Rooms lack coffeemakers (though they can be requested)
Valet parking expensive
Possibly the most stylish hotel in D.C., the four-pearl, 317-room W has a
tourist-friendly location and offers some of the best views in the city, particularly
from its rooftop terrace bar. Highlights include three swanky bars, two
restaurants, a modern fitness center, and a boutique spa. Room rates are
competitive, depending on when rooms are booked, but look out for pricey extras -- fees for Wi-Fi,
pets, and valet-only parking can add up fast. For a lower-priced version of the W, guests might want to consider one of the Kimpton hotels -- such as the Palomar, Hotel Rouge, or Topaz -- located in the livelier Dupont Circle neighborhood.
design makes this the hippest hotel near the White House.
Part of the worldwide W hotel chain, the W Washington, D.C.
stands out for its historic setting inside a 1917 Beaux Arts building within a six-minute walk of the White House. Opened in 2009, the W replaced the historic Hotel
Washington, a landmark property that hosted such luminaries as Elvis and Harrison
Ford. Landmark regulations mean the original “Hotel Washington” signage
can’t be removed from outside the hotel, which can cause confusion among
Unlike other hotels near the White House, the W has
a bold style and a party atmosphere that attracts millennials and shakes up the
neighborhood's staid air. Its soaring lobby (also referred to as the
“living room”) features a seamless blend of classic architecture and
contemporary style. Victorian-inspired furniture, color-shifting chandeliers, a
rotating gallery of contemporary artwork, and a funky pink-and-purple carpet
give the first floor an upscale-yet-cool vibe.
The hotel’s restaurants and bars also offer a healthy dose
of style. The walls of the main restaurant, Pinea, are covered in a colorful
hand-painted murals made by a young artist from Baltimore. A basement whisky bar
offers an intimate atmosphere with soft twinkling lights, dark leather
furniture, and a gas fireplace. On the rooftop, the swanky indoor/outdoor
lounge bar serves food and drinks overlooking the National Monument.
In downtown, about a five-minute walk to the White House and a 15-minute walk to the National Mall
The W is in the heart of "old downtown." While it's a good location for visiting the capital's major sights, the immediate neighborhood -- bustling with nine-to-fivers
during the day -- can border on desolate at night.
Five-minute walk to Metro Center station (Red, Blue, Silver,
and Orange lines)
10-minute drive to Union Station
10-minute drive to Reagan National Airport (DCA)
20-minute walk to popular memorials on the western end of
20-minute walk to the National Gallery of Art and National
Air and Space Museum
Rooms can be small,
but are stylish with modern touches
The W's 317 rooms fall into several categories, each described by a
glowing adjective: Wonderful, Spectacular, Fabulous, Marvelous, and so forth. The cramped Wonderful Rooms start at 215 square feet, but they
have disappointing, interior-facing views. Many of the upgraded rooms offer nice
views of the Department of the Treasury and a glimpse of the White House beyond (where snipers can be seen on the White House
roof). All units include flat-screen TVs, well-stocked minibars, bathrobes,
iPod compatible stereos, and W Signature Beds with pillow-top mattresses and
down duvets. Rooms have sleek white desks and are decorated with dark-patterned carpets and tan and white
walls. They also can have stylish touches such as mini-chandelier light fixtures and elaborate frames imbedded in the mirrors. Bathrooms are sleek -- some have gray-veined marble, others mosaic tiles -- and come with toiletries, but not all have tubs.
A spa, fitness
center, three bars, two restaurants -- but no pool
At a stylish “see and be seen” hotel like the W, it’s a bit
disappointing that there’s no pool, but all the other essentials are there. Highlights
boutique spa that offers massages, body treatments, and nail services, and a modern fitness center with personal TVs. The
hotel has two dining options: a Mediterranean restaurant, Pinea, and a
rooftop lounge/restaurant, POV. It also has three bars: a whiskey bar, lobby
bar, and the rooftop bar at POV. Free Wi-Fi is available only in the lobby. There's also a business center.