A weekend getaway in the Washington, DC area can be a real treat when it comes to luxury. With DC’s stunning architecture and dedication to preserving history, you’ll find comfort, style and opulence in one place.
800 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
The Hay Adams hotel is one of DC’s most historic hotels situated near the White House where John Hay and Henry Adams called home when it was built in 1884. In 1927, the home was converted into a hotel and still remains a luxurious stay where guests can rub elbows with lobbyist and hill staffers in the popular bar Off The Record. Views from the plush rooms overlook the White House, Lafayette Park or St. John’s Church. The hotel offers full amenities including a fitness facility.
700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Situated right in the heart of Gallery Place, Hotel Monaco is a hip and trendy boutique hotel with superior service and delicious dining. Accommodations are decorated with an eclectic blend of color, shapes and textures designed to give you that extravagant feel. The hotel is extremely pet-friendly, so your pets are welcome regardless of size, weight or breed, and there is no additional charge. If you decide to leave the pets at home but want a companion, the hotel will provide a goldfish to keep you company. For an incredible meal, head downstairs to Poste Moderne Brasserie. Named after the old post office building that the hotel was built from, Poste offers seasonal, modern American fare and features its own garden in the courtyard.
Middle St. and Main St.
Washington, VA 22747
If you’re looking for accommodations in the DC area but don’t want to be within the bustling city, check out the acclaimed Inn at Little Washington. Located about an hour’s drive from DC in Washington, Virginia, the inn celebrates deluxe country chic design by Joyce Evans whose resume boasts stage and set designs in London. Each of the 18 rooms and suites is unique, tucked away into three distinct homes: the Mayor’s House, Gamekeeper’s Cottage and Claiborne House. Be sure to dine in the restaurant featuring a sumptuous menu of locally sourced foods. Make reservations long in advance for this lavish country weekend.
1739 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
For a quaint, cozy, eclectic blend of a luxurious hotel with a bed and breakfast feel, head to the heart of Dupont at the popular Hotel Tabard Inn. The 40 rooms are all individually decorated so that each one is unique. They also do not have televisions so that guests can concentrate on true relaxation. Most are large enough to offer a sitting area. For a real splurge, go for the penthouse with elevated ceilings lit by a skylight and a king size bed plus another bed in an alcove, so that the whole family can stay together. It also offers a dining area and refrigerator for a relaxing meal in one night. Known for its old world charm, the inn is also a hive of activity on the weekends. Washingtonians flock to the brunch with an elegant setting both in the main dining room and outside in the courtyard if the DC weather is nice. Continental breakfast is included in the room rate, but be sure to make a reservation for brunch.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
The historic Willard Hotel has been a destination for those looking for a luxurious hotel situated only two blocks from the White House. The Willard, with its grand lobby and opulent dining rooms, has been the scene for the most powerful people in Washington since 1850. The amenities boast a health and fitness center, as well as spa facilities for a relaxing weekend in DC. Check out the Round Robin bar for a cocktail, or dine al fresco on the terrace. For the Anglophiles, harken back to the other side of the pond with afternoon tea in the lobby.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.