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Washington D.C.’s Hotel Secrets — the Best Places to Stay No Matter Your Politics

From Hotels With Show-Stopping Restaurants to Historic Retreats

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Washington D.C. is a must-visit no matter your politics — and we’ve rounded up the best places to stay in our nation’s capital. From restaurant delights to proximity to the National Mall, we’ve got you covered for a most patriotic (or practical) trip to America’s power center.

Conrad Washington, D.C.

Many guests choose this hotel for the rooftop alone. The panoramic views of the city can be spotted at Summit (the rooftop bar). The new Conrad hotel is located on New York Avenue at the gateway of the hot mixed-use development CityCenterDC.

With a much more modern look than many traditional Washington, D.C. hotels, Conrad has a glass exterior, wrapping all 10 of the hotel’s floors. Locals and guests are also buzzing about the new restaurant, Estuary.

The dining experience centers upon seafood from Chesapeake Bay with everything from shrimp toast to Crab Rangoon.

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

This hotel is home to one of America’s Michelin-starred restaurants, and is near Georgetown. The Blue Duck Tavern focuses on simple, wholesome American foods. You’ll spy a wood-burning oven in the center of the restaurant, along with rustic wood furniture to mimic the cuisine.

And the restaurant has its own fire garden, complete with fire pits, cozy blankets and fondue.

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Another favorite pastime within the Park Hyatt walls is afternoon tea. The hotel boasts a custom Tea Cellar, complete with more than 50 rare and limited-production offerings. A made-to-order brew will cost you anywhere between $8 to $300, depending on the rarity of the tea.

St. Regis Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Just two blocks away from the White House, you’ll find a 1920s-built, Italian-Renaissance hotel. A popular haven for celebrities, walking into the St. Regis envelops you with a feeling of glamour and elegance.

The lobby’s charm trickles over into Alhambra, the hotel’s French and Mediterranean-accented restaurant. Highlighting rotating seasonal menus, the culinary team focuses on fresh produce and seafood dishes. And at the adjacent St. Regis bar, you can sip proper pre-Prohibition cocktails, many of which are Bourbon-based.

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

This luxury oasis for patriotic guests is ideal for those wishing to stay in the West End. And even though the experience is very lux, the Ritz prides itself on dog-friendliness and children’s amenities. Kids are greeted in the lobby with the hotel’s famous red wagon, where they can choose from the treasure trove of toys to serve as a souvenir.

And on the weekends, there is a special check-in area for kids, where they can register as guests, add preferences for their stay and receive a welcome package (complete with an activity folder). And let’s not forget about the big kids who may wish to indulge in adult libations.

Quadrant is a mixology experience, where all cocktails are made from scratch. For those feeling decadent, ask the bartender about the vault. The vault, literally a locked safe, is home to the Reserve List. When the vault is opened, the lead mixologist dons white gloves just for the occasion.

Ritz-Carlton DC vault
Ritz-Carlton DC’s vault is something else.

Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.

Washington’s historic Old Post Office has been restored beyond its initial grandeur and now stands as TrumpInternational Hotel Washington, D.C. And don’t be surprised if you see golf enthusiasts prepping to hit the links in the lobby.

The hotel offers several categories of private membership perks at the Trump National Golf Club Washington, D.C. in Northern Virginia. With two world-class golf courses, Trump National is set alongside the Potomac River.

The Willard InterContinental

For 200 years, one D.C. property has remained an anchor in a town that has undergone countless transformations. If you stay in the historic Willard InterContinental, be sure to ask for the Mint Julep at Round Robin Bar.

It was introduced to the northeastern area in the 1800s and the bar serves 20,000 of them each year. And in that true proud to be an Americanspirit, be sure to catch the hotel’s newest program, History Happy Hour. Held monthly, the two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while providing attendees a hands-on mixology class, perfect for both cocktail aficionados and history buffs alike.

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