Consider staying at one of these top 5 hotel choices on your next trip to D.C.!

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington, D.C., was considered among the nation’s best cities to visit. There are numerous historical and modern attractions to see and countless food choices prepared by some of the world’s finest chefs. Although we can’t travel as much as we want to right now, we hope you’ll enjoy our top five hotel picks as you dream up future travel plans. Our picks are based on convenience of location and closeness to major tourist attractions and popular food spots.

5. Mandarin Oriental

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Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental is an Asian-inspired oasis conveniently located near The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront. It's just a short walk away from several Smithsonian museums, national monuments, and concert venues.

  • Things to do:
    • Take a cruise on The Spirit of Washington
    • Catch a concert at The Anthem or Pearl Street Venue
    • Watch a game at Nationals Park or Audi Field
    • Visit the Spy Museum, Freer & Sackler Gallery, and the Air & Space Musem
    • Walk to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Where to eat: Hank's Oyster Bar, Shake Shack
  • Nearest Metro: L'enfant (.5 miles)

4. The Four Seasons 

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Courtesy of The Four Seasons

If you're looking to stay a little farther away from the hustle and bustle of downtown D.C., consider staying at The Four Seasons in Georgetown. This luxury five-star hotel is conveniently located near numerous shopping spots, historic gardens, and fine dining.

  • Things to do:
    • Shop until you drop at many boutique and high-end clothing stores
    • Walk along the Georgetown Harbor
    • Visit Tudor Place Historic House & Garden or Dumbarton Oaks
    • Bowl at Pinstripe Bowling
    • Take a boat cruise down the Potomac River
    • Catch a show at The Kennedy Center
  • Where to eat: iL Canale, Sequoia, Baked & Wired, Filomena Ristorante
  • Nearest Metro: Foggy Bottom (.5 miles)

3. The Hay-Adams 

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Courtesy of The Hay-Adams

The Hay-Adams is situated in Downtown D.C. in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion from the 1920s. Previously, it served as a salon housing several famous guests including Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Henry James. Certain suites allow guests to view The White House right from their window! 

  • Things to do:
    • Reflect while viewing art at the Renwick Gallery or National Geographic Museum
    • Visit The White House
  • Where to eat: Georgia Brown's, Founding Farmers, Toryumon Japanese House
  • Nearest Metro: Farragut North (.1 miles)

2. The Line DC 

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Courtesy of The Line DC

If you're looking to stay in a hotel with modern flare, check out The Line DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood (Fun fact: you'll be staying right around the corner from the Obamas' current residence.) This hotel is close to several night life attractions and has a great culinary scene, from cheap street eats to finer Michelin-star dining.

  • Things to do:
    • Catch a live blues performance at Madam's Organ
    • Sing your heart out at Muzette karaoke
    • Visit the Smithsonian National Zoo
  • Where to eat: Tail Up Goat, Mintwood Place, Southern Hospitality, Tryst
  • Nearest Metro: Woodley Park (.7 miles), Columbia Heights (.7 miles)

1. The Willard InterContinental 

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Courtesy of The Willard

The Willard InterContinental in Downtown D.C. is perfectly situated near a variety of tourist attractions and is itself a legendary attraction. This luxurious hotel dates back over 200 years when the site was first established as a two-story house. Today, The Willard boasts over 335 guest rooms and suites and is only a few blocks from The White House.

  • Things to do:
    • Take a presidential photo in front of The White House
    • Reflect on our nation's history at the National Museum of African American History & Culture
    • View famous portraits at the National Portrait Gallery
    • See science in action at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
    • Tour Ford's Theater where President Lincoln watched his last show
  • Where to eat: Old Ebbitt Grill, The Hamilton, Teaism
  • Nearest Metro: Metro Center (.2 miles), Federal Triangle (.4 miles), McPherson Square (.4 miles)

These are our top 5 hotel picks in Washington, D.C. Which hotel do you want to stay in for your next adventure? Is there another favorite D.C. hotel you have in mind? Let us know in the comments below!