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Mapping the Most Essential Hotels in Washington, D.C.

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Get those fanny packs ready because it's tourist season. Now that summer is here in Washington, D.C., you can expect to see an exponential growth in Washington area residents expected to travel to the District, and that means at least 12 more escalefters in your way and probably around five people wondering, "Wait, the National Mall isn't a shopping mall?"

For those looking to make their trip a lot easier by staying in one of the city's best and brightest hotels, Curbed DC has you covered with the latest Hotels 18 map. In each map, Curbed takes a look at the most unique, most fun, and "most quintessentially D.C." hotels that the city has to offer. These hotels are guaranteed to make your visit much more relaxing with rooftop pools, in-room spa services, and even free Metro Smart-Trip cards.

Expect this map updated every so often.. If you believe there were any essential hotels left out, be sure to let us know in the comments.

[UPDATED 5/6/2016: Hotel Helix was swapped for Mason & Rook. The Four Seasons, Mayflower, and Hay-Adams hotels were added.]


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1. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-8528
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Tabard Inn is one of Washington, D.C.'s most hidden gems. None of the 40 guest rooms offer a television, but that's actually a blessing. You're in the District—why spend your time inside when you can check out the monuments? Another plus is the inn has a pretty fantastic breakfast spot. Rates start around $125.

2. The Willard Intercontinental

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-9100
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As one of Washington, D.C.'s oldest hotels, the Willard Intercontinental has housed almost every president. With 355 rooms, it's located only one block away from the White House, so it's perfect for tourists searching for some nearby D.C. sites. Rates start around $299.

3. The Mansion on O Street

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2020 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 496-2020
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The Mansion on O Street might be the quirkiest hotel in all of Washington, D.C. A majority of the 100 guest rooms have themes like a safari room or an Elvis-inspired Graceland suite. The development is composed of three connected row houses and comes with amenities like "secret doors." Rates start around $350.

4. The Westin D.C. City Center

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1400 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 429-1700
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The Westin is by no means the most extravagant hotel in Washington, D.C., but it is the most famous. It was in this hotel that former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was busted in 1990 for drug charges and quoted for his famous line, "Bitch set me up." Now, if you're thinking, "Uhh, scandals don't really inspire me to make reservations," then you're not being adventurous enough. You would stay at the Watergate, wouldn't you? Hmm? Rates for this 406-room hotel start around $309.

5. Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

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1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington
D.C., 20005
(202) 742-3100
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Take a look at some of the largest guest rooms in the city. If you're one of the "in-the-know guests" this hotel is targeting, you will be able to enjoy marble flooring in each of the 178 rooms, a 1,800-square-foot event space, and rooftop pool. Rates start around $180.

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

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3100 South St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 912-4100
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As one of the pricier options on the map, The Ritz-Carlton doesn't skimp out on luxurious add-ons that make a hotel experience almost heavenly. With 86 guest rooms, some of the amenities you can find include "The Boutique Spa" and a 14-screen AMC movie theater. The location is also perfect if you want to do some shopping in Georgetown. Rates start around $349.

7. Courtyard Embassy Row

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1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-8000
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Located inbetween Farragut Square and Dupont Circle, you can find Courtyard Embassy Row, a 158-room hotel that features an indoor pool and a connected restaurant. Rates start around $179.

8. The Jefferson Hotel

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 448-2300
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For those hotel guests who absolutely must bring Fido on their vacation, The Jefferson Hotel is here to help. As one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the city, this location offers complimentary dog beds, bowls, and treats. For those pet owners who for whatever reason can't bring their poochie along, all is well. The Jefferson Hotel comes with a communal dog, named Monti. With 308 guest rooms, rates start around $400.

9. Hotel Monaco

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700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-7177
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This 183-room hotel is for all the parents out there who need a close location to kid-friendly venues. Hotel Monaco is only a short walkaway from the International Spy Museum, the Verizon Center, and the Lucky Strikes bowling alley. Rates start around $189.

10. Sofitel Lafayette Square

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806 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 730-8800
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Want those oh, so comfy beds that make you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud? Each of this hotel's 237 rooms come with what's referred to as a "SoBed," which is a feathertop and duvet sleep system. The rooms also come with blackout drapes. Rates start around $220.

11. Morrison-Clark Inn

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1011 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 898-1200
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Want to stay in a hotel with a bit of history? The Morrison-Clark Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for being located in a c. 1864 mansion. Each of the 106 rooms also are decorated in a Victorian style. Rates start around $139.

12. Hotel Lombardy

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2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 828-2600
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Hotel Lombardy is located in a renovated historic building that was built in 1926. Some of the amenities include in-room spa services, a cardio room, and multilingual staff. There is also Café Lombardy, a European-inspired bistro with actually great non-buffet breakfasts. Rates start around $159.

