25 D.C. Hotels Picks For Your Luxury Style on Your Budget

Washington DC hotels across the city come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are on a strict budget or are looking to be pampered in style, DC hotels can cater to your need.

Families traveling with kids are spoiled for options, and pet parents have plenty of spots to choose from too.

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the Watergate Hotel

Excellent customer service is never a question, when you book at stay at any of our top hotel picks. From the historic to the newly renovated and modern, when you come to the capital of the United States, we have a few spots for you to book your stay.

Many are within walking distance of the National Mall, a short metro or taxi ride to Navy Yard to see a Nationals baseball game, and an easy trek to our favorite neighborhoods across the city, something you should never miss when you visit Washington, D.C.

Budget-Friendly Hotels in Washington DC

Since you’ll likely be spending very little time in your room, a budget-friendly “micro hotel” may be the way to go for the best deal. Stylish options like Hotel Hive, Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center or Moxy are all good bets if you’re traveling solo (or with one other person).

All three opened in the past few years and offer contemporary flair and delicious dining options, with two boasting rooftop bars. Micro hotel rooms tend to be under 200 square feet with no superfluous space, so I wouldn’t recommend them for larger families.

Families may want to consider the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill — it may cost a little more, but the location can’t be beat! 

The Marriott Washington, D.C. is also an excellent option for Marriott Bonvoy members looking to travel on a budget (price varies depending on the time of year you visit). Kids will love the indoor pool and parents can easily grab dinner at the onsite restaurant.

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Moderately-Priced

Lucky for travelers, there are plenty of hotels in D.C. that are moderately priced. The hardest part can be deciding where to stay!

The Hamilton Hotel, located inside the original 1920s building, is a quick walk to a metro stop, boasts a quality restaurant and bar and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently, the hotel has even curated specialty suites with political themes such as “The Suffrage Suite: Women Win the Vote.”

The St. Gregory Hotel, with its spacious rooms, cozy library lounge and convenient location, is another choice that won’t disappoint.

Eaton DC is a haven for politically progressive travelers; the hip, social change-focused hotel offers a wellness center and some of the best restaurants and bars in the city in addition to art-filled and comfortable accommodations. Don’t miss a cup of coffee at their in-house coffee shop, one of our favorites in the city.

If you are looking for a bit of history at an affordable price point, The Line Hotel up in the Adams Morgan neighborhood might just fit your tastes. This boutique hotel is in a renovated 110-year-old historic church just north of downtown and a quite metro ride to all of the District’s attractions.

When you want to stay up in Dupont Circle, but still be six-blocks from the White House and other DC attractions, you book a room at The Darcy Washington, D.C. This contemporary hotel is just 15-minutes from DCA Airport, and has rooms and suites for friends and families, or traveling business men and women to enjoy without going over their budget.

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Best Washington DC Hotels- Cherry Blossom Season
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Luxe

If you want to treat yourself to five-star comfort, D.C. has you covered. Two blocks from the White House is the incomparable St. Regis Washington D.C. Visitors love the nightly champagne sabering in the lobby, the signature afternoon tea and the butler service at this opulent institution.

The impeccably designed Conrad Washington DC is an excellent choice for travelers looking for sleek, elegant modern luxury — head to the rooftop bar for a panoramic view of the city’s monuments.

Another hotel with jaw-dropping views of the Capitol and style in spades is the W Washington DC; the recently renovated, centrally located hotel seems designed for celebrations with its top-rated rooftop bar and on-trend design.

Boasting what many argue is the best spa in the city, the Mandarin Oriental offers a peaceful respite with top-notch service. You can walk to most attractions, including the Wharf, take a morning run along the river right out the hotel doors, or swim laps in the heated indoor pool.

Newest on the scene is the Riggs Hotel, a beautifully reimagined property in the former ““Bank of Presidents” building in the city’s bustling Penn Quarter. You’ll be steps from Ford’s Theatre and the Warner Theater, and an easy walk to any activities you have planned for your visit.

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Coming in the Spring? Check out our favorite cherry blossom hotels in DC

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The Willard Intercontinental

Historic

Historic hotels in D.C. deserve a category of their own. There’s The Hay-Adams, named after influential figures John Hay and Henry Adams whose homes once stood on the site of the hotel. President Obama stayed at the upscale property for the two weeks before his inauguration, and political heavyweights have been known to frequent its renowned bar, Off the Record. Best of all, you can walk to the Washington Monument and all of the museums along the National Mall.

Another place of note, The Willard Intercontinental has entertained Washington’s elite since 1818. The iconic, Beaux Arts hotel with its gilded flair feels like quintessential Washington, offering access to everything the city has to offer, just two blocks from a metro stop and walking distance (two blocks) to the White House.

Those obsessed with midcentury modern design and American history will want to stay at The Watergate, the site of the 1972 scandal.

The Jefferson, with its Michelin-starred restaurant Plume and its authentic Thomas Jefferson-related artifacts, is another standout for American history buffs looking to stay in downtown DC. 

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Family-Friendly

Ritz-Carlton hotels are famously family-friendly. Children are greeted with a red wagon loaded with toys to choose from for a souvenir from their visit. The Ritz Carlton, Washington D.C. even has a separate check-in area for kids to experience the process themselves. Other touches include personalized amenities at turndown, a scavenger hunt around the hotel and special menus offering healthy treats that the younger set will love.

The Four Seasons is another upscale hotel that caters nicely to children, offering hotels with a second bedroom attached and adorable kids’ amenities like tiny robes and rubber duckies for in-suite bubble baths.

AKA White House’s apartment-style rooms, complete with kitchens, washer/dryers and separate living areas, are also conducive to family stays.

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Read our guide to the presidential inauguration in January

Where to stay in Washington DC during Cherry Blossom Season
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Pet-Friendly Hotels in DC

The Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown is so pet-friendly, they have a canine ambassador, a gorgeous and sweet pup named Georgie! And every time you check in with a dog, the hotel donates $25 to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. They also offer treats made by the hotel’s talented pastry team and a walking map of nearby dog parks. Your pup will be truly pampered at the Fairmont when you visit D.C.

Other pet-friendly hotels include the Kimpton properties , a boutique hotel line found across the city — the Kimpton Hotel Palomar is a good choice with in downtown Washington, D.C.. There’s no size or weight limit or limit on the number of pets you can bring, and pets are encouraged to attend the nightly wine hour.

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