining the Tai Pan Club and receive exclusive access to private lounges and VIP services.



The Presidential Suite Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

Why we love it: With a glorious panorama of the iconic Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, the view from the Presidential Suite’s Juliet balcony is matched by the sumptuous beauty inside: soaring 24-foot ceilings, lush verdant earth tones and deluxe furnishings, including a marble vestibule and grand piano. With three luxurious bedrooms, a sleek dining room and several spacious seating areas, the Presidential Suite embodies capital glamour, indoors and out. Amenities of the Presidential Suite include giant flat-screen TVs, 24-hour in-suite dining, an exercise area with a treadmill and an infinity-edge SPK bathtub. Guests can also request a chauffeured Mercedes as their choice mode of transport for cruising around the capital.




  • Square footage: 3,500
  • Nightly rate: $10,000

Amanda Hyndman, General Manager

+1 202 554 8588

1330 Maryland Avenue, South West, Washington, DC 20024


Fahrenheit Ritz Carlton Georgetown

Situated prominently in the heart of Georgetown, the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown offers a unique experience for the guest seeking exclusivity.

Originally erected as an incinerator, the site has since evolved into a hotel famous for its warmth and gracious hospitality, though it never strays too far from its roots: guests are invited to dine in Fahrenheit, sip cocktails in Degrees, and attend meetings and intimate gatherings in the Chimney Stack and Brickyard Rooms. With its intimate accommodations and luxurious facilities, the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is as warm and inviting as its glowing fireplace.



Lobby Ritz Carlton Georgetown

Why we love it: The Royal Potomac Suite is the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s most luxurious suite, and has welcomed everyone from acclaimed dignitaries and heads of state to famous actors and musicians. The suite’s lavish living room features wrap-around windows, grand fireplaces and fantastic views, while its limestone and slate bathrooms are fitted with luxurious stand-alone showers and soaking tubs. Although the floor plan is spacious on its own, guests can add a second bedroom to accommodate more people if needed. In the Royal Potomac Suite, guests also enjoy Bulgari toiletries, deluxe entertainment systems, plush feather duvets and high-speed wireless internet access.




  • Square footage: 3,000
  • Nightly rate: $6,000

Grant Dipman, General Manager

+1 202 912 4100

3100 South Street, North West, Washington, DC 20007


Greenhouse gates the Jefferson

The Jefferson has long been considered Washington’s most discerning hotel and regularly caters to the world’s Elite Travelers.

Located in one of the city’s most prestigious areas, the hotel features 99 guest rooms and suites with a lavish European decor and extraordinary furnishings.As part of the Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel collection, the Jefferson boasts numerous accolades, including awards for its top suites and renowned restaurant, Plume.



Why we love it: The Thomas Jefferson Suite is a newly redesigned suite situated on the hotel’s top floor with a layout that includes a master bedroom and bath, grand salon, formal dining room, daytime sitting room, kitchen, study and guest powder room. Guests can recharge in the king size four-poster canopy bed, refresh themselves in a massaging shower and enjoy spectacular views of the Washington Monument and White House from one of the suite’s five Juliet balconies. Special amenities in the Thomas Jefferson Suite include custom Red Flower™ toiletries, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles and games, iPod docking stations and an in-suite exercise bike, as well as access to a round-the-clock butler service and complimentary transport in a luxury European sedan.




  • Square footage: 1,900
  • Nightly rate: $4,800

Franck Arnold, Managing Director

+1 202 448 3201

1200 16th Street North West, Washington, DC 20036


W Washington DC

With its neo-romantic decor, W Washington, DC ushers in a new age of modern hotel glamour in its reimagination of the historic Hotel Washington.

Acclaimed designer Dianna Wong’s infusion of bright colors in each of the hotel’s 317 guestrooms evokes a sense of contemporary design while still managing to preserve the building’s original Beaux Arts architecture. Its signature spa, exclusive catering menu and claim to fame as the closest hotel to the White House make W the perfect place to stay during a visit to DC.



Why we love it: The 10th-floor Extreme WOW Suite provides astonishing views of DC’s top sites from its grand foyer, luxe living room, sleek dining room and deluxe master bedroom and bath. Guests are treated to a wealth of inspired artworks, including a virtual fireplace that screens video art and a gorgeous Sherin Guirguis foyer piece, as well as an array of luxurious furnishings such as camel leather coffee tables, white crocodile upholstered sled lounges and black mohair armchairs. The Extreme WOW Suite features Bliss™ toiletries, a fully-equipped media system, a wet bar, two giant flat-screen televisions and a Signature W Cocktail Caddy. W’s “whatever and whenever” policy means that guests’ needs are always attended to immediately, at any time and any place.




