Oyster launches its Washington, D.C. hotel reviews

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Washington Monument, as seen from the Lincoln Memorial
Washington Monument, as seen from the Lincoln Memorial

Oyster just launched its newest destination today: Washington, D.C.!

In addition to our reviews of 61 top D.C. hotels, below you’ll find our picks for the best luxury hotel, the best value hotel, and the most family-friendly hotel in the nation’s capital.

Best Luxury Hotel

Hotel: The Jefferson
Price: $340/night
Location: Downtown, Washington, D.C.

Our pick for the best all-around luxury hotel in D.C. is a bit unusual for us — the Jefferson doesn’t have the awesome range of amenities we usually expect from the top luxury hotels. And some of the rooms are a bit small. But we think the property’s extraordinary attention to detail makes up for those issues, from the flat-screen TVs embedded in the bathroom mirrors to the intimate library with vintage hardcovers to the working dumbwaiter (a Thomas Jefferson invention) in the private dining room. But it succeeds at the big things as well: The rooms are somehow both sophisticated and homey; the French-American cuisine at Plume restaurantis superb; and the lovely luxury spa is a rare feature among D.C. hotels.

See our full Best Luxury Hotels in Washington, D.C. list.

Best Value Hotel

Hotel: Washington Plaza Hotel
Price: $152/night
Location: Downtown, Washington, D.C.

Opened in 1962 and designed by prolific architect Morris Lapidus — of Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau fame — the Washington Plaza stands out among the cookie-cutter Marriotts and Hiltons at the center of the city. The convenient central location, cheerful, newly renovated rooms, terrific outdoor pool (once the choice swimming hole for Jackie O. and the kids), and distinctive retro lobby make the Washington Plaza one of the best values in town.

See our full Best Value Hotels in Washington, D.C. list.

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel

Hotel: Residence Inn Washington, DC / Capitol
Price: $194/night
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Food freebies and a convenient location make this Residence Inn a great value for families. A free hot breakfast buffet is served each morning, and a free “social hour” dinner buffet is served on Mondays through Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m (which includes a meat, veggie, salad, and dessert). The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums. If that isn’t enough, kids will love the indoor heated pool, and parents will love the large, suite-style rooms with fully equipped kitchens.

See our full Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Washington, D.C. list.

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