Whether you’re checking in or just passing by, Washington’s luxury hotels are destinations in themselves.
Feast on macarons and Champagne for a taste of French gastronomy at The Sofitel.
As a mecca for men and women of influence, DC has set a new standard for luxury, and its hotels are offering some of the best in the city. Stay in one, and make a weekend of visiting the others. Top-line dining, art, spas, and nightlife are at your fingertips in Washington’s finest lodgings.
A Literary Tradition
The historic Hay-Adams (202-638-6600) hosts an Author Series, in which guests (of the hotel and the city) are invited to join acclaimed writers for cocktails and conversation. Thinking about making the Hay-Adams your trip’s home base? Splurge on the Federal Suite—its private balcony overlooks the White House— perfect for a nightcap.
The Blue Duck Tavern (202-419-6755) in the Park Hyatt offers something for everyone at brunch—from Chesapeake Bay jumbo lump crab cakes to chicken biscuits. Staying at the Park Hyatt? Take an exclusive peek at artwork from The Phillips Collection without leaving the hotel. Through the end of 2015, reproduction photographs from the “American Moments” exhibit will be on view on the mezzanine, with more pieces coming in 2016.
A Ritzy Spa
After brunch, indulge in a hedonistic retreat at the Day Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (703-744-3924). At this oasis for relaxing and revitalizing, therapies use natural ingredients, including avocado, brown sugar, seaweed, and Dead Sea salts. Every guest’s wellness experience also includes access to a 24-hour fitness center, steam rooms, and saunas.
Magnifique Wine and Cheese
The Sofitel (202-730-8800) offers wine and cheese pairings daily beginning at 11 am, featuring a selection of French and domestic cheeses. Enhance your knowledge of French culture and gastronomy.
The Empress Lounge (202-787-6140) at The Mandarin Oriental offers an updated take on the classic afternoon tea. Overlooking the gardens, guests can enjoy savory sandwiches and sweet treats paired with cocktails or Champagne, and a wide selection of herbal, green, white, and black teas.
Plume (202-448-3227) at The Jefferson Hotel is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Washington. Its menus are inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello, and the wine program has received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence.
An Evening of Jazz
With its Jazz Legends series, the iconic St. Regis (202-638-2626) transports guests to a Prohibition-era speakeasy featuring performances by local and national musicians in a sultry, martini-sipping setting—it’s the perfect evening out on the town.
Ready for a nightcap? Enjoy drinks alfresco—even in the snow! Kimpton’s Poste Moderne Brasserie (202-783-6060) invites you to embrace fresh air year-round in its Winter Lounge, with fire pits (and s’more-making kits), heaters, and piping-hot cocktails to keep you warm.