10 Historic Hotels In Washington DC

Historic Hotels In Washington DC
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The city of Washington DC is unavoidably one of America’s most influential and historic destinations, home to the President for more than two centuries and the location for such key monuments as the White House itself, memorials to previous Presidents such as the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Gallery and the Library of Congress. On your trip to Washington you can witness and pay tribute to the best, and the worst, of America’s history as well as the people responsible for making and chronicling it. You can also stay in some of the most opulent, and in some cases historic themselves, hotels that this city has to offer. Check out your options below!

1. Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC (from USD 206)

Located on the famous Lafayette Square, this French-influenced hotel is just a few short minutes’ walk from the White House itself, with the Smithsonian and countless other landmarks such as the Martin Luther King Memorial all within easy reach also. This is a hotel that gets you right to the heart of what is special about Washington DC, and additionally a place where you will be looked after - ensuite rooms with flat screen TV, excellent brasserie-style dining options and a complimentary coffee on arrival are just part of the experience.


Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC

Address: 806 15th Street North West
Price: from 206 USD

Physical distancing rules followed Security alarm Luggage storage Physical distancing in dining areas Daily housekeeping Trouser press Air conditioning Heating

2. Phoenix Park Hotel (from USD 143)

You never have to look far for an Irish influence when in America, and the capital is no different. One of the city’s most enduringly popular hotels, the Phoenix Park is a homey stop that will appeal to a wide range of visitors. Excellent views, short walks to key locations such as the Capitol building and National Building Museum, and delightful Irish-American cuisine and drinking options in the on-site Dubliner restaurant are just part of what makes this hotel special. It’s the kind of hotel which, once you’ve stayed there, will become your go to whenever you’re in the city.


Phoenix Park Hotel

Address: 520 North Capitol Street NW
Price: from 143 USD

Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Safety deposit box Restaurant WiFi Business centre Happy hour Dry cleaning Contactless check-in/check-out

3. Henley Park Hotel (from USD 99)

For people looking for something a little different from the chain hotel experience, the Henley Park is a location that offers a boutique hotel feel at a price you can afford. The rooms are not as large as those you might find elsewhere, but they are still spacious, beautifully appointed and comfortable. Among the key positives for people staying in the Henley Park Hotel, perhaps the most important is the way that you will be treated by every member of staff from the top down - this is a location that provides a welcome you won’t find anywhere else.


Henley Park Hotel

Address: 926 Massachusetts Avenue
Price: from 99 USD

Fax/photocopying Lift Process in place to check health of guests Business centre Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas WiFi available in all areas Designated smoking area Physical distancing in dining areas

4. Omni Shoreham Hotel (from USD 179)

The Omni is undoubtedly a little further away from some of Washington’s attractions than some other hotels in the city, but it does offer plenty of historical glamour itself with a frontage and a decor that pays tribute to the early 1930s when it was built. This historical feel does not just come from the age of the hotel, but from the experience that comes from hosting Presidents and other world leaders. The Omni has even been home to the occasional Inaugural Ball. Today, you’ll find yourself at home in its lush grounds, and are unlikely to be able to resist a dip in the spectacular pool.


Omni Shoreham Hotel

Address: 2500 Calvert Street NW
Price: from 179 USD

Breakfast in the room Internet services ATM/cash machine on site Gift shop Physical distancing rules followed Fitness centre Physical distancing in dining areas 24-hour security

5. Willard InterContinental Washington (from USD 299)

Few hotels in Washington come with as much history attached as the Willard, which is itself not far from the White House, a Pennsylvania Avenue neighbor of the hotel. As a location with great proximity to the centers of power, the Willard has been a home away from home for countless diplomats, a place where presidents have stayed and attended events, and indeed where films have been shot. In 2012, then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd resigned in this very hotel. As a guest, you’ll appreciate the special touches which have made it so indispensable to these important people, from excellent personal service to fabulous amenities like a 24-hour spa and private limo service.