13. W Washington D.C.

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515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 661-2400
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In select rooms, the W Washington D.C. offers speakers suitable for iPod shuffles. The hotel also features amenities like a gym and a spa. One of the biggest highlights is W Washington, D.C.'s awesome rooftop view of the city. With a total 317 rooms, rates start around $229.

14. Malolo Bed and Breakfast

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5213 B St SE
Washington, D.C. 20019
(202) 670-6332
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Malolo Bed and Breakfast is one of the best as well as most unique hotels in the city. The hotel comes with what they refer as a "South Pacific hospitality," which comes with free parking, a free mobile phone, and a free Metro Smart-Trip card. The Smithsonian and National Mall are only four Metro stops away. Rates start around $165.

15. Omni Shoreham Hotel

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2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 234-0700
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If one of your focuses in visiting Washington, D.C. is to visit the National Zoo, you should check out the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The 834-room hotel is only a 10-minute block away. The Omni Shoreham Hotel also offers free backpacks for kids with games and treats. Rates start around $164.

16. The Dupont Circle Hotel

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 483-6000
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Take a look at some of the less touristy areas of Washington, D.C. with help from The Dupont Circle Hotel. This 327-room hotel is close to small, lesser-known art galleries like the Phillips Collection, the first museum of modern art in the nation. The location is also close to local bars and restaurants like the Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. If you still want to check out the National Mall, the Metro is a close walk away. Rates start around $185.

17. The Donovan

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1155 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 737-1200
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The Travel Channel described this ultramodern hotel as having “Obama-era D.C. cool.” No idea what that means, but hey, it sounds pretty sweet. The hotel also offers free bike rentals and a seasonal rooftop pool. Rates start around $169.

18. The Fairmont

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2401 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 429-2400
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Located across from the Park Hyatt is The Blue Duck Tavern, one of the top restaurants in the city. Also located only a block or two away from the hotel are all of the shops and restaurants that Georgetown has to offer. For those craving a Starbucks fix, the coffee shop is also only a block away. With 415 rooms, rates start around $179.

19. Four Seasons Hotel

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 342-0444
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This award-winning, art-filled luxury hotel is one of the best to stay at in the District. Along with the restaurant, Bourbon Steak, the hotel also offers amenities like fitness facilities, a pool, steam rooms, and a multilingual concierge. Rates start around $450

20. The Mayflower Hotel

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1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 347-3000
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This past year, the Mayflower Hotel underwent a $22 million renovation that redid everything in the development—the carpeting, the furniture, and even the color scheme. Each of the 581 guest rooms feature brand new headboards, desks, couches, and a mini fridge. There are also over 20 rooms that are ADA-accessible. While this hotel is not right across from the National Mall, it is only two blocks away from the nearest Metro and right near a myriad of restaurants and retail options. Rates start around $380.

21. The Hay-Adams

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800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 638-6600
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The Hay-Adams is not only one of the oldest hotels in Washington, D.C. It's also one of the most romantic. Guests are able to take a private, night-time sedan tour around the monuments. There are also amenities like a fitness facility and complimentary internet access. Be sure to also check out the rooftop. It's supposed to have some of the best views in the city. Rates start around $320.

1. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Tabard Inn is one of Washington, D.C.'s most hidden gems. None of the 40 guest rooms offer a television, but that's actually a blessing. You're in the District—why spend your time inside when you can check out the monuments? Another plus is the inn has a pretty fantastic breakfast spot. Rates start around $125.
1739 N St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

2. The Willard Intercontinental

1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, D.C. 20004
As one of Washington, D.C.'s oldest hotels, the Willard Intercontinental has housed almost every president. With 355 rooms, it's located only one block away from the White House, so it's perfect for tourists searching for some nearby D.C. sites. Rates start around $299.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004

3. The Mansion on O Street

2020 O St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The Mansion on O Street might be the quirkiest hotel in all of Washington, D.C. A majority of the 100 guest rooms have themes like a safari room or an Elvis-inspired Graceland suite. The development is composed of three connected row houses and comes with amenities like "secret doors." Rates start around $350.
2020 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

4. The Westin D.C. City Center

1400 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The Westin is by no means the most extravagant hotel in Washington, D.C., but it is the most famous. It was in this hotel that former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was busted in 1990 for drug charges and quoted for his famous line, "Bitch set me up." Now, if you're thinking, "Uhh, scandals don't really inspire me to make reservations," then you're not being adventurous enough. You would stay at the Watergate, wouldn't you? Hmm? Rates for this 406-room hotel start around $309.
1400 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20005
Take a look at some of the largest guest rooms in the city. If you're one of the "in-the-know guests" this hotel is targeting, you will be able to enjoy marble flooring in each of the 178 rooms, a 1,800-square-foot event space, and rooftop pool. Rates start around $180.
1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington
D.C., 20005

