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Normally we admire the masterful designs of homes and apartment buildings but some of the most impressive buildings in the city are the hotels. Whether it is the classical Willard Intercontinental that has been built and rebuilt since the early 1800s or the modern design of The Savoy each of the ones on our a list have a beautiful building to spend time in. A couple of them even have some Valentine's Day packages with champagne, chocolates, and the all important late check-out available this week. They aren't quite as bonkers as the inauguration packages (but one does come with a bath butler).


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1. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

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2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 429-2400
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The Fairmont in DC's West End was designed by architect Vlastimil Koubeck in 1985 and its stunning atrium is relaxing and inspiring at the same time. They also have a special Valentines Day package that lets guests bring their dogs for some pampering.

2. Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

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1299 24th St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 789-1234
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The Park Hyatt uses modern minimalist design to bring a soothing vibe to the corner of a busy street. They too have a Valentine's Package that comes with a bath butler that will draw a rose petal bath with tea lights and bath salts.

3. The Willard Intercontinental

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-9100
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Stay in the place most former presidents have stayed, including the Obamas the night before the inauguration in 2008. It has been a hotel since 1810, but in 1901 the 'new' Willard opened with its distinctive architecture that is recognized as a historic site.

4. Hotel Rouge

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1315 16th St
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 232-8000
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A few Kimpton hotels have romance packages this week, but the best one for Valentine's Day is Hotel Rouge. Moody reds decorate every room and low lighting adds to the romance.

5. Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0444
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The real thing the Four Seasons is known for is its art collection. And the best room in the hotel, which is said to be the largest hotel room in DC, is the Royal Suite. So the white marble bathroom, with sculpted tub, must be the best bathroom in DC.

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

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1150 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 835-0500
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Not much can top the Ritz-Carlton and DC is lucky enough to have several on both sides of the Potomac. The exterior architecture isn't all that stunning, but the interiors are always beautiful to look at. This exterior, for the one in Pentagon City, is pretty cool on the outside too.

7. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

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1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-3000
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When it opened the Mayflower was said to have the second-most gold leaf in the country (second only to the Library of Congress). Much of that gold leaf remains and their Mayflower Suite has been restored to its original features. Plus, it has an eight person attached dining room.

8. Savoy Suites Hotel

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2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-9700
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The Savoy is a member of the old guard of luxury hotels but its decor tries for a more modern approach. For Valentine's Day the best way to go is with a skybox suite. Each one comes with a deep-soaking jacuzzi.

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1. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

The Fairmont in DC's West End was designed by architect Vlastimil Koubeck in 1985 and its stunning atrium is relaxing and inspiring at the same time. They also have a special Valentines Day package that lets guests bring their dogs for some pampering.

2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

2. Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

1299 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037

The Park Hyatt uses modern minimalist design to bring a soothing vibe to the corner of a busy street. They too have a Valentine's Package that comes with a bath butler that will draw a rose petal bath with tea lights and bath salts.

1299 24th St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

3. The Willard Intercontinental

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Stay in the place most former presidents have stayed, including the Obamas the night before the inauguration in 2008. It has been a hotel since 1810, but in 1901 the 'new' Willard opened with its distinctive architecture that is recognized as a historic site.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

4. Hotel Rouge

1315 16th St, Washington, DC 20036

A few Kimpton hotels have romance packages this week, but the best one for Valentine's Day is Hotel Rouge. Moody reds decorate every room and low lighting adds to the romance.

1315 16th St
Washington, DC 20036

5. Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

The real thing the Four Seasons is known for is its art collection. And the best room in the hotel, which is said to be the largest hotel room in DC, is the Royal Suite. So the white marble bathroom, with sculpted tub, must be the best bathroom in DC.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

1150 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037

Not much can top the Ritz-Carlton and DC is lucky enough to have several on both sides of the Potomac. The exterior architecture isn't all that stunning, but the interiors are always beautiful to look at. This exterior, for the one in Pentagon City, is pretty cool on the outside too.

1150 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

7. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

When it opened the Mayflower was said to have the second-most gold leaf in the country (second only to the Library of Congress). Much of that gold leaf remains and their Mayflower Suite has been restored to its original features. Plus, it has an eight person attached dining room.

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Savoy Suites Hotel

2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

The Savoy is a member of the old guard of luxury hotels but its decor tries for a more modern approach. For Valentine's Day the best way to go is with a skybox suite. Each one comes with a deep-soaking jacuzzi.

2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007