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The 38 Essential Washington D.C. Hotels

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Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed's Hotel 38 map, your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in D.C?" We've included a good mix of new boutique hotels, historic spots plus a few locations that you've probably seen on CSPAN. For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite isn't included, wouldn't it just be more productive to tip us for next time?


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1. The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

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3100 South St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 912-4100
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Nestled on the banks of the Potomac in a restored turn-of-the-century brick factory, this chic 86-room boutique isn't your grandfather's Ritz-Carlton (assuming grandpa had a Ritz-Carlton). Its Lobby Lounge, with a wood-burning fireplace, is so cozy you'll be forgiven for not making it back to your room. And its Chimney Stack room offers private dining for 12 at the bottom of a 130-foot smokestack (relax, the chimney is no longer in use).

2. The Madison Hotel

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1177 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 862-1600
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This downtown 1963 opening blends elegance and chic in a manner that'll appeal to most tastes but doesn't come across as generic. While the Madison claims its 365 guest rooms are "European inspired," the hotelier is referring to the decor, not the room size, which is spacious. In-room amenities include a Keurig, daily newspaper delivery and C.O. Bigelow products, so guests have no excuse for being tired, uninformed or dry.

3. Hotel Monaco

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700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-7177
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183 rooms might be too many for a hotel to be considered a boutique, but this Kimpton property pulls it off. It's located in Penn Quarter near Chinatown, which, as it's 2013 and not 1993, is a good thing. Expect all the usual quirky Kimpton amenities: in-room goldfish (upon request), complimentary nightly wine hours and flashy robes that befit the Perry's drag brunch dressing room.

4. W Washington D.C.

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515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
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It's P.O.V. Rooftop Terrace bar affords a view of the White House and testifies to the bureaucratic city's love of acronyms. Located next to the White House, the vibe—"where Italian Renaissance meets modern cool"—seems better suited to a Silvio Berlusconi bunga bunga party. But while there are plenty of quality lodging options near the No Drama Obama's house, none of them can lay claim to "modern cool."

5. Phoenix Park Hotel

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520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-6900
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Its location—on Capital Hill and above The Dubliner pub—make it a popular spot for travelers conducting Official Government Business (or at least trying to get in on a little piece of that pie). Just like there are flashier European countries than Ireland, there are snazzier hotels in town. But Phoenix Park is about as close as you're gonna get to sleeping in the U.S. Senate (at least without having to touch David Vitter).

6. Hotel Helix

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1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 462-9001
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This Kimpton property brands itself as the "life of the party." Being a short walk from both the U Street Corridor and Dupont Circle, that's quite the boast. But the 178-room boutique backs it up with a color scheme that makes the Mansion on O look sedate. Bonus: stay in its Bunk Bed room and you'll be able to keep convincing Mom that Larry is just a good friend.

7. The Hay-Adams Hotel

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800 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-6600
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Located across Lafayette Square from the White House, a stay in the Italian Renaissance-style building is as close as you're likely to get to a night in the Lincoln Bedroom—relax though, it affords a better view (and is probably cheaper). The 1928 opening underwent a $20 million renovation in 2001, which focused on the guest rooms, and it added a roof terrace, Top of the Hay, in 2011.

8. Hotel Palomar

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2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 448-1800
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Zoning laws should dictate that every Dupont Circle boutique hotel have a heated outdoor pool with cabanas and rooms with Fuji soaking tubs for two. But they don't—yet—so this arty boutique stands out. Locals enjoy Urbana, its restaurant/bar known as a great spot for regulars and one of the city's top oyster happy hours.

9. Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0444
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The contemporary, art-filled, 222-room spot claims to be the "city’s only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel." And would the Four Seasons ever lie? A current series of renovations are focusing on its restaurant, Seasons, (completed in Feb. 2012), ENO Wine Bar (scheduled for early 2013) and event space.

10. Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

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806 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 730-8800
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Art deco meets modern chic in this 238-room cosmopolitan hotel that declares itself "an embassy of style" (let's assume they're thinking French embassy and not Albanian). Clearly comfort is en vogue: all rooms "featue Sofitels luxurious feathertop and duvet sleep system—SoBed." The red drapes and walls at its Le Bar lounge evoke the waiting room in Twin Peaks. A few stiff craft cocktails and maybe The Man from Another Place will start looking like Agent Cooper.

