D.C.'s top hotels, according to the experts

Experts' Choice winning accommodations for all budgets in and around Washington, by neighborhood.

by Elana Kreiger-Benson

Our Experts' Choice award honors over 5,000 of the best hotels, restaurants and attractions around the world. The United States capital boasts several dozen Experts’ Choice hotels that capture DC’s remarkable history, contemporary elegance and eclectic atmosphere. We wanted you to have a chance to explore the top picks that each neighborhood has to offer — so, see what grabs you and pack your bags for the District!

White House Area, Foggy Bottom & The National Mall

Home to the city’s most famous sites and monuments, the area around the National Mall boasts world-class museums, historic monuments, dramatic architecture and picture-perfect outdoor spaces. Special events regularly liven up the area, from live jazz or ice-skating in the Sculpture Garden, to movie screenings on the Mall, to vibrant cultural festivals. The eye-popping annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a particular highlight.

1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC, DC 20024

Post-modernist luxury overlooking the scenic Tidal Basin, a short walk from DC’s most famous sites.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC
924 25th St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20037

Class and comfort on a peaceful street with terrific views of the river.  

The River Inn
333 E Street SW, Washington DC, DC 20024

Spacious suites offer comfort and convenience within easy striking distance of the National Mall.

Residence Inn Washington, DC/Capitol


One of DC’s most scenic neighborhoods, Georgetown is a patchwork of charming row houses, historic sites and upscale shops (and cinephiles delight — the iconic stairs from The Exorcist) stretching along the C&O Canal and Potomac River. Escape to Georgetown for a relaxing riverside picnic, easy bike-ride up the towpath, shopping expedition, laid-back brunch or up-beat happy hour.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20007

A luxury destination and favorite among celebrities on the eastern edge of Georgetown.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
3100 South St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20007

Upscale accommodations in a historic restored industrial space on a quiet block by the river.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007

Sleek boutique hotel on the C&O Canal with art deco and contemporary accents.

The Graham Georgetown

Dupont Circle, Kalorama & West End

You’ll feel like you’ve found the cultural heart of the city in Dupont Circle, as you enjoy independent shops, unique restaurants, quirky bookstores and vibrant nightlife. This colorful neighborhood has a lot to offer at any time of day: come for a patio brunch or people-watching in the park, and stay to explore embassies of the world along so-called Embassy Row, enjoy top-tier dining options and soak up some live music.  

1201 24th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20037

Understated elegance with rustic accents and east-meets-west vibe.

Park Hyatt Washington
2121 P Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20037

Luxury, boutique accommodations with an ultra-modern feel.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC
2401 M St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20037

Warm, welcoming hotel in the West End, with a blend of classic touches and contemporary comforts.

Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown

Downtown & Penn Quarter

The commercial and business hub of the city boasts museums, restaurants, shopping and culture within easy reach. Spend the day museum-hopping, shopping and exploring Chinatown; bump elbows with foreign dignitaries and politicians at some of the best restaurants in the city; and treat yourself to an evening at the theater.

16th & H Sts. NW, One Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20006

Serene, historic luxury hotel with scenic views across from the White House.

The Hay-Adams
1200 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036

Eye-catching Beaux Arts style and traditional luxury at this unique accommodation.

The Jefferson, Washington DC
923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington DC, DC 20006

Ornate grandeur in the style of a Renaissance palace and top choice among foreign dignitaries and diplomats.

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

U Street, Columbia Heights & Northeast

The off-the-beaten-tourist-track area around U Street, Columbia Heights and northeast DC is home to an eclectic mix of the District’s many sides. Local institutions like Ben’s Chili Bowl, no-frills Ethiopian, El Salvadoran and Chinese restaurants and funky dive bars draw many long-term residents and locals, while a wave of new, acclaimed restaurants, chic bars, galleries and boutiques attracts DC’s younger crowd. After dark, these neighborhoods are nightlife hubs, particularly along U Street NW and H Street NE.

1001 14th St. NW, 14th and K Street, Washington DC, DC 20005

Art-deco style and 1920s inspiration celebrate the city’s history, while modern comforts make for an enjoyable stay.

Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel

Adams Morgan

Known now for it’s never-dull nightlife, historic Adams Morgan is a neighborhood unlike any other. The colorful row-houses, eclectic cultural scene, antique shops and foodie hotspots make it both a home to and destination for a diverse mix of DC residents and visitors.

2007 Wyoming Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009

Antique-style furnishings and charm in this restored Georgian mansion on a peaceful, residential block.

Taft Bridge Inn
1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009

Comfortable accommodations with a business vibe within easy striking distance of DC’s cultural scene.

Washington Hilton

Upper Northwest DC

The upper northwest area of the District boasts calm, residential blocks interspersed with restaurants and shops, offering easy access to the National Zoo and natural beauty of Rock Creek Park. Further from the action of downtown DC makes for a calmer, quieter vibe and an escape from the tourist traps near the major attractions.

2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20008

Elegant property located in the picturesque Rock Creek Park.

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2647 Woodley Road, Washington DC, DC 20008

Cozy bed & breakfast with a welcoming, attentive staff and unpretentious charm.

Woodley Park Guest House
2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008

Comprising both modern and historic wings, known for its amenities and convention space.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Capitol Hill & Southeast DC

The Capitol Hill neighborhood has burst onto the scene as a must-visit DC area, with charming residential areas, critically-acclaimed restaurants, and the famous Eastern Market food and crafts market. If you want to be near the major sites, but within strolling distance of neighborhood coffee shops and artisan handicrafts, this is the place for you. Further south, the SE waterfront area is a new and expanding hotspot for restaurants, breweries and shopping, not to mention home to Nationals Park stadium.

15 East Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001

Contemporary boutique hotel celebrating the nation’s first president and offering bold, modern comfort.

The Kimpton George Hotel
140 L Street, SE, Washington DC, DC 20003

Reliable comfort in the vibrant southeast waterfront area.

Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
200 C St. SE, Washington DC, DC 20003

Suite-style accommodations on a peaceful residential street one block from the US Capitol building.

Capitol Hill Hotel


An easy metro or bike ride from DC’s center, technically over the border in Virginia, Old Town Alexandria exudes quintessential, brick-lined mid-Atlantic charm. Explore cozy shops and galleries along King Street, take a picnic to the waterfront or watch artists at work at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Alexandria is also a perfect base for excursions further south, like Mt. Vernon.

700 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004

Antebellum charm meets contemporary sophistication at this eclectic boutique property.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC
116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Elegant boutique hotel in the style of a Federal manor house.

Morrison House, Autograph Collection


On the Virginia side of the Potomac River, just across the bridge from Georgetown, lies Arlington. Home to shopping, dining, business and government offices, the area has more of a commercial feel, but it is well-situated to access DC as well as destinations to the south.  

1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202

Contemporary elegance with fantastic views of DC, just minutes from Reagan airport.

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
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