Headed to Washington, DC? Whether for business or pleasure, make sure you stay in style with a dose of history.
Yes, the famed hotel that was the site of Nixon’s Watergate scandal still operates, so you can book a room in a living piece of history. But the complex was controversial long before 1972. The avant-garde, daring design upset the refined conservative tastes of DC (boy, has the city’s demographic changed). The sleek, modern interior is primarily monochrome with silver accents, and overwhelmingly sleek – fit for the many Supreme Court Justices who have lived in the available apartments. The cheapest room, still spacious with a single king-size bed, costs approximately $200/night.
The Avery is modern yet quaint, and less pretentious than other hotels. This charming inn is locally owned and operated, giving the rooms a tasteful, luxurious aesthetic and a sense of intimacy. Reception offers complimentary craft beers and local wines. If you prefer an IPA to a martini, but still appreciate life’s finer things, then The Avery is more your style. The minimalist decor strives for bold contrast and clean lines, giving a natural ambiance. The fifteen rooms range from $300 – $700/night. Some come equipped with a private patio that opens to a backyard garden.
Nestled on a spacious green property, a side street off from the busy Connecticut Avenue, the Omni Shoreham Hotel is a short walk from the National Zoo. Its best features are the extensive backyards, gardens and quaint gazebo, along with a pool. The hotel is big, busy, and bustling, holding a myriad of spacious rooms that are always fully booked. The interior is reminiscent of a classic 1930s grand hotel, and while it may need some updates, it offers charming character. The hotel opened in 1932, and The Beatles stayed in it during their first U.S. tour. Rooms average from $110 – $300 a night.
This formal hotel exudes elegance as only a hotel named after a Founding Father can. A stay at The Jefferson comes with lavish complimentary amenities like bath salts, a personal chauffeur, and distilled water in crystal decanters. The price is costly, but you get what you pay for – lavish rooms and attentive service that pays attention to every detail.
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Known for hosting lavish bashes, this trendy, modern hotel is where the hip socialites gather. W’s overwhelmingly cool aesthetics feature checkered black-and-white floors, arches, tasteful graffiti, and an overall sleek design. For added fun, there’s a photo booth in the downstairs lounge and a luxurious rooftop bar with sweeping views of downtown DC. Rooms start at $300.