11. JW Marriott Hotel

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1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 393-2000
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Yes, it's a conference hotel (29 meeting rooms!), but D.C. is the Capital of Conferences and this 737-room behemoth is one of nicest and best situated options. All rooms at the up-market Marriott brand that's not quite Ritz-Carlton feature 300-thread-count sheets and 37-inch TVs that easily connect to your laptop. So you can use the big screen to preview your PowerPoint. Or stream porn. (Your choice.)

12. Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

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1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8588
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Sure the location sucks (Southwest!?!), but it's a goddamn Mandarin Oriental. Even the most affordable rooms ($385) have sofas, marble bathrooms, walk-in showers, corner soaking tubs and views of the Jefferson (beautiful) and Washington (penis) monuments. Its spa is considered one of the city's best.

13. Morrison-Clark Inn

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1015 L St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-1200
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A Victorian Mansion built in 1864, this 54-room inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. So while it's a 5-minute walk to the Convention Center, it's hardly a typical convention hotel. Whether it remains quaint after a planned 54-room expansion, however is a legit question (as is how long those renovations will take.

14. Omni Shoreham Hotel

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2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 234-0700
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One of the few resort-type hotels, Southern Living ranked its outdoor heated pool as one of the 10 best in the South. It's 834 rooms are located on 11 acres and are just four blocks from the National Zoo — close enough to walk but not smell the elephants from your room.

15. The Westin Georgetown, Washington D.C.

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2350 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 429-0100
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If you can't swing the Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton (not judging), this AAA Four Diamond Hotel offers a more affordable Georgetown alternative that's still upscale. Need to watch CNBC rather than Georgetown coeds during your morning cardio? Its WestinWORKOUT® Rooms include a treadmill. Afterwards collapse in the Westin Heavenly Bed® (or skip the workout and just sleep in®).

16. The Willard Intercontinental

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-9100
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One block from the White House, this old school luxury hotel's Round Robin Bar draws the powerful to plot running the world and tourists to take pictures of them while they do. Almost every U.S. prez since Franklin Pierce himself has stayed here, Mark Twain drafted two books in the hotel and Walt Whitman name checked the joint in his poems.

17. St. Regis Washington D.C.

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923 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-2626
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For those occasions when a traveler needs 24-hour personalized butler assistance, a complimentary shoeshine or translation services beyond Google Translate, there's this 182-room luxury hotel. Its K Street location makes it convenient to both Mall attractions for the kids and nanny and the White House and K Street firms for Mom and Dad.

18. The Jefferson Hotel

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2300
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This 96-room boutique declares it "exemplifies all that its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, held dear – intricately thought-out design, twenty elegantly appointed suites, the most modern amenities, gastronomic excellence and, of course, exceptional personalized service." T.J. had an opinion on hotel suites? Who knew?

19. Capital Hilton

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1001 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 393-1000
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It's a Hilton, so you know the amenities and accommodations (above average, below luxe.) But location, location, location: it's two blocks from both the White House and three Metro stops (with access to three different lines). Empty out your Hilton Honors points to book a stay in its Harry Truman Suite: it has a kitchen, formal dining room that seats eight and a baby grand once tickled by Truman himself. Tee hee.

20. Donovan House

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1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 737-1200
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Reserved for guests only during the day, its rooftop pool with a wooden deck and stunning vista of D.C. transforms into the hip open-to-all DNV Rooftop Bar at night (take that L'Enfant Plaza pool). Bonus: Pimm's Cup on tap. Oh yeah, the Kimpton boutique hotel underneath it all is pretty damn cool too.

21. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

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1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-3000
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Sadly its Renaissance-level service doesn't befit such a historic hotel. But as many guests are there simply to do hookers and/or coke, who cares about turndown service? Travelers looking for stays longer than 15 minutes though will enjoy the 1925 opening's spacious rooms and classical decor. Fun game: hang out in the bar and guess who's a hooker.

22. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

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1150 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 835-0500
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This traditional-luxury 300-room West End spot accommodated Yasser Arafat when he was in town for peace talks — bed moved to the center of the room to avoid possible sniper fire — so your requests for an extra mint should be easy for the Ritz-Carlton's Ladies & Gentleman to satisfy. Splurge on a Club Room or Suite for access to the Club Lounge (or just buy a pass outright). The hotelier is known for its guest service; no where is it better than in the Club Lounge (an attendant was once seen helping an infant guest remove her sock so the child could better cram her foot in her mouth).

23. Washington Marriott Wardman Park

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2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 328-2000
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It's big. Really, really big. 1,314 guest rooms big. 195,000 square feet of event space big. 95,000 square feet of exhibit space big. Consider it the Pentagon of D.C. hotels. Big.

24. AKA White House

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1714 H St NW
Washington, DC
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Aimed at long-term business travelers, its one- and two-bedroom suites include full kitchens with stainless steel appliances and Bosch washer and dryers. And its modern-yet-comfortable style (Bulgari bath products, marble bathroom floors and walls) mean while it's easy to get cozy here, you're not likely to confuse it for your apartment.

25. Hotel George

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15 E St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-4200
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Adjacent to the Capitol and one block from Union Station, a hotel in this location probably could do well just offering squeaky cots in empty rooms. Thankfully Hotel George — in-room yoga mats, posh bedding and Warhol inspired prints of the hotel's namesake (Washington, not Bush) — didn't settle. The 138-roomer became one of D.C.'s first modern boutique hotels when it opened in 1998.

26. Park Hyatt Washington

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 789-1234
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Billed as a "sophisticated luxury hotel" (as opposed to a crude one?), its West End location makes this AAA Four Diamond Hotel convenient to Georgetown, Embassy Row and K Street. Its 216 guest rooms are posh, but you know it best as home to Blue Duck Tavern, one of D.C.'s 38 essential restaurants.

27. The Dupont Circle Hotel

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 483-6000
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Overlooking Dupont Circle (hence the name), this "urban retreat" that's part of the boutique Doyle Collection spent $52 million renovating its rooms, lobby, bar and restaurant. It also added a new floor to the hotel: the all-suite Level Nine which includes a 900-square-foot lounge, glass balcony overlooking the Circle, concierge services and complimentary food and hooch.

28. The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-1616
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A $6 million 2012 renovation added "modern lighting" (no more lanterns?) and "sleek furnishings" to its 343 rooms. Its open-air rooftop bar (accompanied by a pool) claims to be the only one on The Hill. And its restaurant, Art and Soul, was remodeled back in February and features one of D.C.'s hottest (as in trendy, not necessarily spicy) hamburgers.

29. Melrose Hotel Washington DC

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2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 955-6400
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The recently renovated contemporary chic lobby ("parchment and gunmetal grays are integrated with pops of patriotic power colors") includes a 1,000-book library. Guests unable to sleep can order a new type of pillow, ear plugs, noise machine, sleep mask or chamomile tea from the hotel's Melrose Dream Menu. (If those items don't do the trick, there's always Spanktravision.)

30. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

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2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 429-2400
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The Canadian luxe chain's West End outpost is a AAA Four Diamond winner. Not bad, eh? Its 415 rooms could accommodate two-thirds of Manitoba. The hotel's signature courtyard garden, billed as a "sunlit urban oasis," is just that. Its rooms and amenities befit the upscale Fairmont brand.

31. Henley Park Hotel

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926 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-5200
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An apartment building for Senators and Congressman when it opened in 1918, it was converted into a hotel in 1982. Now its most notable residents are the 119 grinning gargoyles on its facade. Formal tea is served daily in the Wilkes Room, which used to be "the parlor where the gentlemen tenants entertained ladies." Now those interactions happen in the guest rooms (which combine antique furnishings with modern amenities.)

32. The River Inn

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924 25th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 337-7600
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A boutique catering to business travelers, its location on the border of Downtown and Georgetown makes it well situated for office calls. Complimentary bike rentals allow guests to take advantage of its proximity to the C&O Canal, too. All rooms are suites, which is nice, so you can kill the hooker in one room and sleep in the other. The suites also have full kitchens.

