In today's new release of Curbed's Hotel 18 map, we're once again attacking the question, "Where should I stay in Washington D.C.?" While our first version of this map included 38 choices, we've carefully edited this version down to 18. In this smaller, leaner selection, we've made some tough choices to bring you the best of the best, and only those hotels considered most essential via reader and expert recommendations.
While this list certainly contains famous (and infamous) award winning names near the heart of the Smithsonian like the Willard Intercontinental and the Hay-Adams, it does not discount smaller family-run establishments like the or trendy boutique hotels. Tabard Inn, Hotel Monaco and Donovan House all made the cut.
We'll be updating the map again in due time, so if you have a favorite that wasn't included, please mention it in the comments or tip us for next time. If you spot a hotel unworthy of the Hotel 18 distinction, we want to hear about that, too. Also, if you find this helpful, head over to our sister site, Racked DC. It's Travel Week over there and they've got some great intel on any and all things travel-related, whether it's where to take your visiting relatives or where to check in before taking off yourself.
· The 38 Essential Washington D.C. Hotels [CDC]
— Zach Everson