Best Luxury Hotels In Washington, D.C.

January 31, 2015 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Hays Adams Hotel

There’s nothing like a hotel that has it all: style, sophistication, elegance, great service and attention to detail—all the hallmarks of true luxury. Here are some top D.C.-area hotels that are the epitome of luxe.

The St. Regis 
923 16th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-2626

This is a hotel that exudes class and sophistication. The regal elegance of The St. Regis will draw you in. Voted one of the “Top 500 World’s Best Hotels” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the hotel is situated just two blocks from the White House and is frequented by royalty and diplomats. In fact, every American President has stayed there. The St. Regis boasts 25 five-star suites that come complete with its signature St. Regis Butler Service. This means personalized pampering for all suite residents, which includes coffee or tea in your suite upon arrival, in-suite beverage service at any time, unpacking and packing services, garment pressing, and a round-the-clock Butler Service Desk. This top-notch hotel has thought of it all. You will be thoroughly impressed.

The Hay-Adams
800 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

(202) 638-6600

Originally designed and built in the 1920s on the sites of the homes of statesman John Hay and historian Henry Adams, The Hay-Adams is another of DC’s historic hotels that’s located in the heart of everything. The Italian Renaissance-style structure contains 145 guest rooms and 21 suites which are decorated in traditional decor and soothing neutral colors. The rooms offer panoramic views of The White House, Lafayette Park and St. John’s Church—known as the “Church of the Presidents.” Perhaps in homage to the history of its location, the boutique hotel is also host to a highly regarded author series that features some of the world’s most prolific writers, historians and thinkers. With the slogan, “Where exceptional knows no exceptions,” The Hay-Adams is a premier destination for true luxury.

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-4000

Mix luxury with a little—okay a lot—of architectural drama and you have the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. This spectacular four-diamond Maryland resort boasts a 19-story glass atrium overlooking the Potomac River, 2,000 luxurious rooms—110 of which are suites—as well as a spa and salon. The hotel offers dining, shopping and entertainment under one roof and its perfect location along the Potomac allows for activities like pedal-boating, canoeing and kayaking. Area attractions like the large-scale observation wheel known as The Capital Wheel provides panoramic views of the city, and the 36-foot Americana-themed carousel ride called The Carousel is another option for recreation and fun near this unique hotel hybrid of luxury and entertainment.

The Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8588

At The Mandarin Oriental, you’ll enjoy a blend of Oriental and traditional American style and design. The hotel’s 347 rooms and 53 suites provide unique city and waterfront views. There’s even a three-bedroom Presidential Suite. Guests can dine at The Mandarin’s restaurant called Muze, at the Empress Lounge, or enjoy its 10,500-square-foot spa that’s outfitted with a steam room, sauna, pools, beauty suites and a relaxation area. The hotel also offers guests a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, fitness center, lifestyle club and private lounge, as well as yoga and exercise classes. The Mandarin even brings art and culture to its guests with an art gallery that showcases the works of local artists.

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