33. Washington Hilton

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1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-3000
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One of D.C.'s best-known hotels and it's not for the location, amenities or rooms (all of which are true to the brand): President Reagan was shot here in 1981 and the hotel's ballroom hosts the annual White House Correspondents Dinner (where pols and journalists yuck it up while the rest of the country just goes yuck). Four blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro, it affords easy access to Adams Morgan, Woodley Park and the U Street Corridor.

34. The Churchill Hotel

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1914 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

Built in 1906 as an apartment building, its interior was gutted in the 1950s when it became a luxury hotel. The exterior though is what stands out: the eight-story Beaux Arts stone-framed building is perfectly symmetrical. That the 91-room, 82-suite boutique's style is traditional luxury rather than modern isn't a surprise based on the prominence its website gives to the hotel's AARP package.

35. Savoy Suites Hotel

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2505 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-9700
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Located in Glover Park, this boutique has views of the Washington Monument, Capitol and Potomac River, as well as easy access to Embassy Row, Cathedral Heights and Chevy Chase. A 2011 renovation fixed up the guest room's plumbing, countertops, tiles and showers. All rooms also include Tempur-Pedic beds.

36. Grand Hyatt Washington

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1000 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 582-1234
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Lobby access to Metro Center means guests have little excuse for missing their meetings. This 888-room conference hotel advertises itself as "a full-service Washington, DC hotel," so feel free to dial up the concierge and see just how seriously they take that pledge. Got allergies? Book one of the Allergy Friendly Rooms which "undergo an additional six-step process intended to reduce airborne particles and minimize the presence of potential irritants."

37. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528
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Amongst the regulars in this turn of the 20th century inn's 40 guest rooms is a ghost (don't worry; he doesn't require a rollout). Coziness in a period setting — all rooms are unique — comes at the expense of elevators and TVs. Also note that its website's FAQ includes the question, "What does 'shared bath' mean?"

38. Hotel Lombardy

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2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 828-2600
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With 140 rooms featuring "imported German and Italian fabrics, Oriental woolen rugs, original art and elegant hand-painted silk renderings," this boutique takes the traditional 1920s approach to luxury. The stainless steel wet bars in each room show the hotel exects guests to take their evening digestif seriously.

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1. The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

3100 South St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Nestled on the banks of the Potomac in a restored turn-of-the-century brick factory, this chic 86-room boutique isn't your grandfather's Ritz-Carlton (assuming grandpa had a Ritz-Carlton). Its Lobby Lounge, with a wood-burning fireplace, is so cozy you'll be forgiven for not making it back to your room. And its Chimney Stack room offers private dining for 12 at the bottom of a 130-foot smokestack (relax, the chimney is no longer in use).

3100 South St NW
Washington, DC 20007

2. The Madison Hotel

1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

This downtown 1963 opening blends elegance and chic in a manner that'll appeal to most tastes but doesn't come across as generic. While the Madison claims its 365 guest rooms are "European inspired," the hotelier is referring to the decor, not the room size, which is spacious. In-room amenities include a Keurig, daily newspaper delivery and C.O. Bigelow products, so guests have no excuse for being tired, uninformed or dry.

1177 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. Hotel Monaco

700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

183 rooms might be too many for a hotel to be considered a boutique, but this Kimpton property pulls it off. It's located in Penn Quarter near Chinatown, which, as it's 2013 and not 1993, is a good thing. Expect all the usual quirky Kimpton amenities: in-room goldfish (upon request), complimentary nightly wine hours and flashy robes that befit the Perry's drag brunch dressing room.

700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

4. W Washington D.C.

515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

It's P.O.V. Rooftop Terrace bar affords a view of the White House and testifies to the bureaucratic city's love of acronyms. Located next to the White House, the vibe—"where Italian Renaissance meets modern cool"—seems better suited to a Silvio Berlusconi bunga bunga party. But while there are plenty of quality lodging options near the No Drama Obama's house, none of them can lay claim to "modern cool."