  • Square footage: 1,200
  • Nightly rate: $10,000

Ed Baten, General Manager

+1 202 661 2422

515 15th Street, North West, Washington, DC 20004


The Presidential Foyer at the St. Regis washington , dc

Located just two blocks north of the White House, the St. Regis Washington, DC is the hotel of choice for royalty, presidents and prime ministers in the nation’s capital.

Following an extensive renovation in 2008, the legendary St. Regis presents an unrivaled standard of luxury in DC, offering spacious accommodations and exclusive services. With 182 decadent guestrooms and suites, as well as an award-winning restaurant, it is the place to stay.



Why we love it: Decorated by renowned interior design company Sills Huniford, the Presidential Suite is the St. Regis’s largest and most lavishly appointed room. Featuring an enormous sitting room with a mantle fireplace, a master bedroom with a library and two full bathrooms, and capacious dining room and butler kitchen, the Presidential Suite sets a new standard for opulence in DC. Guests of the suite enjoy plush designer linens, Remède™ bath amenities, a full valet service and state-of-the-art appliances in the butler pantry, as well as the 24-hour Signature St. Regis butler service.




  • Square footage: 2,500
  • Nightly rate: $12,000

Laura Schofield, General Manager

+1 202 879 6959

923 16th and K Streets, North West, Washington, DC 20006


The Royal Suite Four Seasons

The Four Seasons hotel in Washington, DC is famed for being the capital’s only AAA five-diamond and Forbes five-star hotel.

Recent renovations have seen many of the hotel’s 222 elegant guestrooms enlarged and redecorated to match the size and glamour of its 12,500 square-foot resort-style fitness club and spa and 13,500 square feet of meeting space. Spacious and luxurious, Four Seasons is the perfect locale for anything from a relaxing night’s stay to a lavish wedding reception.



Why we love it: At 4,000 square feet, the Royal Suite is the capital’s largest and most exclusive accommodation. Among its exquisitely designed rooms are a giant foyer with a galaxy of Swarovski crystals on the ceiling, a lavish living area boasting iridescent shell and rich wood details and a 1,000 square-foot furnished terrace that features a softly-lit outdoor dining area. Additionally, the Royal Suite includes exclusive services of a personalized concierge, chef and a security officer.




  • Square footage: 4,000
  • Nightly rate: $15,000

Christian Clerc, General Manager

+1 202 944 2004

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, North West, Washington, DC 20007


With stunning views of Lafayette Park and the White House, a visit to the Hay-Adams is a truly first-class experience.

The luxury boutique hotel offers 145 rooms and 21 luxury suites that feature distinctive views, sumptuous decorations and top-notch services to suit the most discerning of travelers. Moments away from DC’s top attractions, the Hay-Adams is the perfect destination for those traveling for leisure and business alike.



Why we love it: The remarkable Federal Suite boasts breathtaking views from each of its luxuriously appointed rooms, including the expansive living room’s panoramic view of St. John’s Church and Lafayette Park and the master bedroom’s French balcony view of the White House. The suite features original decorative ceilings and ornamental fireplaces interspersed with modern amenities and the latest technology to create a space perfect for the Elite Traveler. Special amenities include Etro™ bath toiletries, high-speed Wi-Fi and a complimentary morning town car service.




  • Square footage: 1,400
  • Nightly rate: $6,000

Hans Bruland, General Manager

+1 202 638 6600

16th and H Streets, North West, Washington, DC 20006


Lobby , the Willard Inter Continental washington

The Willard InterContinental Washington, often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue,” has been an important social and political hub since its opening in 1818.

With a unique blend of historic charm and contemporary luxury, the Willard offers incredible hospitality that is revered globally. The hotel’s elegant accommodations, exceptional dining and exclusive services are all maintained at an enviably high standard, making a visit to the Willard a truly impressive experience.



Why we love it: Frequented by visiting heads of state and other important dignitaries, the Thomas Jefferson Suite is the stateliest room at the Willard InterContinental. The suite is designed in an 18th-century décor that features an expansive dining room, dramatic foyer, dual parlorliving room and magnificent master bedroom with a sitting area and two bathrooms. Breathtaking views of the US Capitol, magnificent furnishings and special amenities that include daily turn-downs, high-speed internet access, individual climate control, lush bath robes and iPod docks make this spacious suite a truly first-rate space.




  • Square footage: 2,800
  • Nightly rate: $4,200

Jim Veil, General Manager

+1 202 637 7302

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, North West, Washington, DC 20004

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