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D.C.’s quirkiest hotel amenities, from a communal dog to secret rooms

Strange, but appealing too!

Living the life, hotel-style, can be exhilarating with sky-high views, plush robes, and little soaps worth snatching. In Washington, D.C., there are some hotels that go even further, offering head-scratching amenities that aren’t seen anywhere else—and probably for good reason, too.

Below, Curbed DC has listed in no particular order some of the oddest amenities found in the nation’s capital, from a goldfish roommate to a radio station to “sensory experiences.”


The LINE DC’s radio station

1770 Euclid Street NW

This recently opened hotel offers a creative space, known as Full Service Radio, which features over 30 local hosts with 24/7 online and in-room streaming. Behind this new venture is record producer, audio engineer, and disc jockey Jack Inslee, who previously launched Heritage Radio Network.

The LINE DC, itself, is also pretty notable architecturally, being located in a the redeveloped circa 1912-constructed First Church of Christ, Scientist.


The Jefferson Hotel’s communal dog

1200 16th Street NW

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Meet Lord Monticello, otherwise known as Monti. Since January 2014, this friendly pup has both lived and worked in The Jefferson Hotel, offering a helping paw to whoever needs some love from a beagle. Guests are also able to bring their own canine to play with Monti at the dog-friendly hotel. Amenities offered here include dog beds, bowls, and treats.


The Mansion on O Street’s secret rooms

2020 O Street NW

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There are quite a few random, eccentric knick knacks in this hotel, from Beatles and John Lennon memorabilia to a signed Bob Dylan guitar to thousands of books with nearly everything for sale. Part of the fun of this venue is not just exploring the themed rooms, but also searching for the secret ones. There are 70 secret doors to discover here.


Hotel Monaco’s complimentary goldfish roommate

700 F Street NW

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Yes, you read that right. At one point, this Kimpton hotel offered any and every lonely guest a fish friend. Since January 2018, the Guppy Love program has since discontinued, due to a partnership with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).


Eaton DC’s ... everything!

12th and K streets NW

Gachot Studios

There is a lot to say when it comes to this hotel, which is planned to open by the spring of 2018. A hybrid model of a hotel and co-working members club, this hotel will offer a radio station, artist studios, a 50-seat theater with a VIP section, and a wellness center with a holistic approach. Art, music, and film festivals focused on social change will also be hosted here, while locally made artworks will rotate throughout the hotel.

Another few eyebrow-raising amenities are the planned “sensory experiences,” seen with the planned infrared saunas and sound baths.


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