Best Places to Stay in Washington, DC

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Best Places to Stay in Washington, DC
Curator’s statement

There is nothing quite like visiting the nation’s capital and enjoying all the sights and sounds. My favorite time of year to visit is when the cherry blossoms are in bloom around the tidal basin. On top of the many attractions for family or friends, none can compare to a visit to one or more of the Smithsonian museums. One of the more interesting is the American Museum of History with the iconic kitchen replication of Julia Child. Here's a guide to the best places to stay in Washington, DC, for your visit to the nation's capital!

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The Williard Intercontinental

If you want a little bit of history and to be right on Pennsylvania Avenue close to the White House, the Intercontinental Williard is your place! Whether you enjoy a cocktail in the famous Round Robin Bar or afternoon tea (my favorite) in Peacock Alley, you are surrounded by history and grandeur. The location will allow you to easily walk to the National Mall, where you’ll be able to visit many of the Smithsonian museums. For dinner, the Old Ebbitt Grill is only a block or two away. Be sure to order the oysters for which the grill is known.

The Salamander

Planning to visit during the Cherry Blossom Festival? Look no further than the Salamander, where you will be only a 12-minute walk from the Jefferson Memorial and tidal basin bursting forth with gorgeous cherry blossoms. Or perhaps you want a spa getaway? The Salamander is renowned for its spa and luxurious treatments ranging from skin care to scrubs to massages; there is even a special Cherry Blossom retreat in the spring.


Georgetown, a historic section of DC, is worth a visit and perhaps the best place to stay is the Rosewood. Its proximity to iconic restaurants like Filomena’s Ristorante, an Italian venue which is one of my all-time favorites as it was Bill Clinton’s, as well as M Street with all its shops is close by and walkable. Children will enjoy stopping in at Georgetown Cupcakes for one of the best baked and decorated cupcakes in the nation’s capital. Be prepared to stand in line!

Need to Know

Washington DC is a perfect destination offering some of the best places to stay whether it be for a family with its museums, a girls’ getaway with spa and shopping, or first timers enjoying the cherry blossoms in springtime. The best places to stay each have its location to make a trip memorable.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Washington, DC. In need of further inspiration? Check out Martha Pope’s trip report, Best Places to Stay in Philadelphia.

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