Fairfax at Embassy Row2100 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC, 20008
(202) 835 2100
Rooms start at $179
Black and white marble floors, chandeliers and mahogany furniture have throw-back elegance, but the hotel itself is modern when it comes to conveniences. The gilded ballroom caters to the property’s weddings and conferences, and fitness and business centers keep the thriving weekday business crowd satisfied. It’s not all business though—in-room high-speed internet access, 300 thread count Fili D'oro linens and plush down comforters make for a luxurious stay, while you listen to the music you like courtesy of the iPod docking station. You’ll probably never want to leave the marble bathrooms and fluffy towels to go back to your normal life after this.
Hotel Helix1430 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC, 20005
(202) 462 9001
Rooms start at $139
This boutique hotel from the Kimpton Group caters to a hipper, younger crowd than most of the city’s accommodations. Colorful rooms and surfer-dude art play host to a CD stereo, full-stocked bar and 1960s style orange furniture, so you can indulge in a little pre-clubbing activity, or just sit back and watch the 37-inch flat panel TV. It’s also remarkably family-friendly with reasonable group rates, pet amenities, and in-room Nintendo that would soothe even the brattiest teen. The swanky lobby lounge with old black and white photographs and circle mirrors may have you calling for a babysitter and enjoying the patio lounge in season—get your color therapy here as the whole patio morphs from a yellow to pale blue. The downtown location is convenient, but the hotel is also a haven with spa and massage services available to unwind after a long day.
The W Washington515 15th Street NW
Washington, DC, 20004
Rooms start at $219
A combination of Italian Renaissance and modern cool, the W has 317 rooms, all furnished with the expected elegance (waterfall showers, high-thread sheets), as well as spa, fitness center, and a pet-friendly policy. Imbibing and gorging are no problem. Located in the hotel is Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Steakhouse, which offers the usual suspects of seared prime, as well as a few of JG’s staples, including foie gras brûlée. Upstairs is the P.O.V. bar, which serves tapas snacks (also from Jean-Georges) and cocktails served with several types of shaved and hand-sculpted ice spheres. The W hotel also boasts its signature Whatever/Whenever service, which is pretty much what it claims: additional frills tailored to a guest’s particular desires, such as luggage pick-up and delivery, portable snacks for plane travel, or even a pair of running shoes in the middle of the night.