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The Hay-Adams

The Hay-Adams Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Quite possibly the most famous hotel in the capital, and deservedly so. The Hay-Adams draws powerbrokers from around the world with its impeccable service, great bar and restaurant, and elegant rooms, some of which overlook its famous next-door neighbor. P.S. It's where the Obamas stayed before the inauguration (if it's good enough for the President ... ).

The Willard Intercontinental

The Willard Intercontinental Rating: 4.5 Pearls

A grande dame hotel that's hosted presidents and diplomats since 1901, the 332-room Willard is a D.C. icon dripping with history just two blocks from the White House. The exceptional staff and opulent lobby compensate for rooms that lack the flash of those at the newly renovated W Washington D.C. next door.

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

The St. Regis Washington, D.C. Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The feather in Starwood's D.C. cap, the 175-room St. Regis underwent a huge renovation (closing for 16 months and reopening in 2008) and still looks sharp. It doesn't quite match up to its main competitors downtown (the Hay-Adams and Jefferson), but its premier restaurant, 24-hour butler service, and spacious, high-tech rooms place it among the city's elite.

Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.

Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. Rating: 4.0 Pearls

With many bold decorative touches, most notably a dramatic setting in a landmarked Penn Quarter building, this is certainly a flashy Kimpton Hotels property, with a great location and a well-regarded restaurant. Too bad the service and rooms fall short.

Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This graceful 237-room hotel, part of a French-owned international chain, opened in 2002 in a former office building. With its elegant lobby, spacious rooms, sumptuous beds, and a decidedly European feel in the center of old downtown near Lafayette Park and the White House, it's tres popular with both international and domestic business travelers and families.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Built in 1927 and changed in 2008 from a Westin to a Starwood Luxury Collection property, the historic, 259-room Fairfax has an ideal location -- near great dining and nightlife, but still quiet and close to the sights. Guest rooms, though small, are comfortable, the service is superb, and the features are solid. All around, a fine pick for the price.

Hamilton Crowne Plaza, Washington D.C.

Hamilton Crowne Plaza, Washington D.C. Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Housed in a unique, 318-room Beaux Arts building near the downtown lobbying firms and think tanks, the Hamilton offers historic class, at very reasonable rates. Rooms — completely renovated in 2012 — are small, but comfortable. But unlike at the nearby Four Points and Sofitel, there's no pool.

Washington Plaza Hotel

Washington Plaza Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Renovated in 2010, this 1960s hotel has great rooms, one of the city's best outdoor pools, a distinctive retro lobby, and a convenient central location. For vacationing families, sightseers, or business travelers tired of D.C.'s many cookie-cutter Marriotts and Hiltons, the Washington Plaza is one of the best values in town.

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Though the Mayflower has hosted inaugural events and scandalous affairs since 1925, most days it's just an outdated, 650-room business-focused Marriott without much of a business center. Given its location -- between Dupont Circle and the White House -- it's a fair choice, but also consider the Westin Washington and the Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row.

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Omni Shoreham Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

For the most part, the Shoreham is a hulking, fairly bland-looking 834-room convention-focused business hotel. But there's more to this historic hotel. Evening turndowns; a beautiful outdoor pool; a great gym; a quaint but still convenient location just north of Dupont Circle; a haunted room on the 8th floor -- it's an excellent choice for the price.

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