The Top Five Hotels in Washington, DC

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When we think of Washington D.C., we can’t help but remember being in the fifth grade and taking a long bus to the city from Florida to spend a week learning about the past and the present and the politics of our country – or the fact that I’ll be subjected to that torture two years from now when my oldest daughter joins the Safety Patrol and goes herself and I chaperone. When we think of D.C. as adults, we think of politics, lots of black suits and sensible (read – boring) heels, great food and amazing hotels. There are some seriously amazing hotels worth visiting in D.C., and most of them will not surprise you as they are brands with stellar reputations all over the world. If you are planning a visit to the city, be sure to book your stay in one of these five luxury hotels.

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Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C.

What we love most about this Four Seasons is the presence of the Michael Mina restaurant. It’s amazing, and there is never a bad meal here. Why it stands out to us as the best of the best, however, is that 26 employees of the hotel have been there since it opened its doors in the 70s. Additionally, the hotel does not hire anything who is not part of the Les Clefs d’Or, a prestigious organization of concierge professionals. The staff is top-notch, the rooms upscale in every way, and the secret service is here more often than they are not.

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Park Hyatt Washington

Located in the West End, this hotel is one of our favorites for several reasons. The first is that it’s hugely beautiful and has really contemporary designs that are luxury to the max. Each room is big and quiet, and there is an undertone of luxury in every single detail in the hotel. The bathrooms are made of limestone and walk-in showers, and the restaurant here is one of the Obama’s favorites (The Blue Duck Tavern). It might not be close enough to really visit the monuments on foot, but that’s a minor detail.

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W Washington D.C.

Need I even go into the contemporary, trendy feel of this hotel? It’s a W Hotel, which automatically means it’s cutting-edge in every manner. However, this one is just as fabulous as ever despite being built in the early 1900s. The space has been transformed to make it one of the trendiest and hippest locations in the city, and it’s amazing. It’s here you want to see and be seen. It’s tasteful, though, and that is not something you typically find in a trendy location. With top-notch amenities in every room and every detail, there’s nothing about this place you won’t love – particularly the Bliss Spa and the rooftop terrace you cannot miss.

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Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C.

Every Ritz-Carlton is luxurious perfection in every way; this is no exception. This hotel is one of the most amazing in the world, and it’s even got a sports club on site. However, it’s the fact that the Westend Bistro is located here. The man in charge is a Michelin Star rated celebrity chef. His name is Eric Ripert, and he is one of the most accomplished and most famous chefs in the world. It makes staying here even more amazing.

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The Hay-Adams  

This one wins for best location in all of the city seeing as how it’s across the street from the White House, and close to everything. It’s amazing and you cannot miss a cocktail at Off the Record, the most amazing bar around. It’s got some of the most famous faces in politics in the bar on a regular basis, and even the gorgeous boutique hotel attached to the bar is everything you might imagine. It’s luxurious, quiet and remarkably tasteful. You cannot miss the world-renowned piano performances each night in the restaurant, either.

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Written by Tiffany Raiford

Tiffany Raiford is a lifelong Floridian, wife to my high school sweetheart and mother of four littles (two girls and boy/girl twins...no, they are not identical and yes, I'm sure). My kids love to whine, so I love to wine. My loves include nap time, bed time, date night, travel and evenings and weekends when my husband is home because he handles all diaper changes.