Dating from 1922 and especially popular among the business set, this beaux-arts beauty in the heart of D.C. recently underwent a multimillion renovation that mixes its original classic design with contemporary panache. Hints of its namesake, founding father Alexander Hamilton, can be found throughout, including his silhouette filled with noteworthy quotes in the guest rooms. The onsite restaurant, 14K, is a neighborhood draw, especially for its sidewalk terrace during the warmer months.
YOU SHOULD KNOW EOS Investors LLC for Change bought the hotel in September 2017; there are plans to add new facilities and services though specifics are not yet known. Stay tuned!
Guest rooms are traditional with modern amenities, including seven-layer bedding, a sofa bed, marble nightstand lamps and a rich palette of gold, royal blue, and dark woods. Original artwork and maps depict iconic Washington, D.C. sights. Choose between deluxe or suite rooms, which add a secondary sleeping area through double doors. The Women’s Floor caters exclusively to women, providing unique luxurious amenities and exclusive elevator key access.
Room sizes vary, as do the views; be sure to ask for a view over Franklin Square (and avoid rooms overlooking the alley).
Bathrooms are on the smaller size but comfortable with elegant fixtures and abundant light.
The warm and welcoming lobby includes marble floors and several couches and chairs for intimate meetings; don’t miss the soaring ceiling with 14K gold touches.
The 24-hour fitness center is adequate, with treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, Life Fitness weight machines, free weights, medicine balls, yoga and exercise mats, and a scale.
The Hamilton Hotel is located in downtown D.C., just blocks from the White House. The National Mall and other major monuments and museums are within easy reach. Your best bet for public transportation is Metro; the McPherson Square Metro Station is just one block away.
Brasserie Beck (5-minute walk) offers classic Belgian cuisine and beer with a hip vibe. Bibiana Osteria and Enoteca (8-minute walk) has Italian fare in a modern setting, with an impressive wine list and patio dining.
City Tap House Penn Quarter (11-minute walk) is a buzzy gastropub serving craft beers. Old Ebbitt Grill (9-minute walk)is a favorite haunt of former presidents Grant, Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt, this D.C. staple was established in 1856 and is Washington's oldest, most historic saloon (though the current building dates from 1983).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Warm and friendly, with immaculate service, this is a comfortable go-to in central D.C. We love the fact the hotel is within walking distance of so many sights, including the White House, but removed enough that it doesn't feel overwhelming. The outdoor terrace is unbeatable when it comes to sipping a Capital Cooler or 14K Gimlet on one of DC’s infamous sultry summer afternoons.