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Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. | © Richard Ricciardi/Flickr
Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. | © Richard Ricciardi/Flickr

6 Unusual Places to Stay in Washington, D.C.

Picture of Kate Howard
Updated: 25 May 2017

When considering a visit to Washington D.C., there are tons of traditional hotel options in the area close to D.C.’s incredible sights, museums, and nightlife – all easily accessible through the extensive metro system. Of course, if you’re more interested in a unique experience, then consider these six interesting and fun options for your stay.

Mt. Vernon Square Bed & Breakfast

Located in the Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood of D.C., this 100-year-old home has six themed bedrooms, ranging from the “Cleopatra” room to a private terrace room, all decorated with antiques, opulent lighting, as well as spa-style bathtubs and showers. Expect a homemade breakfast in the morning and lively conversations, as you’ll be expected to interact with all the guests and feel like family. For social butterflies and people interested in meeting a variety of different people from around the world, Mt. Vernon Square B and B is a must.

Mt. Vernon Square Bed & Breakfast, 400 M St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 888 399 5496

Hotel Monaco

Hotel Monaco is a boutique hotel housed in a historical 1839 general post office. Found near the Chinatown metro, the building was designed by Robert Mills (designer of the Washington Monument) and the architect, Thomas U. Walter, who helped make the Capitol Building. The hotel is lavishly decorated with Victorian, modern and classical furnishings, and every room hosts a lion head statue on the wall. The first all-marble building in D.C., Hotel Monaco is certainly unusual, and quite an experience.

Hotel Monaco, 700 F St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 628 7177

Bull Run Regional Park

Civil War buffs and nature lovers will love Bull Run Regional Park. It boasts historical trails used during the Civil War, and the Battle of Bull Run occurred on its outskirts, in Manassas. The park offers tent camping, as well as upscale cabins and lovely cottages. The cottages are especially nice, located along the Potomac River and include a deck with a view of the water. Certainly unorthodox for a standard trip to D.C., it will make for a wild experience.

Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA, USA, +1 703 631 0550

George Hotel

The George is a modern boutique hotel near D.C.’s Union Station metro and Capitol Hill, that pays homage to America’s first president, George Washington. Hallways are adorned with his portraits, done in a variety of artistic styles from realist, to expressionist. The hotel hosts frequent art shows in the lobby, and is a popular gathering spot for politicians and artists. The George also offers amenities like free wine receptions daily, yoga mats and cheetah-print robes in every room.

George Hotel, 15 E St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 347 4200

O Mansion

The The Mansion on O Street is a combination of museum, music venue and hotel. Designed in 1892 by Edward Clark (one of the architects of the U.S. Capitol), the building has over 100 rooms. Guests will find Gibson guitars in every room, free to play, and the walls are lined with 70 secret doors that lead to hidden rooms with a variety of priceless objects. You can stay in themed rooms (guitar room, billiard room, secret wine basement etc.) and explore this house of delights for yourself.

O Mansion, 2020 O St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 496 2020

Swann House

Built in 1883, this bed and breakfast is a mansion in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. They’ve handily retained its 19th century decor to give you that “old-money” feel. With their moldings, crystal chandeliers and wood burning fireplaces, the rooms will take you back in time to a more opulent era. Outside this cosy cocoon, the historic neighborhood offers easy access to high-end restaurants, nightlife, the National Mall and Georgetown.

Swann House, 1808 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 265 4414