The Best of Washington, DC

By Debbie K. Hardin
Hotel Monaco
GOLDFISH OPTIONAL: Washington, DC’s Hotel Monaco (courtesy, Kimpton Properties)

Hotel Monaco (202-628-7177 or 1-800-649-1202; 700 F St., N.W., Washington). This fanciful and chic property offers the best of both worlds: Modern style and high design packaged in an elegant, historic structure. The prime location in the hot Penn Quarter puts guests within steps of fine dining, myriad cultural opportunities, and exciting nightlife. Hospitable, efficient service from staff with a keen sense of humor and whimsy makes staying at the Hotel Monaco a fun and relaxing respite from the stress and strife of the big city.

The River Inn (202-337-7600 or 1-800-424-2741; 924 25th St., N.W., Washington). Large suites with expansive picture windows; a convenient, quiet location between the sought-after neighborhoods of Foggy Bottom and Georgetown; and stylish and inviting decor make The River Inn a fantastic lodging choice, regardless of the price. Add to the mix the relatively low rates available throughout the year and this hotel rockets to the top of our list as one of the best values in the city. The stunning Dish, a jewel-box restaurant downstairs, is an added bonus.

Willard InterContinental Washington (202-628-9100 or 1-800-827-1747; 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington). Rooms without a view can fetch upwards of $1,000 a night here, but if money is no object, the iconic Willard is the place to stay in the District. There is no more historically relevant hotel in the city, and the Willard’s guest list reads like a who’s who of American politics, high-brow culture, and high society. Visitors are treated like royalty—in part because many visitors are royalty—and the opulent, Old World atmosphere and impeccably professional service make even us commoners feel worthy.

Published: 29 Jul 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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