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- As the nation's capital, DC is filled with important history, national landmarks, museums, and more.
- There are many DC hotels to meet so much tourist demand, from historic properties to luxury stays.
- We chose the best hotels in Washington, DC based on our own travels and extensive research.
Brimming with history and culture, Washington, DC is a cultural powerhouse filled with iconic monuments, museums, houses of government, and trendy restaurants and bars. See The Declaration of Independence, learn if you have what it takes to become a spy, and grab a bite alongside the political elite - you can do it all in one day in DC.
DC also has an overwhelming number of hotels to meet every traveler's tastes, though it can be hard to narrow down the options. Thankfully, we've spent a lot of time in the city and intimately know the best neighborhoods and the best places to stay in each corner of the city.
Whether you're a first-time visitor looking to see all of our country's most historic sights along the Mall or want to explore places like Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Capitol Hill, these are the best hotels in Washington, DC to book.
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Room sizes are limited at this micro-hotel, but there's certainly plenty of character. Smaller rooms also mean cheaper prices, which is why it's such a hit with budget-conscious travelers.
Most rooms start at 125 square feet with bunk bed options, and even the largest rooms max out at just 250 square feet. Despite the lack of legroom, rooms are intelligently designed to maximize the area with small desks, raised beds to fit suitcases beneath them, and nightstands that double as safes.
Exposed brick walls and small nods to the hotel's buzzy name, like hexagon lights, are found throughout the property. Get out of your room and make friends at The Hive Bar, which includes a cozy nook with a working fireplace, or save time for the rooftop that's open seasonally. The outdoor courtyard offers another area to relax or enjoy a slice of pizza from the on-site local pizza restaurant.
The hotel is well located within easy walking distance of The White House, the National Mall, and other top DC attractions.
Moxy Washington, DC Downtown
The funky design at the Moxy is so hip, it's almost hard to find a place to rest your eyes between all the knick-knacks littered throughout the lobby. Pillows boast phrases like "Pizza Never Lies," an old horse kiddie ride stands proudly in the corner, and an American flag made out of blue jeans adorns the back wall. It's a bold offering from Moxy, which is Marriott Bonvoy's boutique but affordable collection of hotels.
The rooms also feature unique art, cute pillows with fun messages, and leather headboards. Bunk rooms are available for groups and budget travelers, and standard rooms are small but designed for function with pegs instead of closets with drawers and mini desks. There's a grab-and-go kitchen area but no true dining on-site.
A small gym is the only real amenity but the downtown location means you probably won't spend a ton of time on property anyway.The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate's past is no secret, in fact, it's one of its draws, fully embraced in a recent multi-million dollar renovation. New cheeky touches include a Scandal Room decked out with items such as newspaper headline clippings, a tape recorder, and binoculars.
Situated on the Potomac River next to Georgetown, many rooms come with balconies, leather chairs and couches, small wooden desks, and marble bathrooms. Large premium suites boast wraparound balconies and exceptional river views and standard guest rooms can also be connected.
Top of the Gate, the seasonal rooftop bar also features panoramic city views, while The Next Whiskey Bar walls of over 2,500 whiskey bottles. The on-site restaurant is a favorite among guests and locals, especially for brunch. The spa is a relaxing retreat and there's also an indoor heated pool.
The free-flowing, bohemian vibe showcased at Eaton DC feels fresh and whimsical in a city dotted with hotels known for being far more stuffy and traditional. There's a selection of art, records, and books in every guest room; as well as rainbow-colored bed scarfs, bright rugs with geometric patterns, and mosaic-tiled showers that make rooms feel warm and inviting.
The downtown hotel places a strong emphasis on new-age wellness practices too with free community classes such as meditation and sensory experiences available to guests. The on-site restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients, and the coffee shop features third-wave coffee and detox juices. The plant-filled, rooftop music venue, Wild Days, is also a cool spot to catch a live concert or dance with the DJ.The LINE DC
Built inside a 110-year old neoclassical church, the LINE wows with a design that effortlessly blends the building's historic roots with modern comfort and amenities. Old church organ pipes were reimagined into a chandelier, and guest rooms feature old radios alongside modern media hubs.
Like other LINE hotels, an emphasis is placed on community engagement, and the hotel houses the Adams Morgan Community Center, which is an incubator space for artists and nonprofits, and also hosts a monthly Drag Queen Story Hour. More so, a dollar per night from every reservation goes towards No Kid Hungry.
The on-site bar and restaurant scene is exceptional, overseen by James Beard Award winners and nominees. The nearby Adams Morgan area is notorious for its raucous bar scene, so there's plenty of nightlife options, and the hotel is also right by the zoo. However, getting around the city isn't as easy since there's no close metro stop.Thompson Washington DC
The Thompson Washington DC comes from the Hyatt brand, but feels more like an independent boutique hotel thanks to stately decor that subtly points to DC's colonial and maritime past with details referencing old ship's cabins. The location in Navy Yard places guests in one of DC's trendiest up-and-coming neighborhoods with newly opened restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
The National Mall isn't close, but Smithsonian museums and the Anacostia River Trail are. The latter provides an excellent biking path for fresh air. Baseball fans should catch a game at Nationals Park, which is a mere 8-minute walk away. Some rooms even have views of the stadium, while others face the Anacostia River.
Spacious rooms have calming gray and blue color palettes with plenty of light thanks to the oversized windows.
