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Swann House vs The Hay-Adams

Both hotels are praised by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, The Hay-Adams ranks significantly better than Swann House. The Hay-Adams scores 96 with endorsements from 22 publications like Gayot, BlackBook and Oyster.

Swann House
Swann House
8 / 10
1808 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
From $259 /night
  • Free Internet
  • Free Breakfast
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Air Conditioning
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Frommer's Frommer's
"Among D.C's stable of wonderful B&Bs, Swann House stands out." Full review
Concierge Concierge
"A tiny jewel. The 12 rooms in this B&B all have period details and pleasant decor, each with a unique style—taste (and budget) will determine your choice."
Insight Guides Insight Guides
"Heavy on the romance, this bed and breakfast in Dupont Circle is also a gorgeous 19th-century mansion."
Lonely Planet Lonely Planet
Top Choice
"A dozen rooms are peppered around an exquisite 1883 Romanesque mansion, all just set off enough from Dupont to be quiet, but close enough to the action for you to get raucous." Full review
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A dozen rooms are peppered around an exquisite 1883 Romanesque mansion, all just set off enough from Dupont to be quiet, but close enough to the action for you to get raucous, if you so choose.
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"A nip of sherry from a crystal tumbler in this house's aristocratic sitting room may make you feel like a guest in a very elegant private home—and so you are." Full review
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In summer, cool off in the outdoor pool, private behind a trellised wall.
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The Hay-Adams
The Hay-Adams
9 / 10
16th & H Sts. NW, One Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20006
From $369 /night
  • Pet Friendly
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
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Concierge Concierge
"This venerable hotel... has such a good bird's-eye view of the First Mansion that network news divisions often book a room here just for the camera angles."
Insight Guides Insight Guides
"If it's good enough for the Obamas, it's good enough for the rest of us. This grand, historic hotel faces the White House and has hosted many a famous face."
Oyster Oyster
Luxury
"Quite possibly the most famous hotel in the capital, and deservedly so." Full review
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"One of the city's finest hotels, this rebuilt 19th-century residence also boasts what is arguably the city's best location." Full review
DK Eyewitness DK Eyewitness
"Constructed on the sites of the homes of John Hay and Henry Adams, this elegant hotel features beautifully restored rooms filled with antiques and boasting ornamental ceilings."
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