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Washington Luxury Hotels

Best areas in Washington, D.C. for luxury hotels

The nation’s sprawling capital is a meeting place for VIPs, from politicians and power-brokers to celebrities and tourists looking for an up-scale vacation. That’s why there are so many luxury hotels to be found here, especially around Dupont Circle – a district known for its stately embassies and chic boutiques. Alternatively, look to Georgetown, the historic quarter where elegant hotels can be found amid the centuries-old townhouses, or consider a luxury hotel in Foggy Bottom, close to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Top luxury hotels in Washington, D.C.

As soon as you step inside the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center, you’ll see the Vertical Garden, a green focal point which exudes a sense of serenity. The rest of the hotel lives up to the introduction, with sleek guestrooms and on-site fitness facilities. Dupont Circle Hotel has guestrooms adorned with original artworks, and you can opt for the exclusive Level Nine floor, with its sumptuous suites and private elevator. Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square has a pleasing Art Deco aesthetic, along with a refined bar where you can relax with a champagne or martini.

Where to find the best fine dining in Washington, D.C.

As you’d expect from a city that’s home to the corridors of power, D.C. has a wide range of fine dining restaurants to choose from. The downtown district is dotted with luxurious places to eat, serving dishes like diver-caught scallops with hazelnuts, and foie gras with truffle mousse, all just steps away from the White House. Georgetown has cozy, refined restaurants where you can sample perfectly grilled steaks and seafood, while over in Shaw you can enjoy gourmet Mexican dishes like beef shortrib with avocado leaf and tomatillo, and octopus ceviche.

The most unique things to do in Washington, D.C.

This is a city that’s adorned with attractions, from the Washington Monument to the stately homes once owned by 19th-century socialites. See it all with a private tour. You can arrange to have a driver pick you up straight from your hotel, and take you on a leisurely odyssey tailored to your exact interests, whether you fancy seeing sites associated with former presidents, or want to see the most culturally significant parts of the city. Then there’s the Pentagon – that iconic symbol of US military might, which can be toured as long as you make a reservation weeks ahead of time. You can also hire a quaint horse-drawn carriage for a romantic, night time journey through the center of the capital, while the Rock Creek Park Horse Center allows you to book guided trail rides through this lush area of natural beauty.

Best ways to get around Washington, D.C.

Navigating your way through Washington is a breeze. Many central districts, such as the downtown area around the White House, and Dupont Circle, are best explored on foot. Taxis, ranging from Uber cabs to traditional rides, can be readily obtained, while the Metrorail system offers a swift and efficient way of getting from A to B. There are also Circulator buses running between some of the city’s most celebrated landmarks. For a truly luxurious ride, book a chauffeur driven limousine and see the sites in refined style.

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