We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Washington D.C. as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
“One of the city’s great heritage hotels, the Hay is a beautiful old building where ‘nothing is overlooked but the White House.’ The property has a palazzo-style lobby and probably the best rooms of the old-school luxury genre in the city.”
“A less expensive and slightly less elegant but equally convenient option is the Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel, with 343 rooms and a seasonal rooftop deck and pool, an unusual feature for hotels at this price. Locals still flock to the four-year-old Art and Soul, run by Art Smith, best known as Oprah’s chef.”
Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Washington, D.C.
“If you can afford to, stay at The Jefferson, which I consider to be D.C.’s best hotel. And if you can’t afford to, at least stop in at Quill, the hotel’s delightful bar, where the bartender will invent a cocktail to please you, right on the spot.”
Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Washington.
“This grandiose, opulent Beaux-Arts Hotel, the crown jewel on DC’s most famous street (and just a block from the White House), has sat in the middle of the city’s political and social scene since 1818.”
Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Washington.
“Eaton DC has the trappings of any cool city hotel: a botanical-heavy, Instagram-ready rooftop bar that slings strong cocktails and pan-Asian tacos; a wellness studio offering alternative therapies like reiki and crystal-healing; rooms (a staggering 209) curated with records and mini-libraries.”
Featured in CN Traveler’s Best New Hotels of 2019.
“The major chain hotels can be found within a mile of the Capitol, but a better option is the Hotel George, a Kimpton Hotel with a fun George Washington theme and animal- print robes. A stone’s throw from Union Station and the Capitol, it has the added bonus of a very decent restaurant, Bistro Bis, which also has a sexy bar.”
Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Washington, D.C.
“The Graham embodies the duality of Georgetown, a neighborhood that is both a raucous night-life haunt and home to genteel Washington society. Tranquil, modern rooms paired with a vibrant rooftop offer hotel guests equal parts serenity and excitement, not to mention a tucked-away spot from which to start exploring the city.”
“In a city that’s traditionally very industry and sort of “meh” when it comes to anything that’s not a museum or a monument, it stands out for being a seriously cool hotel with excellent design and really great food and drink offerings.”
Featured in CN Traveler’s 2018 Hot List.
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Washington, the seat of power of the United States of America, it is a unique blend of classical structure and modern formation, located along the bank of Potomac River. If you are visiting Washington, here are some of the places that you can visit and stay in:
It is one of the primary locations and is centrally placed in the historic district. This area is extremely safe and boasts some of the best restaurants and vivacious nightlife. It has several 5-star hotels as well as bed and breakfast options for its visitors.
Apart from its obvious connection with political power, this tree-lined neighbourhood has statuesque classical structures which are juxtaposed against the Eastern Market, where you will get local produce and handicrafts. It also boasts an eclectic mix of eateries like pizzeria, bakeries and world cuisine.
It is a commercial space and houses several museums including the famous Smithsonian and theatres. The Penn quarter and Chinatown boosts of several mouth-watering eateries. Gallery Place is a hub of bars, restaurants and luxury retail stores.
It is located near the marina, and has one of the best fish markets in America- the Maine Avenue Fish Market, which offers a varied choice of seafood eateries and cafes. The view of the river at Haines Point is breathtaking. It also has a world-class golf course.
It is an extremely modern neighbourhood with shopping arcades selling everything that you can think of from around the world. The area is dotted with trendy eateries and boutique hotels.
Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Washington D.C.
Washington is expensive but If you're looking for an affordable hotel, then book Hotel Hive. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews. Also check out our list of the best cheap hotels in Washington D.C..
You like some luxury but don't like the famous chain hotels. If you're looking for the best boutique hotel in Washington D.C., you should check out The Line DC. It's a very cool hotel that has been highly recommended by travelers and experts.
Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Washington D.C., it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.
If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Washington D.C., then go for Hotel The Hay-Adams. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it.
Also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in Washington D.C., it's a manually curated list of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city.
Looking for a good and affordable private room or cozy dorm in Washington D.C.? Check out Highroad Hostel DC. The hostel has been highly rated by backpackers. Also check out our list of the best hostels in Washington D.C..
If you're looking for a room with a view, then try The Watergate Hotel. The hotel offers amazing views of Washington D.C. according to recent customer reviews.
For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $220 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $270 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Washington D.C. hotel then you can expect to pay around $450 per night.
Looking for a great rooftop bar with some nice views of Washington D.C.? Try The Watergate Hotel, it offers nice views and a great rooftop bar.
If you're looking to stay in Washington D.C. with your family, then try Hotel The Hay-Adams. The hotel has excellent review ratings by families.
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments. Price: $62.
Monuments by Moonlight: Washington DC Nightime Trolley Tour. Experience the sights of Washington D.C. by night! The Monuments by Moonlight Tour will take you on a guided trolley tour of the city's most popular monuments. Along the way, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of the nation's capital. Price: $45.
DC At Dusk Night Tour. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. Price: $58.
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Formally known as the District of Columbia or referred to informally or simply as Washington or D.C, this city is the capital of the United States of America. Founded to become the seat of the government after the American Revolution, it was then named after the first President of the United States, George Washington.
Washington ranks as one of the most visited cities in the world with nothing less than 20 million people trooping into the city yearly.
Washington is naturally founded to become a political center but has since become a major tourist attraction as a result of several monuments and museums located in the city. The city is also an international diplomatic center housing nothing less than 177 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of several international organizations.
The city is also famous for being a major center of national and international media. As a planned city, the features and cityscape were pre-planned before founding the city. Broad streets and avenues radiating from rectangles are common features of Washington.
The skyline of the city has mandated by law is low and sprawling. The United States Capitol and the Washington Monument are two of the tallest structure in the city.