Washington DC is home to more than 120 hotels — from the luxurious Four Seasons to the ever-prevalent Hilton, Sheraton and Marriott hotel chains. If you’re looking for something a little modern and funky, D.C. has you covered.
Price: $161 and up
Step into the lobby of the Donovan House and it’s like your transformed into sparkly, romantic “Alice in Wonderland” galaxy. Lounges and chairs hang from cable cords attached to the ceiling and lit pillar candles float above the dining area. Choose from one of nine suites and rooms — from the quaint King Superior room to the 1,230-square-foot Donovan Suite. Each room and suite features a unique marble cocoon spiral shower, 400-thread count linens, an LCD flat screen TV and iPod docking station, luxurious bathroom amenities and a mini-bar featuring gourmet snacks from Dean and Deluca. Dine at the hotel’s delicious Asian restaurant and then head to the rooftop pool and bar for after-dinner drinks.
Price: $265 and up
Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, Hotel Palomar features everything art lovers, well, love: from abstract artworks and sculptures to an eclectic menu featuring beautiful, delicious Mediterranean foods. Even the decor, furniture and bedding in each room have an artistic flair . Choose from one of seven rooms and suites — from the standard deluxe rooms to the luxurious presidential suite. The hotel also features specialty rooms including spa rooms and suites, which come with a Fuji soaking tub, and the motion spa room, which comes with cardio, core training and yoga equipment in the room. Pets welcome.
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Price: $269 and up
Just a few blocks away from the real White House, AKA White House looks as though it Crate and Barreled its way into being everyone’s home away from home. Each room features one- or two-bedroom suites, state-of-the-art kitchens with stainless steel appliances and limestone countertops, gorgeous bathrooms with marble floors and walls, and a washer and dryer. Reserve the penthouse suite and enjoy the view from your wraparound rooftop terrace as well as a fully equipped kitchen, large living and dining area, and Molton Brown amenities. Enjoy a nice, warm fire and snuggle down under soft lighting in comfy seats for a cocktail at the a.lounge. AKA White House also features a 24-hour fitness center, a complimentary business center, housekeeping and concierge services.
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Price: $145 and up
As the name of the hotel suggests, Hotel Rouge celebrates all things red. From red paintings and sculptures to red flowers, bedding and decor, Hotel Rouge is perhaps the most vibrant boutique hotel in all of D.C. Each room features fiery red leather headboards, state-of-the-art televisions and tons of red. Hotel Rouge boasts a kid-friendly suite with bunk beds and entertainment center including an Xbox 360 gaming system and classic board games, plus a “mini mini-bar” filled with scrumptious snacks. Sip a little something strong and delicious at the Bar Rouge restaurant and lounge, or take advantage of the 24-hour fitness center, in-room spa services and complimentary morning paper, coffee and tea.
Price: $292 and up
Reserve a room at the St. Regis and feel like royalty. The hotel looks more like a castle with its grand front entrance, oversized, beautifully decorated rooms and bathrooms featuring luxurious Italian amenities and multilingual concierge services. Choose from one of nine rooms — from the gorgeously decorated superior room to the opulent presidential suite. Each room features Pratesi bed linens, an LCD television, a mini bar and high-speed internet access. The hotel also features stately ballrooms, private dining, a world-renowned butler service and complimentary services such as shoeshine and morning coffee or tea.
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