PHOTO: The Graham Georgetown

The Most Whimsical Hotels in Washington D.C.

Barbara Noe Kennedy | January 10, 2018

Washington may be a political town, but there’s no reason why its hotels can’t have a little fun. You may not find the world’s leaders pulling up to these doors. But then again, maybe you will. Everyone deserves a little bit of fun. These are some unique places to stay in D.C.


Kimpton Rouge Hotel

Why it made the list

The name sums it up: The color red appears in every shape and form in this groovy, pop-art-filled hotel near Dupont Circle. From the scarlet lobby to the red faux-leather headboards and velvet draperies in the guest rooms to the Rouge cocktail in the Bar Rouge, you’ll be seeing red throughout your stay … in a good way.

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Mansion on O Street

Why it made the list

A destination unto itself, this luxurious, eccentric, maze-like hotel/museum/events center is one of those places you have to see to believe. Established in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in 1980, the ensemble of four Victorian row houses comprises more than 100 creatively themed rooms (connected by secret doors and Escher-like staircases) on four floors. Nearly every space is crammed with artifacts, fine art, books and yard-sale finds (most of which are for sale, some quite collectible). Thanks to its über-privacy, the Mansion is popular among the jet set, politicians, CEOs, rockers; even Rosa Parks stayed here.

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The Graham Georgetown

Why it made the list

Named for inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who once worked up the street, the Graham is a sophisticated yet fun boutique hotel in historic Georgetown. It strives to capture Bell’s innovative flair in its offerings (though it’s a little unclear what that exactly means). One thing that’s clear are the Bell touches in the basement “speakeasy,” where sketches of his inventions have been integrated into the wallpaper, portraits of him and his wife hang on the wall, and framed copies of old National Geographics are on display (he served as its president).

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