515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

5. Phoenix Park Hotel

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Its location—on Capital Hill and above The Dubliner pub—make it a popular spot for travelers conducting Official Government Business (or at least trying to get in on a little piece of that pie). Just like there are flashier European countries than Ireland, there are snazzier hotels in town. But Phoenix Park is about as close as you're gonna get to sleeping in the U.S. Senate (at least without having to touch David Vitter).

520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Hotel Helix

1430 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

This Kimpton property brands itself as the "life of the party." Being a short walk from both the U Street Corridor and Dupont Circle, that's quite the boast. But the 178-room boutique backs it up with a color scheme that makes the Mansion on O look sedate. Bonus: stay in its Bunk Bed room and you'll be able to keep convincing Mom that Larry is just a good friend.

1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

7. The Hay-Adams Hotel

800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Located across Lafayette Square from the White House, a stay in the Italian Renaissance-style building is as close as you're likely to get to a night in the Lincoln Bedroom—relax though, it affords a better view (and is probably cheaper). The 1928 opening underwent a $20 million renovation in 2001, which focused on the guest rooms, and it added a roof terrace, Top of the Hay, in 2011.

800 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

8. Hotel Palomar

2121 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Zoning laws should dictate that every Dupont Circle boutique hotel have a heated outdoor pool with cabanas and rooms with Fuji soaking tubs for two. But they don't—yet—so this arty boutique stands out. Locals enjoy Urbana, its restaurant/bar known as a great spot for regulars and one of the city's top oyster happy hours.

2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037

9. Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

The contemporary, art-filled, 222-room spot claims to be the "city’s only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel." And would the Four Seasons ever lie? A current series of renovations are focusing on its restaurant, Seasons, (completed in Feb. 2012), ENO Wine Bar (scheduled for early 2013) and event space.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

806 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Art deco meets modern chic in this 238-room cosmopolitan hotel that declares itself "an embassy of style" (let's assume they're thinking French embassy and not Albanian). Clearly comfort is en vogue: all rooms "featue Sofitels luxurious feathertop and duvet sleep system—SoBed." The red drapes and walls at its Le Bar lounge evoke the waiting room in Twin Peaks. A few stiff craft cocktails and maybe The Man from Another Place will start looking like Agent Cooper.

806 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. JW Marriott Hotel

1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20024

Yes, it's a conference hotel (29 meeting rooms!), but D.C. is the Capital of Conferences and this 737-room behemoth is one of nicest and best situated options. All rooms at the up-market Marriott brand that's not quite Ritz-Carlton feature 300-thread-count sheets and 37-inch TVs that easily connect to your laptop. So you can use the big screen to preview your PowerPoint. Or stream porn. (Your choice.)

1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20024

12. Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Sure the location sucks (Southwest!?!), but it's a goddamn Mandarin Oriental. Even the most affordable rooms ($385) have sofas, marble bathrooms, walk-in showers, corner soaking tubs and views of the Jefferson (beautiful) and Washington (penis) monuments. Its spa is considered one of the city's best.

1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

13. Morrison-Clark Inn

1015 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001

A Victorian Mansion built in 1864, this 54-room inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. So while it's a 5-minute walk to the Convention Center, it's hardly a typical convention hotel. Whether it remains quaint after a planned 54-room expansion, however is a legit question (as is how long those renovations will take.

1015 L St NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

One of the few resort-type hotels, Southern Living ranked its outdoor heated pool as one of the 10 best in the South. It's 834 rooms are located on 11 acres and are just four blocks from the National Zoo — close enough to walk but not smell the elephants from your room.

2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008

15. The Westin Georgetown, Washington D.C.

2350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

If you can't swing the Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton (not judging), this AAA Four Diamond Hotel offers a more affordable Georgetown alternative that's still upscale. Need to watch CNBC rather than Georgetown coeds during your morning cardio? Its WestinWORKOUT® Rooms include a treadmill. Afterwards collapse in the Westin Heavenly Bed® (or skip the workout and just sleep in®).