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

3100 South St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
As one of the pricier options on the map, The Ritz-Carlton doesn't skimp out on luxurious add-ons that make a hotel experience almost heavenly. With 86 guest rooms, some of the amenities you can find include "The Boutique Spa" and a 14-screen AMC movie theater. The location is also perfect if you want to do some shopping in Georgetown. Rates start around $349.
3100 South St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. Courtyard Embassy Row

1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Located inbetween Farragut Square and Dupont Circle, you can find Courtyard Embassy Row, a 158-room hotel that features an indoor pool and a connected restaurant. Rates start around $179.
1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8. The Jefferson Hotel

1200 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
For those hotel guests who absolutely must bring Fido on their vacation, The Jefferson Hotel is here to help. As one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the city, this location offers complimentary dog beds, bowls, and treats. For those pet owners who for whatever reason can't bring their poochie along, all is well. The Jefferson Hotel comes with a communal dog, named Monti. With 308 guest rooms, rates start around $400.
1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

9. Hotel Monaco

700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
This 183-room hotel is for all the parents out there who need a close location to kid-friendly venues. Hotel Monaco is only a short walkaway from the International Spy Museum, the Verizon Center, and the Lucky Strikes bowling alley. Rates start around $189.
700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Sofitel Lafayette Square

806 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Want those oh, so comfy beds that make you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud? Each of this hotel's 237 rooms come with what's referred to as a "SoBed," which is a feathertop and duvet sleep system. The rooms also come with blackout drapes. Rates start around $220.
806 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

11. Morrison-Clark Inn

1011 L Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Want to stay in a hotel with a bit of history? The Morrison-Clark Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for being located in a c. 1864 mansion. Each of the 106 rooms also are decorated in a Victorian style. Rates start around $139.
1011 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Hotel Lombardy

2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Hotel Lombardy is located in a renovated historic building that was built in 1926. Some of the amenities include in-room spa services, a cardio room, and multilingual staff. There is also Café Lombardy, a European-inspired bistro with actually great non-buffet breakfasts. Rates start around $159.
2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

13. W Washington D.C.

515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
In select rooms, the W Washington D.C. offers speakers suitable for iPod shuffles. The hotel also features amenities like a gym and a spa. One of the biggest highlights is W Washington, D.C.'s awesome rooftop view of the city. With a total 317 rooms, rates start around $229.
515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

14. Malolo Bed and Breakfast

5213 B St SE, Washington, D.C. 20019
Malolo Bed and Breakfast is one of the best as well as most unique hotels in the city. The hotel comes with what they refer as a "South Pacific hospitality," which comes with free parking, a free mobile phone, and a free Metro Smart-Trip card. The Smithsonian and National Mall are only four Metro stops away. Rates start around $165.
5213 B St SE
Washington, D.C. 20019

15. Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
If one of your focuses in visiting Washington, D.C. is to visit the National Zoo, you should check out the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The 834-room hotel is only a 10-minute block away. The Omni Shoreham Hotel also offers free backpacks for kids with games and treats. Rates start around $164.
2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

16. The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Take a look at some of the less touristy areas of Washington, D.C. with help from The Dupont Circle Hotel. This 327-room hotel is close to small, lesser-known art galleries like the Phillips Collection, the first museum of modern art in the nation. The location is also close to local bars and restaurants like the Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. If you still want to check out the National Mall, the Metro is a close walk away. Rates start around $185.
1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

17. The Donovan

1155 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The Travel Channel described this ultramodern hotel as having “Obama-era D.C. cool.” No idea what that means, but hey, it sounds pretty sweet. The hotel also offers free bike rentals and a seasonal rooftop pool. Rates start around $169.
1155 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

18. The Fairmont

2401 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Located across from the Park Hyatt is The Blue Duck Tavern, one of the top restaurants in the city. Also located only a block or two away from the hotel are all of the shops and restaurants that Georgetown has to offer. For those craving a Starbucks fix, the coffee shop is also only a block away. With 415 rooms, rates start around $179.
2401 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

19. Four Seasons Hotel

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007
This award-winning, art-filled luxury hotel is one of the best to stay at in the District. Along with the restaurant, Bourbon Steak, the hotel also offers amenities like fitness facilities, a pool, steam rooms, and a multilingual concierge. Rates start around $450
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

20. The Mayflower Hotel

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
This past year, the Mayflower Hotel underwent a $22 million renovation that redid everything in the development—the carpeting, the furniture, and even the color scheme. Each of the 581 guest rooms feature brand new headboards, desks, couches, and a mini fridge. There are also over 20 rooms that are ADA-accessible. While this hotel is not right across from the National Mall, it is only two blocks away from the nearest Metro and right near a myriad of restaurants and retail options. Rates start around $380.
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

21. The Hay-Adams

800 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
The Hay-Adams is not only one of the oldest hotels in Washington, D.C. It's also one of the most romantic. Guests are able to take a private, night-time sedan tour around the monuments. There are also amenities like a fitness facility and complimentary internet access. Be sure to also check out the rooftop. It's supposed to have some of the best views in the city. Rates start around $320.
800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006