Fodor's Expert Review Phoenix Park Hotel

520 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States See on Map

A boutique hotel with such a charming personality seems too much to ask for near the U.S. Capitol, but there it is, the Phoenix Park Hotel, owned by an Irish-American and named after a famous Dublin park. Dating from 1922 and a historical landmark, it underwent a top-to-bottom renovation in 2016 that gave it a crisp, contemporary look while retaining its historic bones. The Dubliner Pub and Restaurant serves authentic Irish cuisine (and is the locals' favorite place on St. Patrick's Day).

YOU SHOULD KNOW As ideally located as it is near the Capitol and Union Station, the neighborhood shuts down pretty much in the evening and on weekends. This is not the place to come if you live for nightlife.


The guest rooms are different shapes and sizes, thanks to the historic nature of the property. But they’re all contemporary and fresh, with a sharp royal-blue, gray, and white palette, pillowtop beds, and B&W photos of iconic D.C. images.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The lower floors can be noisy from street traffic and nighttime revelers; ask for a higher floor, away from the Dubliner.


The marble baths have been updated, with most rooms having walk-in showers with dual showerheads (the third-floor rooms have retained their tubs).


The lobby is small but cozy, with the reception desk on one side, a seating area with contemporary gray-and-chartreuse upholstered furniture on the other. Marble floors, ornate chandeliers, detailed woodwork, and oil paintings retain the hotel’s historic feel.


There is a small basement gym, with two treadmills, an elliptical machine, bike, and weights.


The expansive Dubliner serves a buffet breakfast and an authentic Irish menu for lunch and dinner. Green walls and red trim, lots of shining wood, flowing Guinness, and live Irish music transport you straight to Ireland.

You can get a less expensive breakfast at the nearby Corner Bakery.


Guinness, live music, and more at the Irish-infused Dubliner.


Getting Around

The Phoenix Park Hotel is located just a block from Union Station and the U.S. Capitol. The National Mall with its major monuments and museums is within easy walking distance. Your best bet for public transportation is the Metro, with the Union Station metro station nearby.


The iconic Monocle (7-minute walk), dating from 1960, is where politicos go for steak and seafood. The Tavern at the Henley Park Restaurant (22-minute walk) serves New American fare in a historic hotel. Bistro Bis (2-minute walk) is a Hill go-to for French cuisine.


Bar Elena DC (15-minute walk) is on DC's hopping H Street. More Irish fun can be found at neighbor Kelly's Irish Times (1-minute walk).


Our favorite place to hide away is the living room on the second floor, a tucked-away space with a TV, comfy sofas and chairs, and beautiful light streaming through beveled windows. All craziness outside is seemingly a world away.


146 rooms, 3 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Valet Parking


Phones: 202-638–6900;800-824–5419

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