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Most popular areas in Washington, D.C. for 4-star hotels

As you might expect from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. has plenty of opulent and elegant hotels dotted amid its stately streets. A cluster can be found around Dupont Circle, an iconic intersection with an ornate fountain and park at its heart, and handsome embassy buildings all around. Downtown D.C. is a good area for 4-star hotels, within a stone’s throw from the White House. Over the Potomac River, you can find other potential pads in Arlington, the district best known for the hallowed cemetery where John F. Kennedy’s eternal flame burns.

Top 4-star hotels in Washington, D.C.

Style-conscious visitors will love the guestrooms at the Dupont Circle Hotel, which are decked out with contemporary, sleek aesthetics. You can also opt for the hotel’s special “Level Nine” treatment, which offers serious luxury in spacious suites with their own private elevator. Equally regal is the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center. Here, you can enjoy large, warm, cream-colored guestrooms, some with views over the city, while the lobby boasts a serene foliage feature dubbed the Vertical Garden. The Hyatt Arlington is also a great choice, with its 24-hour gym and relaxed restaurant.

Where to find the best restaurants in Washington, D.C.

One of the prettiest areas in D.C. is Georgetown, with its centuries-old townhouses and cobbled lanes. This is also where some refined restaurants can be found, and seafood lovers will be delighted at the prospect of tucking into traditional crab cakes and whole-roast fish while sitting by the Potomac River. Over in the Penn Quarter, you can explore hip restaurants overseen by the coolest chefs in the capital – from Spanish tapas accompanied by delicate dry sherry, to Brazilian steak, it’s all here. Meanwhile, Downtown is also great for up-scale, formal dining.

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

It’s the size of 18 football fields, so there’s certainly plenty of wonders on show at the National Museum of Natural History. Imagine sparkling, luminescent gemstones and minerals, intricate fossils, and the dazzling Hope Diamond, whose provenance can be traced back centuries, and is apparently “cursed”. No visit to Washington would be right without paying homage at the Lincoln Memorial, where you’ll gaze up in awe at the vast statue of the seated president, along with an inscription of his Gettysburg Address. Then, why not head to the White House Visitor Center? The exhibit features artifacts from the president’s home, as well as an interactive touchscreen tour of the White House. There is also natural splendor to be enjoyed in D.C., with Rock Creek Park offering almost 2,000 acres of ravishing forested areas and rocky outcrops to explore.

Best ways to get around Washington, D.C.

Traveling about in the capital is a doddle. Many major attractions, such as the museums of the Smithsonian, are within strolling distance of each other. There’s also a sophisticated public transport network encompassing the Metrorail system and special Circulator buses, which can get you to many top attractions quickly. For real comfort, cabs are readily available – both traditional taxis and Uber vehicles summoned via the app.

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