Willard InterContinental Washington, an IHG Hotel

Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Price: from 299 USD

Currency exchange Cashless payment available Trouser press Face masks for guests available First aid kit available Newspapers Facilities for disabled guests Meeting/banquet facilities

6. Morrison Clark Inn (from USD 119)

A truly historic building, the Morrison Clark is built within a period-faithful 19th-Century Victorian mansion. All of the 114 rooms on site feature decorative period touches, including splendid Italian-style fireplaces and individual balconies. This is a hotel that is particularly favored by those who appreciate personal touches - the management make a personal effort to get to know residents so as to make sure your experience is as perfect as it can be. The popularity of the Morrison Clark suggests that they do this successfully - and with the White House a leisurely 20-minute walk away, you’re close to everything that makes Washington special.


Morrison Clark Inn

Address: 1011 L Steet NW
Price: from 119 USD

Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas WiFi Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Free WiFi All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Cashless payment available Meeting/banquet facilities Face masks for guests available

7. Capital Hilton (from USD 164)

This hotel, located just five minutes’ walk away from the White House and 20 minutes from the Smithsonian, is one of Washington’s most reliable locations. With the famous Hilton name an obvious attraction for visitors, this is a hotel that goes a very long way to live up to expectations with an outstanding breakfast menu and a spectacular level of service. A note of advice from previous residents is to call the hotel ahead of time if you have any specific needs; staff will go out of their way to ensure those needs are met.


Capital Hilton

Address: 1001 16th Street Northwest
Price: from 164 USD

Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Non-smoking throughout Shops (on site) Parking Heating Restaurant Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus

8. Hotel Lombardy (from USD 119)

Guests at this hotel regularly remark on its value and convenience, and the location is absolutely perfect for people who want to experience some of the history of Washington DC. The White House is a short distance away on the same street, while you’ll also be right on the doorstep of George Washington University. The hotel itself is a wonderful experience, with a 1920s style of architecture and decor. There’s a hint of modernity, of course - the on-site fitness centre has machines with their own personal TVs - but you’ll most enjoy the excellent, bistro-style dining options which give this hotel a touch of opulence.


Hotel Lombardy

Address: 2019 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Price: from 119 USD

Non-smoking throughout Heating Laundry Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Ticket service Shoeshine Babysitting/child services Fire extinguishers

9. W Washington DC (from USD 279)

While this modern boutique hotel may not be classically historic in and of itself, it’s close to and influenced by everything that is historic about Washington DC. The Washington Monument is visible from the hotel, while the White House is just around the corner and, thanks to the rooftop bar, you will have an excellent view of the city and all of its key locations. As a place to stay in comfort and style while in the world’s most influential city, you can’t go wrong with W Washington DC. The on-site Italian restaurant, Pinea, comes particularly highly recommended.


W Washington D.C.

Address: 515 15th Street NW
Price: from 279 USD

Pets allowed Lift Bicycle rental (additional charge) 24-hour security Fitness centre Spa and wellness centre Security alarm Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities

10. District Hotel (from USD 99)

If you are looking for a luxury hotel in the most powerful city in the world, let’s be clear: the District Hotel is not it. It is affordable and, having been built in 1913, it is wrapped in the history of this city. It’s also splendidly well-located, with the Capitol building, the United States National Arboretum and Howard University all within close reach. There is also a commitment to making your stay as perfect as can be, with all staff dedicated to facilitating your every need while in Washington.

In hotels old and new, you can appreciate the history of Washington DC

Washington DC is one of those cities where you can truly feel the history wherever you go, and where history is being made every day. With so much to see and do, you’ll want a hotel that does justice to this remarkable city and, should you pick any of the above, that is exactly what you will get when you travel to the capital of the USA.

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Antonia Kelly is a freelance writer based in Leicester, UK and she enjoys European travel as well as road trips closer to home. Her favourite domestic destinations include Snowdonia and the Brecon...Read more

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