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Here Are the Best D.C. Hotels That Hardly Anyone Knows About

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If you're looking to experience Washington, D.C. in new and unfamiliar ways, start first with a hotel that is highly rated, unique, and difficult to find. Every year, we map the most essential hotels in Washington, D.C., but it's time to give a shout out to the hotels out there that everyone should know about, but for whatever reason don't. To find the most underrated hotels in the District, we asked our readers to fill us in. Below, you'll find a map of the findings with additions like The Mansion at O Street and Malolo Bed and Breakfast. If you know of any hotels in Washington, D.C. that deserve a mention on this map, let us know in the comments.


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1. Hotel Lombardy

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2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 828-2600
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Designated as a Historic Hotel of America, Hotel Lombardy is packed with history as well as luxurious suites. Some of the amenities you can find include a "Lombardy Breakfast" every morning, an on-site cardio room, and complimentary passes to the pool at Washington Plaza Hotel. The hotel features 140 guest rooms, 20 suites, and rates that start around $225 a night.

2. Courtyard by Marriot Embassy Row

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1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-8000
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One of our readers suggested Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row. In this hotel, you can find a heated indoor pool and spa as well as a "state-of-the-art" fitness center. With over 150 rooms, rates start around $250 a night.

3. Hyatt Place

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33 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 289-5599
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Located in NoMA, Hyatt Place features over 200 rooms, a fitness center, and seasonal outdoor pool. Rates start around $300.

4. Malolo Bed and Breakfast

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5213 B St SE
Washington, D.C. 20019
(202) 670-6332
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This Washington, D.C. bed and breakfast is unique in that it offers a "South Pacific hospitality" to guests. While the only hotel on our list located in the Southeast quadrant, it's located only four Metro stops away from the Smithsonian and National Mall and only three Metro stops away from Eastern Market. Malolo Bed and Breakfast offers free parking, a free mobile phone, and a free Metro Smart-Trip card to guests, which should help cut down on travel costs. Rates start around $150 a night.

5. Hilton Garden Inn

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1225 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 408-4870
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The Hilton Garden Inn features a 24-hour fitness center, 3,000-square-foot event space, and short walk to the Red Line Metro. Rates start around $200 a night.

6. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-8528
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Tabard Inn offers 40 rooms, a jazz lounge, and an art gallery. The hotel is located in three connected Dupont Circle rowhouses, offering a unique and cozy experience. Rates start around $200.

7. One Washington Circle Hotel

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One Washington Circle NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 872-1680
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This pet-friendly hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, bistro and lounge, and fitness center. At One Washington Circle Hotel, rates start around $230 a night.

8. 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 is one of the priciest hotels on our map as well as one of the most unique. This hotel is comprised of three connected row houses that contain artworks, sculptures, "secret doors," and events like weddings and off-site meetings. Many of the 100 rooms have themes like a log cabin room, safari room, or art deco room. Amenities include an in-room massage and limousine service. Rates start at $350 a night.

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1. Hotel Lombardy

2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Designated as a Historic Hotel of America, Hotel Lombardy is packed with history as well as luxurious suites. Some of the amenities you can find include a "Lombardy Breakfast" every morning, an on-site cardio room, and complimentary passes to the pool at Washington Plaza Hotel. The hotel features 140 guest rooms, 20 suites, and rates that start around $225 a night.

2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2. Courtyard by Marriot Embassy Row

1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

One of our readers suggested Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row. In this hotel, you can find a heated indoor pool and spa as well as a "state-of-the-art" fitness center. With over 150 rooms, rates start around $250 a night.

1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

3. Hyatt Place

33 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Located in NoMA, Hyatt Place features over 200 rooms, a fitness center, and seasonal outdoor pool. Rates start around $300.

33 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

4. Malolo Bed and Breakfast

5213 B St SE, Washington, D.C. 20019

This Washington, D.C. bed and breakfast is unique in that it offers a "South Pacific hospitality" to guests. While the only hotel on our list located in the Southeast quadrant, it's located only four Metro stops away from the Smithsonian and National Mall and only three Metro stops away from Eastern Market. Malolo Bed and Breakfast offers free parking, a free mobile phone, and a free Metro Smart-Trip card to guests, which should help cut down on travel costs. Rates start around $150 a night.

5213 B St SE
Washington, D.C. 20019

5. Hilton Garden Inn

1225 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The Hilton Garden Inn features a 24-hour fitness center, 3,000-square-foot event space, and short walk to the Red Line Metro. Rates start around $200 a night.

1225 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

6. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Tabard Inn offers 40 rooms, a jazz lounge, and an art gallery. The hotel is located in three connected Dupont Circle rowhouses, offering a unique and cozy experience. Rates start around $200.

1739 N St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. One Washington Circle Hotel

One Washington Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

This pet-friendly hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, bistro and lounge, and fitness center. At One Washington Circle Hotel, rates start around $230 a night.

One Washington Circle NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

8. The Mansion on O Street

2020 O St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

The Mansion on O Street is one of the priciest hotels on our map as well as one of the most unique. This hotel is comprised of three connected row houses that contain artworks, sculptures, "secret doors," and events like weddings and off-site meetings. Many of the 100 rooms have themes like a log cabin room, safari room, or art deco room. Amenities include an in-room massage and limousine service. Rates start at $350 a night.

2020 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036