The 10 Best Hotels in Washington DC

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Popular sites like the Lincoln Memorial and the White House continue to draw domestic and international crowds to our nation’s capital, but travelers find the ever-expanding dining scene and wharf expansion equally compelling. to visit. The District of Columbia is home to a number of hotels as iconic as its historic treasures, but there’s always room for more as seen in the newcomer that tops the list of top hotels in Washington, D.C. this year, according to Travel + Leisure readers.


Every year, as part of our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to give their opinion on travel experiences around the world – to share their opinions on the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, etc. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value. Properties have been categorized as city hotel, resort or safari lodge depending on their location and amenities.


Jennifer Hughes / Courtesy of Riggs Washington DC

While there are certainly independent hotels throughout the district, half of this year’s Washington, DC Best Hotels list includes travel industry heavyweights. About the Ritz-Carlton (#9), one reader wrote: “Great place for business and leisure. Customer service was excellent and the food was really good. One reader made a particularly insightful observation at No. 7 of the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC: “The lobby smells good!”


Read on to see why the Riggs became T+L Readers’ Choice for Best Hotel in Washington, DC.



1. Riggs Washington D.C.

Courtesy of Riggs Washington DC

Riggs Washington DC opened two years ago (it was on T+L’s It 2021 list), with a bold, jewel-toned design inside the towering 1891 structure of the former head office of the Riggs National Bank. Each of the 181 rooms features playful, bespoke elements created by design studio Voutsa. What some readers liked most about the hotel was the dining program. At Café Riggs, chef Patrick Curran, formerly of Momofuku, offers inventive continental dishes. Downstairs, in the former bank vault, is Silver Lyan, the first cocktail bar outside of Europe for master bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana. “Riggs brings a beautiful aesthetic to the DC Marketplace, with top-notch food and beverage offerings in a design-lover’s paradise,” one reader commented. Several others echoed that praise.


Rating: 97.45


More information: riggsdc.com



2. The Jefferson, Washington D.C.

Steve Hall / Courtesy of The Jefferson

Score: 93.76


More information: www.jeffersondc.com



3. Rosewood Washington, D.C.

Robert Reck / Courtesy of Rosewood Washington, DC

Score: 93.18


More information: www.rosewoodhotels.com



4. The Hay-Adams

Kip Dawkins Courtesy of The Hay-Adams

Member of the WBA Hall of Fame. Score: 92.39


More information: www.hayadams.com



5. Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC

Score: 91.22


More information: washington.intercontinental.com



6. Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of Historic Hotels of America, Hamilton Hotel

Score: 88.40


More information: hamiltonhoteldc.com



7. Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of Four Seasons

Score: 87.93


More information: www.fourseasons.com



8. The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Greg Powers / Courtesy of St. Regis Hotels

Score: 87.76


More information: marriott.com



9. The Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C.

Greg Powers / Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC

Score: 87.00


More information: www.ritzcarlton.com



10. Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Score: 86.94


More information: www.mandarinoriental.com

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