2350 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

16. The Willard Intercontinental

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

One block from the White House, this old school luxury hotel's Round Robin Bar draws the powerful to plot running the world and tourists to take pictures of them while they do. Almost every U.S. prez since Franklin Pierce himself has stayed here, Mark Twain drafted two books in the hotel and Walt Whitman name checked the joint in his poems.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

17. St. Regis Washington D.C.

923 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

For those occasions when a traveler needs 24-hour personalized butler assistance, a complimentary shoeshine or translation services beyond Google Translate, there's this 182-room luxury hotel. Its K Street location makes it convenient to both Mall attractions for the kids and nanny and the White House and K Street firms for Mom and Dad.

923 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

18. The Jefferson Hotel

1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This 96-room boutique declares it "exemplifies all that its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, held dear – intricately thought-out design, twenty elegantly appointed suites, the most modern amenities, gastronomic excellence and, of course, exceptional personalized service." T.J. had an opinion on hotel suites? Who knew?

1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

19. Capital Hilton

1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

It's a Hilton, so you know the amenities and accommodations (above average, below luxe.) But location, location, location: it's two blocks from both the White House and three Metro stops (with access to three different lines). Empty out your Hilton Honors points to book a stay in its Harry Truman Suite: it has a kitchen, formal dining room that seats eight and a baby grand once tickled by Truman himself. Tee hee.

1001 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

20. Donovan House

1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Reserved for guests only during the day, its rooftop pool with a wooden deck and stunning vista of D.C. transforms into the hip open-to-all DNV Rooftop Bar at night (take that L'Enfant Plaza pool). Bonus: Pimm's Cup on tap. Oh yeah, the Kimpton boutique hotel underneath it all is pretty damn cool too.

1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

21. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Sadly its Renaissance-level service doesn't befit such a historic hotel. But as many guests are there simply to do hookers and/or coke, who cares about turndown service? Travelers looking for stays longer than 15 minutes though will enjoy the 1925 opening's spacious rooms and classical decor. Fun game: hang out in the bar and guess who's a hooker.

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

22. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

This traditional-luxury 300-room West End spot accommodated Yasser Arafat when he was in town for peace talks — bed moved to the center of the room to avoid possible sniper fire — so your requests for an extra mint should be easy for the Ritz-Carlton's Ladies & Gentleman to satisfy. Splurge on a Club Room or Suite for access to the Club Lounge (or just buy a pass outright). The hotelier is known for its guest service; no where is it better than in the Club Lounge (an attendant was once seen helping an infant guest remove her sock so the child could better cram her foot in her mouth).

1150 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

23. Washington Marriott Wardman Park

2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

It's big. Really, really big. 1,314 guest rooms big. 195,000 square feet of event space big. 95,000 square feet of exhibit space big. Consider it the Pentagon of D.C. hotels. Big.

2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008

24. AKA White House

1714 H St NW, Washington, DC

Aimed at long-term business travelers, its one- and two-bedroom suites include full kitchens with stainless steel appliances and Bosch washer and dryers. And its modern-yet-comfortable style (Bulgari bath products, marble bathroom floors and walls) mean while it's easy to get cozy here, you're not likely to confuse it for your apartment.

25. Hotel George

15 E St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Adjacent to the Capitol and one block from Union Station, a hotel in this location probably could do well just offering squeaky cots in empty rooms. Thankfully Hotel George — in-room yoga mats, posh bedding and Warhol inspired prints of the hotel's namesake (Washington, not Bush) — didn't settle. The 138-roomer became one of D.C.'s first modern boutique hotels when it opened in 1998.

15 E St NW
Washington, DC 20001

26. Park Hyatt Washington

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Billed as a "sophisticated luxury hotel" (as opposed to a crude one?), its West End location makes this AAA Four Diamond Hotel convenient to Georgetown, Embassy Row and K Street. Its 216 guest rooms are posh, but you know it best as home to Blue Duck Tavern, one of D.C.'s 38 essential restaurants.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

27. The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Overlooking Dupont Circle (hence the name), this "urban retreat" that's part of the boutique Doyle Collection spent $52 million renovating its rooms, lobby, bar and restaurant. It also added a new floor to the hotel: the all-suite Level Nine which includes a 900-square-foot lounge, glass balcony overlooking the Circle, concierge services and complimentary food and hooch.

