Well placed for exploring Georgetown, this hotel, with good family and fitness amenities, centers on an elegant central courtyard and gardens, overlooked by the large glassed-in lobby and about a third of the bright, spacious rooms. Accommodations are comfortable and light, furnished with a stylish mix of traditional and contemporary pieces. The informal Juniper restaurant serves mid-Atlantic fare and has courtyard dining; there's a popular Champagne brunch on Sunday in
the Colonnade Room—reserve in advance. Families have access to kids' menus and crayons in the restaurant, and the hotel offers a babysitting referral service.