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The month-old Capella in Georgetown is a great business hotel, especially if you're traveling with a spouse or kids. Standard rooms start at $800 per night but there's nothing standard about Capella's service. The hotel-guest-only living room allows the perfect degree privacy in a public space, and is especially nice for an after-meeting fireside drink. To meet the locals, drop in on the Rye Bar for one of the best Manhattans in the city (but open your wallet -- it's $22).
Each room receives a personal assistant (basically your own exclusive 24-hour concierge) who advises on hot restaurants, boutiques, and museum exhibits. For the family, the assistant can set up special tours of the Spy Museum or an after-hours shopping spree at exclusive stores. Bliss for all.
Washington, D.C.’s hotels are designed with the business traveler in mind. While many of the city’s best hotels cater to well-heeled vacationers and business travelers alike, nearly all of the Forbes Four-Star and Five-Star rated properties have dedicated amenities for the business guest. Several of our favorite properties for business travel include:
The St. Regis (Four Stars)
Ideal due to its convenient location near the lobbying firms of K Street, the Starwood-managed hotel offers numerous amenities that make business guests happy, including the acclaimed Adour restaurant from celebrity chef Alain Ducasse and the stylish yet historic lobby, perfect for a quick business meeting with clients. The two-block proximity to the White House also makes this an ideal hotel for visiting VIPs.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. (Four Stars)
One of two Ritz-Carltons in Washington, D.C. proper and one of four inside the Beltway, the Foggy Bottom/West End hotel is ideal for visiting dignitaries and embassy folk. Offering spacious rooms – most standard rooms are over 500 square feet – plus a Club Level, the hotel offers a wonderful partnership with the Sports Club\LA next door, ideal for travelers who want to stay fit while on the road.
The Four Seasons, Washington, D.C. (Five Stars)
The city’s only Five Star hotel is also one of the best for business travelers. A posh Georgetown location, high-touch service, newly-renovated meeting space and a trendy restaurant, BOURBON Steak, are some of the highlights.
The Jefferson (Four Stars)
Discreet and elegant, this 99-room Preferred Boutique hotel is a favorite of visiting dignitaries and those who require extra privacy. While the meeting space may be small, the rooms are spacious, with amenities like gratis WiFi and a number of private meeting “nooks” conducive to intimate tete a tetes.