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Five Star Washington hotels

Most popular areas in Washington, D.C. for 5-star hotels

The capital of the United States is a place of history and heritage, and the 5-star hotels are suitably grand. Downtown D.C. is where you’ll find some of the pads fit for presidents, with some of the accommodation just steps away from the White House. The prettiest area has to be Georgetown, however, with its cobblestoned paths, Georgian townhouses, and quaint feel of an old European town. It’s here that you’ll find yet more 5-star options well worth considering for your visit to Washington.

Top 5-star hotels in Washington, D.C.

Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is just a stone’s throw from the White House, and boasts spacious guestrooms with opulent, marble-clad bathrooms, as well as a chic lounge bar to relax in. Alternatively, book one of the sleek rooms in the Loews Madison Hotel, where the fitness center has floor-to-ceiling windows with views over D.C. The legendary Willard InterContinental Washington is an iconic enclave of regal rooms, marble pillars, and ornate carpets, which has counted Charles Dickens, Martin Luther King, and numerous US presidents among its guests.

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

As you might expect from such a genteel neighborhood, Georgetown has a good number of refined restaurants to choose from. Whether you fancy butter-roasted halibut, seared octopus, or perfectly grilled steak, you’ll find it in the quietly classy eateries tucked away in this historic district. Downtown has plush restaurants popular with local power-players, with sprawling wine lists and cutting-edge dishes like wild fish poached in beeswax. Meanwhile, the lively, multicultural Adams Morgan area is where you’ll find hip places offering everything from honey Sriracha wings to home-made veal heart sausage.

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

Want to see the original Star-Spangled Banner up close? Head to the National Museum of American History, a bastion of poignant relics from the formative years of the United States. As well as getting to see the flag that was raised in battle, you’ll be able to take in the John Bull locomotive, a 19th-century Red Cross Ambulance, and a Zeus-like statue of George Washington. The National Gallery of Art is a vast, Neo-Classical building housing works by cultural giants including Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh, while perhaps the city’s most famous sculpture can be found at the end of the National Mall. This is the towering statue of Abraham Lincoln, set before the Lincoln Memorial’s shimmering reflecting pool. You can also visit Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated, and where artefacts from that fateful night are displayed.

Best ways to get around Washington, D.C.

If you need to get somewhere quickly in Washington, D.C., you’re in luck. There are many taxis available here, whether you want a traditional cab or feel like summoning a ride via Uber. The Metrorail system is another swift way of getting from A to B, with various lines crisscrossing the city, while the special Circulator buses run between many of the city’s best-known landmarks and attractions, and are a convenient option for a day’s sightseeing.

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