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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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Tabard Inn

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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.

The Willard Intercontinental

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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.

The Mansion on O Street

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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.

The Westin D.C. City Center

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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.

Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

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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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

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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.

Courtyard Embassy Row

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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.

The Jefferson Hotel

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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.

Hotel Monaco

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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.

Sofitel Lafayette Square

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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.

Morrison-Clark Inn

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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.

Hotel Lombardy

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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.

W Washington D.C.

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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.

Malolo Bed and Breakfast

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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.

Omni Shoreham Hotel

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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.

The Dupont Circle Hotel

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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.

The Donovan

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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.

The Fairmont

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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.

Four Seasons Hotel

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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

The Mayflower Hotel

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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.

The Hay-Adams

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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.

Tabard Inn

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.

The Willard Intercontinental

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.

The Mansion on O Street

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.

The Westin D.C. City Center

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.

Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

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.

Courtyard Embassy Row

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.

The Jefferson Hotel

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.

Hotel Monaco

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.

Sofitel Lafayette Square

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.

Morrison-Clark Inn

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.

Hotel Lombardy

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.

W Washington D.C.

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.

Malolo Bed and Breakfast

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.

Omni Shoreham Hotel

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.

The Dupont Circle Hotel

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.

The Donovan

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.

The Fairmont

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.

Four Seasons Hotel

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

The Mayflower Hotel

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.

The Hay-Adams

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.