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

28. The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel

415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

A $6 million 2012 renovation added "modern lighting" (no more lanterns?) and "sleek furnishings" to its 343 rooms. Its open-air rooftop bar (accompanied by a pool) claims to be the only one on The Hill. And its restaurant, Art and Soul, was remodeled back in February and features one of D.C.'s hottest (as in trendy, not necessarily spicy) hamburgers.

415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

29. Melrose Hotel Washington DC

2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

The recently renovated contemporary chic lobby ("parchment and gunmetal grays are integrated with pops of patriotic power colors") includes a 1,000-book library. Guests unable to sleep can order a new type of pillow, ear plugs, noise machine, sleep mask or chamomile tea from the hotel's Melrose Dream Menu. (If those items don't do the trick, there's always Spanktravision.)

2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

30. The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

The Canadian luxe chain's West End outpost is a AAA Four Diamond winner. Not bad, eh? Its 415 rooms could accommodate two-thirds of Manitoba. The hotel's signature courtyard garden, billed as a "sunlit urban oasis," is just that. Its rooms and amenities befit the upscale Fairmont brand.

2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

31. Henley Park Hotel

926 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

An apartment building for Senators and Congressman when it opened in 1918, it was converted into a hotel in 1982. Now its most notable residents are the 119 grinning gargoyles on its facade. Formal tea is served daily in the Wilkes Room, which used to be "the parlor where the gentlemen tenants entertained ladies." Now those interactions happen in the guest rooms (which combine antique furnishings with modern amenities.)

926 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

32. The River Inn

924 25th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

A boutique catering to business travelers, its location on the border of Downtown and Georgetown makes it well situated for office calls. Complimentary bike rentals allow guests to take advantage of its proximity to the C&O Canal, too. All rooms are suites, which is nice, so you can kill the hooker in one room and sleep in the other. The suites also have full kitchens.

924 25th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

33. Washington Hilton

1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

One of D.C.'s best-known hotels and it's not for the location, amenities or rooms (all of which are true to the brand): President Reagan was shot here in 1981 and the hotel's ballroom hosts the annual White House Correspondents Dinner (where pols and journalists yuck it up while the rest of the country just goes yuck). Four blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro, it affords easy access to Adams Morgan, Woodley Park and the U Street Corridor.

1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

34. The Churchill Hotel

1914 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Built in 1906 as an apartment building, its interior was gutted in the 1950s when it became a luxury hotel. The exterior though is what stands out: the eight-story Beaux Arts stone-framed building is perfectly symmetrical. That the 91-room, 82-suite boutique's style is traditional luxury rather than modern isn't a surprise based on the prominence its website gives to the hotel's AARP package.

1914 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

35. Savoy Suites Hotel

2505 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Located in Glover Park, this boutique has views of the Washington Monument, Capitol and Potomac River, as well as easy access to Embassy Row, Cathedral Heights and Chevy Chase. A 2011 renovation fixed up the guest room's plumbing, countertops, tiles and showers. All rooms also include Tempur-Pedic beds.

2505 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

36. Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Lobby access to Metro Center means guests have little excuse for missing their meetings. This 888-room conference hotel advertises itself as "a full-service Washington, DC hotel," so feel free to dial up the concierge and see just how seriously they take that pledge. Got allergies? Book one of the Allergy Friendly Rooms which "undergo an additional six-step process intended to reduce airborne particles and minimize the presence of potential irritants."

1000 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

37. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Amongst the regulars in this turn of the 20th century inn's 40 guest rooms is a ghost (don't worry; he doesn't require a rollout). Coziness in a period setting — all rooms are unique — comes at the expense of elevators and TVs. Also note that its website's FAQ includes the question, "What does 'shared bath' mean?"

1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

38. Hotel Lombardy

2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

With 140 rooms featuring "imported German and Italian fabrics, Oriental woolen rugs, original art and elegant hand-painted silk renderings," this boutique takes the traditional 1920s approach to luxury. The stainless steel wet bars in each room show the hotel exects guests to take their evening digestif seriously.

2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006