The 7 Best Washington, D.C. Hotels of 2021

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The Rundown

01 of 07

Best Overall: The St. Gregory Hotel

The St. Gregory Hotel

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Situated at the crossroads of three crucial D.C. neighborhoods—with downtown D.C. to the south and east, residential Dupont Circle to the north and Georgetown to the west—St. Gregory's location can't be beaten. Whether you're a business traveler looking to work hard during the day and enjoy D.C.'s bustling restaurant scene in the evening (several Michelin-starred restaurants are within walking distance) or in town on a museum-filled family vacation, when you enter The St. Gregory—from a lushly landscaped sidewalk through modern doors—you’ll be floored by the accommodations.

The hotel has 156 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites equipped with desks and comfortable sitting areas. As far as extras go, there’s complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi in all guestrooms and public spaces, a 24-hour business center with new Mac computers, a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center (including two Peloton bikes), dry cleaning services and a 24-hour concierge. Premier Executive Suites featuring wraparound terraces and monument views of D.C. are ideal spaces to relax and rejuvenate. There’s also an in-hotel restaurant, St. Greg Kitchen & Bar, which serves daily alfresco meals on an open-air patio.

02 of 07

Best Budget: The Embassy Suites Tysons Corner

The Embassy Suites Tysons Corner

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Embassy Suites is the ideal lodging option for travelers seeking D.C. proximity (it's technically in VA) and value-added amenities. Just a five-minute walk from the Spring Hill Metro Station and a 20-minute drive from Dulles International Airport and central Washington D.C., this hotel is great for business and leisure travelers, big families or groups needing extra space. Modern and spacious two-room suites offer extra space with a separate living area, as well as two TVs, a microwave and Wi-Fi connection. Included in the rate is a hot cooked-to-order breakfast and even better—a complimentary evening reception with curated cocktails, light bites and a contemporary setting great for socialization. If you're looking to call it a night early, you can even dine onsite. E'terie Bar & Grill offers casual dishes like baked pimento cheese drip, chicken-pepperoni carbonara, and Cuban sandwiches.

03 of 07

Best Center City: The Darcy Washington D.C.

Presidential Suite at the Darcy Washington D.C., Curio Collection by Hilton

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Set in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., near Dupont Circle and just six blocks from the White House, this 226-room property is one of the newest members of the trendy 14th Street Corridor and Logan Circle neighborhoods. Make The Darcy your temporary home base and The Smithsonian Institution, National Mall and other famous spots will be within walking distance.

The hotel's design was inspired by D.C.'s official flower—the American Beauty Rose—and contemporary rooms treat guests to luxurious linens, custom oak furnishings, original artworks, Bluetooth sound systems, 50-inch HDTVs and walk-in showers. When it comes to dining, D.C. certainly isn't hurting for stellar kitchens, but The Darcy has two great spots—an acclaimed restaurant and cozy cafe—to its name. The globetrotting Gerrard Street Kitchen serves up Asian, British, and American eats while Bluestone Lane is all about healthy, Aussie-inspired breakfast and brunch fare. 

04 of 07

Best for Families: Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Melrose Georgetown Hotel

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The Melrose Georgetown Hotel is ideal for those looking for a creative environment. The hotel is filled with contemporary acrylic artwork displays and a museum-worthy art collection that couples classic photographs with stylized prints, chromatic artworks and pieces from local artists. Wandering bibliophiles will find that a lobby-located library boasts more than 1,000 classic titles, including novels that promise guests the secrets of power and provide history on the ascension of famed political figures. Chic, oversized guestrooms—ideal for traveling families—subtly nod to politics as well with whimsical presidential portraits, U.S. Constitution-patterned wallpaper and more.

The hotel is within walking distance of countless national landmarks and attractions such as lively 14th Street, the Theatre District, and Rock Creek Park. Once you're back for the night, go for dinner at on-site farm-to-fork restaurant, Jardenea, which delivers on its promise to be “imaginative, current and conscientious” in both food selection and motif. Inspired by the French word for garden, the menu at Jardenea focuses on seasonal produce and regional flavors. 

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05 of 07

Best for Romance: Yotel Washington DC

Yotel Washington DC

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Located by the Capitol Building and a short stroll from Union Station, this romantic hotel boasts the city’s largest rooftop pool and an open-air rooftop bar (open Memorial Day through September). Here, you can walk to the city’s most known landmarks, beautiful parks and restaurants while also having everything you could want available on property. Or, grab a poolside lounge chair or cabana and sip a refreshing cocktail.

When it’s time for dinner, hit on-site Art and Soul which specializes in food with global flavors. Chef Douglas Alexander develops the menu via partnerships with local farmers, artisans and growers, and dishes on the menu include lemon pancakes, fried Amish chicken thighs, ginger and tamarind glazed duck leg confit and maple brined pork schnitzel. When it's time to retire, you'll find that sleek, modern guestrooms are kitted out with tufted leather headboards, large flat-screen HDTVs, plush signature linens, eco-friendly Jonathan Adler bath amenities, and Keurig coffeemakers. 

06 of 07

Best for Luxury: Hotel Zena

Hotel Zena

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If you're looking for a luxurious sleep sure to fulfill your R&R wishes, check into Hotel Zena. Here, minimalist but brooding guestrooms feature a timeless color palette of contemporary grey and beds are swathed in the brand's signature comfortable linens. The edgy, sensual digs boast sleek, modern bathrooms and most have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Thomas Circle.

In fact, the hotel is right in the center of Thomas Circle, at the intersection of 14th Street and Massachusetts and Vermont avenues. If you're keen to explore D.C. on foot (hint: you should be), you'll find tons of shops, galleries, bars, restaurants and concert venues just a short walk away—including those in CityCenterDC, a luxury complex that houses some of the city's trendiest retailers and renowned chefs. Hotel Zena is also close to Dupont and Logan circles, U Street and the Shaw neighborhood, plus you can always hop on the metro—just a 10-minute walk from the hotel's front door—for adventures more far afield. 

07 of 07

Best View: The Graham Hotel

The Graham Hotel

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This historic Georgetown hotel is located high above the vibrant neighborhood and hosts one of D.C.’s most sought-after rooftop gathering spots. The see-and-be-seen bar and lounge delivers unparalleled views of Georgetown, the Potomac River, Washington Monument, The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University. Guests looking to really take in the historic locale should request a King room with a terrace, which offers great views of the capital.

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