PHOTO: Embassy Circle Guest House

Hotels in Washington D.C. That Are Total Hidden Gems

Barbara Noe Kennedy | January 16, 2018

DC’s softer side shines through in a handful of charming, off-the-beaten-path hotels tucked away on tree-shaded streets. They’re perfect for romantic getaways—even for Washingtonians. These boutique hotels in Washington D.C. are worth checking out.


Swann House

Why it made the list

From the outside you’d think the turreted Victorian is just another residence in the leafy neighborhood near Dupont. But step inside this elegant B&B and you enter a gorgeous world of impeccably decorated rooms, excellent service, and lots and lots of quiet. Nooks and crannies to read and relax, a welcoming living room, and a pool straight out of Gadsby are just some of its charms. Being a B&B there’s no kitchen, but after the delectable breakfast buffet you won’t want to eat the rest of the day anyway; and when you do, there are plenty of eateries to discover in Dupont Circle as well as the trendy 14th Street NW quarter.

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Rosewood Washington DC

Why it made the list

A relatively new property, this boutique gem on the C&O Canal is the epitome of modern elegance. From the exquisite parquet floors (reclaimed from a French chateau) to locally inspired contemporary artwork to the sumptuous private library to the rooftop infinite pool, everything is impeccably designed … and flawless. The understated rooms are soothing and posh, with some of the city’s most amazing bathrooms. Cocktails and bites can be enjoyed in swanky interiors, along the breezy canal, or on the rooftop terrace (complete with indoor/outdoor infinite pool). Oh, and did we mention the personal assistant? There’s no check-in desk, for example; your assistant will take care of everything for you. The service, needless to say, is impeccable.

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The Normandy Hotel

Why it made the list

You enter this gracious inn off Connecticut Avenue and feel as if you have stumbled across a European manor. The guest rooms are cozy, with eclectic furnishings throughout; three share a private patio. There’s afternoon coffee and tea in the sunny garden room, a wine hour in the dining room, and fresh baked cookies in the lobby. Bikes can be borrowed to explore the city.

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The Graham Georgetown

Why it made the list

Named for inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who once worked right up the street, the Graham is a sophisticated yet fun boutique hotel in historic Georgetown. Touting personal service, spacious rooms (32 of 57 are suites), and a cool blue-gray palette, it’s the perfect perch for leisure and business travelers alike. Two noteworthy bars include a latter-day speakeasy in mod-Victorian style.

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Embassy Circle Guest House

Why it made the list

Built by a French architect as a private home in the early 1900s, the inn’s 11 sunny guest rooms are uniquely decorated with antiques, original artwork, and Persian carpets. The living room’s sofas and armchairs—and the fireplace—encourage good conversation with fellow guests, and breakfast is served in the adjacent dining room. Conveniently located near Dupont Circle’s restaurants and bars, this hidden inn is beloved by oft-repeat businesspeople and tourists alike—and locals seeking a romantic getaway.

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The Churchill Hotel

Why it made the list

Opening as a beaux-arts apartment building in 1906, the Churchill’s bones are historic to the core—just check out the stone balustrade and ornate plasterwork. Recently remodeled, you know the designers had fun with the décor: colorful paintings, finely upholstered furniture and jewel-tone accents give it a 21st-century sensitivity. It’s in the heart of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, with restaurants, galleries and bars an easy stroll away.

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