Indagare Matchmaker: Washington, D.C.

When visiting the nation's capital, guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to five-star accommodations, but each option is very different, offering a range of amenities, décor, services and convenient locations. Here are Indagare's favorite DC hotels, listed alongside their vibe, location and special highlights. Plus, read about the city's latest hot spots: Live Like a Local in Washington DC.

Sophisticated Boutique: The Jefferson

  • Vibe: Beaux Arts, boutique, intimate
  • Location: Four blocks north of the White House
  • At a Glance: Built in 1923 and one of Washington’s most venerable properties, the 99-room Jefferson Hotel is one of the city's most elegant hotels.
  • Highlights: The hotel is home to Monty, a rescue pup whose name is short for Lord Monticello, and four-legged friends are welcome (for a fee) with many pet amenities and dog-walking services upon request; bathroom products are custom-made using orange, jasmine and peach; the cozy, low-ceilinged Quill bar hosts live piano music and serves cocktails made with house-made mixers and herbal alcohols.
  • Spa and gym? Yes
  • Who Should Stay: Travelers who like the look and feel of hotels like London’s Connaught, and those who are charmed by tradition but also appreciate technology. Though children will be made to feel at home with robes-to-fit and video games, this property is not the best fit for active children or teens.

Discreet Elegance: The Hay-Adams

  • Vibe: Elegant, intimate, historic
  • Location: Directly across the street from the White House, and walking distance to Washington Mall and Smithsonian museums
  • At a Glance: This lovely Downtown hotel, which has 145 rooms, has hands-down the city's best views of the White House
  • Highlights: Rooms that are elegant and comfortable with sophisticated décor and toile upholstery; the exquisite rooftop, on which you can host a private party with views over Washington; The Lafayette Room restaurant for power-broker breakfasts; Cocktail hour with politicos in the Off the Record bar
  • Spa and gym? Gym only
  • Who Should Stay: Hay-Adams is great for those who crave quiet, adore history, follow politics, wish to be in an exquisite space in the heart of Downtown and are not traveling with young children.

Family-Friendly Option: The Four Seasons

  • Vibe: Comfortable, family-friendly, service oriented
  • Location: At the entrance to Georgetown
  • At a Glance: Washington DC's Four Seasons is the most reliable five-star resort-like property in the city.
  • Highlights: The newly redecorated rooms in the west wing are huge and feel fresh; the garden courtyard is a lovely spot in fall and spring for coffee or drinks throughout the day; Seasons restaurant is a breakfast spot for DC big wigs
  • Spa and gym? Yes, including indoor pool
  • Who Should Stay: Families and those who want to stay in a resort-like property and be in Georgetown.

Georgetown Hideaway: Rosewood

  • Vibe: Sleek, modern, dimly lit
  • Location: In a great spot in the heart of Georgetown on a side street
  • At a Glance: The sexy 49-room Rosewood delivers scrumptious accommodations and high-touch service, while its bar and restaurant serve as happening watering holes for neighborhood residents.
  • Highlights: The rooftop heated pool, bar and lounge area that is reserved for hotel guests only; buzzing Rye Bar on the main floor and Grill Room with tables by the canal
  • Spa and gym? Very small gym, no spa
  • Who Should Stay: Travelers who want a chic retreat in Georgetown with a cozy yet luxurious feeling but more intimacy than the Four Seasons.

Historic Grande Dame: St. Regis

  • Vibe: Old fashioned, historic, grand
  • Location: One block north of Hay-Adams and White House
  • At a Glance: Housed in a 1926 landmark building two blocks from the White House, the St. Regis boasts 175 spacious rooms with traditional décor.
  • Highlights: Butlers for suite guests who will pack and unpack for you, press an ensemble or run small errands, like picking up theater tickets; the feeling that one is visiting a moment in history when staying at the hotel, particularly when in the lobby with its incredible painted ceiling; Remède bathroom amenities
  • Spa and gym? Gym only
  • Who Should Stay: Travelers who rank staying in a historic building in a great location high on their list.

High-end Corporate: Park Hyatt

  • Vibe: Sleek, Asian meets Quaker–style décor
  • Location: West End, halfway between Georgetown and Downtown.
  • At a Glance: With its striking Tony Chi design, the 216-room Park Hyatt creates a feeling of effortless style and sophistication.
  • Highlights: The gorgeous guest bathrooms boast limestone showers and baths; Blue Duck Tavern is one of the best restaurants in DC; the gorgeous indoor pool has a skylight that lets in sunshine
  • Spa and gym? Yes, though the spa is small
  • Who Should Stay: Business travelers who will appreciate having access to both Georgetown and Downtown.

Published onNovember 3, 2015

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