Washington DC isn't all about restrained business class sophistication. Tourists will certainly witness the regular sight of tasteful town cars with tinted windows pulling up outside understated, minimalist hotels, but behind all that reserved style lie the fun and games of indulgent luxury to be enjoyed by the city's movers and shakers - and the visitors who've come along to witness the capital city in all its glory. The following five hotels showcase the most luxurious accommodations Washington DC has to offer, and you can be they're as stylish as the city itself. Whether you're a fan of old world charm or cutting edge chic, there's a luxury hotel in the capital city that'll make you feel so at home you won't want to leave.
Sumptuous, gilded and indulgent are all words guests associate with the old world elegance of the Hay Adams. A long way from the airy, clean lines that pervade many newer upmarket hotels, the Hay Adams is distinguished by plush, extravagant fabrics and soft lighting. While the rooms here don't tend to be quite as spacious as some other luxury hotels, the quality of the furnishings combined with spectacular views and a privileged proximity to the White House make this one of the city's most prized luxury accommodations.
Dating all the way back to 1850, the rich grandeur and history of the Willard is almost unparalleled among the city's luxury accommodations. A plush, palatial lobby gives way to stunning suites marked by marble, velvet and oak. Five star service and stunning views from every angle around the hotel guarantee guests a satisfying stay here - although some guests might feel that the lack of inclusive extras, such as internet connectivity in the bedrooms, is taking the old world charm a little too far.
Regular travellers know they're in for a comfortable night's rest if they choose the ever-reliable Four Seasons name in a new city. Washington DC's Four Seasons is no exception; guests are guaranteed personalized, discreet service. The classic simplicity of the spacious rooms' decor includes muted, soft color schemes and welcomingly plush mattresses. Comprehensive leisure facilities include a saltwater pool and an indulgent spa, sprinkling a little extra extravagance to your luxury break.
The Capella is well appointed in the historic area of Georgetown, surrounded by excellent eateries and services by a comprehensive transport network. This boutique luxury hotel is renowned for its sleek, modern and tasteful decor as well as an considerate service team and lots of perks such as complimentary morning pastries. A stunning, classic rooftop bar with panoramic views across Washington is the perfect wind-down after a long day of business or pleasure.
The reputation of The Jefferson DC precedes it, and this reputation is upheld by exemplary, attentive staff along with a decor that unassumingly blends the old and the modern styles to perfectly reflect Washington DC's culture. Reputed for its fantastic restaurant and a stellar breakfast, as well as a world class spa, guests will find it hard to leave the comfort of this hotel - but if they do, they'll be a mere couple of blocks away from the White House and some of the city's best dining and entertainment spots.