The on-site restaurant features Italian food with an emphasis on seafood. There are two bars, but the best by far is the sprawling rooftop spot with 360-degree views of the river and the city.Kimpton George Hotel
A boutique hotel on Capitol Hill, the rooms at Kimpton George Hotel pay homage to surroundings with design details such as wallpaper that replicates the Declaration of Independence. Additionally, horse statues act as lamps, and brass buttons on pillows are reminiscent of Revolutionary War uniforms.
Like other Kimpton hotels, all rooms come with a yoga mat, and guests enjoy perks such as social wine hour and custom-designed PUBLIC bike rentals. There's only one on-site restaurant, Bistro Bis, which serves French cuisine, as well as a cozy lounge area with a fire pit.InterContinental The Willard Washington, DC
You'll be in good company at this historic property across the street from The White House that dates back to 1816, and counts past guests such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. (who even edited his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" in the lobby), and the Dalai Lama, among others. At the gallery off the lobby, guests can peruse photos, historical artifacts, and learn about the timeline of the hotel's history and renovation.
Standard rooms are elegant with blue and gold detailing, and Premium rooms face Pennsylvania Avenue with views of the Washington Monument. Premium Suites are incredibly spacious, starting at 1,250 square feet, and the Oval Suite is even molded after the style of the Oval Office. Suites may be connected with guest rooms for large groups and families.
Breakfast is best enjoyed on Cafe du Parc's terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue under the signature blue umbrellas. And if you grab a cocktail at the famous Round Robin Bar you might just catch a sighting of some of Washington's most political elite.Riggs Washington DC
Named for the former Riggs National Bank building in which it now operates, this brand new hotel is an exciting addition to the Penn Quarter. Rainbow-hued velvet details punctuate grand interiors alongside preserved original bank architecture.
In guest rooms, bright, watercolor-esque wallpaper matches headboards, and velvet, pastel pink curtains and pillows add a dose of whimsy, and minibars are fashioned after old safes. Four of the suites are named for former First Ladies, and each comes with its own bold color palette of pink, turquoise, canary yellow, or burgundy and gold.
At Cafe Riggs, there is a similarly bold approach to color along with Corinthian columns. The Silver Lyon speakeasy bar is a chic and cozy spot to grab a craft cocktail in the original vault.The Hay-Adams
One of DC's most iconic luxury properties, the hotel is named for the original residents of the two houses that once stood on this site — John Hay, the secretary to President Abraham Lincoln, and Henry Adams, a direct descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
The Hay-Adams exudes regal elegance in line with such lofty predecessors with stately columns and Italian Renaissance-style decor. Gray and bronze flower-patterned curtains trim the windows and headboards in guest rooms, alongside classic, cream-colored armchairs and deep couches. Rooms overlook Lafayette Park, The White House, or Saint John's Church.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at The Lafayette, a refined space with french doors, large chandeliers, and pillow-covered couches. A trendier vibe is found at Off the Record, the hotel's all red bar that's famously lined with caricatures of prominent political figures.
Hay-Adams is within walking distance of the National Mall, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dupont Circle, and The National Portrait Gallery.Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
The Four Seasons is expensive, but for those set on luxury, you won't find finer. The Four Seasons brand is a beacon for high-end service, classic design, and five-star pampering, and this property does an impeccable job delivering on all fronts.
Tucked at the bottom of a picturesque street, the Four Seasons offers a covetable address amid Georgetown's tree-lined cobblestone streets lined with historic townhouses, designer boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants.
The property itself, however, makes a strong case for staying put with an expansive art collection that includes over 1,500 pieces, rivaling even some of the top museums in the area.
The fitness center is an astounding three stories high and includes a large saltwater pool, as well as a sumptuous spa. Expect to rub elbows with the city's political celebrities that stay here, and the on-site restaurant Seasons is well-known as a place where diplomats and executives go for power breakfasts.FAQ: Washington, DC hotels
How many hotels are in Washington, DC?
According to Tripadvisor, there are 153 hotels in Washington, DC. However, this doesn't include inns, B&Bs, or other specialty lodgings, in addition to vacation rentals.
Where is the best hotel to stay in Washington, DC?
Many of the best hotels in Washington, DC are found in areas that are popular with tourists and are located near major attractions such as government buildings, museums, and universities. This includes neighborhoods such as Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Downtown, and Capitol Hill.
What is the best hotel in Washington, DC?
The determination of the best hotel in Washington, DC depends on your needs and interests. If you only consider a good experience to be a luxury stay, then look to The Hay Adams or the Four Seasons. For an overall good experience based on location, rooms, experience, and value, then consider The Watergate, Kimpton George, or The LINE.
How much is a hotel in Washington, DC?
The best hotels in Washington, DC are available at all price points, from $96 per night for a micro-hotel to $750 for five-star luxury.
Where is the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC?
The Watergate Hotel is located at the edge of Foggy Bottom, just before the start of the Georgetown neighborhood.How we selected the best hotels in Washington, DC
- Our team of travel writers have lived in and visited Washington, DC extensively and are personally familiar with and fully recommend every choice on this list.
- All hotels selected have received top reviews and rankings from past travelers on trusted sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com.
- Hotels range in starting price from $96 to $740 to represent a wide range of budgets and tastes. All starting prices are based on time of publishing, and subject to change.
- We looked for standout features in terms of design, amenities, and guest perks.
- Properties range from hip micro-hotels to wellness-focused retreats and storied hotels that embrace their history.