Barbara Noe Kennedy

Barbara Noe Kennedy

Barbara Noe Kennedy left her longtime position as senior editor of National Geographic Travel Publishing in 2015 to delve into the freelance travel writing world. She writes about destinations, art, food and drink, culture, and history; and her work has appeared, in addition to Fodor’s Travel, in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, TripSavvy.com, National Geographic, and more. She also teaches online travel writing classes. Though she lives in Arlington, Virginia (just outside Washington, D.C.), she’s a San Francisco Bay Area native who returns to California as often as she can. She also has lived in Bangkok, Thailand; and Bordeaux, France. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Mansion on O Street

Mansion on O Street

$$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
Luxury never runs cheap, but dedicated VIP service and plush accommodations will make it feel like money well spent. Att
Willard InterContinental

Willard InterContinental

$$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
This grandiose, opulent Beaux-Arts hotel, the Crown Jewel on DC’s most famous street (and just a block from the White Ho
The Jefferson

The Jefferson

$$$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
Many regard this small historic hotel, within walking distance of the White House and sumptuously renovated in 2009, as
The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

$$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
Ever since the Mayflower opened in 1925 for Calvin Coolidge's inauguration, this grande-dame has been heralded the Hotel
Kimpton Glover Park Hotel

Kimpton Glover Park Hotel

$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
If you’re looking for neighborhoodly digs, this newly revamped, design-driven boutique hotel is it. Taking a cue from th
State Plaza Hotel

State Plaza Hotel

$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
This newly renovated, all-suite hotel in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood has an apartment feel in a location enviable of e
The Hay-Adams

The Hay-Adams

$$$$ | DC | Washington
This romantic, Italian Renaissance on Lafayette Square, often rated as one of the world's finest hotels, has
W Washington, D.C

W Washington, D.C

$$$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
Beaux-arts grandeur meets pop-art chic at the former Hotel Washington, idyllically located a block from the White House
The Churchill Hotel

The Churchill Hotel

$$ | District of Columbia | Washington
Built as a ritzy, beaux-arts apartment building in 1906, the Churchill’s bones are historic to the core—just check out t
The Swankiest Hotels in Washington D.C.

The Swankiest Hotels in Washington D.C.

DC has plenty of beautiful hotels, but a few stand out for their downright opulence—from crystal chandeliers to gilded trim to presidential suites to ...