The Best Hotels to Book in and Around Arlington, Virginia

Enjoy a view of the US Capitol from your perch at Conrad Washington DC
Enjoy a view of the US Capitol from your perch at Conrad Washington DC | Courtesy of Conrad Washington DC / Expedia
Photo of Julia Sayers Gokhale
28 October 2021

Just over the bridge from Washington DC proper, Arlington, Virginia is home to several of the area’s major attractions, including Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Even though it’s separated from DC by the Potomac River, it functions as an extension of the city with award-winning restaurants, nightlife and shopping. A variety of local and chain hotels, now bookable via Culture Trip, make it a convenient home base for travelers to the nation’s capital.

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, for the royal treatment

Expansive carpeted suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, with silver and grey furnishings and city views
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Located just steps from the Pentagon, the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City serves luxury on a silver platter. Rooms and suites incorporate high-end finishes and marble and wood accents. Curated experiences from the hotel’s concierge help you make the most of your stay. Feel like royalty when you attend afternoon tea or dine on globally inspired dishes at Santé restaurant. For the ultimate opulence, book a suite on the Club Level to have access to complimentary cocktails and bites in the Club Lounge.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, for Michelin-star steaks

Elegant living space with velvet L-shaped couch and armchair with ottoman
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The Four Seasons puts you in the heart of Georgetown, one of DC’s most charming neighborhoods. The brick building fits in with Georgetown’s cobblestone streets and Federal-style architecture, while exuding modern luxury inside. Any stay at the Four Seasons should include a meal at Bourbon Steak, the high-end restaurant from Michelin-star chef Michael Mina. If you’re looking to splurge, book the royal suite with its private rooftop terrace and dramatic freestanding tub.

The Hay-Adams, for a gold-standard stay

Driveway to elegant 1920s Hay-Adams hotel with tulips and trees
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The Hay-Adams has consistently been ranked the No. 1 hotel in DC, and it’s easy to see why. With views of the White House, St. John’s Church and the Washington Monument, rooms at the five-star hotel are in the heart of downtown. The Hay-Adams originally opened in the 1920s as a residential hotel, but now offers 124 guest rooms and 21 deluxe suites. Sip coffee on your balcony while overlooking some of the nation’s most historic sites.

Conrad Washington DC, for Capitol class

Sleek modern room at Conrad Washington DC with two large beds and floor-to-ceiling windows
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The refined contemporary design of the Conrad makes it one of the most stunning hotels in DC. With clean lines, neutral colors and floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed. A selection of large suites feel like modern penthouses and have access to the hotel’s exclusive Sakura Club. Innovative dining experiences elevate your stay, like a locally inspired menu served on the Summit Rooftop with a backdrop of the U.S. Capitol and downtown DC.

Eaton DC, for new age noodling

Modern restaurant with hanging plants and minimalist leather chairs at Eaton DC
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The dark charcoal exterior of the Eaton makes a striking first impression. Inside, things get fun. If you think it feels like a bohemian artist loft meets recording studio, you’d be exactly right. Eaton House actually is a co-working space that encourages artistic expression and purpose-driven collaboration. You’ll find a radio station, cinema and a holistic wellness center. Rooms include bluetooth record players and a handpicked selection of radical and rare books to provoke thought and encourage conversation.

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, for presidential prestige

Large living room in beige and mauve tones with sofa, desk, armchairs and a fireplace
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If the walls at the Mayflower Hotel could talk, they’d have a lot to say. As one of DC’s longest-operating hotels and the former host of Presidential Balls, the hotel has long been a social hub for the city. Past guests have included Winston Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, the King of Morocco and many, many U.S. presidents. Today, the hotel provides timeless elegance to all its guests – famous or not. Dine at the hotel and follow the tradition of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who ate here every working day of his career, which spanned over 40 years.

The Westin Arlington Gateway, for a fitness kick

Large standard carpeted room with two large beds and city views
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Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood is a vibrant shopping and dining destination that also is convenient to the city’s popular historic sites. The Westin offers a rejuvenating stay with spacious rooms and access to a complete fitness center and an indoor pool. The Commentary Social House restaurant dishes out globally influenced food and is a neighborhood hotspot. The Westin is within walking distance of the Ballston-MU metro station, so you can easily connect into DC.

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