What are the best historic hotels in Washington D.C.?

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Washington, D.C. offers a number of hotels with a rich history. Many of the best properties in the city boast rich and storied pasts, but here are a few of our favorites:

The Hay-Adams
The closest hotel to the White House is also one of its most historic. Many rooms and suites overlook the President’s residence, and a popular event space, The Top of The Hay, offers some of the best views in the city. If you’d like to hear the latest political gossip, just head downstairs – the hotel’s basement bar, Off the Record, is a popular watering hole for the city’s movers and shakers.

The St. Regis
The only hotel in Washington where every president is rumored to have slept, this spectacular property is just minutes from the White House and Washington’s influential lobbying firms on K Street. Boasting an Alain Ducasse restaurant, Adour, and the grand Astor Ballroom (a popular wedding location), this hotel’s regal lobby looks like it was taken straight from a history book.

The Jefferson
Once apartment buildings to the city’s elite, the 99-room boutique hotel underwent a full renovation several years ago to bring this historic hotel building up to its present day splendor. Today, guests dine at Plume, one of the city’s finest French restaurants, and enjoy décor inspired by the hotel’s namesake, Thomas Jefferson, and his time in Paris.

The Willard InterContinental
Conveniently located downtown near many offices, the historic Willard InterContinental boasts that the term “lobbying” was coined right there at the hotel.

The Fairfax on Embassy Row
During the Kennedy administration, Jackie and John flocked to the dining room at this Dupont Circle hotel to enjoy sole meuniere and a classic cocktail at The Jockey Club. Now, guests still return for the hotel’s central location in one of the city’s most vibrant leisure and business areas. 

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