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Originally opened in 1927 simply as “the Fairfax,” The Fairfax at Embassy Row’s opulent residential design was evocative of many of the leading luxury homes of its day. Guests who stayed at the hotel during its golden years paid the then outrageous $4 per night to lodge with tenants such as the Cabot-Lodges, the Nimitz family and Bush Sr.’s parents. Today, the design style of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel is much like its original, despite numerous changes. A full renovation in 2008 restored the luxury hotel to its classically traditional style and indigenous Washington décor. There’s an intimate marble lobby, a rustic hunting-lodge-style lounge and a 1960s throwback with the Jockey Club restaurant. Artwork — almost all of Washington, D.C. — graces the hotel walls. The pale green rooms have a classic look with floral wall coverings and wallpaper and ornate wooden headboards. The Fairfax at Embassy Row’s design is as close to traditional Washington as one can get.